Dreaming vs. Creating: The Role of Skill and Expertise

Dreaming is when you allow your imagination to run riot. Without any regard for your skill or abilities. Creativity is when you have the skill, knowledge, and ability to act upon what you have imagined. You cannot create anything from the shadows of ignorance. From Proverbs 19:2, “Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good.” When there is no knowledge in your soul, all you will have are desires, dreams and fantasy. Knowledge is the fuel for real creativity. If deep creativity is important to you. You must develop skill and expertise with deep domain knowledge.

Nikola Tesla, the great inventor, wrote in his published autobiography, “My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get an idea I start at once building it up in my imagination. I change the construction, make improvements, and operate the device in my mind. It is absolutely immaterial to me whether I run my turbine in thought or test it in my shop. I even note if it is out of balance. There is no difference whatsoever; the results are the same. In this way I am able to rapidly develop and perfect a conception without touching anything.”

We can see the productive environment Nikola Tesla created in his mind. A mind so powerful that he can imagine and test things in it. So he dreams up a device. He considers the materials required to make it. In his mind, he can test his assumptions and correct them. His soul was filled with knowledge. You must gain skill and expertise through in-depth domain knowledge. That is the only way you will be able to fully utilize your creative abilities. Creativity is a productive affair. You have to be ready to commit to knowledge acquisition. It might take you up to a decade to get your soul ready. Don’t rush the process. Your patience will be rewarded.

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