3 Lessons For The Creative Soul

The earth has music for those who listen.
~William Shakespeare

Sometimes it isn’t how much you fail that matters; it’s how much you’re willing to push to make it succeed.

Creatives often know this more than others. They push the limits. They know there is something else out there, waiting for them. They know they are destined for great things, they simply have to find out what direction it’s in.

Creatives are the ones that see joy in the little things. When they look for opportunity, they see it in small ways. No matter what’s happening around them, they hone in on one thing that shows a sign of a new direction; takes that and explores as much as they can. If something doesn’t work, they try something else. If something fails, they turn in a new direction.

There are dozens of examples of successful people who didn’t make it big until later in life. Nope, you don’t have to spread your wings and fly straight out of college. Sometimes it takes a decade or two (or three or four) to find out what you’re truly made of, and find the kind of success others only dream about.

And if you’re choosing a creative path, having life experiences behind you will only make you better at your new chosen path.

Like Martha Stewart, who had no home decorating skills until she changed direction at age 35.

Or Vera Wang, who had no skills in wedding design until she turned 40.

Or Julia Child, who wasn’t familiar with French cuisine until 30 and didn’t have writing and publishing skills until she was 50.

What creatives realize is that successes are built around a lifetime of achievement.Tweet: What creatives realize is that successes are built around a lifetime of achievement.

Apple wouldn’t have had its pleasing graphics if Steve Jobs hadn’t taken a calligraphy course in college.

Every job you take on, every moment of every day, adds up into a lifetime of achievement, all building up towards helping you become what you most desire.

Accountants can become photographers can become writers. (I know because I’m living it.)

Marketers can become artists can become chefs.

Programmers can become dancers can become business owners.

It happens all the time.

While there aren’t any rules that say what you can do and how old you have to be, there may be a few things that every person in transition has to help them on their path of growth and reinvention. I’ve followed these three lessons many times over the years and know how important they are to change.

Learn from our failures

Every step we take has a lesson waiting to be learned. We do everything we do for a reason. It teaches us something that we need to learn. Sometimes we fail. Sometimes we fail in BIG ways. But even the most epic fails in history are often overcome. That’s why you see people come back from life threatening illnesses, overcome huge obstacles like being arrested and sent to jail. Many change everything about their past in order to make room for something bigger in the present. Failure can be a good friend when we use it as a guide to make smarter choices the next time around.

Persevere in our inner beliefs

People get into trouble when they listen to the world around them instead of trusting in themselves. We bury deep inside all it takes to become the best us possible. We know what’s right, what path we should take. But that gets muddled up when our parents direct our career choices, our spouse convinces us we need things we don’t, or our friends volunteer us for their causes instead of our own. Deep in our subconscious, we have a strong inner belief that guides us along the path. It tells us when to say yes and when to say no. It points us to what we like, adjusts us towards things we excel with. If we trust our intuition and keep doing what this inner voice tells us to do, we’ll wind up doing exactly what we hoped to do.

Find our tribe

We can’t succeed by ourselves. If we’re with people that don’t support our beliefs, don’t accept who we are and what we have to offer the world, we’ll simply fade away. Creatives thrive best when they are surrounded by people that “know them”; people that “get” what they have to say in the world. Start your own tribe if you can’t find people around you. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to find people that truly “get” what you have to say. Once you have them in place, play with them, work with them, trust them to help you do what you do best.

What do you do to make your creative soul thrive?

The reason that art (writing, engaging, and all of it) is valuable is precisely
why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art,
because art is the act of navigating without a map.

~Seth Godin