So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
David Kelley believes we can go through a series of steps to be creative. This confidence is what is called “self-efficacy” or a sense that you can change the world and that you can attain what you set out to do. He believes all people have this. This is not conventional wisdom, regardless of whether you think you are a “creative” or not.
There are those of us for some reason who know this confidence in ourselves. We are often called “creatives” and innovation is part of our DNA. We think we can change the world through a song, some software code, a business model, or whatever discipline and achievement we innately express. The truth is we are all created in God’s image so all people are created to be sub-creators.
As Kelley shared, it only takes a rejection event during our childhood to acquire a paralyzing fear that keeps us from creating, innovating, or doing something new. Once you have been chastised for drawing outside the lines the childlike love of drawing disappears. We all have memories these kind of events. “I can’t draw.” Hogwash! You can draw, and you can learn to draw. But, the confidence to do so may no longer be in your arsenal.
David Kelley thinks you can change. He shares a compelling story in this Ted video about overcoming this fear: How to build your creative confidence. According to Kelley there are steps you can take that are similar to what people do to overcome phobias. Watch the 11 minute video and let’s discuss whether you think we are all creatives or not.