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Tip of the Day: Creative vs Competitive thinkers

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 14, 2012, 6:50 AM
Tip of the day: The creative thinker has more potential than competitive thinker. For every competitive thinking winner, there are many competitive losers. With creative thinkers there is room for many winners. Competitive thinking encourages secrets. Creative thinking encourages sharing.

So don't aim to be competitive unless it's with yourself. Instead aim to be creative!

Sending positive vibes to everyone!

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ChaosDiabolico Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Mr. Bobby, I really do love this Positive Vibe along with the rest that you're sharing with everyone. It helps me alot. :D
vozzz Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Plumcrazy68 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Barlee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I've been reading the book called "The Power of Intention" and it's funny that I should read this entry right after doing so. Good stuff!
ViridRain Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
↑ This !
hikcup Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student General Artist
... Damn.
blackcatcomic Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
Very true. I'm still working on it.
GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks Bob, I seem to be bouncing from one mindset to another. Competitiveness does not make me sour or envious, but it really beats down at my ego. I hope I can fix this.
Lisa-Gane Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
just what I need, being a competitive mind, this helped me take a step back. Thanks Bobby :)
rainytown Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
so trueeeeeee!
AnkatsArt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
As always very inspirational. In my former study this worked out very well. Everybody was good in something in his/her own way and so we were able to help each other out and inspire each other while working together. BUT now I am in a really really small competitive group and my openness to working with each other and growing with each other encounters the hard wall of competition. I don't know for sure how to react since my openness starts to be used against me, secrets are kept from me so that in some situations I am supposed to look like a fool. So far I tried to stay on the tracks of being creative because experience told me that competitive thinkers often build their own traps/blocks/problems earlier or later. But do you have any advise for me in this situation?


darrenrawlings Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Arianod Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Words to be cast in gold. Thanks for the good vibes and good advice, as always!
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very true :)
Nibi-No-Neko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Take that, mom!! I told you competition wasn't always good!!
(thanks for the tip! good vibes for everyone!!! :3 )
Portosilva Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I've mentioned it many times before, but I will say it again because it's well deserved. You are a great source of inspiration to not just me, but to many people AROUND THE WORLD.

Your words of wisdom have helped me to persevere in this daunting field of work, but I know that with encouragement and guidance like this it will be possible for me to make it.

Thank you once again.
bookstoresue Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it :) positive vibes to you as well!
ChaosAscending Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if you are both creative and competitive? My significant other and I are both very creative and very competitive. He works in film and I work in advertising. I don't see the problem with competitive thinking so long as you can find a creative way to expand your opportunities. After all, do you not also compete with other artists for jobs?
lenindcruz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
MAYBE what he means is that creativity stems from something greater than our puny selves while competitiveness is all about getting ourselves ahead of the otherselves.

So, in the latter, there is room for only a few winners, while in the former the source itself is so infinite that there is no fear but only desire of sharing freely what we received freely from Higher Intelligence, God, Universe, or whatever you call it!
ReineDesCanards Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, sharer!
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
I do agree with you there, however, I find you need to become competitive as soon as you have to make a living out of your art. Not in a nasty way, but you have to be clearly aware of what other artists, your competition, is doing and what the *so called* market expects from you. Or you will lose out. Unless of course, you have made yourself a name already and you can just do what ever you wish. :)

I have been on the Bologna Book Fair a couple of years ago, the worlds biggest publishing fair for children's books. And I was one of approximately 120.000 illustrators there, waiting in the queues to show the portfolio. Everyone had 2 minutes sharp. That was quite a wake-up call...
Brainfruit Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god. I would crumble. I can imagine it was an amazing experience though. And good for networking.
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Oh, I did crumble... It was amazing, to see all those publishers and other artists, though rather disillusioning to see all those great artists. And I thought my portfolio was good and creative....

Reminds me of something I have read yesterday: "if you are one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you."
Brainfruit Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I agree. At the same time, your level of artistic ability is quite rare and you should still be proud of it. The trouble comes when you are creating art to make money, rather than creating art for art's sake and then making money from it. It's a dilemma that a lot of artists have. And I guess we like to feel persecuted ;) You have created some beautiful pieces. I hope you're able to make a living from it and enjoy it too :-)
Yasmin88 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   General Artist
Awesome tip :O ! I've been thinking in a competitive way for a while hating every piece of Artwork I created cuz I used to compare myself with others and end up beating myself up for not being the artist I wanted to be and started seeing mistakes in everything shutting my eyes from seeing the beauty in art created by each and every individual around me. But when I changed my thinking to creative thinking I started to enjoy creating Art more no matter what I end up with and appreciate the Artwork done by people around me. And yeah sharing tips and helping others with Art is really great :D
Brainfruit Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
To be creative is to create original ideas that add value. Creativity is also useful in any field - not just the arts. I would say that creativity can also be useful in a competitive environment, and that competitive people who are creative are more likely to be successful over those who just follow the beaten path. Big businesses use creative solutions all the time. Interestingly, studies have shown that creative people are more likely to be dishonest (here's a [link] to a journal with research findings, if you're interested). I have to admit I don't think there is a need to categorise people as strictly creative or competitive, but I think I know what you are getting at -

I think that creativity is most obvious in the arts, because there is so much freedom, and there is a chance that any piece of art will be of value to somebody - you just have to find them. Unfortunately in the design/creative jobs, there are some big shot arrogant people who want to compete with everyone else (like with any industry) but it's a small world and they are likely to make a lot of enemies. There are also a lot of really interesting and cooperative people (like yourself) who have lots to bring.
Shrinkhead13 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
So... Can people change the competetive kind of thinking into creative thinking? I'm asking because I aim to become a succesfull artist but, I have always been very competetive. Like if I see someone draw something then I want to draw the same thing, just better than my fellow artist. And I don't think it will work well for me in the long run.
So... Are people born with it or can we change our mindset?
Lolisoup Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, this explains a lot.
My girlfriend is a very competitive thinker, and I am a creative thinker.
Whenever she is down about 'unsuccessful' work she creates, I have a hard time convincing her it is successful as she feels she needs to 'win' over all.
I wonder, do you know how to help a competitive thinker achieve a more creative state? One that is also very pessimistic?
Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Uhm...i don't completely agree with this.
Creativity isn't something you reach by aiming at it, if you're cretive or not all depends on yourself. For make things shorter, i believe that creativity can't be achieved by "looking" for it but just by doing what we really love.
But obvously this is my opinion, how i think i can achieve creativity^^
imaginism Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
to each their own. I aim to be creative. Constantly thinking to be creative helps you to be more creative.
Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, you're right^^
If i tried to be creative i would probably end up pretty confused and stressed that's why i just "do" without "aiming" XD
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