“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” — Albert Einstein

You can make a significant impact in the world in your own small way if you expand your horizon and start asking: why?

You are supposed to explore and make yourself better, smarter and stay remarkable. Some people are killing their creative instincts without knowing it. Your daily actions either enhance your ability to make a positive impact in your immediate environment or kill your creative habits.

People’s lives would be more fulfilling if they were given greater freedom in the workplace. You can make a significant impact in the world in your own small way if you expand your horizon and start asking: why?

If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.”― Napoleon Hill

Want to make sure you never come up with a great idea again? Here are 19 suggestions to help you kill your creativity.

1. Confine yourself to a restricting environment filled with mundane, repetitive tasks without hope of any improvement.

2. Surround yourself with people who rigorously worship convention and authority figures.

3. Train yourself to think within the confines of rules and only within a defined box.

4. Stop asking “Why?” and accept the world as it is.

5. Exclude everything that is dissimilar, unrelated or is in some other domain from your subject.

6. Start thinking what your relatives will think of you if you choose your passion over what society think is a great career.

7. Let your own hidden fears and uncertainties consume you as you prepare to let go of your dreams and choose a safe certain life.

8. Never try anything you haven’t tried before. Only attempt those things where you have the past experience and knowledge (limit yourself to your comfort zone).

9. Whenever an idea is offered, criticize it and judge it. Be skeptical. Look for reasons why it can’t work.

10. Select your friends carefully. They should have similar education, family histories, religion, politics, principles and beliefs.

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” — Ray Bradbury

11. Plug yourself into a system that is: unforgiving of early failure, predefines (non-negotiable) deliverables, and rewards short-term successes.

12. Teach people that they can only imitate past models.

13. Surround yourself with people who don’t believe in you.

14. You kill your creativity when you start getting used to with your comfort zone, stop taking risks.

15. Getting overly negative feedback from a leader kills creativity.

16. Spend all your time around people who agree with everything you say.

17. Convince yourself that it’s all been done before.

18. Everything in your life should be orderly and predictable

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” — Leo Burnett

This article was written by Thomas Oppong ( Founding editor of All Top startups). This article was originally posted on Medium.

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