Creativity

Do You Have The Courage To Speak Up About Your Ideas?

We don’t normally think of the bravery of creative artists these days. In other areas, while the media may consider Bruce Jenner coming out as a woman “brave,” most people reserve that honor for men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line – like soldiers, police, or firefighters. And certainly anyone else who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the service of others. But throughout history, those with creative ideas have put their lives on the line again and again.

Writers, artists, and others who pushed back against the culture have been burned at the stake, beheaded, and otherwise executed.

Ideas matter, and it takes bravery to live and proclaim those ideas in a hostile culture.

Fashion designer Coco Chanel said, “The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.”

Being humble is a good thing – sometimes. In many cases, standing up and expressing your ideas is required, and depending on the hostility around you, that can be intimidating. In today’s PC culture, there’s a growing hostility to anything that pushes against safe thinking. We’re seeing it on college campuses, government, schools, and business.

Don’t be intimidated.  You have ideas, and if those ideas don’t align with popular thinking, so be it. Stand up. Write, paint, compose, design, create.

Aristotle said, “You will never do anything in this world without courage.”

Believe it.

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  1. A different angle on fear – How does one deal with the constant fear that someone is going to
    steal your ideas if you start posting, sharing and pitching everywhere you
    can? Fear of being ripped off can keep one mute and no progress is made…….and the saddest thing to be is one of those bitter people claiming ‘Hey I came up with that’ when someone with all the followers and presence uses what you feel was your material and the world says ‘Yeah, right.” Is there even a strategy to protecting your work in this digital age?

    1. It certainly happens Jo, but in my experience it’s overblown. I’ve had a TV series idea stolen and used successfully, but if you spend your time worrying about that, then you’ll never step out and create anything new. I meet people in Hollywood who are so worried producers will steal their ideas, they never actually create ideas to begin with. I’d much rather be someone who’s had ideas stolen but went on to do great things anyway. So don’t let that fear hold you back. Get out there and start pitching!

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