11 brutal truths about creativity
Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, and web designers.
It’s one of those ineffable things that’s extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it. It’s also the driving force for so many of us, to the point where we’ve created an entire category of worker that just called “creative.”
But while creativity might seem like magic, it’s definitely a good kind of magic and a bad kind of magic. It bewitches us into thinking that simply being “creative” is enough; that if you have that unexplainable thing, then you don’t need to work as hard.
Well, I’m here to tell you that’s simply not true. Sorry to break it to you, but while creativity is awesome and important, it’s not the be-all and end-all.
If you’re going to do your best creative work — and isn’t that what we all want? — then it’s time to accept these 11 brutal truths about creativity.
- Your ideas are not original.
- Inspiration is a myth.
- Everyone is creative.
- Creativity isn’t something you’re born with.
- You’ll never be great until you can be vulnerable.
- Fear is necessary.
- Being creative is hard.
- You can’t do it alone.
- Brainstorming is not the best way to innovate.
- Incentives harm creativity.
- It doesn’t get easier.
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