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OCTOBER 12, 2010
8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success
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“There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson Standing in front of this massive banyan tree on Maui, I was inspired to try something new. I had a vision in my mind’s eye of this tree. And Maui will definitely vibrate the imagination of a creative artist. But such vibrational creativity can be elusive more often than not. Artistry and Creativity are two words that work hand in hand. Artistry is defined as an expression of creative skill. Creativity is defined as the creation of artistic work using the imagination or original ideas. As a artist, the hardest block to overcome is the beginning. Finding inspiration. The imagination can get paralyzed by fear. Trying to create something original. Something that is authentic, yet unique enough to be recognized as original. I was fortunate to attend a fantastic workshop on Maui this year as a teacher and a participant. The Tropical Island Boot Camp hosted by Randy Jay Braun on Maui. As someone who primarily specializes in photographing people, it was inspiring to push myself to see in new ways and try my hand at expressing my vision in a different way. At the end of the workshop exploring creative techniques and sharing a life changing experience with my new family, it made me think about the process of creativity. Something I actually think about quite a bit. Why is it so hard to break through the barriers of creative block? Could I be doing this to myself? In my ongoing series of the artistic process, I’d like to share with you an article about breaking through developed habits that crush creativity.
you’ll also avoid success. 3. not singles or doubles.” — Robert Frost It’s a myth that only highly intelligent people are creative. 2. Some of the most successful people in the world did what others told them would never work. . Ruth either succeeded big or failed spectacularly. and therefore create less. So why are so few people highly creative? Because there are bad habits people learn as they grow up which crush the creative pathways in the brain. Every path to success is different. Creating means generating new ideas. you must separate creation from evaluation. research shows that once you get beyond an I. It has been said that to increase your success rate. And like all bad habits. you still have the potential to wield amazing creative powers. Evaluating means analyzing and judging. looking ahead. considering the possibilities. Fear of failure Most people remember baseball legend Babe Ruth as one of the great hitters of all time. take more chances and you’ll succeed more often. It starts the moment you get up and doesn’t stop until you get into the office. they can be broken if you are willing to work at it. you should aim to make more mistakes. The Expert Syndrome This a big problem in any field where there are lots of gurus who tell you their secrets of success. In other words. Creating and evaluating at the same time You can’t drive a car in first gear and reverse at the same time. In fact. coming up with lots of ideas first. You’ll strip your mental gears. you shouldn’t try to use different types of thinking simultaneously. intelligence and creativity are not at all related. Most people evaluate too soon and too often. which is just a little above average. It’s wise to listen. visualizing. That means that even if you’re no smarter than most people. of about 120.8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success “The brain is a wonderful organ. But if you try too hard to avoid failure. picking apart ideas and sorting them into piles of good and bad. useful and useless. No one wants to make mistakes or fail. Likewise. Those few really great ideas you come up with will more than compensate for all the dumb mistakes you make. That’s because he always swung for home runs. he was also a master of the strike out. but unwise to follow without question. They knew something about their own idea that even the gurus didn’t know. In order to create more and better ideas. then judging their worth later. However. Here are eight of the very worst bad habits that could be holding you back every day: 1.Q. with a career record of 714 home runs.
and you’ll get a solution that involves visuals. What I do know is that most great creative ideas emerge from a swirl of chaos. Something that was foreign to me. Step outside your comfort zone. Ask a designer for a great idea. all the naysayers will shut their noise and see you for what you are — a creative force to be reckoned with. Being trapped by false limits Ask a writer for a great idea. You must develop a part of yourself that is comfortable with mess and confusion. They are false limits. A moment of seeing something and deciding that you are going to challenge yourself to do something different this time. We’re all a product of our experience. 7. I once had a client who sold a product by direct mail. Ask a blogger for a great idea. Ignore them. True enough. If you recognize some of these problems in yourself. but confidence also comes from familiarity with how creativity works. A small measure of self-doubt is healthy. Creative inspiration came to me standing in front of this massive banyan tree. 5. In fact. you can also overthink. Every successful person I’ve ever met has the ability to know when to stop collecting information and start taking action. There are a million pathways to success. life is not neat and tidy. But the limitations we have are self-imposed. Many subscribe to the “ready – fire – aim” philosophy of business success. It’s been said that information is to the brain what food is to the body. The lighting was bright and dark all at the same time. knowing that acting on a good plan today is better than waiting for a perfect plan tomorrow. you must have confidence in your abilities in order to create and carry out effective solutions to problems. The path to every victory is paved with predictions of failure. Why? I don’t know. Much of this comes from experience. and you’ll get a solution that involves a blog. I was inspired to try the HDR technique with this tree. Consider how those in unrelated areas do what they do. Instead of dividing the world into the possible and impossible. What seems impossible today may seem surprisingly doable tomorrow. 8. However. Fear of ambiguity Most people like things to make sense. When you understand that ideas often seem crazy at first. There are some things you’ll never understand and some problems you’ll never solve. . that failure is just a learning experience. Being overwhelmed by information It’s called “analysis paralysis. His order form broke every rule in the book. you are on your way to becoming more confident and more creative. You should become comfortable with things that work even when you don’t understand why. most people around you will not. About the Author: Dean Rieck is one of America’s most creative advertising copywriters. But it worked better than any other order form he had ever tried. But just as you can overeat. and not rock the boat. 6. And once you have a big win under your belt. Lack of confidence A certain level of uncertainty accompanies every creative act. Only when you force yourself to look past what you know and feel comfortable with can you come up with the breakthrough ideas you’re looking for. Unfortunately. Discouragement from other people Even if you have a wide-open mind and the ability to see what’s possible. and you’ll get a solution that involves words. You can also follow me on Twitter @randykepple. A regular exposure would not be able to capture the incredible dynamic range in this scene. It’s important to let go of old habits of thinking and doing and place yourself in a situation where you can fail. They will tell you in various and often subtle ways to conform. There is much more to share from the Maui workshop. Be open to anything.” the condition of spending so much time thinking about a problem and cramming your brain with so much information that you lose the ability to act. Thanks Dean for your permission to share your article with my readers! I can tell you from personal experience that this article is spot on. divide it into what you’ve tried and what you haven’t tried. rejoice! Knowing what’s holding you back is the first step toward breaking down the barriers of creativity. don’t fret. which habit do you relate to most from this article? What techniques have you developed to break past self-inflicted barriers to creativity? Please visit my Facebook page for Randy Kepple Photographs and LIKE— it’s greatly appreciated. I was even inspired to really go crazy and create an HDR portrait of Randy Jay Braun. be sensible. and that nothing is impossible. Randy Jay Braun is a master at creating HDR (High Dynamic Range) landscape panoramics of Hawaii.4. This image is the result of 9 separate exposures combined with HDR Pro in Photoshop CS5. So tell me. He shares his writing and freelancing experience at Pro Copy Tips.
I have trouble creating focused time to pull things together. It is easy to discard half baked ideas without thinking them through.6:10 AM ROB MILLS Great post. thanks for sharing. 2010 . 2010 . He also talks about how to find creativity and keep it going. OCTOBER 13. it is absolutely .11:26 AM Creativity is a slippery slope to stay on. Sometimes dumb ideas aren’t dumb. mainly because I’ve let my brain work on it for a while. I think you’ll relate to his writing. As you say don’t prejudge the idea just let it flow out. 2010 . Helen OCTOBER 13. but is almost painful if I’m sitting in front of my computer. enjoyed the article.7:55 AM RAJA SANDHU That was very well said. not just HOW.10:11 PM Hey Randy.5:46 AM I’ve come across many of your suggested stifling points before. Many times. Ideas in the rough are very fragile things. 2010 . I’d love to see a tree like the one in Avatar. go watch it right now! It’s amazing that we all struggle so much with creativity. HIS BOOKS—I have Within the Frame.5:32 PM Mark… I’m the same way. HELEN Hi Randy! I loved the post and the pictures are fantastic! Love the one of the Banyan Tree. OCTOBER 13. OCTOBER 13. No related posts « The Overuse of Adjectives 22 comments DARLENE LINK TO THIS POST EMAIL A FRIEND OCTOBER 12. It reminds me of the beautifully fantastic tree in Avatar. I have now snapped out of “analysis paralysis”. They can be extinguished by a small distraction never to reappear. And good timing for me.6:38 PM I love the idea that creativity is only limited by how creative you allow yourself to be. OCTOBER 13. I am very guilty of the creating/editing at once syndrome. For example. 2010 . I know what I want to write about but it takes me another week or longer to formulate the ideas and flesh them out. This lead to the last 500 or so posts made while out walking. Now THAT would be a challenge to capture! Roger… slippery slope indeed! One of my favorite thoughts on nurturing creativity come from a 2009 TED TALKS PRESENTATION BY ELIZABETH GILBERT. 2010 . Thanks and blessings to you in your work. and Vision Mongers – love them! MARK ESSEL Thanks Randy. What do you want to say with your image? He’s got actual books and ebooks – check them out.1:29 PM RANDY Wow… thanks for the comments and show of support! Darlene… thanks for the links! I am downloading Volume I and II as I type. Most of the time when working on a problem I get hit out of the blue in the middle of conversation on completely different subject by ideas.Sometimes within the basis of the dumb idea lies a real gem.Like 168 people like this. cool shot of the tree – very creative! If you like that sort of writing you’d really enjoy some books by David duChemin – another Canadian! I’ve got two of his books and he has got me thinking about WHY I take an image. 2010 . It takes me a few hours of relaxed browsing and reading before I dig in and work some new code together. 2010 . It may be an offshoot of the original idea that would never get explored unless you start from the core idea. 2010 . Blogging I find comes naturally while I’m out walking. OCTOBER 13. Especially when it comes to blogging which requires great effort on my part.10:39 AM ROGER RICHARDSON OCTOBER 13. Be the first of your friends. ALEXANDRA Excellent. Helen… that’s what I thought when I was standing there. That’s in his ebook THE INSPIRED EYE – it’s only $5. OCTOBER 13. The hardest thing then is to blurt the idea immediately before it gets lost. If you have not seen this. Then when I start to write it all comes together.10:14 AM JOE THOMAS Seems like these are the 8 things the educational system is designed to teach. 2010 . Makes a huge difference if you think about the message before you click the shutter – not just composition and lighting. Thanks for your support and comments! SAN JOSE DUI LAWYER OCTOBER 13. Some times you can into the zone on purpose.
. 2010 . RANDY SJ DUI Lawyer… OCTOBER 13.11:05 PM excellent article. 2010 ..9:47 AM I intend to turn every bad thing into motivation more.. Randy.6:20 AM [.. I just don’t know if there are any limits ever.] OCTOBER 14.. shifting and oft times elusive journey. We are only limited by ourselves.com [. We need to give ourselves permission to fail.PIXELATEDIMAGE. Thanks for the post! RANDY nerve. it’s easy to never reach further. We use their success to determine our limits.] this link: 8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success | Randy Kepple Photographs Blog 13 October 2010 | Uncategorized | Trackback | del. to sum it in one word i would say that to be creative think with a free mind. 2010 . 2010 .6:42 PM That was a point I wanted to make. Creativity can only be from your heart.. not a destination.] 8 BAD HABITS THAT CRUSH YOUR CREATIVITY AND STIFLE YOUR SUCCESS | RANDY KEPPLE PHOTOGRAPHS BLOG : POPULAR LINKS : ECONSULTANT OCTOBER 13. Tech & Friki Stuff. freedom breeds creativity….. renanwb.6:41 AM Your email is never published or shared.. It is great to have your post as an eyeopener.] 8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success – Randy Kepple [.. NOT knowing where the boundaries are allows you unlimited success. but i also find motivation into something nice too.] 8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success | Randy Kepple Photographs Blograndykepple.. The important thing is to be very honest with yourself. As a graphic designer. 2010 . There is nothing to stop you but yourself! LC These are amazing and so very NEEDED today! Thanks.. Many times.PIXELATEDIMAGE. OCTOBER 13. 2010 . but felt my post was getting a bit long winded. Thanks! ZORAN This is very brave approach from your side and i really enjoyed reading it. Helen Fritzie said: RT @FrikiFeeds: 8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success HTTP://DLVR. Being creative is frustrating on those days when you want so badly to express an idea you have and feel like you hit a brick wall.7:05 PM TODAY’S STARTUP AND ENTREPRENEURIAL UPDATES | CAIRNS WEB DESIGN [. even when it’s hard to admit it.] TODAY’S STARTUP AND ENTREPRENEURIAL UPDATES [.COM/BLOG/ – I follow it often but I’m adding yours to my list too! WES TOWERS OCTOBER 14. 2010 .IT/6YYBL [. TWEETS THAT MENTION 8 BAD HABITS THAT CRUSH YOUR CREATIVITY AND STIFLE YOUR SUCCESS | RANDY KEPPLE PHOTOGRAPHS BLOG -.4:25 PM [. Creativity and art are a journey. At least for me… it’s a constantly changing. except those that we define ourselves.TOPSY.. I feel that the discipline of showing up puts you in a much better position to be creative than being paralyzed by your fear of NOT being creative... DARLENE HTTP://WWW. Alan Ghenassia.. I really value the points you’ve stated because a lot of us could be guilty of all these bad habits that inhibit our creativity at one time or another. It doesn’t turn out the way you wanted or it just feels lackluster. By constantly looking around at what others are doing. 2010 .. However.COM/FLUID2/ OCTOBER 13. it’s a good practice and the result is very good... 2010 .] 8 BAD HABITS THAT CRUSH YOUR CREATIVITY AND STIFLE YOUR SUCCESS | RANDY KEPPLE PHOTOGRAPHS BLOG « NETCREMA – CREME DE LA SOCIAL NEWS VIA DIGG + DELICIOUS + STUMPLEUPON + REDDIT OCTOBER 13. This is his site BTW and blog HTTP://WWW. we look around us to see what others are doing.] 8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success – Randy Kepple [. I just resonated with the article and felt my readers would too.. I know you’ll be getting his printed books too. 2010 .] OCTOBER 13. So many times. Helen Fritzie and others.COM OCTOBER 13. I’m glad it’s hit a I agree that the only limits we face are self-imposed.2:23 AM Great post you have here.icio.11:23 PM Let me know what you think after you’ve read them.us | Stumble it! | View Count : 0 Next [.9:35 PM SHANE OCTOBER 13..10:06 AM Zoran… I don’t know about being brave. 2010 . OCTOBER 14. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * .impossible to be creative when you are worried about what people will think of it. OCTOBER 14.9:24 AM [.] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Mark Essel. 2010 .
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