5 Ways Ego Kills Your Creativity
It is called writer’s block. I would prefer to call it Ego block. Because ego has its element to it.
The ego does its job very subtly. Ego is stealthy. You might not notice it which is exactly the problem. Here I caught it red-handed for you and will explain how you should avoid having an ego — because it’s fatal to your creative side of yourself.
The problem with having an ego is that it won't let you excel at any profession or interest that you have. You will always be that newbie. Perhaps, jack of most of the trades but master of none. To excel at something requires years of hard work and patience. This is what the ego dislikes.
It is never easy to catch your ego having a hold over you. It can affect different parts and aspects of your life without you realizing it. This hubris solely and surely can lock your arms from being creative in any department. You just name it.
Having a healthy ego is totally fine. The ego separates you from other people. But too much of it makes your life miserable in many possible ways. It is a Cul-de-sac. Here we are going to talk about how it messes up your creativity.
Here are five ways ego blocks your creativity.
1. Ego wants you to compare yourself with the incomparable.
Let’s say you want to become a writer and want to write a unique and insightful article. The minute you sit down and start writing, you get into the trap of comparing. You start comparing your writing style with someone you look up to. This is where the problem is. You just stop writing, because your writing is not as how your ego wants it to be. You want it exactly to look like your favorite writer’s work who spent too much perfecting it.
There is no way you would write a poem like Shakespeare, then why bother comparing.
2. The ego slows down the process.
Do you overthink it? Do you want your work to be perfect? If yes, let me tell you it is your ego. Admit it. Creativity flows like water no matter what the art is. The process should not be paralyzing. If it is, then it is a clear sign that it is the ego. Because the ego wants it perfect which in the end it will take too much of your time without you having done anything.
3. Ego gives you a false sense of self-worth.
The only thing I know is that I know nothing. ‐ Plato
That is the most humble thing you can hear from someone. If Plato said this, you should have at least this mindset too.
This is one of the reasons why a lot of people look at themselves as if they are something, which in reality they are not who they think they are. The ego wants you to have a distorted image of yourself. Someone who should be perfect and never make mistakes. This is a false sense of self.
4. Ego drains your energy.
When you think too much, compare yourself with others, tell yourself you should produce the best of work possible. Naturally, this will kill your drive in the process. This is one of the reasons why people procrastinate.
5. Ego convinces you to do something for fame/recognition
‘’What will people say?’’ A phrase that takes a lot of people's dreams and goals. People nowadays do things for fame and recognition. People think if their work gets more recognition or eyeballs that is what will make them feel good. This is what the ego demands from you. If you think what people will think of your work is the time you will forget what you actually want to produce. It is people who think for you not you.
What you can do?
What you can do is burst it. I mean your ego. It may hurt a little, but trust me, you will not regret it. Let your ego go because your ego is not your amigo. It is obnoxious. I am sorry to tell you this. Once you let your ego go from your mind, you will eventually get good with your hands.
When you sit down and really want to put in the work and be creative, remind this saying from Plato. The only thing I know is that I know? NOTHING. Art and artist. Nothing else.