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Two Subtle Dangers to Your Creativity

Avoid these perils hiding in plain sight.

Ephraim Champion
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6 min readJan 31, 2024

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90% of the creative’s struggle is a war with ideas.

You can’t come up with any, and when you do, they suck.

And for the 1% of ideas you pursue, you doubt their worth throughout the creation process.

It’s the creative dilemma.

Creativity hinges on ideas, right?

If we don’t generate ideas, does that make us uncreative?

No.

Perhaps these two subtle dangers are getting in your way, and they’re hiding in plain sight:

1) Overconsumption.

Excessive consumption is subtle because it’s natural:

We stuff our faces three times a day.

We listen to music while in the shower, in the car, or at work.

We consume information through classes and YouTube videos.

We tend to notice our excessive consumption only when the results compound into a major problem, such as facing a creative block (it feels major to us, at least).

You think you don’t have any ideas up there, but the problem is you have too many.

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Ephraim Champion
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