Rosie in the kitchen, solving all the world’s problems with a paintbrush
The night before the Grammys, host LL Cool J was interviewed by Piers Morgan on CNN.
The interview covered a lot of ground, including how LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith) came out of a very tough childhood and created a solid family base and lots of commercial and financial success. He credits his grandmother for orienting him toward the future, by repeatedly quoting “If the task is once begun, never leave it till its done. Be thy labor great or small, do it well or not at all.”
Piers asked him what we needed to do as a country to “Keep America great.”
His answer gave me goosebumps.
“I think to keep America great, we have to keep America creative.”
We love to argue. To point fingers. To debate.
That will not solve our economic problems, nor make us feel powerful.
We are made to create. We get our smile back when we create. We reclaim our swagger, our muse, our hope when we create.
It is not a condition unique to the United States, it is a fundamental part of being human.
It is why Pinterest is taking off like a storm – we salivate at images of beauty that inspire us to redecorate our home office or make a stunning meal or move us to tears.
It is why your particular work configuration does not matter. If you are creating something of value and personal meaning, does it really matter if you are self-employed, freelancing, or employed by a corporation or non-profit?
It is why my 6-year old is asking me when he will be old enough to start his Plants vs. Zombies YouTube channel.
The act of creating is what sets us free, what gives our life meaning. And it is what will put us back on our personal and collective path to greatness.
Whatever the question, create is the answer.
Are you sad? Create.
Do you feel broken? Create.
Are you inspired? Create.
Are you bored? Create.
Are you angry? Create.
Want to grow a business? Create.
What to stand out in your career? Create.
You will go from this:
P.S. The wonderful Crys Williams reminded us today why only 10% of what we create is worth looking at. More reason to get busy creating!