In my opinion, creativity is the ability to create things using our imagination. The definition in the book “Steal Like an Artist” is relevant, because to create something it makes more sense to start from nothing. I think creativity is more valuable when people have limited resources.
Confidence is important to writing, because I think it is the fuel of writing. It enhances creativity and makes a story more interesting. Confidence makes ideas more organized and coherent, because a confident writer knows exactly what he or she is doing: he or she knows he wants to relate a story and will make it as relevant as possible.
I think no one is 100% confident. As human-beings, we have strengths and weaknesses, and our experiences and backgrounds play a role in our confidence level. Because life is not static, and we are dedicated to various activities, our skills and environment also define our confidence. It is necessary to be surrounded by people who support and motivate us, people who believe in us and create a positive atmosphere around us. When I am in an environment where I feel comfortable, I feel more confident. Practice is another way to build confidence when it is due to a lack of skills; I think the more talented and skilled we are, the more confident we are likely to be.
I genuinely enjoy talking with people to get to know them better, especially when we are work-related. We are all different, and I think knowing people’s personalities, values, and beliefs help facilitate our relationships with them. It prevents conflicts, favors respect, and eases communication, which is a key factor in any work environment. Perhaps genuinely smiling at my coworkers will bring positivity and some stress-free moments; anyway, it is part of my personality, I will have to take it with me!
The best piece of advice in the book is to “stay out of debt”. Enjoying life does not necessarily require a lot of expenses. Besides the basic needs, everything else is extra. It is important to spend money on things that we love if we can afford them; otherwise, we should avoid unnecessary expenses, especially when we are young and have specific objectives. It is just a matter of time, sooner or later, if we are financially secure, we will be able to spend more money. “Make friends and ignore enemies” is another advice I value. Unanimity does not exist, and positivity starts when we decide to see only the good things. Taking into account only people who like us makes us happier. Moreover, it saves time and enables us to be more focused on the priorities. That has always been my philosophy, and today more than ever, I think it is a must to apply it in our lives if we want to be successful and happy!
“Marry well” is a good piece of advice, but we do not know until we get into it. I believe most people get married because they fall in love, and they do not take other factors into account. I agree the person we marry is a lifetime partner, if we are lucky to be with the right one, it will impact our life positively, but some people change, so I think marriage and luck are strongly related.