On Being Creative


Hiring my coach last year, the one and only Jeanne Grabowski, was one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I had quite a few epiphanies over the course of working with her that have changed my life for the better. One of them though, made the biggest impact and really stands out amongst the rest. What I realized during our work together is this:

It’s not that putting your stuff out there will make the world a better place for certain but, that holding yourself back from doing what you want to do and being who you want to be will certainly be detrimental… to you and to everyone around you. You’ll rob the world of what you’ve got.

Our girl Martha Graham explains this best:

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”

No one knows if the creative work they produce will have any impact on the world around them. We don’t know if what we do here will have any impact at all. But that’s not the point and that’s not our job. Our job is to just put it out there.

Of course it can be scary. It can leave you vulnerable. Some people might not like it. In fact, maybe no one will like it. I mean, I feel like I’m in that naked high school dream every time I write something. I feel that way right now, picturing other humans beings reading this. Watching, judging, look at the baby, look at the baby. But putting it out there, it does feel good. And everyone around us benefits when we feel good. The world benefits from having happy people in it, that feel good.

Because remember…

happy people

 – Legally Blonde

So come on. Dream big. Let it out. Shine your little light. Let your freak flag fly high.

If you feel like you might be creative, you definitely are. We all are. Creativity isn’t just in poetry or paintings or design or dance. Creativity is found in business mergers and lesson plans and human resources too.  It’s in the grocery store and on Facebook and in office management. We all have creativity. We are all inherently creative.

So show us what you’ve got, if you feel the urge. It’s not your job to tell us whether or not your stuff is good enough. It’s just your job to keep the channel open.


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