Number 7 of Seven Deadly Sins Of Creativity

by cholmesart

From the blog of


7. Confining yourself to boundaries others set up.

No matter how creative you are or how much progress you make with your ideas, there will always be negative people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible.  Or they may suggest that your creative ideas are impractical and ridiculous because nobody really cares, even though they have no basis for these claims.  When you come across these people, don’t try to reason with them.  Instead, forget that they exist.  They will only drain you of your creativity and waste your time.

And unfortunately, sometimes the people who care for you most might also interfere with your creativity.  They’ll see you venturing into uncharted territory and they’ll try to quickly steer you back to familiar ground.  They’re doing this to protect you – to shield you from the possibility of failure.  But in effect what they’re also doing is shielding you from the possibility of bringing your big ideas to life.

When it comes to exercising your creativity, you must try what you want to try, go where you want to go, and follow your own intuition.  Don’t accept false choices.  Don’t let others put a cage around your ideas.  (Read The Artist’s Way.)