There are plenty of myths to choose from. If you wish to give up your future, go ahead and pick up a fantasy. On the other hand, if you believe that there must be a better choice, look around and find your own voice.
Here is some of the nonsense which most of us have been fed:
- The only creative people are those who do artistic things, such as singing, playing guitar, drawing, or directing movies.
- Jobs in industry and commerce mainly consist of boring routines that must be performed in a narrowly-described manner in order to arrive at predetermined results.
- In any organization, only top positions require some measure of creativity. All other employees are supposed to shut up and follow orders, that is, if they want to keep their job.
I am going to tell you things as they really are, and then, I am going to ask you to let go of myths about creativity. In case nobody told you, this is the truth:
1.- ABOUT YOUR CREATIVITY: You are an intelligent, creative human being. It is your own business to decide how to exercise your creativity. Nobody has the right to dictate to you which fields are considered creative and which not. You are the only one who is entitled to choose what goals you want to pursue and in which way.
2.- ABOUT YOUR UNIQUENESS. Your life and your personal conditions are unique. There is no one else like you in the world and there will never be another person like you. Your perceptions and experience cannot be internalized by another human being. The combination of knowledge that exists in your mind is singular to one person. Your creativity is the factor that allows you to reconfigure that knowledge and produce something new.
3.- ABOUT YOUR LIMITED TIME. The years of your life will end up some day, hopefully in a distant future. No man knows how much time he has, but all of us are conscious of our mortality. This should not be interpreted negatively. On the contrary, this should be taken as an encouragement to use every hour creatively.
Today, right now, is the best moment to discard preconceived ideas about creativity. It is the ideal time to reclaim for ourselves, in our chosen field of activity, the right to exert our mind to the utmost.
Don't waste a minute in admiration of someone else's view of his own avocation. Make your own decisions and throw away what doesn't work. Creativity can be demonstrated daily in all our actions. When we choose and when we move, we become ourselves the living proof.
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