9 Lies You've Been Told About Being Creative

1. You can do anything you want | Sometimes you just have to admit you're not very good at somethings and that's OK 2. Imitation...



1. You can do anything you want | Sometimes you just have to admit you're not very good at somethings and that's OK
2. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery | No, it isn't; emulate don't imitate, know the difference
3. Working all day every day is productive | Well organised working hours is the real key to productivity
4. Instant popularity is a sign of success | Obscurity is good at the start; there is no pressure when you're unknown
5. Quitting your job gives you more time to focus | A job gives you money, a routine, and freedom from financial stress
6. Procrastination is bad | Let your mind wander, it's often the best way to figure ideas out
7. Nothing is original | It's the person not the idea that matters the most
8. You have to wait for inspiration | You have to seek it out: google everything, read books, stay curious
9. Stick to a routine | Some people work well with traditional routines, others don't: find what works for you

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  1. Number 3 is SO important! I hate the student mentality of everyone trying to out-work and out-exhaust each other - work smart, not hard. Love this post!

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  2. GIRLSTOLELONDON8/12/2014

    Three, Five and Six sit with me soooo closely. Love this post babes so true that there is no set formula for creativity. xx

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  3. I really like #1 - sometimes those inspirational quotes telling me I can do anything I want only make me feel inadequate, cause I know I can't do loads of things haha.

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  4. Number 8 is so true, I always think it is weird when people say they don't have inspiration. You can find inspiration everywhere!

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  5. Ooh these are all great. #1 + #3 are important realisations to make!

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  6. Good tips, I have found though that I focus lots on something that makes me happy and even doing an internship has distracted my attention and passion over the past month !

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. No. 9 is my favourite. LEARN! There is no point in living if you aren't growing. In my eye, you do not die when you lose your physical body, you die when you stop using its tremendous abilities.

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  8. #1-love this...so true. PS-got the macadamia nut shampoo-divine!

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  9. I agree with with all of this! routines are so important.

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  10. So long as it works for you, I don't think there is a "winning formula." I work very differently from other creatives I know and I don't either any of us would switch to the other one's routine!

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  11. I think we're told "You can do anything you want" all the time and it simply isn't true but THAT'S OK, we can all be great at different things. (The shampoo is great, right?)

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  12. It's so important to just keep learning

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  13. I had to quit my job a few months back because the business had grown to the point where it wouldn't grow anymore unless I had more time to work on it.. and I'm so glad I did because it grew so fast after that. But I think people are too eager to quit their day job to "live the dream" and reality just isn't like that. The few years I spent working rubbish day jobs was time well spent in terms of distraction and financial stability.

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  14. Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  15. Yes, absolutely! Sometimes I don't feel inspired to create.. but I can always find inspiring things. Also: I find it weird when people ask "where do you get your inspiration?" EVERYWHERE!

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  16. I am absolutely certain, without a doubt, you excel at something. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, never feel inadequate.

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  17. Too many people want to quit and "live the dream" without thinking the logistics of not having financial stability. I'm sure it's easy for the people who live at home and call themselves "self employed" when they have no bills to pay, it's a lot different when you have to support your entire like off your dream.

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  18. I hate this attitude and I think it's rife in the blogging community. It doesn't achieve anything plus I would much rather work five productive hours a day than twelve mediocre ones. Each to their own I guess.

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  19. allenrobinson6135118/13/2014

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  20. Totally agree! Especially about being curious! I always want to find out why something works (or doesn't!)

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  21. I wish I could quit my job and start blogging full time, but I would get serious financial troubles and not be able to buy beauty products - and thus blog about them. 9 is not a lie to me though, I need a routine in my life otherwise I'd be watching Fringe all day long. But - you already mentioned you should find what works for you!


    Jimmy | http://amsterdaily.wordpress.com

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  22. Isamour8/14/2014

    I agree with all the points except two: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... It's annoying and embarrassing to imitate someone because you can be your own person, but it does mean that this person admires the other...right? and the: Quitting your job gives you more time to focus. I tried working a 30 hours per week job that was really stressful (call center) and when I had days off, I just didn't have the energy to focus on what I really wanted to do. I had to quit after saving some money to focus on the important things for me in life.

    My fashion/beauty blog: www.isamour.com

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  23. I think you're right about that too, and I totally agree about five productive hours vs 12 poor ones - I burn out after too long anyway, I could never have a long and disorganised workday.

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  24. I think the key word is 'sincere.' I don't believe imitation is sincere, at all. I also don't believe we need the admiration of people who think copying is OK. "Annoying" and "embarrassing" are pretty tame emotions to attach to something that could damage someone's business. I know a lot of designer-makers who have had people imitating their work and it can severely impact their business. I have also experienced this kind of imitation and it's devastating. So I'm sorry, we can agree to disagree, I don't think imitation is sincere or a sign of admiration - it's a sign of disrespect.


    I hear what you're saying about the job; I did ultimately quit my day job because my creative business grew to the point where I had to.. but then it became a full time job and no longer the sole creative part of my life, it became my job and I developed other creative outlets. While I agree it is hard to find the time, I worked a full time day job and then I worked in the evenings on my business.. I worked 14+ hours a day for several years so I could quit. But without the full time income there was no way I would have been able to raise savings, fund the business, and support my lifestyle.

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  25. Personally, I think blogging full time is a bad move and I do not think blogging is a job. You can get a job from blogging.. but rarely does anyone "blog for a living." Most of the time "full time bloggers" work in marketing and their online channels are built to advertise - which is fine, but is that really what you want to do for a living?

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  26. i definitely don't work well with traditional routines. or if i do, it's by accident. it's just not how my brain works and i do so, so much better when i have a bit of structure but mostly doing what i need to when i need to ..or when i feel inspired. it's hard to explain but i think you just instinctively know whether traditional routine works for you or not.


    and yes on no.3! if you can have blocks of designated time for specific tasks you can be so much more productive and efficient.

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  27. Isamour8/16/2014

    You know what, when someone does change my perspective I like to admit it and I really like the way you described this. It's 100% true. Copying is disrespectful and the easy way to success. Even though some might have admiration in it, the disrespect beats it.

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  28. Alexandra Madhavan8/22/2014

    Fantastic list, sooooooooo true

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