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Those words and a hilarious laugh were my grandmother’s response to my news. I had drawn a mural in the entryway of my apartment to celebrate the fact that I was leaving it and my corporate career to go on sabbatical and live a more creative life.

Those words and a hilarious laugh were my grandmother’s response to my news. I had drawn a mural in the entryway of my apartment to celebrate the fact that I was leaving it and my corporate career to go on sabbatical and live a more creative life.

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Elatia commented on 1+1=3

This is fantastic. The post brings up a lot of interesting questions to me and the question you pose about creativity being boosted throughout the day brings to mind another question - is there a moment (particularly teenage years) when we begin to "lose" our creativity? What is that tipping point?

Kids are surrounded by play and creativity - encouraged to dress up, use their imaginations, etc. Adults spend years rebuilding their creative confidence or go through some life crisis to encounter it or never find it and long for it. There seems to be a gap of creativity in the middle. Why? Where does it go? Why does it go?

Kirk and Meena -

Thanks so much for responding and sending along new ideas to explore. To respond to Kirk's initial question, I strongly believe that creative confidence stems from the subtle differentiation between looking at the world from a point of view of possibility as opposed to constraint. Most of us are hammered for our entire lives about what isn't possible, why we can't do things and how our circumstances dictate that we can't expect more or better out of life.

What I believe the program that Robbins has developed, as well as those that you and Meena have shared teach tools that transform constraints into possibilities. Being in prison doesn't mean you can't explore your personality or be artistic or contribute positively to your community and family. For many - as we can see with these 3 programs - it is simply being shown how.

To respond to Meena's provocations, I also believe that creative confidence can foster, inspire and motivate personal growth - and the opposite. I believe personal growth can lead to building creative confidence, as with my own story of rebuilding mine with the help of Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way."

Really looking forward to hearing more from more folks. Thanks again for responding.

Best,

Elatia

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Elatia commented on It's never too late! Doctor... turned figure skater!?!

I strongly agree that leading by example is an enormous help in inspiring and cultivating creative confidence in younger people.

I am in Aspen for the first time ever this week, and was struck by the awesomeness of their fire trucks. Seems as though these brave men and women who are first responders for all kinds of disasters have partnered with a group of youth to give their trucks a new, creative look. Really cool example of how those we view as "strong" and "in charge" are fostering creativity.

The links I've found are too cumbersome to copy here, but just type in "Aspen Fire Truck" into Google to see the work.