Here’s the thing about creative ideas – they are different and oftentimes threatening to the status quo. As a result, WHATEVER your idea, there will be naysayers.
“At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future,
tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past.”
Your job – in improving your creative skills – is to simply learn not to listen.
In subsequent posts we are going to discuss how to boost your creative impulses. In this post, I want to make the point that you should be careful about when you share your creative works or ideas with others. If you are too early in the process, you risk hearing a negativity that may be rooted in the status quo. Only when you are ready to bring your work or idea to life, can you begin to reveal it to others.
I could write 100 blogs about great creative works or inventions or ideas that were rejected over and over before they became huge successes. My Skinny books are a pedestrian example – I was rejected by every single publisher and agent who I showed them to – in some cases, more than once. But I was fortunate to get a Chinese publisher to believe in the format and today I am on several best seller lists in China (with U.S. success right around the corner).
Of course not every idea you have or work you produce will be truly creative (have a future). But, for the moment, the goal is simply to protect your ideas/works until you have done your own deep assessment, in other words, don’t mention or show them too early to others.
There is only one thing worse than never having a good idea or producing a creative work. And that is to have it before someone else, be deterred in pursuing it, and then watch someone else gain success with “your” concept.
Good-humored inflexibility when the whole cry of voices in on the
other side. Else, tomorrow a stranger may say with masterly good
sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we
shall be forced to take with shame our opinion from another.”