Recognize Creative Connections for Your Dreams and Goals
Posted on June 23 2014
By Lee Fuller, Success 365 NOW Contributor
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs
As a child I enjoyed reading after hearing my mother and my two older sisters read to me and bring stories to life in my imagination. I also laughed with my mother while she watched television shows like “Andy Griffith,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and “I Spy” I also enjoyed the antics of Flip Wilson and Carol Burnett and Sonny and Cher on their weekly variety shows. My love of reading, singing, comedy and acting was fueled by my early days of exposure to great performers. By my teenage years I was wowed by talk show, music show and game show hosts like Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Don Cornelius, Dick Clark and Gene Rayburn. These hosts not only interviewed great guests but also found a way to let their unique personalities shine through. I also found it interesting that most of my early influences (and there are certainly more than the ones already named) had books written about them or authored by them. It’s no surprise to me now that I am an entertainer, speaker, writer and educator. The dots were there to be connected over time.
With the magic of technology I have the opportunity to use many of my skills and talents in some medium each day. I also discover new ways to build on my creative efforts by interacting with others with a similar vision or by merely observing the way other creative individuals find ways to display their talents. What connections can you make to where you are and where you are going with your talents and skills? Some connections can even be born out of adversity, irony or necessity.
The late Maya Angelou was traumatized so greatly as a child that she didn’t speak a word for an extended period of time. Her trauma and hardship ultimately led to her being a voice of a generation. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a language challenge and didn’t have the body that he felt would give him the best opportunity to succeed but turned it around, put in the work, became a body building legend and ultimately one of the most powerful people in Hollywood and was even elected governor of the largest state in the nation. What challenges do you have that a connection can be made to take you to the next level?
In my life I have been told that I was too short, too dark, too talkative, too slow, too limited and too old to achieve my dreams. There have been folks who made it their business to be an expert on what my odds were to make it and on listing my shortcomings or failures to discourage me from trying. Many who are on the road to success experience similar setbacks that come from doubters and naysayers.
During those times it’s important to take a look at the connections that keep the dream alive inside, mix those connections with new ideas and use adversity and necessity to push your forward.
You won’t have all of the answers at first and it won’t be clear how you arrive at your greatest success but you’ll look back and see the connections and be glad you stayed on course.
Get the connection? Good. Now go forth and make your dreams and goals a reality.