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Creative BusinessCreative Thinking

Creativity vs. People Pleasing

June 6, 2011 — by Daryll Scott0

How to snub-out your creativity…

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone”

Bill Cosby

Most people who create exceptional things are far too consumed with bringing their vision to life to worry about whether anyone else likes it yet.

Other people start from the point of second guessing what other people will like or be comfortable with, and filter everything through this ‘deductive’ thought process. It’s great for keeping us out of trouble; at the same time it prevents any glimmer of passion or creativity.

One of my favourite speakers Benjamin Zander refers to the magnificent speech by Martin Luther King and jokes,“I have a dream… but I don’t think they will go for it.”

Certainly it’s important that other people buy into you creation / solution, but you can worry about positioning it for consumption later – if you are worrying about what others will / won’t like during the creative process you won’t be in a mindset that will allow you to access your creativity and wonder ‘what if?’

The results will be, at best, average.

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