Lifehacker.com has an interesting article today on Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing. The TL;DR version (but you really should read it) of the five myths are:
- Creativity Is Something You’re Born With
- You Can’t Control When Inspiration Will Strike
- You Can’t Learn to Be Creative
- Creativity Happens in Isolation (the Myth of the Lone Creator)
- Creativity Comes to Those with the Time and Means
I want to keep up a theme I’m trying to advance on this blog, which is a deflating the word “creative” from the lofty heights of Picasso or Steve Jobs or pick whichever amazing artist/visionary you want. Try to remember that creative isn’t a title or separate class of person, it’s a quality you imbue your life with.
I don’t know if these myths are from people who want to keep potential creatives out of the club, or from people who gave up too soon and want a reason for why they never succeeded in their dreams. But I do know that most of us go through life doing a lot of things we don’t even think about, much less imbue with love and labor (to borrow form Steven Pressfield). Just a thought for today.