Fulfill Your Creative Potential
This is the first exercise I wanna walk through. And we've talked about how creativity is dangerous and how it is difficult. But I wanna talk about the flip side. I wanna talk about the costs of under-fulfilling your creative potential. So, what have been the costs, is the first question I need you to answer. I'll give you about a minute to write it down. Just think about it. What have been the costs of under-fulfilling your creative potential? Not living up to who you can be creatively, to your sense of purpose and your peace of mind. Give me a couple sentences. What has been the cost of under-fulfilling your creative potential to your loved ones, partners, your families, boyfriends, girlfriends? How has you not being the person you want to be impacted them? Under-filling your creative potential, how has impacted your career, your prosperity? And as a final question, how much long are you guys willing to suffer the consequences of under-filling your creative potential? Hours, minutes,...
and days. Alright, does anybody's answers along the way that has surprised them? I'm gonna ask a couple of you guys to read them out loud so I know this stuff is personal, but I wanna know if anybody discovered things about themselves, doing this exercise, that surprised you guys a little bit. Would you mind just reading through your four answers for us?
My name is Isaac and something you said earlier struck me about, you asked has anyone here creativity saved your life? And your first question about the cost of under-fulfilling our creative potential, I realized that when I'm not fulfilling my creative potential, I don't really have a will to live. I just see life as futile. Like what am I doing here? Going to this job to pay the bills and going to the bar on a Friday night. This is, what am I doing, this is not worth even being alive for. But then as soon as I'm doing my creative self-expression, I'm full of passion and excitement and I don't wanna do anything else.
Awesome, thank you.
What he said is that, you know, has creativity saved your life? And it's almost, I've found the opposite where creativity has been very dangerous to me because I've gone through periods of depression. And so, to me it's almost like the creativity is part of that more dangerous side. But my answer to under-fulfilling your creative potential to my loved ones ... Creativity is part of who I am and is part of who makes me, me. It gives me my personality and my ambition and my drive and my interests. And when I'm not being creative, it impacts who I am to myself and to my loved ones. And I'm not being the person that they fell in love with. I'm not being true to myself or to them when I'm not being creative.
That's awesome, thank you.