Greater Expectations

January 27, 2014 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog

Sir Ken Robinson, Lemmy of Motorhead and Professor Teresa Amabile of Harvard all agree on one thing: conformity kills creativity.

“Selling your heart, selling yourself short, selling your soul, that’s prostitution,” said Lemmy, legendary libertarian and front man of Motorhead – 68 years old, still touring and still defying medical science.

Research by Professor Amabile shows that whilst seeking congratulations is natural, it ultimately corrupts the creative process and diminishes the quality of what is produced.

The paradox is: The less we care about the affections of our audience, the more people will be affected by our work.

Professor Amabile’s research shows that when you focus on the process of getting better, rather than pleasing your audience, you’re far more likely to achieve mastery and share the disproportionate rewards that come with being a top performer.

We know that those who are prepared to see things differently are the ones that make a difference; the ones that change the world. But it takes courage to be yourself, in a world which is continually trying to make you conform to a stereotype of who you should be.

It takes courage to think out loud, when others are trying to suppress your thoughts with their own.

It takes courage to run the other way, when the herd is running to the edge of the cliff.

Staying silent won’t save you. It will haunt you till your last breath, with the words “if only” ringing in your ears.

Conformity is the slowest way to kill your soul.

Stand strong. Think for yourself. Speak your truth.

Don’t take my word for it. Listen to Forrest Gump …..

Jenny: “Do you have a dream Forrest, about who you’re going to be?”
Forrest: “Aren’t I going to be me?”

Ps. Here’s the most viewed video ever on TED – 21 million views – by Sir Ken Robinson. It’s very profound, funny and moving :

Killing Creativity


Signs and Notices

1. The electricity company: We would be delighted if you pay your bill. However, if you don’t, you will be.
2. Car dealership: The best way to get back on your feet – miss a payment.
3. Bowling alley: Please be quiet. We need to hear a pin drop.
4. Used car lot: Second hand cars in first crash condition.
5. Drain cleaners: You’re sh1t is our bread and butter.

Sunil Bali

As well as being a recognised authority on personal branding and peak performance, Sunil is a critically acclaimed author and blogger. His corporate experience includes roles as Head of Talent on behalf of Vodafone Group, Santander (UK) and Cable & Wireless Europe. Sunil has also run a multi-million pound recruitment business, and is a Non Executive Director. Sunil’s first degree in Sports Science and Psychology fuelled his passion for the psychology of human achievement and well-being. As well as possessing an MBA, he is a qualified Psychotherapist and Executive Coach.

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