Do you consider yourself a creative person?
All of us are creative in one way or another. If you cook a meal, sketch a chart with a pencil, design a new game for kids to play outdoors, you are expressing creativity.
Some people downplay their gifts. Even though they have written original poems for family members in greeting cards, played an instrument from time to time, and danced with their spouse in the living room, they don’t think they are expressing creativity. Yet, they are.
When it comes to your life’s work, if you know what you need to share with the world and don’t do it, you’re selfish.
If you know how to:
- connect ideas in new ways for a Renaissance-type book,
- connect people that need to meet each other to do business, and/or
- connect chords in a progressive way to drive that new song that runs through your head each day…
…and don’t do it, the world is missing out on your unique contribution.
Does it matter?
The past four months I’ve read four nonfiction books by Steven Pressfield. He wrote this in his classic book The War of Art (go read it):
“If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.
“You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.
“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” —Steven Pressfield, The War of Art, p. 165
What is your contribution?
When will you share it?