That report they cite is from 1995. I'd love to see it refreshed in light of No Child Left Behind.
The one thing that really bugs me about this is that I think there is a real misunderstanding of "creativity".
Creativity involves a LOT of discipline, it's really just a type of problem solving and solving problems requires a lot of knowledge. Some of the most creative people I know/know of are scientists, lawyers, mathematicians, engineers -- people we don't necessarily think of as creative.
Right now I just happen to be reading a book of essays that includes one about the film maker Stanley Kubrick -- someone I think we can all agree was a creative person. He was obsessively organized and logical, he laid extensive groundwork and did extensive legwork to realize his vision. He wasn't some flighty person who just hoped things worked out okay.
Some of the most creative people I know/know of are scientists, lawyers, mathematicians, engineers -- people we don't necessarily think of as creative.
Boom as an erstwhile inventor myself I can testify that a prime requirement is laziness
I completely disagree.
I worked all of my adult life in a creative field and I was quite successful. I was the opposite of lazy. I've never known anyone who was successful in a creative field who was lazy.
I'm willing to bet that you really aren't lazy either. Inventors only appear to be doing nothing because others can't see the process of invention.
I've never known anyone who was successful in a creative field who was lazy.
I suppose Boom it depends on how one defines laziness or creativity. You might consider a dozen inventions for instance respectable evidence of ambition but in my own case a mere ego boost