I read this great piece on Just Something – Creative today and thought it would strike a chord with many of you. Its a useful list to share with your nearest and dearest if you struggle to make them understand you and your creative passions. Don’t worry, we’re not weird, we’re creative!
Here are 22 things that creative people do differently from other people…
1. They get inspired at the least expected moment
They can’t decide when the next big idea will come. It just will, in the least expected way, at the least expected moment.
2. They daydream. A lot
They are here, but they’re not. They can fly away with their mind at any given moment during a conversation. Don’t be mad at them, it’s just the way they are.
3. They get bored easily
They need to stay stimulated in order to stay active. They won’t focus on something they don’t like. Call them ADHD or whatever you like, this is just part of their genius.
4. They watch the world with the eyes of a child
There’s a part of them that never grows up, and maybe this is the real secret, observing the world with the eyes of a child.
5. They will fail, and you can be sure they will try again
Life it’s not always easy for a creative, especially for the professional ones. They will fail a thousand times in their life, then they will rise and succeed, only to fail again. Every creative, even the most successful one, has failed and has been rejected one million times. But they finally did it.
6. They are told to get a real job
It’s not easy to be accepted as a creative, especially when your loved ones expect something different from you. Real creatives will follow their dreams.
7. They will follow their heart, even if often their mind thinks otherwise
It’s said that creative people are more likely to worry less about problems and take more risks. This can brings a thousand fails, but a million satisfactions.
8. They get lost in time
When they are creating they get lost in time and space, they can forget to eat, to drink and even to sleep. When words, colors or ideas start to flow out of their mind there’s nothing else that really matters to them.
9. They work when you sleep and they sleep when you work
Inspiration comes at the most unexpected times. Just take it and make something great out of it.
10. Where most people see a difficulty, they see an opportunity
They can see the bright side of things, and brilliantly come out of troubles in unusual ways.
11. They fall in love with their pieces of work, and hate them the day after
This is still a mystery, but there is some kind of process that makes them extremely fickle about their creations.
12. They hate what they’ve just created, but will totally love it 12 hours later
Just like no. 11, this can happen too.
13. They are humble and proud at the same time
They are always willing to learn, but will be extremely proud and confident when it comes to their ideas and creations.
14. They are always looking to new ways to express themselves
whether you do it as a job or you are just a creative person, you know there isn’t just one way to express creativity. If you are a photographer you’ll probably love to create in so many other ways. The same applies to painters, art directors, writers and every creative person in general.
15. They procrastinate
Give them a deadline and they will comply with it, but you can be sure they will do 90% of the work the night before.
16. They see the other side of the coin
They can always observe situations from a different point of view.
17. They don’t like boundaries
Rules and boundaries are not for them. Many popular creatives in history have even been labeled as rebels.
18. They can’t do the math
They are often brilliant and can really amaze you at times, but try to let them do the math and you will be surprised how much they dislike numbers. (I don’t agree with this one!)
19. They are great observers
They often are great people watchers and notice even the smallest detail. People and basically everything can be the inspiration for their next idea.
20. They always make new experiences
They need to be stimulated to stay creative. Is there a better way to escape from routine by trying something you never did before?
21. They do it all over again
No matter how far they’ve come with their last creation. If at a given point they don’t like, they won’t think twice and will trash it just to start all over again. And again. And again.
22. They love
They love. Everything. They love life, they love people, they love emotions, they love animals, they love beauty. They can stay in silence watching the most beautiful sunset they’ve ever seen, or be excited for the next big art exhibit in town.
No matter what, their love for life is contagious, and if you have some friends like this, stick with them. They will make your life a little more beautiful.