And so are you, if you choose to be. This TED talk by Ken Robinson is shockingly clear about creativity in our culture (and pretty hilarious). His simple message is that creativity requires an acceptance of being wrong a lot, and we’re training people to believe that making a mistake is the worst thing you can do. “The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.”
I have a simple solution to this problem. When someone asks me what I do, I tell them I’m an artist. Now technically, my business card, if I had one, might say “Commodity Trader.” But when it comes to what I do on a daily basis, it’s finding creative solutions to very complex problems. And it’s an art form. When it comes to mapping out the career path ahead of me, I view it as having a blank canvas on which I can create whatever beautiful picture I choose. The point is that I never stop thinking like an artist (like a kid), which means anything is possible and I’m free to have big dreams.
The world is more complex than ever before, and we need as many people as possible to have the courage to find creative new solutions. You can do your part by embracing your own sense of creativity and supporting others when they are trying something new or different. Please do. And if you can, take 20 minutes to watch the video and allow yourself to be inspired.