“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – C.S. Lewis
The question “Would you sacrifice your creativity for financial security?” has been asked on more than one occasion.
Now, while it might be tempting to do that in exchange for let’s say a billion dollars (just imagine what you could do with that!), we need to ask ourselves what the true cost is.
My answer is: no, I wouldn’t.
Now, would I sacrifice my financial security in order to keep my creativity? Nope. Not that either.
If we take a look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, making that trade would probably lead me to a less artistically creative space where I have to use those creative energies to make sure I have my needs for food and shelter secured.
While I understand that this is a hypothetical question, we see this kind of trade off being made every day.
In our workplaces people think that if they offer an idea that’s “out there” they’ll be forced to pay for it with their job. Instead, they fall in line, don’t make a fuss, do what they’re told, and “do their job”. No more, no less.
In our schools we’re often taught that there is a right answer to every question and that all other answers are wrong. There’s nothing wrong with having correct information, but teaching people what to think rather than how to think isn’t serving us well.
I feel that we don’t have to choose one over the other. We can have both. I would even argue that we should have both.
Here’s a quote from Brené Brown’s book “Daring Greatly”:
“One reason that I’m confident that shame exists in schools is simply because 85% of the men and women we interviewed for the shame research could recall a school incident from their childhood that was so shaming that it changed how they thought of themselves as learners.
What makes this even more haunting is that approximately half of those recollections were what I refer to as creativity scars. The research participants could point to a specific incident where they were told or shown that they weren’t good writers, artists, musicians, dancers, or something creative. This helps explain why the gremlins are so powerful when it comes to creativity and innovation.”
Let’s say that these numbers would hold up against humanity as a whole.
There are more than 7 billion people on Earth. That would mean thatroughly 2,9 billion people have experienced the same thing.
Hell, let’s say it’s 1/10 of that, it’d still be a huge number of people.
As a result humanity’s operating on far less creativity than we potentially could.
Look at all the amazing things we enjoy today. The fact that you’re able to read this is the result of many people’s creative input.
What if we had increased the number of people able to contribute to the process by just 1%? Now, imagine what 10% more could do.
We’re not going to change our world by sacrificing our creativity. Nor are we going to change it by sacrificing our financial, mental, or physical well-being.
We want and need both sides.
Frankly, I don’t know if one can truly exist without the other.
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!