This website is dedicated to trying to help my readers to use their creative power to change their world. Everything ties back to this connection between creativity and business and the way in which the two can interact to create change in your life, empowering you to direct your life in the way you want it to go.
So far, I have focussed much more on the business end of things and we’ve talked a lot about self discipline and ethics and values and all of those things. Really, that stuff is pretty foundational and that focus on business matters is often lacking in the lifestyle of the highly creative person (let’s be honest). This is why I’ve spent a lot of time building up a good information base on those topics. I’m going to delve into the arts side of the conversation a little deeper in the coming months.
I’ve written the articles on this website with the highly creative person in mind, but especially perhaps that person who has untapped potential or doesn’t realise the power of their creativity. This actually describes most people in a sense, because we’re all creative by nature, although some of us would (wrongly) deny that. In fact, many people have never been supported or encouraged to explore and build their creativity and that’s exactly what I want to provide through my work here.
If you know you’re a creative person, and I hope that you do by now, that’s half the battle done for you. You are beginning to understand the potential of what you can create from within yourself. But you probably also feel overwhelmed because there are so many ways to be creative, and how do you figure out what ‘your’ art is? Where are your gifts and talents?
I have good news for you, and I have some news that may not feel so good at first.
Finding ‘your’ art is not as hard as it may seem. In fact, throughout childhood and adolescence we’re naturally drawn to certain types of activities, and show signs of talent in certain areas. If you think about it, you may realise that you have some natural, raw talent in drawing faces, or working with fabric, or designing dream houses, or making cakes, or mixing colours, or working with 3 dimensional concepts. And the good news is that even if you haven’t got a clue what you might be good at, it doesn’t really matter. Raw talent is nice, it’s a great starting point, but it’s not the destination.
Finding your art is a combination of recognising your raw talents, making measured and thoughtful decisions about what type of art you want to do, and committing to exploring until you find the right thing for you. Yes, this requires time, effort and commitment and you will want to make decisions wisely so you don’t lose too much time in the initial stages of trying things out.
The good news is that if you want, you can simply choose a mode of creative expression that resonates with you, the thing that draws you in, or perhaps that one thing you’ve always wanted to do, and let that be your art. The reason you can do this is because the ability to do something well is not based on raw talent, but on commitment and practice.
The ‘bad’ news is that whether you have natural abilities or not, you will never reach that full creative potential unless you apply commitment and consistency to build up a dedicated practice. Even the most talented artist still needs consistent practice to reach their own personal best. That may seem like bad news if you’re looking for a fast fix for your life, but if you’re in it for the long game you’ll hopefully find joy in the fact that you can build up a high level of skill by using your self discipline. It puts power back into the game for you if you’re not as highly talented as you might like.
So finding your art is a matter of reviewing previous experiences, using your intuition to lead you to what draws you, and experimenting with various modes of expression, but it can also depend upon availability. Sometimes creativity is viewed as a sort of luxury, or something nice to play with but not strictly necessary. In a sense, it is true. You can probably get by with the basic necessities of life just by working hard. If you don’t seem to have enough, you can work harder. But, when you are a creative person you can learn to look around yourself and work with whatever is available, and the ability to do this is almost an art form in itself.
If you have limited resources, learn to become more aware of the things you have available to you. Stretch your imagination and your problem-solving skills to create solutions using what you’ve got. This life art can be applied to all areas of daily living, whether it be preparing food or reinvigorating clothing or revamping furniture. Your day-to-day life can become an art form in itself when you use your creativity to transform what you have into what you want or need.
What do you do once you’ve found your art? Now it’s time to dedicate yourself to practicing, honing and perfecting your skills. If you will practice self discipline by committing to regular learning and practice, you will be greatly rewarded by becoming a better artist. Of course, the flip-side of this is that if you choose not to practice and develop your skills you will never know what you are truly capable of.
The final step in this process is to dive in to sharing your creativity with the world. It can be scary at first, and you have to allow yourself to become vulnerable while simultaneously thickening your skin a bit. But, this is a level up in creating the life that you want. Sharing with others opens you up to new experiences and opportunities for growth and development that you may never have expected.
Please note that you don’t have to reach perfection to be able to share your work. In fact, showing others your progress encourages them to seek out their own creativity as they observe what you are capable of doing by being committed to practice. Sharing your art with other artists can also offer valuable feedback and encouragement which will help to keep you focused and energised. Perhaps most importantly, you add your voice to the world, and we need you!