Creativity is how one formulates ideas and concepts to express themselves in everyday life. Whether you are an artist or a tax auditor, creativity is essential in everyday life. It is useful in problem-solving, building relationships, building a business, etc. Creativity makes life more enjoyable, and for me, it makes everything I do worthwhile.
Aside from creativity, confidence is also an essential quality that makes workplace communication and networking so much easier. For example, if I were to write a report and use phrases such as “I think” or “while I am not sure,” I am only pointing out my uncertainty to my audience. Inappropriately expressing uncertainty causes the delivery to be unsuccessful and takes away from the author’s overall purpose.
In business writing, you can only build confidence through experience. If I have no experience, how can I expect myself to do well, and how can I expect others to feel the same? When starting or approaching a new subject, it is best to gather factual data and formulate useful, relevant, and knowledgeable thoughts that others can understand. Read over your work and have others read over it too. If you review your information and have others do the same, you will have more confidence in your writing. You cannot be fully confident about everything, so it is most helpful to put your best foot forward and hope others take notice.
Above all else, I enjoy being myself and being happy. Everything in life is temporary. It is vital to use every moment to live life to the fullest. I find comfort in my faith that while life can get us down, our problems are so small when compared to eternity. I cannot expect everyone to agree with me. However, I find life is more fulfilling when you put your trust in God. Imagine your problems as temporary setbacks and your joys as eternal victories. Your outlook on life and everything you do will change. This mindset makes your work more satisfying and helps you to keep in mind your end goal. Writing with a higher purpose makes your work sound more confident, creative, expressive, and powerful.
Speaking of power, one piece of advice in the book I found especially helpful was toward the beginning, when the author talked about working toward your goals while simultaneously finding your purpose. I found this highly inspirational because we often find ourselves doing one or the other. In doing this, we limit the creative and confident aspects of our work, and we lose sight of what is truly important. Speaking your truth, being you are, who you want to be, and accomplishing your goals are steps that ought to go together.
On the flip side, the book also made an overly subjective conclusion. The author lost my attention by saying no idea is original. “Steal Like an Artist,” while successful in delivery, neglects an important concept. We are each culminations of different genetics, backgrounds, and experiences. Nothing we do can be 100% emulated by anyone else. Many people can come up with the same idea. However, how they got there and why are both unique. Society misdefines originality. They tell people that if they do not come up with something first, it is not original. However, all ideas have arguably been dreamed or pondered on by someone before. If someone is creative enough to come up with an idea (untold and entirely new to them), that to me is originality at its finest.
Creativity, confidence, joy, and originality all go hand and hand. It is hard to discover each one, but it is up to us to manipulate each quality: making the most of our writing and making the most of life.