Threats to our Creativity and Women Who Run with the Wolves

One of my favorite parts of this book revolve around the topic of self-sabotaging our own creativity:

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📝 “Some of the malevolent complexes’ favorite thieveries and punishments of women’s creativity revolve around promising the soul-self “time to create” somewhere of in the foggy future. Or promising that when one has several days in a row free, then the rumpus will begin at last. It’s hogwash.”

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This is just a way to suffocate the creative impulse further.

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Another great way of suffocating creativity is Only-iffing; Only if I had a such and such degree then my work would be decent. Only if I receive such and such thing…

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Many put their talents in the back burner:

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📝 “I’ve seen women insist on cleaning everything in the house before they could sit down to write…. and you know it’s a funny thing about house cleaning… it never comes to an end. Perfect way to stop a woman.” 🧹

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How do you nourish and protect your creative life? And if you don’t; How do you procrastinate? 🤔

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(And yes! A Review of Women Who Runs With The Wolves is coming soon!) 🐺

Thoughts on: “Turning Pro” by Steven Pressfield

This book is about the struggle against Resistance that keeps us from pursuing our creative endeavors.

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It is this Resistance that makes us hate ourselves, and that breeds undirected discontent.

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The world is made up of amateurs and professionals. They are both dealing with the same material (the pain of being human and struggle of self-sabotage), but they have fundamentally different approaches on how to deal with it.

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The amateur dreads becoming who she really is because she fear that this new person will be judged and rejected by the tribe.

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The amateur replaces ambition with addiction. Drugs, alcohol and other distractions; like drama, social media, porn, the news, food keeps the amateur from doing the actual work required.

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When we turn pro people will attempt to make us feel guilty for the change we are undergoing. Sacrifices will have to be made and habits will shift.

When we turn pro we face our fear.

When we turn pro, everything becomes simple. Turning pro is a commitment to do the work.

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📝 “Our work is a practice. One bad day is nothing for us. Ten bad days are nothing.” Because we are pros.

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📝 The amateur identifies with his ego. That’s why he is terrified. He competes with others and rates himself in relation to others.”

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📝 “Krishna said we have the right to our labor, but not the fruits of our labor. He meant that the piano is its own reward, as is the canvas, the barre and the movieola”

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⭐️ TAKEAWAY: The amateur dreads becoming who she really is because she fear that this new person will be judged and rejected by the tribe. But the fact is that nobody gives a shit and there is no tribe. People are to caught up in their own bullshit to care. Realize this and you’re free to do what the fuck you want.

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Fantastic book! Your will save yourself time and effort by underlining what you find unimportant, rather than the other way around! 😀👌🏻

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5/5

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Thoughts on: “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert book is both a tribute to creativity and a practical guide to how to nurture your it.

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Misconceptions are aplenty about what a creative life should look like, but you don’t have to quit your job, and spend a your days as a aquarelle painter, to live creativity.

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Everyone is more or less creative! Maybe you doodle on a children’s book before going to bed or rise early to go figure skating before work, without intention to ever be the best, but just because that’s what you do.

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Creativity’s biggest enemy is fear and fear is always triggered when you try to create or innovate. Why? Because these activities always brings uncertain outcomes. And fear hates uncertainty!

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Fear of:

– Having no talent.

– Rejection, criticism, ridiculed, misunderstood or ignored.

– There is no market for your creativity, and therefore no point in pursuing it.

– We are afraid someone else already did it better.

– Someone will steal your idea.

– Not to be taken seriously.

– That your dreams are embarrassing – To look back at your endeavors as a waste of time, energy & money.

– You don’t have the right kind of discipline or financial freedom, free time.

– You’re afraid your too fat.

– To be exposed as a joke or narcissist.

– What your family will think.

– Too old/young to start.

– My best time is over.

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📝 People don’t care what you do! They are too caught up with their own lives. Realize this as soon as possible!

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📝 “Perfectionism is fear in fancy shoes”

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📝 Originality vs. authenticity. You don’t have to be original, being authentic is what’s important. A lot of thing have been done before. But not by you!

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📝 You don’t have to save the world! You can create something unimportant! It’s ok!

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⭐️TAKEAWAY: Freedom from outcome. Look how a child puts all their focus into a thing, only to discard it and move on to the next thing. We can learn from this! Put all you have into the work at hand but remain detached from the outcome of that work.

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Wonderfully written book that I warmly recommend!

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4/5

“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

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