5 Things You Should Know about Creative Minds

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photo by Alex Erde

Do you struggle to understand the artistic souls in your life (maybe even your own)?  I’ve been surrounded by creative types from birth. My Dad? Artist. Grandmother? Artist. Husband? A musician. Oldest son? Musician and chef. Younger son? Artist. Believe me, I’ve had ample opportunity to think about how we creative types work. I’ve also got just enough left-brain functionality to understand that the creative personality completely confounds the rest of the population.

We don’t mean to.  Honest.

But our very being is a source of consternation to those who believe that 2 + 2 should ALWAYS…and I mean ALWAYS…lead to the neat and tidy and oh-so-predictable sum of 4.

And it should do so in a timely fashion.

In sympathy with my orderly, logical, left-brain friends, I thought it might help to compile a few tips to help you navigate the universe of your right-brained loved ones.  So here’s just five ideas.

1) We creative souls really do work better under pressure. Seriously, creativity thrives within boundaries–even the temporal kind! We’re not procrastinating. We’re waiting for the creative pressure to kick in. Give us too much time, and we’re staring out the window.

2) Speaking of staring out the window, we need to do this. Regularly. You’ll just have to trust us about this.

3) We respect you left-brain types with such disciplined routines. We marvel. We know we should be more like you. But I’m not gonna lie. In our world, routine is boring and overrated.

4) Feedback is fine. Collaboration is fine. Re-doing the work that you hired us to do. Confusing. You don’t, for instance, march into the kitchen of your favorite restaurant and say, “You know, this looks like fun. I’ve always fancied being a chef. Move over. I’d like to re-do that Chicken Marsala.”

5) We aren’t trying to make you crazy by changing the way we do things. We just don’t like doing things the same way twice.  (See #3)

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6 responses »

  1. What a classic post that I will have to feature on Refrain. I never realized how surrounded you are with creative people. Wait a minute…you ARE one of us through and through. You get it.

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