Life isn’t about “finding” fulfillment and success—it’s about creating it. You don’t discover your life purpose without trying a lot of different things.
But how can you be more creative? How can you cultivate a daily practice of creativity?
The answers to these questions can be found in a new book, Creative Calling. It’s out now and available wherever books are sold, including Amazon of course, but also your local bookseller. (I love to support local stores.)
It begins with three premises, which are then outlined in much more detail throughout the book:
- You are creative by nature, endowed with a near limitless capacity to make and grow new things.
- Accessing this capacity requires a kind of creative muscle that must be strengthened to achieve your full potential.
- By identifying as a creative person, accepting the world around you as your canvas, and manifesting your ideas regularly, you will intuitively create the life you truly want for yourself.
Different people will respond differently to each of those points. For me, I relate the most to the third one. I’ve been manifesting my ideas (i.e. actually making them happen, not just thinking about them) for at least a decade.
There’s a direct connection between the creative work I do and the life I’m constantly trying to create. It’s not a one-and-done kind of thing; like the second point suggests, you have to access your creative capacity on a regular basis. And when you do, the rewards are well worth it.
I’ve known Chase for years. I’ve done courses with his company, Creative Live. I’ve been a guest on his popular show Chase Jarvis Live. He’s spoken at WDS and later returned to give every attendee a free class.
I got to read an advance version a month or two ago, but now I’m diving in again with the published version.
Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness of Pursuit, The $100 Startup, and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. His new book, Born for This, will help you find the work you were meant to do. Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwide airline lounge.
Image courtesy of Riccardo Annandale.