Nobody Knows What’s Next

Jonathan Malm - November 18, 2011

5 Ways I Failed at Self-Motivation

Jonathan Malm - November 18, 2011

Find Encouragement

Jonathan Malm - November 18, 2011
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Find-Encouragement

You can’t always look to other creatives to help you overcome creative block. Creative blocks can be devastating. They’re emotionally trying. Especially if you define yourself based on your ability to create. That’s why you shouldn’t go to other creatives for help. It’s like asking for marriage help from an emotionally wrecked friend, going through a bitter divorce. They don’t have what you need.

You need to find encouragement elsewhere. Do you have a book that makes you want to change the world when you read it? Read it.ย Do you have a friend who always makes you feel better about yourself? Take them out to coffee and get encouraged. If you don’t have either of these things…you need to find them.

There are wonderful self-help books and bits of encouragement out there. Find an inspirational biography from someone you want to emulate. This is where your creative block will be broken.

There are also wonderful people out there whose mission in life is to encourage others. Those folks usually aren’t the “creatives”. Creatives tend to be self-absorbed and bipolarโ€“not good sources of encouragement. Befriend a person who is naturally encouraging. This is where your creative block will be broken.

Who or what do you have in your life that encourages you?

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8 comments

  1. I love your heading “creative drano”. I have called this a creative suppository for sometime now. Not as appropriate. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I agree that people are the number one assist for getting the creativity going. Everyone is creative in their own way. One of my favorite things to do is to get a group of 4-7 together to brainstorm. It’s amazing how rich the conversation is. Synergy, I guess that’s what corporate calls it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love your heading “creative drano”. I have called this a creative suppository for sometime now. Not as appropriate. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I agree that people are the number one assist for getting the creativity going. Everyone is creative in their own way. One of my favorite things to do is to get a group of 4-7 together to brainstorm. It’s amazing how rich the conversation is. Synergy, I guess that’s what corporate calls it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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