Big Picture Seeing

When you are a creative outlier, there’s a reasonable chance that you’re going to end up working for yourself. And if that is true, you’re going to have to take a look at the big picture. That includes not only creating something that can be used for someone to get value from but also figuring out who that someone might be and how to get that something into their hands profitably.  If you do not get it into their hands in a manner that generates more value, so the effort you put in, then you’re going to have to stop being subsidized by someone else. In this case, you don’t really work for yourself; you work for someone else who may be a benefactor, a patron, or a friend. But until your efforts produce value more than the value of your efforts, you are not going to be sustainable.

And having been a creator and enjoying that wonderful feeling of bringing into being something that was not there before, whether it be an idea for a product process, you are not going to enjoy going back to no longer bringing new things into being. Therefore, if you really want to be a creative outlier who is happy,  you are going to have to evolve into becoming a sustainable innovator. Sustainable innovators routinely bring into being something of value that they can charge enough money for to permit them to continue creating.

You see, the problem is that once I thought because it cannot be un-thought.  As soon as you create something, and enjoy the joy of creation, and see and experience how delicious manifesting is, nothing else is as enjoyable. Unfortunately, if you do not look at the big picture, you are not going to be able to charge enough to keep going, and that’s tragic, as you have already experienced manifesting. The moment there is something on the planet that exists because you were born, you want to keep doing this. It is addictive.

And hopefully, what you were bringing to being and manifesting is useful for somebody else. Useful enough for it to be paid for.  Useful enough to be paid for the cost of creating it.  This rarely happens by accident. It usually happens by looking at the big picture, seeing where and how the value arises, and determining how to get it into other people‚Äôs hands and feel the value is significant enough for them to pay an appropriate amount of money for.

Not all acts of creation result in such an outcome. In fact, most of them do not. There are close to 1 million books published every year, and I doubt even one percent of them are profitable from a financial point of view.  More than 600,000 fans have been filed in the United States each year for the last several years.  97% of them do not make money.  I am not talking about being profitable, and I am talking about making any money at all.

Most authors and inventors cannot earn a living writing or inventing. In some ways, this is tragic, and in others, it is just the way it is. Authors and inventors who are compensated enough to live are much happier than those who are not. The likelihood of this occurring is directly proportional to how much energy they spend looking at the big picture.  If they are not the ones who are doing this, then there needs to be somebody else who is. If you want the most control of your destiny, you should be one who is looking at the big picture, how you’re creative and put it into the world and what it’s worth, and how to get paid what it is worth.

This is what I mean by big-picture seeing.  If you don’t do it, you may have to stop creating, and that hurts, especially if you are a creative outlier. Creative outliers who do not become sustainable innovators suffer more than if they were profitable. Don’t do what most do. Just leave it up to chance. Because as we have just described, the chances are not very good, a little more than 1%. Considering the creative outliers are also only around 1% and only 1% of them are profitable, there is a one in 10,000 chance that a person will make enough money primarily by being creative.

On a planet with 8 billion people, one in 10,000 is 800,000.  This is a pretty large number of creative people who are managing to earn a living doing it, so you’re clearly not alone in your desire or in manifesting your dream. The question is, how do you become one of these 800,000 people? And possibly, it does occur by accident, but you can certainly improve your odds if you look at the big picture and get your arms around the entire process.

In general, this means you need to have a business plan, which shows the relationships between what you are doing and what you need in order to do it, or you can deliver it to a paying customer and to make sure that there’s enough profit for you to pay your bills. So get started. Don’t just get started creating wonderful things, which is a fantastic thing to do. Save some of your energy to invest in how to make this sustainable exercise for maximum happiness.

Practice big-picture seeing.