Why is Imagination Important, It has no Limits

Imagination can lead to anywhere, anyone and anything. It has been vital to achieving greatness across all fields, namely art. So how critical is imagination in life? I would say very. And why is imagination important? Well, let’s see…

In a fiercely real world, where all of life’s truths and opinions can make or break someone, imagination is a form of escape. It can be anything including a calm and harmonious haven.

Definitions and distinctions

imagination is greater than knowlegdeImagination is the act of forming new ideas that are not present to the sense of reality. Knowledge is facts and information acquired by a person through experience or education.

It is necessary to separate these two concepts because you you can imagine based on knowledge but imagination can also transcend knowledge and thus you cannot necessarily know based on imagination.

Why is Imagination Important…

It is more practical than experience

Imagination makes every single experience possible for you through your mind. It enables you to look at one situation from a million different angles. It allows you to experience things that in the coldest sense of reality, are not happening of reality and thus break through tangible barriers of creation and knowledge.

why is imagination importantYou don’t only have to limit yourself to visual imagination. You can go beyond that and start imagining using all of your senses – taste, scent, feelings and sounds. This will help your creativity even further.

Imagination does not make you impractical. In fact, imagination is important to strengthen your creative abilities. Through imagination, you can recreate and remodel your life for the better. Through imagination, you can create your own ideal world.

It has diverse uses

According to Remez Sasson, founder of Success Consciousness, imagination has a daily role in everyone’s life. Whether this role is noticed consciously or unconsciously, imagination is used in everyday activities like planning errands and taking over tasks.

imagination is the origin of ideasWhen it comes to art, imagination is linked directly to creation. No one tells a true artist what to create. No artist has a list in front of him or her of what to do next.

Artists have to imagine each and every next work. Even realism is founded in imagination because as I mentioned here, the real trick is to draw with your mind rather than your eye.

The art of planning out and building a dream house from nothing, the art of designing a couture dress, or the art of writing a novel from the first word to the last.

These are all founded in imagination. And without it, humans would cease to be humans. The better your imagination, the better you will become at your art.

It enables growth and forward thinking

According to recent studies, imagination is important in a child’s cognitive development. Children are free to use their minds in the most creative sense because they don’t fully understand reality yet. More and more, the importance of fuelling this creative fire is being recognized.

imagination is crucial for child developmentAlthough accepting and understanding reality is obviously important, imagination should also be exercised regularly. Not only does this help keep the whole of the brain functional and healthy but also allows us to foster better relationships and plan ahead.

According to an article posted in The Wall Street Journal, imagination is necessary for kids to understand the experiences of others and to be able to put themselves in another person’s shoes.

Furthermore, imagination allows kids to think about and envision the kind of future they want to have for themselves. I would say it does the same thing for adults!

“Imagination is vital for contemplating reality, not just things we take to be mere fantasy”, says Paul Harris, a developmental psychologist and is presently teaching in Harvard Graduate School of Education. “Whenever you think about Civil War or even God, you use imagination”, he added.

The importance of imagination sets in the context of knowledge. Various students of the subject argue that it is that through imagination, a person fuels the drive for knowledge acquisition.

In a Ted talk forum, the correspondent Ayesha Ratnayake states that “if you are really passionate about a possibility you imagine (whether it’s a better education system or a revolutionary scientific theory), you will seek out the knowledge needed to test it or to turn your vision to reality”.

Some other responses from this forum include the following:

“Creativity is the product of imagination. So, both of them need knowledge to work and grow up together. Knowledge is static and creativity is changing, change is needed for new things to happen but to have change there must first be something to change; knowledge.” – Thomas Z.

“Both are necessary. Imagination drives inquiry and inquiry eventually leads to knowledge. With additional knowledge new levels of imagination become possible.” Harald Jezek

It’s a main ingredient for success

As an artist, imagination is going to fuel your creativity, your action and your success. It’s going to propel your need to move forward, and instil passion within you using all of the possibilities that your work may hold. Imagining a new work, imagining the look on a buyers face when they see the work, imagining starting your own site, imagining opening your own gallery.

Of course you can’t reach success solely on imagination because success requires action. But it’s the main ingredient because it all starts in your head. No one great knew for a fact that they were going to be great when they just started, they imagined their greatness and that vision propelled them forward to fulfill their dreams.

albert einstein valued imaginationAnd no one started off knowing everything they needed to in order to succeed. Maybe your dream is to open your own gallery. But you have no idea how to get the money, no idea how to buy the property, no idea how to build your collection from various artists. That’s okay!

You will get there – if you can imagine it, you can realize it. It’s just a matter of persistence and time.

As was said in this famous quote by Albert Einstein: “imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Your development as an artist

Furthermore, developing your imagination is crucial for your craft. You will expand the possibilities of your work infinitely and ensure uniqueness and personal aura in each of your pieces.

Check out our page on artistic development to start developing your imagination! You can also read about our philosophy that’s built on the ability to imagine.

Please comment below and tell us why you think imagination is important? Or how it’s helped you create some of your best work!

14 Replies to “Why is Imagination Important, It has no Limits”

  1. Hi,
    It is true that imagination can transcend knowledge and that makes it so powerful. I am not an artist where the use of imagination is obvious but as you say it is the main ingredient for success in any field of endeavour. Thought provoking article. Thanks.

    1. Hi there!

      I’m happy that you’ve found this post thought provoking. It’s always great to find something that makes you think, isn’t it?

  2. Hey Martina. Great Article. Imagination is extremely important because it is the beginning of all manifestation. I am a big believer in the Law of Attraction, and I know that you need to imagine first, feel ,then you can create. Einstein knew this, as well as many other successful people. I have book marked your site,and look forward to more posts.Cheers.

    1. Hey Johnny,

      I’m so flattered that you’ve bookmarked us! And yes, I totally agree, imagination is the beginning of anything. That’s where it all starts – in the mind. And that is the base of our whole philosophy at Imaginecreatedo. Definitely let me know if you want to know more about it!


  3. Beautifully done article! Imagination and creativity are some of the most important things in this world, but I think it can definitely be hard to get out of the daily grind or even find time to just dream and let that inner artist out. I certainly know it can be difficult for me. Being from a psychology background, I certainly understand the necessity for children to use their imaginations. I just think we forget how useful it can be as we grow up. Thanks for this great post!

    1. Hi Pete,

      Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I think you are 100% right. We get so caught up in the unimportant little things that we think we have to do everyday, we forget to just get out of our own way a little bit. We’re coming out with a new post tomorrow you also might be interested in actually about coping with this kind of pressure and freeing up time. Definitely stay tuned for that!

  4. I always loved playing with things like lego and imagining being in space battles and such. Still using it to plan my future and the steps needed too.
    It’s good to see this posted up every now and again; I think most people dismiss imagination as a waste of time. It’s a shame really.

    1. Hey Justin,

      We totally agree with you here at Imaginecreatedo! And people who dismiss it as a waste of time often are using it every day without even realizing it. They just don’t understand that by getting out of their own way and pushing a little further – they could in fact harness it to push them further! You probably don’t imagine being in space battles any more but I bet you still imagine things – pretend to be in certain situations and play out the outcome. It’s a part of being human and an amazing part at that. Definitely something we need to learn to harness!

  5. So true, all of what you wrote! I was lucky because my parents made sure I had a bedtime story every single night before I could read. My imagination went wild! I loved coloring books and would draw in my own additions.
    Especially when ballet was involved!

  6. I love your post. Imagination is the true driving force of human success. If you see the human history, I believe every great idea started with a dream or some one imagined it could happen. I also believe that human mind has the power to bring our imaginations into life. Think of Telepathy, Its based on Imagination as well. Probably the best route who want to see the power of imagination.

    1. Hi Attiq!

      I totally agree – it really is. Everything really starts with imagination and the rest is how much effort is willing to be put in. Great insight that you’ve brought, thank you!

  7. Hi Martina, great post and great encouragement for us beginners into the finer arts. My inner artist has only just started to surface through my nail art. Having been diagnosed with Chronic Depression it is my way of expression. Thank You!

    1. Hi Tracy,

      Thank you so much for your positive feedback! Nail art sounds pretty cool – I can’t say that I’ve heard much about it. Definitely head over to our Home page and enter your info if you’d like to learn more about a potential feature! I’m sure our community would be super interested to learn more 🙂


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