Let go of any crippling anxieties for a second and think back to childhood. Remember the fear and trepidation you felt the first time you peered down from the top of the playground slide—which immediately turned to utter joy and triumph when you reached the bottom? Our creativity is hampered by that same type of fear, according to innovation and design firm IDEO founders (and brothers) David Kelley and Tom Kelley.
Great innovators, including Steve Jobs, do "insanely great" things by adopting a bias toward action, forging creative strategy with active practice. Everyone will have their own unique methods that work for them, but oftentimes the hardest part is starting the exploratory process. They argue that it's well worth the effort to break through the societal pressures and corporate norms that scare us toward normalcy.
In their new book, "Creative Confidence," the authors offer a number of strategies that can spark creativity and unleash the innovative potential in us all. While not all of us are artists, they argue that creativity is a mind-set, a way of thinking, and a proactive approach to finding new solutions that can only improve our lives. Here are eight tactics from their book to start you off.