Success for a creative heroine can be tremendous. Not just in money, but in creative freedom. Look at the list of highest paid entertainers and entrepreneurs, they are all people who don’t fit any mold, but they are also people who used that fact to their benefit.
You can do it, too, in your own way, on your own time, reaching your own goals. Unmire yourself from the myths about creative people. Don’t be afraid to look at your strenghts and weaknesses. Face the fact that traditional business management, which is left brain, logical and linear (not to mention rigid, boring and counterproductive) doesn’t work for you. It isn’t much fun, and if it is not at least a little bit of fun, you are not going to do it. It is that simple. If it is not fast, fun, flexible and easy, you are less likely to embrace it. Be willing to work within a story system as long as it is one you create and one that works with you as well for you.
You Could Be Even More Heroic
Creative heroines can have an insatiable hunger to achieve, create, accomplish. They want to be recognized and heard, receive applause and take home awards. They desire change, to create a body of work, to earn, to make deals. Many people who don’t know what they want actually want too much, too fast.
The key to success is learning how to focus on what is most important. It is counterproductive to try to do too many things at once, nor is it good to focus on only one area of your life. One way to whittle it down (focus) and spread it around (balance) is to have an integrating great story about your life. With one top goal for every area of your life united by your one great story.
Take a good hard look at who you are and what you want from life. Sometimes having everything to be just okay, having an adequate job and a moderate life, is the biggest tragedy of all. Take the time now to find yourself, so you can live your life without getting lost and make good decisions that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire.
We are all born creative. What happens to us from kindergarten to college shapes how much of that creativity stays with us. Some, despite the best efforts of the school system and corporate system to stamp out the creative spirit, slip through the cracks, creativity intact. You are still not safe. Ninety eight percent of the people in the world are living the left brained life. Society tends to reward the left brain (structure, status quo) and reprimand the right brain (chaos, creativity, innovation).
You can stunt your creative spirit with disuse. You cannot lose a talent, but your skills can certainly atrophy. Yet almost any job can be done creatively. Creative careers are everywhere. Entrepreneurs must be creative to survive, managing people can be done creatively, marketing certainly involves a degree of creativity, even distribution can be a right brained affair. What makes any career interesting, exciting, and vital is the creative approach you take to it. Happiness in business comes from finding your greatest gifts and abilities and then developing and using them in the work you do.
The Right Brain
Creativity and creative careers involve a whole brain story, an interaction between the left hemisphere of your brain (the detail-oriented, accountant side) and the right hemisphere (the big picture, artistic side). The right brain comes up with the ideas and the left brain implements them. Too much right brain and nothing gets done; too much left brain and life is dull and uninspiring.
As a creative heroine, you are absolutely unique (and wonderful). There has never been anyone like you and there never will be again. Ponder that for a moment. Beneath all the self-doubt, guilt, fear, remorse and distorted beliefs is a gem of a person who, more than anything, deserves to be happy, successful and fulfilled. To have a career that is rewarding and challenging. A career that fits like a glove and is such a joy that you would do it for free – but is so valuable to others that you are paid well. And why not? You have found your place in the universe, you are making a contribution with your talent and creativity.
Once you understand yourself and what work you enjoy doing, you can work with your natural abilities and tendencies rather than against them. It makes life much easier. This is something that is unique to you. It is what will work best for you. So don’t breeze past the questions in this guide. Make the time to really give some thought to who you are, what you want to do, and what would be the best way to go about doing it. I have always said that to find yourself you need to get lost. you need time for reflection, away from the hustle and bustle of your busy life, to open yourself to new possibilities.
Do you honestly love what you do now? Are you excited to go to work on monday? Do you go home happy? If you answered no to any of these questions, there is a better way.
The following quiz gives you an indication of where your creative tendencies lie – left brain, right brain or whole brain. Answer honestly and quickly. Don’t dwell on the answers and do not try to figure out where we are looking for. There is no ‘right answer’.
- When it comes to emotions
a. I can articulate my feelings to others
b. I am better at expressing my emotions through my work
- I have always been told
a. I would make a great accountant
b. I was a natural born artist
- Success is
a. closely related to annual income
b. unrelated to the money I make
- When trying to explain how I came up with an idea a. I am able to put in into terms others can understand b. I feel like an alien from another planet.
- When I am working on a project a. I am not happy until it is done b. I enjoy the process
- It is a beautiful summer day, but I have work to do. I will a. get my work done first and then go to the beach b. go to the beach and deal with my work later
- When it comes to a big project, my strength is in seeing a. The worm’s eye view (details) b.The bird’s eye view (the big picture)
- When I have several unfinished projects going on at once, I feel a. frustrated b. stimulated
- When it comes to decorating my office a. I find an arrangement that works and stick with it b. I rearrange everything at least every six months
- Multitasking for me is a. doing two things at once b. doodling, talking on the phone, sending an email, searching for a file in a teetering pile of work on my desk, watching a movie, reading a book, and sorting through my mail on Linkedin at once.
- Before I speak a. I think it through and censor it in my head b. I say the first thing that pops into my head
- When it comes to problem solving a. I analyze things from a logical perspective b. I consult my ‘gut’ for an answer
- My car is a. practical and safe b. stylish and fun to drive
- I am best at remembering a. names b. faces
- Whenever there is a crisis in my life, a. I retreat into myself and try to solve it on my own b.
- In making decisions, a. I tend to focus on the actualities b. I tend to focus on the possibilities
- When someone asks about my vacation a. I give them names and places and brag about how much I saved on airfare (elapsed time, three minutes) b. describe in intricate detail how wonderful it felt to be away, and talk about all the things I saw, the wonderful people I met, and the fun I had (elapsed time, three hours)
- I am a natural born a. learner b. teacher
- If I had two yearlong projects to choose from, I’d pick a. an analysis of the company’s past and future profit centers b. working on the company’s marketing materials
- When I meet a prospective client or employer, a . I have a written list of questions to cover b. I talk off the top of my head, taking my cue from them
- I believe a. you can make things happen through sheer force of will b. there is a force in the universe that brings things together
- My idea of organization is a. making a list of all the things to be done and then prioritizing the tasks b. playing with my Post-it Notes, putting them on the wall in some sort of order
- I am ready to leave for work, and a. I know exactly where my car keys are b. I go on a search and destroy mission until the keys turn up (in the fridge)
- When I log on to the internet, I do it with a. a plan and a purpose; get in, get out b. a sort of stream of consciousness, pausing to look at whatever catches my fancy
- When researching a project a. I find as many books and articles as I can and read them from front to back b. I ask someone for tips on the best places to look and skim those
In the above quiz a. answers count zero, b. answers count 1. If your total is 8 or less you might read this guide for somebody else because you are a serious left brainer. A total of 9 to 15 indicates a fairly balanced whole brain approach to the world. You will go far if you can learn to loosen up a little. With a total over 15 you can consider yourself a right brainer with all the blessings and curses attached thereto.
Your Creative Talents
Many studies have shown that the creative person is more intelligent and scores higher in tests than do lawyers and doctors. While nobody uses only their right brain or left brain, most creatives tend to rely heavily on their right brains – the source of their creativity. Because of that, many of the following statements will apply to you. Even whole brainers (those who operate equally from both hemispheres) will see some of themselves here, often tempered by the logical, stabilizing influence of the left brain.
The creative heroine is able to compare and combine two things that are not usually related. The creative mind is not limited by normal boundaries, and so can see relationships that aren’t obvious to others.
The creative heroine sees abstract concepts and then is able to express them in concrete terms.
The creative heroine tends to have rich and vivid memories. Right brainers are able to remember faces and places, but aren’t so hot at namesand titles. They retain images better than words. They remember themes and scenes from movies, but not the names or the director. The right brain remembers feelings – good and bad.
Creative heroines have the pioneering spirit that it takes to do things differently, regardless of the grief they may take from (and give to) others. They are eager to go where nobody has gone before. The great unknown is more interesting and inspiring than the safe and secure. It is intoxicating to be involved with an idea on the ground leven. The early stages of the creative process are magical, where anything is possible and reality is way off in the distance.
Creative heroines welcome challenges. They are able to see the big picture and tackle problems on a global scale. They use intuition rather than facts and figures to find new and better solutions.
Although creative heroines may be in touch with trends, they are more likely to start trends. They are leaders, not followers. They are flexible. Passionate. Tenacious. When it comes to getting their ideas or their pet projects made they can be relentless.
Creative heroines are open minded and less prone to prejudice. Creatives often have high ethical and moral standards. Gray matter thinkers in a black – and – white world, they often see more than one right answer and maybe even more than one question.
The successful idea person has some way to capture ideas and refer back to them later.
Creative heroines are obsessed with their work and improving their skills and abiliteis.
Your Creative Obstacles
Sometimes speaking without thinking, as in a brainstorming session, is perfectly acceptable. Sometimes creative heroines forget where brainstorming ends and real life begins, however. Saying the first thing that comes into mind makes people uncomfortable.
Creative heroines feel things more deeply than most other people do. It is trying to verbally communicate those feelings to others that gets them tongue-tied. That is why they create, to express what they are feeling through their work. So maybe that is not a bad obstacle.
Creative heroines can be impulsive. That live-for-today attitude and ‘being in the moment’ works for the artist in them, but to succeed, they have got to give some thought to the future. There can be long term consequences when they play now and pay later.
Divergent thinkers often go off on tangents, and are frequently seen as scatterbrained. It is hard to concentrate when you are not inspired or interested. It takes discipline to get started and stick with the business side of creative business. Creatives can work harder than anybody if they find something they love to do. They just have a hard time learning to love math, taxes, regular business hours and client follow up.
Leaping ahead, seeing the big picture, creatives lose those people who want to take it step by step and see things in black and white. Sometimes this makes them angry. Creative heroines spend a lot of time dealing (or not dealing) with frustration.
For creative heroines, all play has a purpose – it is fun. This attitude makes them seem immature. Left brainers like rules, a purpose, and a plan, even for play, and worse, they need a reason to do it.
Creative heroines tend to be sloppy. Not disorganized, just not organized in a way that an anal-retentive, uptight, left brained person would like them to be. Many creatives feel neatness is a waste of time.
Creative heroines are particularly vulnerable to the ‘they are going to find me out any minute” syndrome. They may be confident about their work, but not about themselves. Insecurity often rules them.
Alcoholism, drug addiction, depression – all are very real dangers for the creative heroine. Although right brainers are not necessarily self destructive, they are prone to overindulgence, which can lead to the same thing.
Creative heroines high ideals may make them inflexible. Many creative heroines are frustrated by the requirements of the commercial world.
Creative heroines tend to have short attention spans, which means multitasking is second nature.
Creative heroines procrastinate. Procrastination is a problem for people whose attention span is short and whose interest scope is broad. They like to have several projects going at once, and switch off whenever they reach the point of boredom and burnout.
Creative heroines don’t like to be told how to do it. But they are also very clever if you just tell them what you want and leave them to their own devices.
Your Creative Career
Living in a left brained world is not easy when you operate in the creative way – that is the right brained way. It is easy to feel trapped by a mortgage, car payments, a retirement plan. But going against your own nature, your instincts and your talents turns out to be the worst possible way to live your life. You end up with ulcers, depression, deep – seated anger.
Finding the career path that matches what you enjoy doing and do well makes more sense. I say – make a run for it. Find out what makes you happy and fits as it should, showing off your assets.
A good fit – in a career as well as a pair of jeans – is different for different people. Some like them loose and baggy, some formfitting. It is a personal thing. All I know is, I would never send anybody else out to buy me my car, clothes, furniture. The same goes with your career. Only you know what will work for you.
For some creative heroines, networking is a dirty word. For others it is a never ending source of inspiration. There are plenty of examples of famous creatives who crave seclusion. No naysayers, no distractions, no naysayers, no phones, no needy people. NO NAYSAYERS.
Creative heroines do more than their job title requires – they can’t just help it. They want the education, experience and exhilaration of doing something different, so they don’t confirm to strict parameters. The creative career is no walk in the park, even for the most talented. Audiences are fickle, deals are tough to come by, and the pay is not always what it should be. You need to be clear about what you want, and you have to want it badly enough to work hard, but you can make it.
No creative job is perfect. The trick is to find a job with imperfections you can tolerate. You may be willing to work from nine to five for the opportunity to be involved in an exciting project. You may put up with a mountain of bureaucratic bull so you can work with people you respect and admire.
Your Creative Best
Nobody can motivate you. You must be self motivated to make it. In any career, you are the boss. If you don’t feel like working for weeks at a stretch, nobody will shoot you. But there is always a price.
The creative heroine works well in a relaxed environment. That could be a casual corporate structure, a close – knit small company, or off alone in a cubbyhole somewhere. Freedom, individuality and being able to be yourself are serious issues for you, wherever you choose to work.
Creative heroines need constant input and stimulation. An environment with all kinds of interesting things. Don’t settle for a sterile office. You cannot work that way. There is a certain lifestyle that appeals to a right brainer, one that involves experimentation, swapping, multiple positions, passion, excitement and stimulation, variety, visual input, feeling and compassion, connection and expression. For the creative person there is real value in learning and growth as well as self-expression, freedom and flexibility in work.
Your Creative Life
Judgmental people may complain about your short attention span, calling you scatterbrained, lazy, a slob, self-centered, cynical, impatient, and so on. It takes a toll on even the most secure, and some start believing it. Do not let that be you. Fight back. Remember that you are special – one of 2 percent of the adult population. Remember that you see a bigger world than they do, and move on.
Being an unconventional person in a conventional world is a small price to pay for the joy of being a creative person. Wear it as a badge of honor. You are one of the chosen ones. Innovators throughout time have come under constant attack from critics. What it boils down to is fear and jealousy. They will never have what you have. They will never be what you can be.
There is always a bigger risk of failure when you branch out, but i would rather risk it. It keeps me from falling asleep. There are a lot of risks with following a creative career path. Rewards do not come without risks, and it is fortunate that the creative heroine is built to be able to withstand the pressures. The option is to sit at home and watch others living their dreams on TV. It is not a hard choice but it is one you have to make.
To make it as creative heroine, to make your money doing what you love, you must have that fire in the belly, that burning desire to succeed. You must believe that no matter what the odds, no matter what others say, you will persevere. You will do what it takes. You will learn to do the business stuff, the networking, the planning. You will bounce back from rejection, depression and obsession. Because disappointments, highs and lows, and critics are everywhere. Not everything will feel like a masterpiece (or even be well received). In a way, that is good. You will keep trying to improve.