jorge montessori

Do you love creating?

Last week I asked if it’s possible to innovate without loving what you do. There were plenty of comments and the reactions were mixed. Most think it’s not possible because people have to be passionate about the work they do. I’m not going to argue with that.

What I will argue is that you can become passionate about just about anything if you have the right intent in mind. The context, topic, initiative is just the vehicle towards your purpose.

With that said, I think the next obvious question to ask is: Do you love creating?

I love to play.

For me it’s not so much about creating, what matters to me is making a meaningful impact. Period. If no meaningful impact is delivered, it’s a failure.

It’s not about innovating for innovations sake and to get ‘innovator’ tag placed on me and be recognized. It shouldn’t be this way. Just like schools place a premium on grades and students mindlessly aim to achieve the highest grade possible to get that ‘most intelligent’ tag, it is the same in all areas of life. Sometimes it seems people are pursuing a tag with no meaningful intent in mind (gamification ring a bell?).

Such superficiality won’t get us anywhere.

The spark of creating is stolen (or you let it be stolen) from us as we go through school. Play is replaced with repetition. There are enough arguments out there why this is so I won’t make my own argument.

What I will tell you is that I went to a Montessori school where I was taught concepts by playing games. I still remember it vividly. This is when I was a 5 – 6 year old kid. Later on, I never like school because I felt constrained to learn what others decided what I should learn. I definitely liked to learn, but on my own terms. Getting spoon fed knowledge was not a concept I understood. This created a set of problems, mainly that I questioned my teachers and students. So in order to not ‘become a problem’, I decided to shut up and play along. My logic was to get the knowledge and make up my own mind because I’m in charge of my own potential.

In other words, I didn’t let my creative motivation get hijacked.

Getting people to focus on what they love is a great way to spark the creative juices, it’s an effective tactic. But if we really want to go beyond simple creation, we should be able to be passionate about anything in this world. We should be able to get out of our own way, to get out of our comfort zones. To work on our weaknesses and turn them into strengths. To turn negative situations into positives ones.

Because that’s when our inner child comes out to play. And just like a kid I ask: Why not?

Below is a picture with my fellow Montessori classmates and teachers, I’m the one with the leg up on the chair 🙂

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  • Great post Jorge!

    If you are not getting in trouble, are you being creative or innovative? My answer would be no.
    I would disagree with you regarding that the spark of creativity is being stolen from us. Creativity is like a dream, the only person who can take that away is one’s self. I am sure you can recall conversations with others (or have an individualized story) you have led or mentor and the gruesome stores of how another took their creativity or dream away. As puzzle builders or innovators or another semantic of the day, when we bring the spark of their creativity or dream or innovation of self back on the field it is priceless and a divine pay it forward with the feeling good sensation words cannot describe.

    I had my creativity and dream taken away once by another, at first I was mad, however I had a wise mentor that told me to get over the pity party, if I wanted to kick butt, then kick my own because you (Steve) are the ONLY person who can take your dreams and creativity away…period, end of story.

    From that day onward, no one take away my creativity and dreams, imagining creates reality has been a mantra for years. If I am witness to another taking creativity or dreams away, that darn renegade blood seems to boil….mmm

    Cheers….Steve

    • Hi Steve,

      Yes, yes and yes. I’m in full agreement with you and updated the post to reflect that.

      I haven’t let anybody take my creativity away from me nor my motivations. Though, just like everyone, I have been in plenty of situation where I’ve been put in a box and limit my creative motivation.

      What is sad is I have been witness to it happen to others and worse, they not know it and accept it. That’s what bothers me. The lack of both self awareness and motivation to move/look beyond the tried-and-true. And just like you, it makes my blood boil!

      How do we clean this mess?

      To Kick Ass is to Kick our own first, everyday.

      Cheers my fellow Renegade,

      Jorge

    • Hi Steve,

      Yes, yes and yes. I’m in full agreement with you and updated the post to reflect that.

      I haven’t let anybody take my creativity away from me nor my motivations. Though, just like everyone, I have been in plenty of situation where I’ve been put in a box and limit my creative motivation.

      What is sad is I have been witness to it happen to others and worse, they not know it and accept it. That’s what bothers me. The lack of both self awareness and motivation to move/look beyond the tried-and-true. And just like you, it makes my blood boil!

      How do we clean this mess?

      To Kick Ass is to Kick our own first, everyday.

      Cheers my fellow Renegade,

      Jorge

  • Our insatiable hunger of creative thinking betrays us when trying to halt this internal creative process. It’s simple, as you keep trying to do whatever you’re up to when is not what appeals to you the most, you will get distracted by your subconscious mind. I have tried. And my adventurous mind has been winning long time. That way I will say, just follow your true passion. Passion can be found in the way of doing something, in the results pursued, not only in the activity itself. Creativity can be trained and developed. But I think that’s point of another subject.
    Felicidades por tu proyecto Jorge, nos vemos en Twitter compadre Saludos!

    • Hi Cesar,

      Yup. No doubt it’s hard to control ones mind. It’s when the mind and the heart are aligned that great things happen. But I think it’s also about going with the flow and letting it take you places and then making something happen. This is seems to happen a lot more than people realize. It’s not necessarily what you like, but you want to make something happen.

      Thanks for the comment and look forward to hearing your thoughts around here often.

      Saludos,

      Jorge

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