Common Misconceptions About Creative People

There are some seriously misleading perceptions floating around about creative people, and it’s about time that I address them all! Today, it’s time to name, shame and debunk the misconceptions that exist about creative people.

Whether you are a photographer, dancer, actor, writer, blogger/vlogger, musician, designer, or any other kind of creator, I think you’ll be able to relate to this one. Here are the most common misconceptions about creative people…

1. We have no plans.

Just because creative people like to suss out what feels right, it doesn’t mean that we don’t have goals, ambition, and focus. If you want to accomplish anything in your life, you must have business savvy. That means knowing what you want to achieve creatively, and it also means going after what you have decided on achieving in your life with focus. Every business needs a strategy and concrete plans (which were formally great ideas) to turn your creative something into something creative that reaches people.

2. We can’t take constructive criticism.

So, in talking about what creative people feel about other people’s opinions, allow me to use the business example again. Businesses, of all kinds (even creative ones!), need people to hold everyone who is working on the job accountable (because they are responsible for keeping the business current, exciting, and relevant). No woman or man is an island, after all. Creative people, contrary to popular belief, don’t always have huge egos. Of course, in any industry, you have your bad apples, but I don’t think it happens more in creative fields. We like to team think, we can learn from leadership (and yes, we can have creative leadership – it won’t pain us), it won’t always hurt us if you think we should switch up our ideas or our vision, and we can grow as creators because of it.

3. We can’t cope with setbacks.

First, setbacks aren’t easy for anyone. Who wants to watch their best-laid plans fall like a neatly stacked deck of cards tossed by the wind? I’ll tell you who: nobody (even though setbacks often occur)! Creative people bounce back from setbacks, better than most because we do have several plans and streams that we go down, and we throw a lot of things at the wall to see what sticks. A lot of creators, particularly the ones who are the most successful, have failed more times then they succeeded (and I don’t think that’s a bad thing).

4. We have tunnel-vision/we put all our eggs in one basket.

I personally know that when it comes to following my dreams, I have several avenues that I want to go down. And that’s because, like any other creative, I want to accomplish a lot of things (but I understand that it sometimes takes time to get there). One thing I do, to avoid putting all my eggs in one basket (because my dreams and goals are large and far-reaching), is I set smaller goals for myself that are like…milestones if you will. And they’re the kind of milestones that are reasonable and doable, and they don’t put all my eggs in one basket. So, when I achieve them/as I achieve them, I feel a measure of success that keeps the wood going in my fireplace and I can keep working towards those bigger goals.

5. We don’t do teamwork.

There is this misconception that because creative people like to create in a way that is relevant and meaningful for them, they are somehow unable to work with other people on a creative project. But creators do good work as part of a team because we understand that the creative process involves testing out ideas, and it’s ideal to do that with other people. I love working as part of a team (partly because I am a social person and because I see the value in it).

Did I miss anything? Let me know (in one way or another)!

– Adaora

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