“In the act of tearing something apart, you lose its meaning.” – Malcolm Gladwell.

Picked apart or torn apart?

The Mona Lisa is considered by many to be one of the most iconic paintings of all time. What would have happened, I wonder, if Leonardo Da Vinci would have submitted his painting to an approval committee before releasing it? We probably would have ended up with a painting having a mixture of preferences from the group. It would have traits that appealed to everyone. It would have been better……Or would it? It is sometimes very hard to see the forest because of the trees. It is easy to get caught up in the mundane, mumbo jumbo of details and lists. We often feel the need to please people by adjusting the details of our creative endeavors. I believe we do this at the risk of losing the creative genius that was present when the creation was made in the first place.

Have you ever created something based on a wisp of inspiration? The feeling you get when you can sit back and admire something you actually created with your own power (God’s power really…) is like no other. Then someone comes along and begins to dissect the creation asking why certain choices were made and offering suggestions on how they think your creation could be better. Would you say your reaction to this is greater inspiration? My guess is no. A creation is not just the sum of its parts. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The creation, while picked apart doesn’t make much sense. It has a uniqueness that cannot be defined. The genius of the creation is that there is no rhyme or reason to many of the choices. At least not to the conscious mind of the creator.

Have you ever met someone that attracted people and you couldn’t figure out why? On the surface, they were not that good looking. They were not the best public speakers. Some of their philosophies didn’t make much sense. For whatever reason though, people were drawn to them….I see this in business all the time. You have one real estate agent that is just crushing it in business despite their out of the box approach. Then you have another realtor that looks the part, dresses the part, acts the part and has the powerhouse team but is struggling for every commission dollar. What is it that is going on here? <—That is really a silly question to ask. There is not one single answer to this question. To answer this question you would have to dive to the subatomic level of the successful realtor’s psyche and analyze their childhood and growth patterns to determine the life trajectory that led to the philosophy and belief system they live by. In other words, don’t try to analyze it! This is not something that can be bottled up.

Here is the paradox. When you release the reigns on your creativity and stop trying to have so much control, you will find that the creative genius in you will arise.

If you want to kill creativity, pick everything apart. This will tear apart the creation and you will be left with pieces.

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