Fringe-Dwellers, Nuts and Weirdos: Creativity and You

Stars - shiny foil“Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.”

– Anna Freud

Creativity is something borne of imagination–something that is new and different.  It is not imitative or already in existence.  Something truly created by the mind is not something that is brought forth through any type of training. It is fresh and exciting–it is conceived.

Can creativity be cultivated through training and upbringing?

Perhaps creativity can be taught and nurtured. Perhaps we can learn creativity as children, and then decide to believe we are creative and carry it with us throughout our lives.

For example, there are many moms and dads who allow their kids to play in the mud.  The moms and dads who allow this obviously think it’s okay–they believe it promotes creativity and out of the box thinking.  They think that being dirty and creative is more important than being clean and a “stick in the mud”.  The parents who would never allow their kids to play in the mud may value cleanliness above this form of creative exploration.  They may worry about what other parents (and their own parents) would think of them if they allowed this behavior or action.  They are simply trying to be good parents and have their kids “fit in”.  Whether the parent allows their child to play in the mud or not, they are simply doing what they feel is best for their child and the child’s future.  They do this by drawing on what they themselves have learned from their upbringing, schooling and life experience.  And it’s all born of love.

Do kids who play in the mud grow into more creative adults?

Training of children, adolescents and even adults is something we do to create a smooth-functioning, cohesive existence in our household, in our place of business and on our planet.  We have designed rules and regulations to keep us all in sync.  Societal norms are pretty easy to spot in any country and any community.  The people with the biggest, most different ideas who buck the system, think outside the box and live on the fringe of these norms are often outcast and considered to be crazy, weird and strange by those who live within the norm.  However, all we have to do is look back in history to recognize that these “fringe-dwellers”, nuts and weirdos have proven to be respected as some of the greatest minds, and often with the biggest most beautiful hearts, in the world.

Names like Picasso, Joan of Arc, Thomas Edison, Beethoven, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Clara Barton, Deepak Chopra, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Frank Lloyd Wright, Helen Keller, Barbara Walters, Maya Angelou, Princess Diana, Ben Franklin, Gloria Steinem, The Wright Brothers, Walt Disney…. the list of creative minds, beautiful hearts and huge contributors goes on and on.

Are You a Fringe-Dweller?

Do you think outside the box?  Are you willing to use your creative mind beyond what you now consider to be “normal”?  Are you ready to unleash your creativity?  Will your name be added to the list of great minds in this world?  And perhaps more importantly, will your name be great to those you count as closest, dearest and most beloved to you right now? Now, that’s Powerful!


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About the Author:  Sue Urda is an Author, Speaker, Inspirer and Co-Founder of Powerful You! Women’s Network, She was named twice on Inc. Magazines list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and is the author of two books, Powerful Intentions Everyday Gratitude and Empowering Transformations for Women. Sue’s vision is to contribute to a global consciousness of women helping women succeed in business and in life and to open them to truth of who they are.

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