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CreativeMornings [CM]: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?  

Surya Vanka [SV]: Creativity is an inborn ability of every single human on this planet. Whether they label themselves “creatives” or not, everyone is creative in all kinds of small ways in their own lives. The average person’s way of being creative is innate but untrained, so it tends to be a stab-in-the-dark process and is limited to their own lives.  As a designer, I have had thousands of hours of study and practice in channeling my own creativity into disciplined, systematic and repeatable way. I can do this so it is available on-demand and in service of others.

[CM]: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

[SV]: Observation of the lives of others. Curiosity and wonder at another person’s experience of the world. Humility to allowed to be part of the beautiful creative process.

[CM]: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

[SV]: Don’t postpone doing that project you dream of doing perfectly sometime in some perfect future. That perfect future becomes the busy present and quickly the past. Do your dream project imperfectly right now, or your dream project will remain just that - a dream.

[CM]: Who would you like to hear speak at Creative Mornings?  

[SV]: Sonam Wangchuck

[CM]: How does your life and career compare to what you envisioned for your future when you were a sixth grader?

[SV]: My dream when was a sixth grader in India was to be a designer, but at that age I did not know such a career existed nor did I know that such a career even had a name. Through a series of fortunate accidents, I have now found myself doing exactly what I wanted to do when I was ten years old. How lucky!

[CM]: How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?

[SV]: I try to release the creativity of millions of people through the power of design.