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OK, so he mis-spells the title (he can’t help it, he’s American), but this book by Danny Gregory is great. I am really enjoying it. Those of us that continually question whether what we are doing is actual creative or only the pathetic stumblings of a talentless egotist need to read this book. It was this paragraph from page 4 that got me thinking, he’s right you know, we ARE all creative, whether we like it or not.

What is we treated driving like we treat the arts? We’d assume that people were either born to drive or not. We’d wait and see if, as children, they started driving on their own, if they had talent and a calling. If they did, we would be careful not to interfere with their talent and possibly supress it. We would make sure to encourage only those who seemed they’d be able to drive professionally. We’d pay some of the millions of dollars to drive and lavish them with fame: others we would refuse to support, encouraging them to do something more useful for society. Everyone else would assume that they would never be able to drive, and would just stand on the sidewalk and watch the traffic.

Most of us learn to drive (eventually). So why don’t most of us learn to be creative? And why don’t most of us accept that what we DO create is worthy, even if it’s not what we had envisioned before we began? It’s the artist’s dilemma perhaps.

The Creative License, by Danny Gregory is available at Amazon.

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