Malcolm Gladwell notes: “Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocity." But there are many examples of people who created notable work later in life.
A bias against creativityAs a contributor to Forbes, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Todd Essig wrote about the reception creative ideas may get in various settings: "You come up with a great new idea at work, or at home... But then, rather than grateful acceptance, or even a fair hearing, the idea is squashed, ridiculed, or otherwise ignored."
“Your idea is only as good and bankable as the business behind it.” Beate Chelette is a career coach and successful entrepreneur. She sold her creative business to Bill Gates in 2006 for millions, and says she is now devoted to "teaching the proven formulas that I still use in my successful business today." In a section of her site, she writes about The Creative Entrepreneur:
"Ninety percent of my time is just goofing around and trying to come up with something. That's the way I go about making music..." A profile notes "Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), better known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"), is a Canadian record producer and DJ from Toronto, Canada.
"No matter what, the first moments of my day are dedicated to breath, meditation, and silence." Musician Bibi McGill goes on to explain why self-care and meditation are important to her: "I am an artist and I am creative; I am a Scorpio, so I definitely have a tendency to be very emotional and all over the place.
"Sleep and dreaming inspires creative insight." Getting enough quality sleep may be challenging for most of us, and researchers note sleep helps the brain be more creative. But there are also studies showing that creative people may regularly be sleep-deprived.
“I’ve been accused of being ‘too much’ all my life. Too loud, too fast, too smart, too multi-talented, too audacious. Writer, writing coach, teacher, and speaker Cynthia Morris continued, “I’ve never been able to live according to that external standard of ‘just right’. Artists are often ‘too much’. It’s the job of the artist and writer to reflect what they see and feel.
Emotions can "strike" us in response to many events - a catastrophic illness, sudden job loss, political upheaval - and we may experience more long term "storm systems" with feelings such as chronic anxiety. How can we respond to these kinds of strong feelings in healthy ways? It is a crucial question for physical and mental well-being, and for a successful creative life.
How can being a freelancer work out for creative people? One article notes that creative freelancers "include web designers, copywriters, programmers and photographers. "As a freelancer, you're not an entrepreneur. But you do have your own business, and many of the advantages that come alongside being your own boss."
How can we be creative in our life, whether or not we choose to pursue a career in the arts? "Creative living is about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear." That is one of the main ideas in the teachings of Elizabeth Gilbert - one she addresses in her book on creativity: "Big Magic."