The Power of Proactivity: How Creators Can Shape the Future, Rather than React to it.

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January 6, 2023

I have been a creator all my life. In fact I would be so bold to say that each of us are creators. We do it all the time, it just happens and is so automatic we rarely give it a second thought. We decide something, and then it becomes a part of our reality. Either as a belief or as something tangible in the world. Our ideas shape our experiences and our environment everyday. We are all creators.

The real power lies in guiding that ability with intention and with purpose. The power of creativity has been something that's fascinated me for my entire life. And over the past 15 years, I have come across some strong opinions about what it means to be creative.

At first I agreed with them, mostly because I did not know any better. And so took them as the absolute truth. But as I explored and educated myself, tried and experimented with those notions personally, the more I disagreed with these so called truths.

But I would keep these new perspectives to myself mostly. That is until eventually I reached a point where I felt like the only reason these beliefs had become mainstream and commonly accepted was because "a lot of other people agreed with them too".

So let's stir the pot a little shall we? And challenge some of these truths about being creative. Afterall, what's the point of having a point of view if you won't share it with others?

Creativity is a naturally born talent in all of us

I'm not saying that it is easy to be creative.

But I am saying that when you hold the belief that creativity is reserved only to a select few in this world, you are severely limiting yourself and your future potential. If you've ever come up with an idea or experienced a desire to express that idea to others, you are being creative.

How you do what you do now will be irrelevant in the future

I'm not saying that what you do now won't be of value in the future.

But I am saying the who of the future (be it humans or ai) will replace the you of today, however YOUR unique perspectives, curiosities and creative thinking can never be replicated. Build that muscle now. today.

There isn't 2 camps of thinkers (left or right brained)

I'm not saying there isn't truth to the theory of the logical left and the creative right brain. Or that one person prefers numbers and another colours.

But I am saying that these are generalizations that have been passed off as the truth. We live, work and create using our whole brain. One part does not go dormant while the other goes off on a wild ride of spontaneous expeditions into the imaginary world of possibility. No, all this means is that our preferences are simply a representation of our personality or how we were taught.

We are not rational OR emotional buyers.

The marketers will love this one as we just relish the opportunity to put people in boxes, so we can better make sense of their actions.

Ultimately, we are driven by what aligns to our values. This is great news! It frees you to

attract both rational and emotional types, simply by being more authentically who you are.

You "don't understand" or you're "not good" with technology

I'm not saying technology should be easy to learn.

But I am saying that the most remarkable and intelligent people in the world, those who built the tools we use speak often about just how much they don't know. And they still go out and learn it.

If you're waiting for the right time, you're missing it.

There is never going to be the perfect time, there will always be something you need to do before you think its ready. And no matter how hard it gets, if you believe deep down in your gut that this is important, keep going!

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