There is a quote from Marcus Aurelius’ seminal work ‘The Mediation’ where he says: “If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
This quote has got me thinking in the past couple of weeks. Generally you find yourself in situations when you think you have something figured out and have the right answers but then, it turns out you are wrong.How many people go through this everyday? A lot of us I suppose.
This is a common theme in the lives of most smart people they would dare not admit to anyone. Smart people are used to getting things right, people telling them ‘well done’ since our childhood days it feels like we cant do wrong. I was reading in an article recently that this affects the level of creativity most ‘smart people’ can bring to their works and their daily lives.If you have always been right and people know you for that, it’s difficult for you to venture out and try ideas that may not work. Because, then people say ‘I thought you were smarter than that’. As Sir Ken Robinson said, ‘For us to be creative, we have to prepared to be wrong’. This is no something most ‘smart people’ can live with.
So question: Is your ‘smartness blocking your creativity?