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What Is Your Creative IQ?

By Randy Gage in Critical Thinking, Success, Prosperity.

Thanks for all the comments on the last post about how you feed your creative genius.  I promised to reveal some of mine…

I will do that.  But on the next post.  Today I want to talk about what makes creative people creative – and give you a little creativity test I designed especially for you!

Characteristics of Creative People…

Creative people aren’t necessarily the best educated or have the highest I.Q.  In fact, because of the way the formal education system is designed, it often squelches creativity.  Much of what is taught is simply memorization, which inhibits creativity.  And the way math and other sciences are often taught also focus only on the logical side, to the detriment of creative thinking.

We take beautiful, bright five year olds—full of creativity—and tell them to sit up straight in desks, not talk, and raise their hand when they want to go to the bathroom.  Eventually the school system beats their creativity into submission.  If I could give you three things to save your child’s creativity it would be these:

1)   Help them discover a passion for reading.

2)   Let them experience other parts of the world through travel.

3)   Place them in a Montessori-type learning environment.

Creative People Are:

The characteristics you see above provide creative people with a very rich diet of stimulation, variety, and situations.  They are exposed to a steady stream of new opinions, languages, cultures, and attitudes.  They see a much broader spectrum of society, people in general, and the world.  They see the same thing handled in many different ways, so it opens up the mind to problem solving, lateral thinking, and innovation.

I can tell you that just being back in Sydney, where they drive and walk on the other side of the street, is a good charge for my mental stimulation.  In Miami it is winter, here it is summer.  Interestingly, in Miami I sleep on the right side of the bed, here I sleep on the left side of the bed.  What’s up with that!

These creativity skills we’re discussing will serve you well in school, relationships, and work.  In fact, creative people have a very strong likelihood to be successful and wealthy.  They are great for inventing things, solving challenges, and envisioning new markets.

Creativity is one of the other ways to develop genius, other than what is measured on a standard IQ test.  In fact, recent research in the fields of perception, psycho-biology, and neuroscience have revealed that there is more than one area of intelligence.  In fact, they have discovered at least six— each one hard wired into a different area of the brain.  The people that we consider geniuses (like Mozart, Einstein, and others) have succeeded on tapping into a second area of intelligence, or possibly a third.  Most everyone else, works in mostly one region of the brain, and uses less that 10 percent of their brain’s capacity.

What’s Your CQ?

So how are your creativity skills?  Take the test I designed to measure your CQ – your Creativity Quotient.

1.  Do you fail a lot, because you are willing to try many new, high-risk endeavors?

YES     NO

 2.  Are you highly self-motivated?

YES     NO

3. Do you have vivid colorful dreams, many of which you remember in the morning?

YES     NO

4.  Do you enjoy learning about other cultures and nationalities, exploring other languages and customs?

YES     NO

5.  Have you traveled international extensively?

YES     NO

6.  Do you ask a lot of “what if” questions that challenge current accepted norms?

YES     NO

7.  Do you hear a song for the first time, or the start of a sentence, and know how they will finish it?  Or likewise, know the outcome of a TV show or movie, five minutes into it?

YES     NO

8.  Are you more emotional than most people?

YES     NO

9.  Do you have a career that involves writing, acting, painting, singing, or other artistic endeavors?

YES     NO

10. Are you the kind of person who isn’t happy and productive unless you’re doing at least four or five tasks simultaneously?

YES     NO

11. Do people tell you that you’re a “clothes horse,” or dress stylishly or alternative?

YES     NO

12. Do you look at a situation and see how things could be better arranged to work better?

YES     NO

13. Did you excel in creative writing or drama when you were in school?

YES     NO

14. Do you come up with a steady stream of original ideas in response to what happens to you each day?

YES     NO

15. Do you adapt easily to a new job, home, or school?

YES     NO

16. Do you daydream a lot, picturing yourself in different scenarios?

YES     NO

17. Do you often get struck with a flash of insight when you’ve left a problem to percolate in your subconscious mind?

YES     NO

18. Do you usually read four or five books at a time?

YES     NO

19. Do you take “disengagement breaks” from a creative project that you are momentarily stuck on?

YES     NO

20. Have you made a sharp change in lifestyle preference — such as going from a conservative dresser to a funky one, antique furniture to contemporary, metal rock to Opera—since becoming an adult?

 YES     NO

 

Grading:

Add up the number of times that you answered YES.  Keep in mind that this little quiz is meant to measure only ONE area of your genius.  You could score Zero on it, but still be a bona fide genius in other areas.  In fact, many people who have two or three college degrees will score very low.  That’s because the education process has subjugated their creativity.

The point of this test is to determine where you are exactly in the creativity sector only.  I believe that you can develop your genius in all areas.  So even if you feel like creativity is not one of your strengths—it can be learned.  We just need to know your starting point.  With that in mind, here’s how I would categorize the scores:

0 – 5  You are below even creativity levels of the masses.  You may be highly educated, or just someone who is very strong in logical, analytical processes.  You are missing a great deal in life, because you haven’t let your creative kid come out to play in a long time.   You will see major benefits in doing some of the things I’ll suggest in the next post.  It will open a whole new universe in your problem solving and innovation abilities.

6 – 10  You are about average in creativity.  Which is a polite way to say mediocre.  While you are certainly on a level with the rest of society, that’s no place to stake out a comfort zone.  Work on tomorrow’s post with the goal of getting into the above average or genius levels, where the real stimulation and rewards take place.

11 – 15  You are above average in your creative skills.  Which is always a good place to be, but there is still room at the top.  Particularly if you scored 11 or 12.  A small improvement from this level makes for significant rewards both personally and professionally.

16 – 20  If you scored 16 or higher, this is where the cool kids with the pumped up kicks live.  You’re in the creative genius category.   You have likely already done most of the things we’ll discuss tomorrow, or are currently doing them.  While you may pick up a notch or two, your biggest rewards will come from developing your other areas of genius, which we’ll be exploring in some future posts.

So how did you score and what do you think of the test?  Please share any revelations or insights you have below.  And be creative for God’s sake!  🙂  Next post, I’ll reveal my top secret, thermo nuclear creativity stimulators!

-RG

P.S. For you guys wondering, that statue pic of Mozart is from the Burggarten park in the center of Vienna.  The Mozart Memorial erected in 1896, is a master work in marble by Victor Tilgner.

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105 comments
Joshuastenberg
Joshuastenberg

16. About the P.S, I hadn't heard of it, googled it to see if it was a trick question, didn't check the rest of the facts since I think the choice of info was more interesting, might be an eq thing, if it is about the facts, then I don't know, Burggarten sounds German. Though I'm not sure if "Park" sounds German. Could be Garten, in short just Burggarten then since Burggarten Garten is kind of ovetdoing it. Don't even remember if it's called Garten to be honest, cut that class, such a boring language. My native tounge is Swedish. Garten sounds like Garden, figures, Americans often name foreigners and foreign words with their own nicknames. Perhaps that was an accidental misspell of "piece". Otherwise you must mean picture. Cause that's what it is right there. Uploaded and all.

rushdi sami
rushdi sami

18 because of the career Iam 18 years old and Iam attending university now ,how can I have a career?!

Renzo Valentino
Renzo Valentino

While doing this test i was day dreaming.. lol so i would need to go back and do it again .

MaiToi
MaiToi

Cool test! I scored 17. I haven't traveled much, but will when I get the means to do so.

RandomGirl
RandomGirl

I got 18 because of the career questions... I'm not old enough to have a career. :)

nikimcnally
nikimcnally

I scored 17. When I am done with school it will be 18 as I plan on travelling more!!!

souravghosh
souravghosh

Scored 18! It feels great to live creatively.I don't even know how to live otherwise. Though I am surrounded by people and a society who encourage conformity and suppress creativity at any cost, books and Internet rescued me. Thanks to these two, I could read about and connect with others like me. And that became a turning point in my life. Thanks Randy sir for the awesome post.

PeterGHorrill
PeterGHorrill

I scored very high. It was an intriguing test, thankyou RG. What area of genius did this test?

human7194925034
human7194925034

I scored a 1. It's what I expected, as whenever I do a project or writing assignment, the thing I have the most trouble with is coming up with any ideas at all. I really like math and science, but I hate English class, it's so hard!

ErylTalbot
ErylTalbot

Thanks for the test. The questions you asked.... It was like you were reading my mind!

Kathleen Caldwell
Kathleen Caldwell

I'm a 16. I always have 4 or 5 books going... 2 or 3 craft projects.. writing a book and singing concerts on the weekends. More business ideas than hours in the day! Oh my.

I take my kids out of school for travel experiences that come up and let my son finish high school at home when the other didn't suit him. I live each day as it comes and try not to pass up opportunities and experiences. I drive people nuts with suggestions on making things work better.

juanpabloAB09
juanpabloAB09

I scored 6, honestly. i have much to improve!

susumi_
susumi_

I scored 14 points. I think it`s a good motivation to move up and grow! :)

MihaiBarta
MihaiBarta

Nice one :) I scored 12 :). I'm still improving :) and will score this soon ;).

Thank you for all the things you are sharing.

I love your videos :).

Live ritch ^_^

Matt Shorty Wells
Matt Shorty Wells

honestly I scored a 14 but there were two questions I wanted to answer yes to, and will soon, but today had to say no. Questions # 9 & 11.

Colette Mason
Colette Mason

Wow 17/20 for me :)

I love being creative (more with concepts and ideas rather than design) - I wish I had the same enthusiasm for the tail-end of finishing things off :)

It's a bit of a double-edged sword being creative. Acting on impulse is good fun, but you can head off in wrong directions - go in more wrong directions than right ones and you're heading for trouble :)

I've realised that to really use your creativity well, I come up with the ideas and get someone else to come up with the hard graft, proofreading, sanity checking and stuff and get help checking over the commercials to make sure your idea is viable, and not just interesting to you. (Been burned badly with that in the past :( - but learned from the "outcome" :) )

Everyone should have an opportunity to be creative in their lives, whether that's creating macros in excel to do annual reports, or traditionally creative work like art, writing and drama.

Great post - thanks for writing it :)

Carmen
Carmen

I'm late to the party here, but I scored 14. I hadn't thought about some of those questions before, like Q.20 - a sharp change in lifestyle preference. Interesting!

Suzie Cheel
Suzie Cheel

16- oh to see some of those question and realize it adds up to genius :) Thanks for a great post

Catalina Soto
Catalina Soto

I scored 11

I know I am capable of more creativity. Just need to learn more about myself and keep pushing myself forward.

Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee

Hi Randi,

Wow! This is a really cool test. Very interesting. I scored a 19! I haven't had the chance to travel extensively, just a little, but I sure do daydream about it quite often :-)). I was told (and started to believe it) that I probably need to be checked for ADD! I'm always looking for new things the learn and experience. My mind seems to run endlessly with ideas. I even awake out of sleep to write things down or because my dream sparked new thoughts. My boyfriends thinks I'm "all over the place" because I always want to travel, meet new people, and I'll take almost any class, or training just to see what it's about, hey, you never know what you may come across.

I've been very active since my early childhood years. I began holding conversations at 1 1/2 years old, reading at 3, and my mother allowed me to use public transportation alone starting at 5 years old. I memorized the bus and train, along with the schedules and routes,planned my own trips and would write a "proposal" letter to my mother for approval of the trips. There used to be payphones pretty much at every corner and inside all buildings (unlike now, cell phones instead). I would have to call upon my arrival of my destination, in the middle to check in, and before I came home.
By age 7, I had learned to play several instruments, danced and participated in numerous productions.

There have been numerous instances of my schoolwork being accused of plagerism, from grammer school to college. There was one situtation with a professor, who was from France, and lived in parts of Africa before moving to the United States, told me she hadn't seen anyone write like that except scholars or "highly educated" people.(By the way that was a hurtful comment). It was the middle of the semester, so she changed ALL writing assignments to in-class work only. I strongly believed that was done to see if I was really completing my own work. She did apologize at the end of the semester once she realized that I was doing my own work.

I slowed down quite a bit after becoming a full time caregiver for my disabled mother 10 years ago. She died last year, and I noticed I've been having urges to re-enter into the activites I placed on the back burner years ago.

souravghosh
souravghosh

Very interesting Jessica. Creative people are often misunderstood by others, even by the people closest to them.

Wish I could show you how sad and depressed my parents are just because I didn't take the conventional career paths or not like others. It happens.

Btw best wishes for re-entering this amazing life.

Patti
Patti

What a simple little assessment. What I like about it...it's a great reminder to foster and enhance creativity anytime anywhere...both your own and others. Thanks!

Ester
Ester

Randy, I loved that.
18, not bad!!

Zhanna
Zhanna

Thanks, Randy, for this highly creative and interesting task. This material is valuable for me because I'm studying language and developing my personality. As to the test I scored 16 and consider it motivating. But now I've understood I failed a lot because of my creativity. I can't help doing many things simultaneously and I always read books together.

Mark Hibbitts
Mark Hibbitts

I got 14/15 but laughed out loud at some of the questions as they were so 'me'. For example I think I have a different book open in every room in the house, much to my wife's dismay.

Marketa
Marketa

Randy,

this test... better questions, helped me remember... how creative person I am... So I think this is the point... to stop and think, what you do, how you react and accept this wonderful state..

All this things I think are normal for me... and for others can be inspiration..

I understand it yesterday.. My old friend called me after a long time.. I send here video Christmas greetings.. and I inspire here to call me. She is on a maternity leave now... She told me, that she wanted to call me many times... but, but... and the video told her.. Call her NOW!

I told her that I am moving to the US... and she told me, that she is little bit jealous, envy, but she supports me.. I told her that I will send her video e-mails from the beach..
She said: You provoked?
I replied: NO, To inspire :o)

So? Thank you for inspirations, Randy..

Take care,
Marketa

wencel
wencel

have 13 in my 63 age, must improve it !!!!!

Rina Liddle
Rina Liddle

Hahaha, I scored "mediocre" yet worked in Theatre for 10 years before going back to school to become a practicing visual artist. I think my score was an anomaly :)

lalita
lalita

My score is 15 and it`s because I can't answer to two questions. But I'm impressed. I always knew I'm full of qualities, but sometimes I'm tired to have so many of them because I want do everything in the same time. ;)

Luciano Zamorfa
Luciano Zamorfa

aced it...boom..like you said.I have many projects going at the same time, I start to dream as soon as I start to listen to self improvement audios..what if's are always popping in my head..

RJ
RJ

12. It should be 16 or 17, but for the creatve headkicking I received from a whole line of people in my youth. I come from a conservative family, and 6 years in the army didn't help either.

So, sir, how do we break out of this cycle of repression? your the man, lead on. Guarantee I'll stalk you for answers. :)

Gary
Gary

I have always considered myself a plethora of positive contradictions. That said I impulsively answered each question. Then reflected upon my answers before moving on. In the end I was pleased to receive a score of 17.

Randy I respect your wit, wisdom and creativity. Hopefully these exercises will help me to continue in my desire to inspire/bless others. Life is way too short to live it any other way.

Annie
Annie

Randy your test is silly. Where did you come up with your criterion? To me it just sounds like you, your description of a creative person, is just a description of you.

Creativity cannot have a standardized test. Too many variables. I will not take your test, I will not take it with the rest, I will not take it any day, and that is all I have to say.:)

Richard Huber
Richard Huber

CQ=10. I pictured myself higher than this. I guess I've been stifled by too much school and corporate think...need Randy's thermo nuclear creativity stimulators to break out of submission! Until tomorrow...

Hilary
Hilary

Love the post and cant wait for the top secret in the next post. Couldn't agree more with Richard - we are living in an amazing era. I do not know what boredom is - my brain is always hyper busy with ideas and the implementation of such.
I have some fab e books I created still in my computer and more in the making but need someone who is good at getting them to market. All offers of partnership welcome!
Randy I missed you by about 24 hours in the airport in Paris last week when I had gone there for the World Arabian Horse Championships near Roissy, Charles de Gaulle.
I really want to spend time with you but am too busy to get across the pond these days. I have been thinking creatively and in exchange for some of your precious time on your next trip to Paris would love to offer you one or several of the following ...... a guided tour of the city - (I'll take you to places no tour guide will take you to,)
dinner in the revolving restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tour,
free french lessons, ( or Spanish, German, Arabic or Russian,)
aperitif at a great friends appt in the rue de Rivoli opposite the Louvre with the best view in paris followed by dinner at the Ritz, round the corner,
a visit to my friends art galleries,
a seat at the opera,
lunch at the Piazza Athenee or The Avenue (BTW - I have an amazing pied a terre (small but cosy appt) for sale right opposite The Avenue restaurant above Dior)
a visit the Rodin foundery where I have the last available "The Thinker" bronze statue for sale ( how creative is that?)
or
bring you to Geneva to see a di Vinci painting I have for sale - it has been valued for insurance purposes at 150 million dollars. How can a painting be worth this much - because Leonardo di Vinci was THE master of creativity, and genius.....
I wonder how much your programs will be worth Randy posthumously?
These are just a few of a myriad of propositions on offer to you Randy as a creative way to get to spend some time with you......
I'd rather use my time to create a win/win offer than tell you what score I got in a test which looks like fun but which I don't have time to do and when I know my creativity is way off the charts anyway.
I get so much from your posts and thank you thank you thank you for all your inspiration and creative genius.
PS. Talking about thermo nuclear..... I can also take you to to visit CERN - ( European Nuclear Research Centre in Geneva - great place for metaphysicists) and I LOVE the " be creative for God's sake pun!"

Per Lindvall
Per Lindvall

You don't have to be different. You just have to be you. You are different.

Thomas Edward Mrak
Thomas Edward Mrak

@Randy

Surprised that more creative people aren't fans of Ayn Rand. You'd think the message of individuality and the right to pursue what one values would be more popular.

Instead, Rand's work is painted as monstrous, cold, uncaring, and Fascist, neither of of which she would condone. I think she was honest and blunt, and some people do not appreciate that.

A lot of creative people have very Left-wing views. (i.e.

Richard Bony
Richard Bony

Hi Randy,
Do you know your classroom is worldwide?
My score was 18 and two "unsure". I actually generate more ideas than I can act on. Sometimes, I will pic 4 books and try to read all at a time. When the mind cannot handle, I sleep on them. I need to develop my capacity to implement systems. Because all my ideas are good, I would like them to function in synergy.
Thank you for the test.
Is wonderful to be alive in this era.

Thomas Edward Mrak
Thomas Edward Mrak

I scored 16.

Self-confidence and worthiness issues keep creeping up, otherwise it would be higher.

i.e. Being 30 and losing myself in doing "crazy" music again. Insecurity from being told how it's "impossible" to succeed,lack of a college education,past failures,etc.

Michael
Michael

I gave myself a 9.5. I had to modify it because I have some 'sometimes' and 'half the time' responses. So I would give myself either a 1/4 point or a 1/2...

John Kennedy
John Kennedy

Very cool and cleverly written post as always..

Scored 15, room for improvement.

This post has helped bring me back in alignment after a rotten couple of days.

Much appreciated ;)

John

Christie Ellis
Christie Ellis

I had a challenging time with answering some of the questions. I wasn't sure how to quantify "a lot" or "extensively" so I just went with what I thought the average number may be. I scored a 15...higher than I thought I would have been...cool!

Juan Pablo
Juan Pablo

Muchos conmetarios!! jaja muy bueno el test, espero seguir crecendo en mis habilidades de IQ, Y sobre todo seguir trabajando en mi "self-develop" Gracias Randy

Lynn Huber
Lynn Huber

I scored an 9. Guess I have a lot of work to do! That means I have lots of room to grow!

Kim
Kim

I scored a 15! There's still so much room for me to learn new things - EXCITING!

rita
rita

My score is 16.
I knew it already, when reading the questions before even scoring. As you also described :)

Unfortunately, I don´t remember almost any dream at all - honestly, since I separated from in summer 2000. I often dreamt very powerful and clear.
It´s a pity.
If you ever stumble over an article of how to open that dream-gate again, pls. post it!!
I´d be thankful -- thanks Randy!

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