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Challenges That Highly Creative People Face On An All-Too-Regular Basis
By Mikelle Leow, 16 Sep 2017
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It’s a great joy to be able to identify as a creative person, but it can also get tiring when the world expects so much from you.
Charlie Gilkey, the founder of Productive Flourishing, has an interesting term to describe naturally compassionate and creative people: ‘Creative Giants’. He rationales in an article on Thrive Global why these people are “giants” and not “superheroes.”
“It’s as if they were giants having to pretend to be normal people so that they didn’t step on others, scare them, or awe them. Additionally, ‘Creative Giants’ are just as often introverts as they are extroverts, so while they might not actively smallify themselves, their gianthood is still not readily apparent. Until you get them talking.”
He goes on to describe the challenges this group faces regularly. Scroll down to check out six of them, and head over to Gilkey’s full article on Thrive Global to learn more.
1. You can do anything you set your mind to…
You’re just afraid you’ll end up picking the wrong choice.
2. You chronically over-commit to people’s requests.
People approach you for help because they know a lot of the things they ask from you are easy for you to do. Out of goodwill, you’ll likely say yes—only to remember much later that everything takes longer than previously expected.
3. Your personal projects are often left uncompleted.
You work out puzzles before you even get to the end of your projects. They then lose their appeal.
4. Your compassion for others gets in the way of your personal power.
“They suck at receiving, they undervalue themselves so that others can afford them or don’t feel small, they can’t ‘win’ because that means other people lose, they can’t ‘move on’ because they’d have to leave someone behind,” explains Gilkey. Simply put, you spend a great amount of time belittling your talents.
5. Your ever-evolving personality makes it hard for you to stay in relationships.
You learn and grow quickly, and find it hard to maintain relationships. Even if you have the tolerance for people who are afraid of change, you just don’t understand why they would be so reluctant to grow.
6. Since you’re socially adaptable, you might have difficulty staying rooted.
While being creative means to express yourself freely, you often find your style morphing according to your personal experiences.
Head over to Thrive Global to find out six more challenges the highly creative face regularly.
[via Thrive Global, cover image via Shutterstock]
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