Dmitry Fadeyev on Creativity

The obsession with finding that elusive creature called “creativity”, with tips and tricks to boost creativity and rituals that promise to make one more creative, is a reaction to a growing, gnawing hole in our hearts. It’s an attempt to patch up that hole, a blind effort to alleviate the symptoms without healing the root cause.

To understand the fallacy of actively seeking creativity simply ask yourself the question: what do I need this creativity for? Creativity is a natural outcome of a purposeful action. You don’t need to seek out creativity when you undertake a worthy task, it will come to you in as much capacity as your knowledge and experience will allow.

On contrast, purposeless action, an endeavor with no clear goals or commitments, always leaves its pursuers clouded in heavy fog, never having a clear idea of where to go or what to do next. It is in those cases that people tend to seek creativity, thinking that their uncreative mind is the cause of their problems. But however many rituals they perform, however many tips and tricks they digest, however many vials of inspirations they swallow, the gaping hole of purposelessness cannot be covered up. A meaningless task does not inspire creative solutions.

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