The Myth of “The Creative”

A while back, I had the pleasure of speaking to the fine folks at Big Nerd Ranch here in Atlanta about the myth of “the creative,” why creativity is for everyone, and how to create a definition of creativity that serves your own interests.

(Bonus: I built all of my slides out of emoji. There’s even an emoji Einstein!)

Thanks to the web, we have so many different ways of connecting with others who share our joys, passions, and even fears and anxieties in life. Hundreds or thousands of people who get excited about the same things that we do are just a Google search away.

Simply choosing to spend your time collaborating with the ones doing creative and constructive things in the world is half the battle. Creativity can be lonely, but do this, and you won’t be.

It’s been a long time since I’ve given a talk for an audience, but I’ve had this conversation with dozens of my friends over the last ten years, and had they not shared their own creative thoughts and challenges with me, I would not have been able to put any of this into words.

A big thank-you to all of you. You know who you are.

I hope you’ll give this a look, discover a definition of creativity that suits you perfectly, and use that to create more of the things that you love to create.

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