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Abandoning Your Creative Fulfillment – Part 2

[Continued from Part 1]

Kurt Vonnegut“The practice of any art isn’t to make a living, it’s to make your soul grow.”

Kurt Vonnegut

To be creative at times feels like an almost effortless flow, but creative work may also require a high level of courage and boldness – even to make the choice to do something creative.

One of the things that motivated me to develop this article was hearing screenwriter and film director James Toback on the Charlie Rose Show.

He commented that although he has been able to do what he wants to do creatively, he has many “very talented, imaginative, and ambitious” friends from Harvard who have been successful in areas outside the arts, but did not find a way to “harness their creative energy” and “every one is unfulfilled; every one is a frustrated artist.”

Read some related quotes by Joan Chen and Judy Davis, and hear audio clips of Toback, as well as Eric Maisel about some of the challenges of being creative, in my video:

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See my related article for details about the contents of the video: Being Bold To Be Creative

and multiple resources, such as these:

Beliefs about life and abilities affect our identity and self esteem, as well as how much we develop creative talents and pursue other interests. Here are two of many dozens of articles on my sites:

Artists are Crazy; Mothers Can’t Be Artists, and Other Myths.

Changing Our Thinking and Beliefs.

Getting beyond impostor feelings – Many talented and creative people experience limiting feelings and beliefs about themselves, despite their accomplishments.

Eric Maisel

Psychotherapist and creativity coach Eric Maisel is a major resource.

See long list of his books.

Learn more about his online class “How to Create Fearlessly

– This is from ‘The Top 10 Big Ideas’ of the class:

“How you speak to yourself determines whether or not you will create. If you tell yourself that you have no talent, that you hate mistakes and messes, that you have no imagination, or that you’re too far behind and maybe even ruined, you won’t create. You must change and improve how you talk to yourself to have any shot at creating regularly and deeply.”

The link will take you to the Academy for Optimal Living site, where you can find classes by many other teachers.


Abandoning Your Creative Fulfillment – Part 2

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2013). Abandoning Your Creative Fulfillment – Part 2. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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