Jenna Avery interviews Douglas Eby on Creative Visionaries

Jenna AveryJenna Avery writes:

“I connected with Douglas’s work originally through my interest in highly sensitive people and his site HighlySensitive.org.

“Eby describes creative visionaries as people who have a drive, passion, persistence, or consuming commitment to realize their creative ideas.

“As visionaries, they have a sense of their work being so important, meaningful, and emotionally powerful that they are willing to commit to it and persist with it.”

Avery continues in a summary on her site:

Characteristics of Creative Visionaries

Eby describes creative visionaries as people who have a drive, passion, persistence, or consuming commitment to realize their creative ideas. As visionaries, they have a sense of their work being so important, meaningful, and emotionally powerful that they are willing to commit to it and persist with it.

For example, filmmaker James Cameron originally conceived his movie Avatar in the 1970s and finally released it after 4 years in production this year.

He notes that this kind of persistence can be seen as a form of obsession.

Common Challenges & Obstacles

Douglas EbyEby notes the following challenges and obstacles often come up for creative visionaries:

Mental Health Issues often come up for creative types. Writers often struggle with mood disorders. Creative work doesn’t provide immunity to those feelings, and in fact they seem to be more prevalent with creatives.

Perfectionism. Creatives often have a burning need to make everything “right.” On the other hand, as Eby notes, James Cameron says, “I’m not a perfectionist, I’m a ‘greatist.’ I just want to make it great.” (Personally, I love that!)

Self Esteem. The dichotomy of feeling entitled and much more talented, creative, and visionary than most people, but simultaneously feeling less than or inadequate (so common for creative types) can wreck havoc with one’s self-esteem.

Fraud & Impostor Feelings. Many creatives feel like frauds or impostors, as if they will be found out as not really being talented. Actors Kate Winslet and Nicole Kidman both talk about such feelings.

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Learn about the services and programs of coach Jenna Avery, especially for sensitive creators: mentoring, courses, the Writer’s Circle and more, at her site JennaAvery.com.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 16/06/2008

   

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