Creating A Climate Of Creative Discontent

Creating A Climate Of Creative Discontent

Have you ever looked at someone who seemed to be living a charmed life?  It appears that everything this person touches is pre-ordained to turn into gold and from outside appearances such luck seems to be unwarranted.

On the other hand, there’s another person who never seems to catch a break.  After attempting several ventures it soon becomes apparent that if it wasn’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.

It would be difficult not to become discouraged.  From outward appearances this person has the misfortune of walking around with the proverbial black cloud overhead.

Now imagine that these two glaringly different people have the same background, education and for all intents and purposes the same opportunities in life.  How does one explain such a disparate outcome?  There is one important difference; one of the two is never satisfied with the status quo.

He realizes that there is no rest for the weary and is willing to make sacrifices to reach the goals that he’s set that will allow him to achieve what he’s set out to accomplish.

Creative Discontent is essentially the key to achieving every dream that you’d like to pursue.  It’s about fostering your creative juices and following your own path.  Everyone has within, the capacity to succeed or fail.


The striking difference between the two outcomes is the amount of effort exerted.  You will only get out what you put in. There’s a god-awful movie made back in the 70’s starring Arnold Schwarzenegger called “Stay Hungry”.  That title is precisely what is required to get to the next level.

If you allow yourself to be satisfied, you won’t try as hard, so things usually end up falling by the wayside because we’ve become lax in some aspect on the road to claiming our dreams.

We should focus our energies on seeking excellence, improvement and a progressive lifestyle realizing that we are imperfect but trying to get better.  That is the most that you can ask of yourself.

A great example of this is the story of the tortoise and the hare.  The one who ostensibly should have won didn’t because he got side tracked.  The one destined to lose, won because he stayed the course, had a set goal and went about meeting it.

This is a great metaphor for life in general.  There will be many who will not have faith in your abilities.  This can severely impair your self-confidence and can cause you to doubt what you know you are capable of.

The lesson is to not let roadblocks get in your way;  go around, under or over them to get to that finish line. Never give up the fight, move ahead and be confident in the fact that know one knows you better than yourself.  Hold fast to that universal truth.  Take that knowledge and parlay it into a winning formula that’s tailored to your unique gifts.

The person who succeeds only does so because they left no stone unturned to get them there.  If one strategy fails find another one.  As my dad use to say, “There is more than one way to skin a cat” (terrible imagery….but you get the idea).

Steve Jobs lived by that credo.  He was not technologically savvy, but he had the vision to see what could BE and he had the persuasive powers to draw others to help him achieve that vision.  His mind was always churning away, thinking of new concepts, new ideas, things that seemed ridiculous to others….but he did not allow that to discourage him.

Jobs went from laughing stock to one of the most influential human beings that ever lived because he believed in himself more than he did the opinions of others and that is where we will all find our victories in the end.  During his commencement address to the 2005 graduates of Stanford University, he said:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

So dream bigger than you ever thought you were capable of.  If it sounds plausible to you, examine it, mull it over and if feasible, bring it into fruition.  Things always seem weird to others when it’s foreign to them, so never let that be your stumbling block.



Renee King
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  • inka
    Posted at 12:34h, 27 December Reply

    Very timely post for the beginning of the New Year. Never give up should be the one and only resolution.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:41h, 28 December Reply

      A-M-E-N! enough said!

  • Ioana
    Posted at 23:31h, 27 December Reply

    A very inspirational post. Perfectly timed for those of us looking for strength to change the old ways and gain a positive perspective for the new year waiting just around the corner.

    Thank you

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:40h, 28 December Reply

      Thank you, Ioana! It’s good to be reminded that we can start anew at any time. We just have to believe that it’s possible.

  • Gladys
    Posted at 04:48h, 28 December Reply

    such a great post to read especially at this time when i’m facing several roadblocks. have a great new year!

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:39h, 28 December Reply

      Gladys, sometimes roadblocks are disguised as opportunities. I hope and pray that great opportunities come your way very soon. Happy New Year!

  • Abby
    Posted at 10:58h, 28 December Reply

    I needed this today. My whole world is turning upside down, and my dreams are pretty big as far as what I want to do next. Thank you. 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:37h, 28 December Reply

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear that Abby. I hope things begin to turn around for you soon. Happy New Year to you too!

  • Oneika the Traveller
    Posted at 10:47h, 31 December Reply

    What a lovely (and timely) post, Renee! Admittedly I get easily discouraged, but realize I need to perservere and stay hungry to achieve my goals. Thanks for your words!

  • ElleX
    Posted at 13:56h, 01 January Reply

    Thanks for this post, Renee! I needed to read this today! Happy New Year!

  • Joshua
    Posted at 11:50h, 08 January Reply

    Thank you, it is very inspirational, I will come back to your website and tell my friends. Keep up the good job and Happy New Year !

  • Nicholle Olores
    Posted at 19:42h, 11 January Reply

    Great thoughts Renee about achieving one’s dreams. In my own thought about it, we are free to dream about everything that we think it’s impossible but if you really have the desire to achieve then “GO” make it possible. One thing that I actually couldn’t agree more your thoughts about “Creative Discontent”, if you are not satisfied in all things you have you will not become happy because you are only focusing of what’s the best things for you. Anyway, I learn something from you Renee and I have realize those things that I need to improve with myself. Thanks a lot for that and very well written keep it up!

  • Nomadic Samuel
    Posted at 02:34h, 12 January Reply

    This is a wonderful post. I think a lot of very talented individuals give up on certain things when in fact they’re just inches away from achieving a major breakthrough without even knowing about it.

  • Abby
    Posted at 15:55h, 14 January Reply

    I sometimes lack the self-confidence to keep going after a failure or rejection. It’s something I’ve worked on over the years.

  • Erica Hargreave
    Posted at 18:12h, 14 January Reply

    Love this inspiration! Thank you! And so eloquently said.

  • TheWorldOrBust
    Posted at 13:11h, 17 January Reply

    Great quote! Thanks for sharing, my posture got better reading this one!

  • GraySpirit
    Posted at 21:09h, 05 February Reply

    In my life, I’ve discovered that one must live through many failures to find the true successes in life. In some respects, success is what others see, and failure is what you see and feel. Persist, appreciate life for what it is, the good and the bad, the failures and successes. A successful life, in my opinion, has little to do with other people see, but what you’ve developed in your heart and mind.

  • Ayngelina
    Posted at 14:02h, 04 March Reply

    This is exactly why I follow all the inspirational sayings on PInterest, I feel like I need a daily reminder in life to keep pushing.

  • London Traveler
    Posted at 10:57h, 12 March Reply

    “Never give up!” is a great motto! People should never give up on their way to happiniess and always move forward to their success!

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  • Morocco tours
    Posted at 09:40h, 06 October Reply

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    • Renee King
      Posted at 13:58h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you so much for that wonderful vote of confidence. I will strive to live up to your kind words!

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