Highly creative people often seem weirder than the rest of us.
Now researchers know why.
- Scientific American
You know it’s true. Creatives are often characterized and seen as a little weird, quirky, odd, peculiar, the list goes on. Now you have proof it’s not entirely your fault… and you’re in remarkable company.
Highly Creative People and Their Quirks
- Albert Einstein picked up cigarette butts off the street to get tobacco for his pipe
- Truman Capote said he was a horizontal author who could only think when lying down, with a cigarette and coffee handy
- Charles Dickens is said to have fended off imaginary urchins with his umbrella as he walked the streets of London
- Howard Hughes spent entire days on a chair in the middle of the supposedly germ-free zone of his Beverly Hills Hotel suite
- Victor Hugo gave all of his clothes to his servant, admonishing him NOT to return them until Hugo had completed his day’s work
- Composer Robert Schumann believed that his musical compositions were dictated to him by Beethoven and other deceased luminaries from their tombs
Need I continue? Highly creative people have personal behavior that sometimes strikes others as odd. After that list, I feel almost normal! What about you?
What if normal isn’t the goal?
What if this is the year of the creative and eccentric? The year of the unleashed mind. Or the Linchpin as Seth Godin would say.
Are you ready for that? To claim what makes you stand out, what makes you weird and different and spectacular all at the same time?
I’m ready, or at least willing to press on into the idea. Reinventing the 365 photography project is one way I’m embracing the risk-taking creative side. A few other radical ideas are in the works as well. Remember that life begins at the END of your comfort zone.
I’d love to hear what you’ve got planned. We can all embrace our eccentricities together!
This post was inspired by an article at Scientific American of the same name.