Winner! Winner!

We have a winner!!

We've chosen the winner for our April book giveaway and it's our Bravery Board email subscriber Kristi! Kristi, we've sent you an email!

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Courage is only the accumulation of small steps - György Konrád

Creative Confidence

By the time we reach adolescence, most of us know whether or not we are creative. This label, a label we assign ourselves, is informed by what other people tell us. Pretty early on in life, our parents and other important adults, educators, and peers begin to separate us into two different camps--those who are creative and those who aren't. 

Our perceived level of creativity guides our choice of university and career. It tells us which pastimes are for us, and what peer group we belong in. We begin to play a role in our families, our social groups, and our organizations based on this. Creatives over here and non-creatives over there. By the time we reach adulthood, we are already living within the limits of our self-imposed label.

Is it as simple as that?

In our April giveaway book, Creative Confidence, authors Tom Kelley and David Kelley challenge the false dichotomy between creative and non-creative. Using personal examples and storytelling, Tom and David tell us that creativity and innovation do not depend on the label you were given by society, but by the way you behave in your personal and professional lives. Creativity is a choice.

It starts small.

Creativity often starts small. For example, if you want to begin to employ more creative problem solving in your everyday life, try making a list of things that bug you. Find areas where you see improvement to be made and then, instead of shrugging your shoulders and saying, someone ought to fix that, try to do it yourself.

It can also look like recruiting co-workers or members of your community to engage in brainstorming sessions and innovation groups. What problems are your organization or community encountering? The small steps of forming a peer group can sound intimidating, but each small step leads you closer to living a wildly innovative life.

This means a lot to us.

Michelle, Madison, and I all saw a need in our community for empowering mental wellness. What it took to begin the journey of The Bravery Board was the small, courageous step of Michelle reaching out to us to find out what we wanted to do to meet this need. 

While all three of us work in the fields of behavioral science, education, and/or mental wellness, we each have personal creative pursuits, such as painting, crafting, or writing. We find personal and professional fulfillment in making and doing and producing. We see our ability to create not simply a contribution to our communities and workplaces, but also to our personal mental health.

To live a creative life, we must be courageous with our time, we must be generous with our minds, and we must take brave steps for ourselves and our communities.

If you're interested in learning more about maximizing your creative potential, check out The Bravery Board's Creativity Gathering on Saturday, April 9 at 10 AM.