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Are THEY stupid or are YOU creative?

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh”

One of the common ways we overlook our creativity is by dismissing it as other people’s stupidity.

For example: You may observe someone stressing out “unnecessarily” over what appears to be a very simple task. “Why don’t they just…” you think to yourself as you roll your eyes and shake your head at their inefficiency and incompetence.

But what if the opposite is true?

What if that person is NOT missing the obvious? What if they’re a very intelligent person?


You’re brilliant and creative in ways that you take for granted?


Other people’s apparent “idiocy”, “inefficiency”, and “incompetence” is only a misinterpretation of your own unique insightfulness?

Don’t underestimate yourself

I have a friend who’s really good at fixing things. There’s nothing this guy is unable to build or repair. One day he was telling me about all the “silly” questions people ask. He was amazed that people would pay money to have others do such “simple”  task. After listening to him, it occurred to me that I’m one of those people who pays professionals like him to answer my silly questions and fix my simple problems. So, I asked “is it possible that, instead of other people being silly, you’re just really good at generating creative ideas and solutions in that particular area?”

Some people wonder if they have anything of value to offer the world. Then, in the same day, they say “Haha. look at that loser over there struggling to do such and such. Can’t he see that he only needs to do this and that and he’ll be done in two minutes?”

They mistake their own creativity for someone else’s stupidity.

Have you ever become irritated with someone for not “getting it”, when “it” was very easy and simple for you?

Instead of being irritated with others, maybe you can try being impressed with yourself.

Maybe your irritations are clues to how you can help change the world.

Maybe THEY are not stupid. Maybe YOU just haven’t realized how creative you are.

That’s Today’s Two Cents.


T.K. Coleman

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