Whether you’re an employer, a colleague, a friend, or a stranger,
You can support others’ creativity,
Or you can sap it.
You have the power to buoy up,
Or to bring down.
You can recognise and celebrate the glimmer of daring,
Or you can snuff it out.
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
W. B. Yeats
A few ill-considered words,
Or words not spoken,
Will harm the fragile seed of an idea,
And dampened the risk-taker’s spirit.
If mistakes are punished,
Creativity cannot happen,
And the flow of ideas will shut down.
- Do you ever shame someone for trying but ‘failing’?
- Do you ever belittle another for performing, but not according to your criteria?
- Do you ever judge another, while never making yourself as vulnerable as they have?
Being creative takes courage.
Because creativity isn’t about coloured crayons and cool haircuts.
Creativity is a messy, unpredictable process.
It has no guarantee of accolades, reward, or recognition.
It’s a blank page,
A dot. Then two.
It rarely meets with approval because’s it’s nothing…
Until it’s something.
And that something could come to nothing.
Or it could challenge the status quo.
Shake things up. Spark change. Aggravate and annoy.
Even beauty can cause resentment, jealousy, fear.
Truly creative people are brave
They take on uncertainty.
To avoid criticism
Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing
So next time you have the opportunity
To either support or sap someone’s creativity,
Recognise the position of power they’ve granted you,
And use it to nurture the person and their purpose.
I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me
and I didn’t have the heart to let him down
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