Creativity is the result of being curious, having experiences and connecting those experiences to derive new solutions to problems at hand from the resources that are available.
Curiosity: In order to be creative, it is important to first be curious. If you learn about any creative person that you can think of, they will, without fail, be people with insatiable curiosity. They learn as much as they can and they ask a lot of questions to learn even more, and then ask even more questions to confirm what they have learned. This isn’t something that can just be acquired, you are either interested in a topic or not. Curiosity is something that must be derived from within yourself. Find what you like and start learning about it!
Experiences: If you are curious about things that are around you, you will invariably be interested in trying new things and having new experiences. The more curious you are and the more you learn, the more opportunities there will be to try new things and learn even more. Through learning, knowledge is acquired and through piqued interest, this knowledge is retained. The more you experience and apply this knowledge, the more wisdom you will acquire.
Connecting: Once you have this “catalog” of experiences, you will be able to draw from it whenever you want or need to. This is especially true when you are dealing with a seemingly unsolvable problem. Using your bank of experiences and your curiosity, you inevitably begin to think of how your experiences can be applied to solve the problem at hand, using the resources that are available.
Bottom Line: Keep doing all of the things that interest you, and start trying new things, going to new places, and meeting new people. Stay curious and ask questions, a lot of them. The more you do and the more you learn, the more you can draw from. Use these experiences and begin to apply them to other things in your life. Find those tangential connections or complete disconnections and bridge the gap. You will soon see how seemingly complex problems can have very unique and “creative” solutions derived from “outside the box”.
Stay curious. Question everything.