Some months ago I read a book about creativity. It was called “Big Magic”, written by the Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. In her book she took a fairy tale approach to creativity in which there is room for magic and mystery. Not everything has to be scientifically explained. The part of the book that most stuck with me was the following thought: what if ideas have consciousness and will of their own? What if they wander around trying to get someone’s attention and if that someone is alert and aware, the idea is realized through them.
A year and a half ago I came across a theory by South African Daniel Sá Nogueira which suggested that in order to achieve one’s true potential, one should embrace those things that they naturally suck at. OK, he might have word it a bit differently but the point was the following:
There is always something that we want: freedom in our careers, someone to love, to help others or to help ourselves. And when we want something really badly, we are ready to do anything to get it. Because we think that that’s how the world works. You decide on a goal, encourage yourself with motivational quotes and get to work. But what if all that struggle actually brings you even further from your goal? And what if doing the exact opposite would actually broaden your perspective and eventually give you what you want with less effort? Sounds puzzling, right? Well, let me give you an example.