Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Embrace your Creativity...

Ok so last entry i shared some of my interests. It led me to ponder over "why did i put these interests on the back burner in the first place, especially since they once were important to me". I've always been a thinker. As a child i rarely got bored even though i was the only child in my household, amongst my godmother and great grandmother, and didnt own more than one or two toys at a time . Not many things to keep a child entertained so instead i spent alot of time using my imagination.

Reading was my escape ( ya'll remeber watching "Reading Rainbow"). It led me on adventures i would have otherwise never gotten to experience in lil ole' Belize. My mind was always occupied with mature thoughts. Plans of my future profession, living on my own, and retiring my parents excercised my adolescent mind. And they weren't the typical thoughts of an 8 or 9 yr old... like "me and my best friend are going to have our own apartment together and we'll stay up all night watching tv and eat junk food all day". They were thoughts more like " How much money would I need to provide me with the lifestyle i want to live?" I was always inquisitive in asking "Who do i know that makes a good living and how did they get to that point? How many years of school did they complete? What were their grades like?" I often prefered the company of adults than those my own age. I thirsted for answers to questions i inquired internally. I thought long and hard about the best route i should take. I had picked up from adult conversations that your best bet is to pick something you like and work in that field. My interests we're prodominently around reading books and writing. I loved writing poems and reality based fictional short stories. Naturally i aspired to be a novelist or an author. But the only person i knew of that was successful at it was Danielle Steel and that was a level of success i couldn't fathom me duplicating. I thought "What are the chances that i write a book that could be turned into a movie?" So i abandoned my hopeless aspiration with the logic " Writing is something i can do in my leisure time once im rich, i can always write in my spare time but for right now i need an interest that i can take to the bank."

I came up with the notion that i couldnt get rich from my creativity. We all know that our brain is divided into two parts. The Right side being oriented with feelings, imagination, symbols, religion, beliefs, fantasy. While the Left side is governed by knowledge, facts, order, reality,and safety. Being that im ruled by my *S type personality (structure, stability) it made more sense to bank on something more tangible than creativity. I figured that getting good grades in school and later persuing a career in maybe law or medicine or accounting was a better recipe for riches than writing a book and selling a million copies. It's said that your mind finds evidence to make whatever u believe to be true. So role icons like Bill Gates appealed to me more than Entertainers did. I didn't think nurturing my creavity would amount to much. So it was an easy decision to put my hobbies and interst to the side and hit the books harder.

That was until i had a revelation. Entertainers are the obvious example of people that gain riches from their creativity and honed talents. They only account for a small portion. It didnt occur to me that whether your a *T type personality or any other personality type that the right brain somehow still reighed supreme. I found out that Bill Gates didnt even finish college...but that obviously didnt stop him from becoming wealthy. He had to be creative to come up with the revolutionary technology he's been credited for. At the root of every success story and even in the everyday life of the hard working regular joe one has to excercise their right brain to set themselves apart from the masses. When it comes to the technicalities anyone can learn the in's and outs of things but its often the person that takes it a step further and gets creative that brings in the big bucks. There are people out there that would pay you millions for your creativity. You don't have to reinvent the wheel , just simply an alternate way to go about things can do the trick. All the gadgets we see late nights on infomercials can attest to that. Simple inventions that usually make us say " Hey! Why didnt i think of that". All it takes is a lil Right brain power.

So i encourage you to think with your right brain. If you already have a knack for something take it a step further. It's a god given gift. Given the right opportunity, your seasoned talents could be turned into a successful bussines or product. The list of people that have hit it big from a simple idea is endless. You'll only be mad at yourself if you don't and someone else seizes the opportunity.

* S.T.A.R System

S=structure, stability
T=technical, text book
A=action, go getter
R=relationship, touchy feely

1 comment:

Nefertari said...

Love the way you think Pretty