There is an idea floating around that people are not creative. I hear people say “I’m not a creative person, I’m more of a “fill-in-the-blank” kind of person or “let’s leave that up to the creative people.” I believe that is a myth. It is a self-imposed restriction that we put on ourselves.
Where do I get that? I get that from my world-view. I am a Christ follower. And I know that the Bible says that we are “created in the image of God” and God made absolutely everything. So if he created everything and we are created in His image than we are creative because we were created by THE Creator. That’s probably why sometimes when you are being creative it feels like you’re channeling something or tapping into something bigger than yourself…
because that is exactly what’s happening.
But even if you don’t happen to share my worldview, I bet you can remember a time in your life when you were creative.
I was reading the book “Ignore Everybody” It’s a good book written by Hugh MacLeod. Hugh said, “Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the “creative bug” is just a wee voice telling you, “I’d like my crayons back please.”
I’m sure you can remember a time when you were creative. But we grow up and we start to hear voices in our head saying:
“You can’t do it.”
“There’s no such thing as an original idea.”
“Your idea is not that good.”
“I’m just too busy to do anything creative. I’ve got too many things going on.”
All these are just excuses. You are creative. So what now? Even if you buy in and say “Okay, I’m a creative, now what?”
Put something out there. Put something in the marketplace. Don’t wait until you feel it’s perfect and a commercial idea that everybody is going to love.
Just start. create. something. Do it.