In general, I define creativity as the ability to create something on my own. It could be a simple expression of oneself into the form of a product that is materialistic or sometimes an idea or emotion. Getting inspired by the things around us that I am passionate about is something that drives my inner thoughts and creations. I used to think of creativity as a form of art, writing, music or dance. After reading “Steal Like an Artist”, I was able to learn creativity in more depth. He explains that “nothing is original” and when people create something from the idea that has already been in existence, it still expresses their creativity.
Confidence injects a life into your creativity. Therefore, it is necessary to assert confidence in your writing to express yourself as genuine. Nowadays, readers can easily discern a piece they are reading whether or not it possesses an author’s assertiveness in it. Lack of confidence often results in something that is shallow without any dimension. Such works create lack of empathy in readers as they cannot connect to it or draw relevance to it. In other words, confidence is an expression of seriousness of an individual’s intent.
There is an old saying “practice makes man perfect”. I believe one of the best ways to build confidence is practice or doing things over and over until you are comfortable doing it. For example, an athlete or a player becomes more and more efficient in his or her skills after long hours of practice over time. This also implies in writing. Consistently writing something with dedication over time builds confidence in an individual’s ability to write with more conviction.
I enjoy spending time in my small business. I feel this is where I am most comfortable, productive and creative as I tend to put my effort into it wholeheartedly. I plan to continue on this and build my career in the future. In the book it mentions, “Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started”. I really like this piece of advice because I believe that no one is ever going to be ready and be able to figure out what they really want or who they really are. It is great if you are able to figure who you are, but it is not necessary to wait for that moment to begin something. Sometimes you only know your true self after you dive into something and experience it first hand.
The piece that I disagree with is “Fake it till you make it”. First of all, I am really bad at pretending to be someone that I am not. It adds unnecessary stress and burden on me and instead I lose focus on my goal as a result of it. I believe being honest and learning to accept criticism from others is beneficial to make things right next time. Making mistakes is not a failure, but learning from those mistakes and moving forward is the path to success.