Myths about artists being “crazy” or “starving” may influence how much we may be motivated to live a creative life.
And some people need to first get past the insidious idea that they are “not creative.”
One reason for discounting our creative abilities is comparing ourselves to other people, especially well-known and successful artists, such as millionaire novelist Dean Koontz.
Writer David DiSalvo comments, “Anyone who says ‘I don’t have a creative bone in my body’ is seriously underestimating their skeleton. More to the point, they are drastically undervaluing their brain.”
From his article 10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity [on Forbes.com].
He is author of What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite.
Do you compare yourself with other creative people, especially the “big names”?
Maybe you say things like: “I don’t have their talent” or “They’ve been lucky” or “I can’t paint.”
Really? Even some animals create “artwork” or at least something that may get called art.
Continued: To Be More Creative, Check Your Self Concept