Originally posted back in late 2012, it’s one of my favorites and timely considering this.
Do you have a tempest inside you? I do.
I can’t speak for you, but I’ve learned it’s the catalyst for my creativity. Pulsing and demanding to get out, I don’t fight it any longer. I used to see this, at times, as a curse. A cruel burden to carry in an even crueler world.
The tempest I write about is the one that is a gift. It’s the type that spurs on great pursuits and the impossible. Yes, the impossible stuff. It’s the evidence of authenticity and clarity.
I’ve heard many a great thinker (Seth Godin, Scott Griffin, Sir Richard Branson) who has said that future will not be kind to the doer, but will embrace the creators. Before you think me special, being a creator is in everyone. Don’t wait until your forced into being a creator. By then it may be too late. The issue comes down to the willingness to let this creativity out.
I am a man who allowed the “world” to dictate my view, and it cost me. My story is in process and it is happy. Happy, because I chose to embrace the “tempest” and let it launch my creativity.
The following are some things to consider about the tempest:
- There will be failure. Get over it, embrace it, work through it, but it’s there to refine you and test you. Learn.
- You will be embarrassed. You’ll pronounce your great idea or work and people will cock their head like a dog wondering what are you doing?
- You will feel more things you never thought you would.
- It will teach you to do things that you’d rather avoid. You won’t regret this. The end of the comfort zone.
- It will lead you to the place of dreams and legacy. Most everyone wants this, I would dare say needs this.