“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” (Ella Fitzgerald)
Do you agree? I do. Any activity in life done with inspiration and passion leads to positive results. I am sure you have your own experience and examples to give. For me like learning, writing is a process which flows naturally and passionately. I have been enjoying writing during all the stages of my formal education and later in my professional life. However, writing and publishing on Social Media Platforms is different. It requires willingness to share your ideas with broader audience and the courage to express yourself freely, correctly and passionately. Writing my blog and publishing here on LinkedIn makes me happy because my aim to write is to add value. Recently, some of my readers have been very kind to give me very sincere and positive feedback that they have found some value in reading my posts. Once more, I want to thank all of them because their constructive feedback has helped me to develop my writing style. Looking for inspiration, finding interesting topics to write, choosing from them, researching and reading, thinking and engaging in the creative process of writing is real joy. For this post, I had couple of topics in my mind, but I have been inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s words, and the creative process of writing started evolving. Here in this post, you are going to find some tips that you can use to empower yourself with the great forces of your creative potential.
“Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working.” (Henri Matisse)
What is inspiration? Inspiration is a sudden and strong feeling that you can use to unleash your creative potential. The word inspiration comes from the Latin word “inspirare” which means “to breathe into”. In other words, finding inspiration or being inspired is as natural and easy as breathing, so every human being has the capacity to find inspiration, but the only condition is to be willing to find it. What about the meaning of inspiration? It refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical or any other artistic endeavor. Similarly to the meaning of the word creativity, here the meaning of inspiration has connotation closely related with arts and artists. That is why the definition of artistic inspiration is sudden creativity in artistic production such as a poem, song, painting etc. However, creativity is not only limited to arts. Actually, it has much broader meaning. Creative inspiration is the sudden creativity when a new invention like a unique or novel product, service, device, method or process is created. Stated differently, all people and you in particular can experience creative inspiration while working and doing your professional job. If you want to experience it more and be always inspired to create something new and original, you should follow the below stated steps.
1. Always look for inspiration
2. Engage in activities that inspire you
3. Go to unknown places
4. Meet new people
5. Spend time in nature
Never doubt your creative potential. It is always there within you. Just use the magical forces. Especially, use the second one that you can easily find deep in your heart. It is your passion.
“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you are passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” (Yo-Yo Ma)
It is clear that Yo-Yo Ma is very passionate about what he does. Shall we watch and listen to him playing Bach Cello Suite N.1 – Prelude?
I do not think that there is a need to introduce the world renowned cellist. It is such a pleasure to listen to Yo-Yo Ma performing because he is playing the cello with great passion. Passion is defined as a very strong feeling of love about a person or thing, or it can also be defined as an intense emotion or compelling enthusiasm. George Bernard Shaw states that “there are passions far more exciting than the physical ones”, and he writes “intellectual passion, mathematical passion, passion for discovery and exploration are the mightiest of all passions”. Yes, this is the passion of great scientists, mathematicians and artists. However, there are ordinary people who have real passion about their profession or what they do. When people are passionate, they tend to be more enthusiastic, hardworking, happy, productive, creative and satisfied. Do you want to be more enthusiastic, creative and satisfied? You can, just by enforcing your passion.
1. Discover your passion
2. Trust in it
3. Nurture it
4. Cooperate with people who have similar passion
5. Never give up
“Playing acoustic and line drawings are the two things I’m most competent at.” (Robyn Hitchcock)
Your competencies are your unique ingredients which you can harness as a powerful force to manifest your creativity. I think that this mixture of different competencies should be used to support your inspiration and passion. In other words, you can express your inspiration and passion through your competencies. Practice the following activities, and you can benefit from the creative potential hidden behind them.
1. Develop your current competencies
2. Enrich them by adding new ones
3. Apply all of them in new areas and different situations
“All experience is an arch, to build upon.” (Henry Adams)
Experience is accumulated throughout life. As a result, it is a powerful source for your creative potential. Especially if you have long years of experience in one and even better in several areas. You can dive freely in your diverse experience and ignite your creativity. How? Simply by performing the following:
1. Learn from your past experience
2. Apply it in different situations
3. Take risks for new experience
4. Mix your past and new experience
5. Diversify your experience
“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.”(Confucius)
Knowledge, similarly to your competencies and experience, is a powerful leverage for expressing your creativity. Deep knowledge in one field is like a well that can continuously nourish your creative potential. At the same time, you are luckier if you have very good amount of knowledge in several fields because connecting your knowledge in different fields can result in more creative outputs. Use your knowledge to your best.
1. Deepen your knowledge
2. Broaden it
3. Connect your knowledge from different fields
4. Continuously learn
Actually, these separate forces of inspiration, passion, competencies, experience and knowledge should be united or mushed so that your creative potential can flourish. Despite all the obstacles I had to overcome, and the fact that I have not been supported, I am glad because I have been always trying to use these forces and to be creative in Teaching, HR, LO, Talent and Leadership Development, and now in Writing. What about your forces? Do you harness them to your best? Do they help you to discover your creative potential and unleash your creativity?
Let’s conclude with a quote from Paulo Coelho whose passion for writing was enormous. For those of you who might not know his life story, I want to shortly summarize and share it because his life is a very exceptional example of living and working with passion and inspiration. When Paulo Coelho was a teenager he had a passionate interest in becoming a writer, and his passion for writing could not be stopped by what his parents did to him. They wanted Paulo Coelho to become a lawyer. However, he never gave up even when his parent put him in an asylum, and they had done this not only once but three times. Paulo Coelho had been institutionalized because of his passion to write. However, nothing stopped him, and he followed his passion to become the best-selling Portuguese-language writer in human history. Paulo Coelho found inspiration for all his books which have been translated into more than sixty languages. More than forty million copies of his novel The Alchemist, that you most probably have read, have been sold all around the world.
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist)
As Paulo Coelho said, this is the gist for the progress of human civilization. We sould not waste human talents because the creative potential in you and in all of us will lead to positive developments in all areas of life, and this for sure is worth empowering ourselves with the great forces of our creative potential.
(Posted also on LinkedIn Pulse)