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“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Alfa Edison

Quoting from the words of Thomas Alfa Edison, intelligence is only one percent are influenced by the inspiration, the other ninety-nine percents is influenced by how we can absorb the knowledge taught to us, what is going on around us and how we react to them; or commonly known as effort.

Prospects and opportunities to be creative and innovative in my opinion is very largely open when we become uni-students. Lessons; both life lessons and what was taught at school, have reached a fairly mature level when we become uni-students.Way of thinking; uni-students usually aged around 17 years or older, at these age the capabilities and ways of thinking, can be said, was already an adult. And from what I know, there are many opportunities to get to know, a wide range of ethnic, cultural and nature of people; when we’re in college.

Back again to the statement of Thomas Alfa Edison, our ability to absorb is the most important one who determines our intelligence. Thus, the broad environment that we get in college and then we unite with the maturity of the lessons  that we’ve got, combined in our way of thinking, will open up our view of the prospects and opportunities that we can achieve. Afterwards, we played with inspiration to generating the ideas that can meet the criteria of the prospects and opportunities.

In the process of creativity and innovation there is a theory called the novology. The theory mentions five levels of creativity, namely:

  • Existential: Everything is there that started first, then other things were in attendance to follow.
  • Communicational: When something has been created, it would relate to or communicate with other processes.
  • Instrumental: instrumental relationships will bring us create the tools or assistive devices.
  • Orientational: The tools or assistive devices should be directed towards its use to produce something useful (to the environment, community, social).
  • Innovational: Everything that was created for the community is the innovation that provides a new object, new features, new products.
There are also 4 levels of innovation, they are technological innovation, product innovation, process innovation, and business model innovation. All of those levels are the key that you can use to develop your ideas on filling up any kind of prospects and opportunities.
But most students are not able to develop his abilities due to several factors from both themselves and the environment. Both the physical and emotional condition got an ascendency, easily bored and quit half way through is a problem that most frequently occur. Usually due to have found something more interesting or even physical inability due to lack of rest because of too many tasks and lectures.

In addition, the environment was a big influence in inhibiting the ability of students to be creative and innovative. Friendship and family environments that do not support, or even abusive and degrading, can bury the spirit.

From the theories of creativity and innovation that I mentioned earlier, we can see that new ideas do not always have to be created from scratch. Changing an existing object into a new object with value added are also a form of innovation. So, be smart to see and absorb whatever is around you because it’s the starting point for finding new opportunities. As in  a book, The World IsFlat. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century is an international bestselling book by Thomas Friedman that analyzes globalization, primarily in the early 21st century. The title is a metaphor for viewing the world as a level playing field in terms of commerce, where all competitors have an equal opportunity. The more you open your eyes to the situation around, you will quickly be able to follow the change or globalization that happens, because if you have been left behind by globalization, that was the beginning of the slump; that’s the point that Thomas Friedman trying to convey in his book.

To that end, what every student must owned to be creative and innovative is actually pretty simple, just the intention, desire, tenacity and courage. So, do not ever feel inferior and don’t cease on making new creation!

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