Is there any difference between a Creative and Brilliant Person?

Have you ever observed how fast we label people in society? We either label them dumb, stupid, brilliant, creative, or a genius, but have you ever stopped to think which is which before you made that call? Indeed, we are all guilty of stereotyping, even if we pretend not to be. That is to say that we make notes of people by classifying them fairly regularly, despite our hatred for labels and the fact that we would never say anything that was off the balance of political correctness out loud.

Given this, we think that often people are labeled as creative, almost as if an explanation for their behavior. “Oh, he’s creative.” Sometimes we stereotype someone as creative for a work of song, art, design, or poem. “That is so creative; she is brilliant.” Perhaps, you have noticed the reviews for movies, plays, or novels, and the word brilliant is used by all the reviewers to label the piece or the writer or actor? Are they brilliant? And what is the difference between a brilliant person and a creative one?

Indeed, I would agree with you that all humans are creative once they learn to think. Unfortunately, we train kids to memorize merely, and then they sit and watch Netflic for hours a day, indeed this diminishes the creative nature of a human being. The remembering of facts, gathering of knowledge, and bonuses for getting an answer right on a test can damage the creative mind. Perhaps, that is why when we see a kid that is doing poor in school but comes up with exciting or brilliant stuff, we say; “Oh, he is creative,” as an excuse for his low test scores.

However, all humans have and have lots of creativity, so being artistic is nothing special, although most folks perceive it because they have lost their creativity through education, conditioning, or social media bombardment. Interestingly enough, we label folks smart or intelligent if they are up on all the latest media information and know the trivia questions’ answers. But remembering facts and figures is only one part of intelligence; there are some 7 or 8 different intelligence tests and having lots of points stored in one’s head is only one of the skills.

In reality, a smart person would do very well on tests, but genuine smarts would also have a bit of cunning in there:

  1. Cunning is a form of creativity and presents intelligence in other ways. 
  2. A creative person has one set of skills, and a smart person has the other skill-set. 
  3. Highly intelligent people have both of them. 
  4. And brilliant people can utilize both sets together very well.
  5. Geniuses use these skills to their maximum. 


There appears to be the distinction, at least in our present period and in our current society. The dictionary might have a different set of described values, but the current context is important. The main difference between creativity and brilliance is that the creativity is the skill to create new concepts and ideas and also to enact or to produce them while intelligence is the ability to acquire knowledge and to utilize it. If you are brilliant, you can utilise both knowledge and concepts really well, and if you are a genius, well- you can take it to another level.

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