Are You A Critic Or A Creator?
Instead of constantly consuming the creations of others, consider focusing on becoming a creator. Creators are a rare breed. Only a small number of people have the patience, will, and guts necessary to take something from an idea to a tangible form and put it out there for the world to judge. Virtually everyone is a critic.
It’s easy to be a critic, but hard to be a creator.
Think about it. You go see a movie, watch a TV show, eat at a restaurant, read this ebook, etc. and you immediately have an opinion. Your critique of this ebook began as soon as you started reading or, perhaps, when you became familiar with it. When was the last time you put something forward to be critiqued? Better yet, when was the last time you created something you weren’t asked to create?
When you were a child, you created things all the time. You drew, you painted, you made statues out of Play-Doh, and you made up stories for you and your friends to take part in. If you’re an artist or inventor, then you never really gave up these activities. Otherwise, you probably did. At some identifiable point, your period of creation came to a screeching halt.
It could have happened for any number of reasons. Maybe when you were five, someone said your game was dumb, and from that point forward you wouldn’t put yourself out on a limb again. Or maybe when you were seven your parents told you to stop getting paint on the floor, and you decided that art wasn’t worth the risk of being yelled at. Now ask yourself this question: “How long am I going to let these moments in my past control who I am today?” Your answer must be: “Not one second longer!”
Stop continuing to give power to those who have long since moved beyond whatever it was that happened years ago. That includes you.
Don’t let your past control your present and future. Whatever the reasons were that drove you to stifle your creative process—let it go.
The time for you to rekindle your creative energy is now. There’s only one you. You’re unlike anyone else on this planet and you have unique Gifts to share and important contributions to make. If you have the talent, the passion, and the dedication to leverage those Gifts, you can become a creator.
The world is waiting for you.