It’s true, you’re not a Creative. And neither am I.
Am I saying you are not creative? That you have no creativity? If so, am I saying that about myself too?
Let me explain what I mean.
Seth Godin, well-established author, touched on this during his talk, Quieting the Lizard Brain, at a shipping conference.
“What you do for a living is not ‘be creative’ – everyone is creative. What you do for a living is ship.”
People in shipping or accounting or technology have the same creative hum as those in filmmaking or music-making. There are different levels of creativity and people that exercise their creative muscles on different levels.
But we all still got it.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines creative as, “Having the ability or power to create: Human beings are creative animals.”
It’s an inherent thing you have, not a title you claim. If you’re a human, you have this creative inherency.
Because it’s a hum inside us that won’t be silenced. It will find a way.
Stephen Fry, who’s done comedy, writing, and acting, warns young people about adopting a title and using language that says you are something instead of you do something.
“Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it,” Fry said. “That is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs.
“…I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”
That’s why I’m not a Creative — I am creative. And so are you.
What will you create today?