I recently read an awesome article on www.powerofpositivity.com and have to share it in its entirety with you.
I have always realized that creative people work with a different set of tools. Here is their take on this fascinating lifestyle I so widely embrace and love most of the time.
I have divided it up into two posts because if most of you are like me, you’ll skip right to the bottom when you get halfway through.
“While most think of creative people as “right-brained” or artsy, creativity exists within all of us – even the most logical, linear thinkers.
However, some of us have honed our creative sides a little more than others, and know how to capture and express that imaginative energy. Creative people cover a broad spectrum of personalities, from the stereotypical starving artist to the entrepreneurial businessman. They share some common traits that allow them to bring that creativity to life, including the following:
25 Things Creative People Do Differently:
1. Work when the work comes to them. Meaning that they only paint, draw, write, sew, dance, or write out business plans when they feel like it. Creative people know the mind performs best in small bursts of concentrated work.
2. Don’t have a “normal” job. The creative spirit feels dampened by a job in which it doesn’t get to roam free and do as it pleases. Many creative types turn to entrepreneurship to make money because it fulfills their soul while still allowing them to get paid.
3. See inspiration in everything. Creative spirits become inspired by anything and everything, from an unusual pattern on a leaf to the bright lights of a city at night. They see the world as their oyster and have a knack for finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places.
4. Never stop questioning. The creative mind always wonders and always wanders; creative people have highly active imaginations and ponder the big AND small questions in life. They want to know it all.
5. Aren’t afraid to fail. They don’t even see failure as a bad thing because they know that the only way to grow in life is by putting yourself out there and making mistakes.
6. Don’t like being told what to do or when to do things. They work best alone and feel totally confident walking their own path in life.
7. They are risk-takers. Creative people don’t just love doing new things, they actually seek out dangerous or uncomfortable opportunities because this makes them feel alive. It unlocks new doors of creativity, and might even give them insight into previously undiscovered talents.
8. Use their pain to fuel their passion. Creative people have likely been through very hellish and traumatic experiences, but these experiences give life to their work. They feel inspired by what they learned from their setbacks, and transmute the negative energy from the pain into something positive.
9. Practice self-development. Imaginative people know that a foggy, unproductive, negative brain will block their creativity and not allow them to express themselves fully. They read self-help books, practice mindfulness, meditate, do yoga, and say positive affirmations. They know that a positive attitude is a cornerstone of achieving a high level of creative success.
10. Daydream. Creative people let their minds wander, and don’t ask any questions until later. They simply enjoy traveling to new lands and thinking up new concepts through their imaginations, and know that daydreaming can lead to the most profound, unparalleled ideas.
11. Enjoy spending time alone. Most creative people are seen as loners or misfits, and never really fit into any stereotype or clique. While this may not always be the case, creative people usually feel most comfortable in solitude because they do the best work in their own company.
12. Aren’t afraid of being different. They know they’re different, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. They own their uniqueness and feel honored to show it off. They only want friends who uplift and inspire them. They don’t want to be around people who don’t have big dreams and visions – they seek out friendships with people who they can bounce ideas off of and who truly understand their soul.”