If You Can, Choose to Create!

Thomas Oppong
Jul 27, 2016 · 3 min read

“The only freedom you truly have is in your mind, so use it.” ― M.T. Dismuke

The world needs more creators, not consumers. We have come this far because a few bold innovators and creators chose to create, build, make, do, or start something. As you get more and more busy, you will have less and less time to create anything. But if you are conscious of your actions, you can change that.

For a long time, I thought that if I wasn’t working on something incredible, something that solves a global problem, then it wasn’t of much value. But gradually I discovered the truth: the most important thing isn’t to create something world-changing, but simply to create. Great discoveries often evolve as slow hunches, maturing and connecting to other ideas over time. Never miss an opportunity to show up and share.

One of the secrets of happiness is creation. I don’t know about you — but I am happiest when I am stuck in the “flow” of creating or in a “flow state” as psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says it.

Brett & Kate McKay of The Art of Manliness explains:

“..when you create instead of consume, your capacity for pleasure increases, as opposed to your need for it. Being a creator gives you a far more lasting and deeply satisfying happiness than consuming ever will.

Spend time doing what makes you come alive. Even if you spend a few minites daily improving it, it’s okay. You don’t have to build something famous to build something meaningful. What’s important is to be couragrous enough to share it with us.

Medium has made in insanely easy to have a voice. Choose to use it. Add your voice. Share your opinion. Share your thought. Life learning is incredibly important but there is also value in helping others improve or do better.

When the world presents you with something interesting or frustrating or curious, choose to do something about it. Choose to give it a thought. And if you move change it, add to it or improve it, someones life will be made better because you took a step. A step to create.

We are more like Einstein, Leonardo, and Mozart than not!

What if what the world really needed was you? What if your ideas mattered but they were getting lost because you forgot you can create? Everyone of us is creative. Creation is not rare. We are all born to do it. If it seems like some of us are better at it than others, this is because it is part of being human, like talking or walking. It needs practice.

Choose to be a creator and you will get better at it. And when you do, pass it on to your kids, friends, colleagues, and people you come across. Celebrate your kids creativity, even if it doesn’t make sense right away.

Ken Robinson, author, speaker and international advisor on education in his TED talk on education and creativity argues that young people’s creativity must be celebrated and harnessed rather than discouraged because of old fashioned and outdated views on education, employment and lifestyles.

The world needs you to contribute. Build things. Share your authenticity. We need employees who invent things. Writers who inform, educate the rest of us with their creative work.

Entrepreneurs who create things, and freelancers who design things. People with creative capacity and technical literacy who choose to share their side-projects with us, even when it’s not perfect.

We need business profesionals who are brave enough to start side projects they deeply care about and stay-at-home dads who write amazing novels. We need more creators, not more consumers.

Creation really means taking an active role in the world instead of a passive one. Making an impact. And creating your world instead of consuming it.

Give yourself time in your life to wonder what is possible and to make even the slightest moves in that direction.

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Thomas Oppong

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Founder at AllTopStartups | Author | Creator of Thinking in Models and Kaizen Habits | Featured at Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, Forbes, Entrepreneur, etc.


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