Last week, I read an article in Newsweek about 400 children who were monitored over a period of 50 years well into adulthood. Professor E. Paul Torrance measured their creativity in 1958. Here is the interesting part, and I quote the article: “What’s shocking is how incredibly well Torrance’s creativity index predicted those kids’ creative accomplishments as adults.”Those who came up with more good ideas on Torrance’s tasks grew up to be entrepreneurs, inventors, college presidents, authors, doctors, diplomats, and software developers. Jonathan Plucker of Indiana University recently reanalyzed Torrance’s data. The correlation to lifetime creative accomplishment was more than three times stronger for childhood creativity than childhood IQ.
I notice that frequently what lifts a person from the mundane, is the ability to discern that which does not exist yet. See article here.