Creativity isn't a Gift, it's a Learned Discipline
Updated: Apr 13, 2020
When I tell people I'm an artist, eight out of ten times I receive the same response: "Man, I wish I could do art, I can't even draw a stick figure," I always say the same thing to them "You can do art, you just don't draw stick figures often enough,"
I'll never forget the day my high school sophomore creative writing class held a debate on whether creativity is something you are born with? or something you learn? Much to my surprise, the majority of students sided with creativity being something you are born with. While this debate took place almost seven years ago, I stood the same ground on the matter as I do to this day. Creativity is a learned discipline, it's not something you were born with or wake up one day out of the blue and spontaneously inherit.
The greatest artists in history weren't born that way, they worked tirelessly to develop their skills and continuously learn to improve their technique. Like any other artists living in the modern world, it takes an immense amount of work to build your skills through trial and error in order to be successful.
That being said, not everyone has the desire to learn how to harness creativity. In order to tap into that part of yourself you need to have the desire to learn the arts, just like the desire to learn any thing else be it mathematics, biology, cooking, etc the list goes on and on.
Because if you want to be an artist, you have to want to be an artist. It may sound very simple and trivial to some, but having a successful career in the arts requires an enormous amount of discipline from oneself to keep pushing and learning and growing your skills.
Everyone has the ability to tap into their creativity, it's up to them whether they choose to do so.