We take pride in the creative geniuses of our culture. We also elevate creative individuals above others in the marketplace. But interestingly enough, not every person who is creative is successful.
There is a myth that is swirling around our culture today. It’s that if you are a creative thinker, someone who can explore outside of the box ideas, then you are destined for success.
Unfortunately, this is not the case.
I have a friend who I would label as being creative. He is a quick thinker and is always able to come up with fun ideas of things to do whenever we hang out.
And yet, he’s not successful.
I guess one could reason this is so because he is not applying his creativity or that he is not as creative as I say he is.
But the truth is, he doesn’t have the one mindset to apply his creativity. It’s the one mindset I’ve discovered is the key difference between successful creative people and unsuccessful creative people.
It’s the mindset of seeing creativity as a necessary burden.
What I mean is, those who are successful with their creativity are the ones who see it as a burden that leads to more work, not less of it.
In our culture where we place the creative mind on a pedestal, it would be natural to think that being creative is enough. Being creative will pave the road to your future for you. It’ll make your career and give you a good and stable living.
Yet, what’s happened is that we’ve taken so much pride in being creative individuals, we have forgotten that being creative isn’t easy business.
Creativity won’t actually make our careers if we don’t know how to apply it.
And the only way to apply creativity is to deal head-on with its necessary burden of more work.
Creativity won’t give us a carefree life without the pressure of hard work. Quite contrary, creativity will give us more to worry about.
But it is the mindset that embraces the ideal of hard work which makes a creative individual successful.
Are you ready to face the burden of your creativity?