Matthew Schuler has posted on his blog a nice summary of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book “Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People“. To summarize his summary – creative people tend to be more comfortable with holding contradictory views or positions in their thinking.
I recommend reading the list of 9 contradictory traits that are frequently present in creative people. The one that resonated the most, for me, was:
“Perhaps the most important quality, the one that is most consistently present in all creative individuals, is the ability to enjoy the process of creation for its own sake.”