1. Internal Drive and Initiative
This is very valuable for anyone who wants to do something novel, since you got to have that special ingredient to reach escape velocity.
2. Risk-taking Behavior
Creative people do not like to follow the herd, and this tendency can easily spillover into productive (even destructive) risk-taking behaviors.
3. Highly Ambitious
Psychological studies show that creative people are more ambitious than the average.
4. Originality Seeking
This is pretty much a truism.
5. Emotional Volatility
Studies consistently show that creative people have a broader emotional registrar, so the stereotype of histrionic artist is not wholly fiction.
6. Seeks New and Diverse Experiences
Similar to how moths are attracted to light, creative people are attracted to such stimulating experiences.
7. Wants External Validation
While this is true for everyone, it is especially important for those attempting something new.
8. Likely to take Contrarian Positions
Creativity is a broad trait that quickly manifests itself in many of life’s avenues.
9. Accepts Ambiguity
Most feel existentially threatened by ambiguity, while creative people have a more productive relationship to that feature of life.
They are not quitters!
11. Needs to Feel a Sense of Autonomy
This autonomy pertains to the extent to which you can add your individual flare on some collective effort.
12. Self-conscious of Uniqueness
We have all heard the idiom that “everyone is unique”, but most people are not very self-conscious of their uniqueness. Creative persons takes such idioms much deeper.
13. Broad Range of Interests
Many of the most creative people in history were known for being polymaths.
Here again, they do not follow the heard.