Creativity for the Rest of Us

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Why does it take such extraordinary courage to follow your heart and intuition?  Why is this even an issue?

Not only are some of us afraid to pursue what we want and love, we’re afraid to even talk about.  We’re afraid to say it out loud because deep down there is a gnarly dread that then we’ll have to do something about it.  How often have you heard people say (or said yourself):  I know what I want to do but I don’t do it because I’m afraid I’ll love it.

Aren’t we fascinating creatures?  Afraid of what we love.  Afraid that our world will come tumbling down if we follow our dreams.

During one of my career “transitions” I repeatedly listened to “Work” by Marianne Williamson.  I was worried that if I surrendered to what was calling me I would have to do something I didn’t like, sacrifice some part of myself or leave loved ones behind to follow my dream.  Growing up Catholic surrounded by Saints and martyrs didn’t help.

Marianne was talking about finding our true work and being open to hear what we were meant to do. Relief poured over me when she said: “God will not make you an accountant if you are bad with numbers.”

Oh, we of little faith. Our true work, our destiny will be a synthesis of our gifts, passions and vision in service to something larger than ourselves.  Is that really something to be afraid of?

Follow your heart and intuition.  They already know what you truly want to become.

Take the first step, even if it’s a baby one.



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