Most creative minds are familiar with this duality. You have an inspired vision of a wonderful project, you start enthusiastically working on it. Time goes by, you get a block how to translate your idea into something concrete, you run into practical issues, you lose your stamina, and before you know it, your mind wanders off towards some other project. You abandon what you were working at, to dedicate yourself to this newly found inspiration.

What separates the artist from the cultural dabbler is discipline. Being an artist isn’t a job: it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle reflects an individual’s attitudes, way of life, values, or world view. Forging a sense of self and to create cultural symbols that resonate with your personal identity don’t come into existence without a substantial degree of dedication.

Creative achievers are deeply connected with their authentic nature and ambitions, which inevitably leads to their independence, growth, happiness and wholeness. They do not avoid challenges or struggles, as they see struggle as the very thing required for their growth. They do not walk paths which lead to weakness, conformity or regret. Creative achievers work independently and quietly, allowing their success to do the talking. In the pursuit of their personal freedom, these people independently discover their destiny.

Creativity is associated with an openness to experience, inspiration, hyperactivity, impulsivity, rebelliousness, critical thinking, precision and conscientiousness all working together in tandem. It is this perfect storm of contradicting traits mixing at once which makes artists seem eccentric.

Real artists focus less on bling and more on creating a life of significance. Highly creative achievers think big, work tirelessly and are willing to be seen as weird or crazy. It are these people who attract the strongest gathering of naysayers, and they are also some our world’s greatest innovators.

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