Last night I had the small task of addressing some invites. Thought process before diving into the task went something like this:
“Oh, I NEED to get these out. I will address and stamp them right now.” —> “This will take ten minutes? Probably?” —> “I should listen to a TED talk, right?” —> “I mean, I would like someone to make me feel like addressing these envelopes will be a step towards changing the entire world. After all, I’m the freaking future. Right? Right??” —> “I’ll just google creativity TED talks now. NOW, I said.”
So I did. I actually first stumbled upon a few articles talking about creativity, and how it’s something we all have, and it’s important, and blah blah blah. They were okay. And then I found David Kelley’s TED talk on creative confidence. The video is below, and I encourage you to watch it. It’s only 11 minutes. So, go ahead, address those envelopes! Clean that stovetop! Boil that water! But first turn on this video. You will be able to assess your personal creative confidence and also feel more like a game-changer than a mere water-boiler. You’re not just heating up that water, you’re CHANGING THE WAY IT ACTS! You inspired that water to evolve, didn’t you?
I’m kind of making it sound like the video is cheesy and inaccurate. But it’s not. It is actually motivational and helped me realize common reasons I fear my own creativity. And more importantly, how to push against this fear. The gist of the talk is this: we’re all creative. People are not creative OR analytical. That’s just the black and white order we’ve created ourselves. Creative growth comes through small victories. You don’t need to change the entire universe with your first idea. And you most likely won’t. But with a small victory comes confidence to act again, think a little harder, challenge your comfort zone a little more.
Following the video, I read this article here. Written by Tom Kelley and David Kelley, it sums up the TED talk and adds some more insight. At one point in the article, the authors state that “creativity is something you practice, not just a talent you’re born with.” That makes it far less intimidating to venture into a new discipline, share your new idea, or even just attempt to think of fresh spins on whatever you’re working on. Small victories, people. Small steps toward rediscovering creativity.
creative confidence = natural ability + courage