Being Creative

I remember many years ago being in awe of creative people who could come up with cool ideas and designs. It never entered my mind to try it myself, until much later. Now, many years hence, I have concluded that creativity is a state of mind. It’s not something you’re born with. It’s something you develop.

What I’ve learned is that creativity is directly linked to confidence. If you tell yourself you aren’t creative, you will not be creative. If you tell yourself you are, you will be. Of course, confidence isn’t easily achieved, and many factors can affect your level of confidence – your home life, your happiness, your colleagues, your friends, etc.  But confidence is key to being creative. At least, that’s what I’ve found.

What creativity also requires is work. You have to work at it. You have to sit down and think and try out a lot of ideas, and think some more. Some of your ideas will be ugly, but out of many ugly ideas comes one that will make you say “that’s it!”

And what’s funny is, when you embrace your creativity, it almost acts like a virus – growing and growing and not letting go. I find myself “being creative” pretty much all the time now. I wake up in the morning and something will just pop in my head. I drive down the street and notice a sign or a color or hear a phrase. Ideas come from many directions if you’re open to letting them in.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I’m the most creative person out there (who is?). I am still in awe of many creative people, some of whom I am proud to call my friend. What I am saying is that I am living proof that anyone can be creative – even you.

Just be.

Bill Schlosser

Dr Brando, Huntsville, AL, USA