Outlier Happiness

Day 51 Week 8 Q1  Monday, February 20, 2023

I do not know about you, but I am happiest when creating. Perhaps this is why I am a creative outlier. And perhaps this is why I ended up as an involuntary improvising innovator.  I do not need to know why and maybe you do not need to know either. What is worth knowing and remembering is the indisputable fact that I would rather create than do anything else. Unfortunately, I would also rather be involved in creating or planning on creating than completing projects, assignments and other things that would gain more external acceptance than that of being involved in creating.

The acts of defining the goal and the trajectory, assembling the parts, ingredients, and skills or even finding team members are all more rewarding to me than finishing because, you see, I am addicted to infinity. Having infinite potential is more exciting to me than infinite stuff. Stuff needs to be housed and cared for, but potential takes up no room except in my brain. And the acts of anticipation are sometimes more rewarding than the acts of putting one foot in front of the other for the long treks of manifesting.

The good news is it is very easy to make me happy as long as I can plan and embark upon new projects. This does require volition, and if and when I get to a point where I can no longer wrestle with infinity, I am not going to be very happy. You see, infinity and flow are tightly integrated within my mind. It is easy to transcend yourself when you are not thinking about yourself, and infinity and flow both accomplish that. 

I am not sure that most decision-makers, supervisors or even normal people understand the joy that creative outliers get from being creative outliers. Sometimes they even try to convince the creative outlier that this is a problematic state. Well, it may be a problem for them as they get their kicks and their promotions out of deliverables, but creative outliers get some of their kicks out of simply being creative outliers.

Is this good or bad? Well, it just is. And off, by chance, you are a decision maker reading this to understand creative outliers better; know this, the act of creating is in itself extremely rewarding. And if you find yourself in charge of supervising some creative outliers, know that providing degrees of freedom can be even more rewarding than providing more money. Sure, we want the money too, but not at the expense of unnecessarily curtailing our creativity, for our creativity more defines us than we are by eternal kudos.   

This is why we experience creative outlier happiness.