What leads so many of us to be creatively expressive? Why do many people choose careers in the arts, or work that actively engages their creativity?
Lupita Nyong’o thanked “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen: "You charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position, it’s been the joy of my life."
How we think about where we get abilities can impact using them, even exploring our potential talents well enough to create something worthwhile.
"Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent." Sophia Loren
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The truth is that by expanding possibilities and automating part of the creative process, we can all be more creative and productive. In a virtual world of infinite abundance, only creativity could ever be in short supply.
"The ugly truth is that most creative acts are failures, which is why, as Robert Weisberg points out in his book Creativity, outstanding creative work is tightly linked to prolific output
By Cynthia Morris, CPCC It would be nice to believe that the life of a creative person is one long, happy adventure. But despite the freedom and satisfaction that can come from working as a creative professional, it’s not all fun.
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Artists, as well as entrepreneurs and other creative people, often use storyboards, journals, mindmapping and other idea tools for developing creative projects.
Maybe you kept a diary, or still do. Or use a notebook as a helpful tool for personal growth, and to track your thinking and inspiration. In one video here, en*theos CEO Brian Johnson comments, “I love using journals to capture my thoughts.” In another video, Lisa Sonora Beam talks about the power of visual journaling.
"Finding ways to maintain that optimal zone where we are neither under- or over-stimulated allows us to use our minds to respond rather than to react. The greater access you maintain to yourself, the richer and broader your array of creative tools.” Psychologist Cheryl Arutt
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"Imagination is not a "soft skill.' It is the workspace of your brain, the place where connections are made between ideas to create something new."
Douglas Eby's insight:
Survival: Many, if not most, people experience some kind of trauma in life. How does creative expression help people deal with it, to heal and recover? How can surviving painful experiences sometimes fuel creativity? See article: Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health. http://talentdevelop.com/6550/creative-people-and-trauma/
"As children, fear is a natural part of our lives, but as adults we view fear as a disease. It’s not a disease." - Psychologist Robert Maurer //
“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” James Thurber //
Ben Stiller stars in and directs a movie version of Thurber’s famous story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and comments, “At a certain point, you want to be taking chances. That’s when you’re having the most vital experiences.”
As a child or teenager, we were perhaps more freely creative, but as supposed “grown-ups” we face fears and uncertainties about our talents, or the marketplace value of a particular form of expression, or what our investing in a project means – both for us, and others.
Some forms of creative work may have structures and guidelines to follow, at least during some stages, but at some point the venture is, well, creative. You need to make things up.
There can be many inner threats and challenges to all these aspects of creating.