Creating vs. Consuming


If you had to pick one to describe yourself, which would it be? The perfect balance is where content is created for people who in turn consume the work and then go create more. This is a self-propagating system.


-Are you a creator or a consumer?

-Do you create or re-create?

-Which do you do more of?

-Have you found a healthy balance?


To create is to bring something into existence. Anything into existence.


We all have an inherent desire to create!

We should look at the world as a blank canvas and change the landscape around us leaving a legacy.


Creativity has little to do with what we can dream up, and everything to do with what we can uncover in the world around us. Creativity is seeing what can exist but does not yet. It’s exploring the edges of knowledge in order to uncover what we don’t know.


Groupthink prevents creativity!


It is possible for large groups of people to make decisions harmoniously and with little disagreement. This is groupthink! This is great but there's no arguing that you sacrifice individual creativity, uniqueness, and independent thinking.


Don't confuse group creativity with groupthink. They don't mix!

There is a consensus-seeking tendency in groupthink limiting all discussions to only a few alternatives. I'm the failed devils advocate in a groupthink community.


If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Okay, grandpa...go discourage positive change somewhere else.

Simply being fine with a sufficient option and not trying to make it better isn't how we evolve or create.

Consuming is taking in. You are consuming this blog post now.

If you don't leave a comment, you didn't create anything.


Sure consuming content educates us, but creating content educates others.


Consuming is addictive and we are all guilty of consuming way too much.

Content, news, TV, food, destinations..everything. Most of it: mindless consumption. There is high quality content out there, but we can't objectively define what it is.


Are you a creepy consumer? Do you troll Twitter and Instagram without leaving comments? Do you recycle creativity by visiting restaurants and taking pics to post? Do you use recipes on Cookpad and not leave feedback? Where's the feedback? Where's the input? C'mon, let me hear your excuses!


Re-creating vs. consumption.

Re-creating is basically 'sharing consumption'. You are a content recycler! Taking pictures of food you didn't create is the same as taking pictures of paintings in a museum. Pictures can be beautiful works of art and food can be masterfully made, but never confuse re-creating with creating.


What's stopping you from creating?


Remember, life is content and whenever you consume it, you need to do something with it in order for it to be effective. If you think you're bad at creating it's because the quality of our creation seldom exceeds the quality of our consumption.



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