As we get older, we become convinced that we are not creative. There are those out there with creative talent, and then there are the rest of us. In a book I read recently by Gordon McKenzie, he mentions that when asking first graders who in the room is an artist, every hand is raised. But then as we approach 3rd grade, then 6th grade, the hands raised become few and far between. This disparity is partly due to our human nature of comparing ourselves to others more often as we grow older. Unfortunately, this comparison “stifles our creative genius”, as Gordon McKenzie puts it.
Comparison to others can be a good thing. It can teach us how to be more efficient, how to approach something with a higher degree of success, and it can minimize mistakes if we learn from the mistakes of others. But the unfortunate outcome of comparison to others can stifle our passion, our creative nature, and our authentic self. We get too cautious about trying something new when we compare our performance, our approach, and our ideas to others.
Here are a few resources to apply a sense of creativity to your performance and work-out this mental muscle:
A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon McKenzie
Spark: How Creativity Works by Julia Bernstein and Kurt Anderson
- Book Club – The Artist’s Way – Chapter 12 (bluetwigstudio.wordpress.com)
- Book Club – The Artist’s Way – Chapter 9 (bluetwigstudio.wordpress.com)