I must admit that I’ve always had this romantic idea of creativity in my mind. Reading this article, I realized that what I thought was a myth; that creativity is not this moment were everything magically pieces itself and comes into existence.
I thought creativity was a God-given gift, and that it was somehow not granted to the mass. I thought people like Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo had super powers or abilities that I, Ayah, could never attain.
But I was wrong. These people, yes, had talent, but it took them a lot of persistent hard work to get to where they were.
To come up with these amazing harmonies, Mozart worked – yes, worked – day and night, struggled and faced problems. Things weren’t always bright and sunny for him, and people of the time (including me before reading the article) certainly overlooked that.
This gives me hope too that – although it is challenging- coming up with something creative, is achievable, if one works hard enough without a fear of failure; because people we now call great, are human. They make mistakes, they’re flawed, we all are. But they used everything that they had, they set their goals clearly in front of them and made their way to the top, genuinely, with very little sparks of inspiration or outlandish moments of eureka.
And I think everyone should see creativity in this light, to have the motivation to accomplish anything in life.
If society keeps painting an image of creativity as sudden outbursts of novel and amazing ideas, the essence of creativity will be lost. Take people who were responsible for great leaps in technology, do you think they just dreamt it into existence? Probably not. These once so-called “crazy” ideas, are ones that we can’t live without now. It took a lot of perseverance and will to bring these ideas into the light.
We have to stop looking at one side of the story only. The people in this video are well-known to us as excellent and successful, yes, but on the other hand, we must keep in mind that they failed, got rejected and went through many difficulties in the process.