Before reading Steal Like an Artist, I would define creativity as something that someone is born with. A skill, an art, a talent. Something that is unique and artistic to the individual. I have always felt “original.” Not original in a fun way, but original in the sense that I am lie every other normal person. I cannot write songs, draw exquisite pictures, or create an artifact from clay or other materials. This belief stems from my 2-year experience at a school of the arts. In every aspect, I felt that I had failed creatively as I watched classmates of the same age advance and create amazing pieces. My chosen arts included dance and theatre. As I struggled with the beginner classes, my brother was immediately advanced to Dance II. I watched myself perform in dance shows and realized that it was not for me. I tried my hand at theatre, and again I was left disappointed and criticizing myself for not being unique or creative like my other classmates. However, after reading this book, I concluded that creativity is not real. Nobody is unique. Something comes from something. The author used Kobe Bryant, The Beatles, and other famous figures as a perfect example. They “faked it until they made it,” which is exactly what I have seen my brother and other upcoming artists do – creating their own styles based on the already existent styles of their own idols.
Confidence is moderately important to writing. Personally, I think that confidence is not a necessity. I struggle often with creative writing. I write from my heart and a considerable amount of the time I do not achieve my personal standards. However, it is when I criticize myself the most that I find professors or friends and family enjoying my pieces of writing or other projects. On the other hand, confidence can be important too. In the book, the author talks about sending fan mail to his favorite idols. He expects nothing in return – he simply appreciates their work. This can be said for confidence in creative writing. When you are truly happy with how your projects turn out, you do not need validation from others. You are doing what you enjoy with no expectations.
As with creative writing, I struggle with confidence in everyday life as well. Typically, I search for validation in the things that I do to gain confidence. Nonetheless, I have been on a fast-track to finding my true self. To gain this newfound confidence, I have experimented with disassociating from social media, spending more time with myself and my dog, and putting more effort into my schoolwork. Surprisingly, I have not only gained confidence in these areas, but my self-image as well. It is all about your expectations and what you wish to gain in life on your own accord.
I genuinely love spending time with loved ones, solving problems, and helping others. I find myself watching Monk every night before bed and recently took it upon myself to gather winter donations for those in need during these cold months. I think that this is a great asset for my future. I chose Human Resource management because I felt that this was the best path for me while having the platform to solve problems in the workplace and bringing a positive attitude to a stressful environment.
One thing that I learned when reading this book is the definition of “imposter syndrome.” Honestly, I had no clue what that was. I often think “what am I doing?” when doing school assignments or learning new tasks at my job. Watching others learn skills faster than I can sometimes be disheartening. Wondering if I am right for a position or an assignment is a daily routine for me. In this book, the author states that everyone feels this way. “It means that you feel like a phony, like you’re just winging it, that you don’t have any idea what you’re doing… They just show up and do their thing. Every day.” One of my favorite quotes! It taught me that we are all the same. I do not have to be so hard on myself. Odds are when I am struggling, someone else is too. I am never alone. That is a good feeling.