Brené Brown on Creativity

Let me sum up what I’ve learned about creativity…

  1. “I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.
  2. The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.
  3. If we want to make meaning, we need to make art. Cook, write, draw, doodle, paint, scrapbook, take pictures, collage, knit, rebuild an engine, sculpt, dance, decorate, act, sing – it doesn’t matter. As long as we’re creating, we’re cultivating meaning.

…If creativity is seen as a luxury or something we do when we have spare time, it will never be cultivated… When I make creating a priority, everything in my life works better.

from The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

This is more or less the manifesto for this site – there really are “only people who use their creativity and people who don’t.” If you would like to fall into the first category, then remember, you can start small. Find a pencil and spend the next ten minutes sketching whatever’s in front of you. Write a list of ten places you can remember from your childhood, starting with your favourite place to hide. Or go online and buy the ingredients for a recipe you’ve never cooked before. Just don’t let it be a luxury, or something that you will get to one day, maybe when you’re retired.

If you’re not amongst the millions who’ve seen Brené Brown’s TED talks, I’d recommend taking a look (you can find them here).

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