As a creator, you have a passion for expressing yourself. You stray from the norm and you prefer it that way. You spend a lot of time in your own mind, exploring the realm of possibility—wondering what else could be out there and what could be improved with a new approach. You are driven by a strong desire to manifest your wildest imaginations in reality, whether that means creating a physical object with your hands or bringing your dream project full circle.
As a leader, you inspire creativity in those around you. You value the space of collaborative creation, and you are able to think outside the box. You see a realm of possibilities that others cannot imagine, leading your team toward creative solutions and exciting innovation. You have your feet on the ground and your head in the sky, possessing the dual gifts of creativity and practicality that allow you to not just think of creative solutions, but follow through and make them happen. You work very well in spaces that give you stability and some boundaries while also allowing you to do things your own way.
You take pride in all of your creations and everything that you do, and you hold yourself to high standards; mediocrity is not in the cards for you as a creator. When a subject, skill, or project piques your interest, you put all of your passion into mastering it, and this drive can propel you to be an expert in your field.
Because you constantly have one foot planted in reality and the other in a dreamscape of possibilities, you know that you can do anything you dream up if you put your mind to it. You feel most fulfilled when you are able to pull an idea out of thin air and turn it into something concrete. You are passionate about your work and commit yourself to excellence, often preferring to polish one task to perfection before you consider moving on to the next.
You fear being unoriginal, being mediocre, and not being true to yourself. Fear is a healthy emotion that alerts us when it is time to get prepared. Fear alerts us to the fact that something needs assessing. When you live in the space of fear it can become paralyzing and confusing. The feelings of anxiety and overwhelm can present themselves as guarded and tense. The opportunity is to embrace the fear as your friend. Shift the shallow breath to a deep breath and ask yourself, “Is this fear justified?” If so, “What do you need to prepare for?” It is also an opportunity to shift your story. Are you telling the story of high standards vs perfectionism, exploration vs aimless drifting, or eagerness vs impulsivity?
Mozart, Steve Jobs
Tris Prior in Divergent