So, you think you’re NOT creative?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Many people view creativity as an exclusive attribute of the arts. Painting, acting, writing, singing, and similar artistic expressions are viewed as entirely imaginative, and therefore, creative. This, of course, is correct. However, there is a common tendency to turn that central assumption into a limitation: believing that since artistic professions are creative, other professions engineering, medicine, accounting are not. Therefore, people who do not show artistic tendencies tend to think they are not creative. This is incorrect.

Every human being is innately creative. We are all born with a natural curiosity and the ability to think. Coupled together, these two things fuel another natural human tendency called, Imagination.

As we all know, the ability to create something stems from the ability to think of something the ability to imagine. Put differently, at the root of every creation is an idea, and the generation of ideas is through thought, and thought fuels the process of imagination. It is true that the expression of creativity differs among individuals, but that is a necessary component of life, and of evolution. After all, even within the so-called Creative Arts, there are very many differing forms.

But why is this important? Knowing we are all creative opens us up to being able to harness that quality, and to apply it to our various lives. The power of creativity is such that it enables us to view things differently, and therefore create positive changes in our spheres of influence including the workplace. Creativity at work can turn careers around, make dull jobs an exciting job, and turn dead-ends into opportunities.

Not sure where to begin? Here are a few ways you can tap into your creativity, and start making positive changes in your workplace:

  1. Ask more questions.

Question everything. Do not do things just because that’s how they have been done for ages. Ask questions to find out why, what purpose is served, and start to ask if there are more efficient ways to carry out those same tasks. Asking more questions will also help you be more patient because instead of getting frustrated when things don’t work, you will start thinking about how you can be part of the solution.

 

  1. Widen your interests.

Don’t limit yourself to what you know only, instead, go out of your way to widen your interests and try new things! All you do in your spare time is watch football? Well, why not try a cooking class? Or learn a new language? Different activities stimulate different parts of the brain, which means that the more varied your interests are, the more engaged and stimulated your brain will be.

 

  1. Read!

Of all the interests you can pick up, and of all the ways you can tap into your creativity, perhaps the most important is reading. A lot of people feel like reading is tedious or boring, but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t need to start with complicated financial books, or lengthy self-improvement journals even reading simple fiction can go a long way to expand your mind, and it will expose you to more ideas and experiences than you would otherwise encounter. And of course, more ideas means more fuel for creative imagination.

 

  1. Learn from others.

Don’t be too proud to ask other people for help, advice or information! As mentioned earlier, every human being is uniquely creative, and so the way you see things will be different from the way they do.

In the workplace, learning from others could mean trying your hands at new projects, volunteering to be part of projects outside your comfort zone, or understudying a superior. Studying other people and asking for help is one of the easiest ways to expand your thinking and engage your creative side.

The quality of creativity is greatly admired and even envied by most. History has repeatedly shown that creative people are the innovators in their respective fields. Tap into your creative side, get those creative juices flowing and watch your career prospects skyrocket.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

L-R: GoodLuck Linda, WOSSA Chief Welfare officer; Helen Unabor, WOSSA Chief Protocol officer; Olawale Osundele, Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Lagos Island 1 Zone, Heritage Bank; Amb. Tayo Thomas, President of WOSSA; Dame Jennifer Omotayo-Thomas, Vice president, WOSSA and John Adah, Team Member, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”

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Heritage Bank supports over 500 widows, receives UN Award for Humanitarian Service 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service from the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s support. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

The event was an opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group’s key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: ” Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children”. 

Continuing, he said: “The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today”. 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people’s lives. 

He said: “It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people’s lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow’s Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects.”

“We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphans and the less privileged in the society,” he added.

According to Osundele, the bank’s support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  “It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in society,” he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

“The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows’ children, among other things,” she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

“I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loans from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeed in whatever craft or business they are doing so that they will not continue to depend on people,” she said. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications