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11 Ways to Work Poorly with Creative Professionals

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Being a creative person inherently means you enjoy living life according to your own rules.

The problem is that then when fellow creatives come together, either brilliant collaboration is born — or violent arguments ensue, both sides fighting in the name of “creative freedom.”

Us creative types can be quite difficult. But I think we can all agree we hate the same 11 things:

1. People not acknowledging our work.

The stigma is that creatives can’t handle feedback.

That’s not true. We enjoy feedback, and learning, and growing, and improving. What we hate though is when our efforts are not also acknowledged.

A “I like what you did here” before the critique can go a long way.

2. Non-experts who passionately share their opinion.

It’s one thing if a writer critiques another writer, or a designer critiques another designer.

But where most creatives lose their minds is when someone from a completely different discipline starts telling them what they should or shouldn’t do. Offering your perspective is fine.

But a heated discussion with an Account Manager over what the logo should look like should never happen.

3. People who say they are “creative” with nothing to show for it.

Anyone can call themselves “creative” — and that’s both the pro and the con.

Specifically, this irks me with writing. I know young entrepreneurs who write “a book” in 3 weeks, throw it together, put it on Amazon, and then run around calling themselves an Author. To me, that does not make you an author. That makes you a digital marketer with a really thick business card.

If you want to measure creativity, show the world something from your soul.

Do something radically different, something that makes half the crowd love you and the other half hate you.

4. People who copy other people’s work.

Remember how many times in school we were reminded not to copy each other’s work?

Yeah, that doesn’t happen in the real world. And there is nothing worse than seeing a “creative” person completely bite someone else’s style and claim it as their own.

It’s one thing to be inspired by. It’s entirely another to just copy/paste.

5. Imposters.

Building off #4, a true artist or creative mind can always see through a façade.

It’s impossible not to. There are a lot of people who want so badly to appear creative, that they end up missing the whole point of creating things in the first place.

They think it comes from the exterior — instead of realizing it’s the open heart that stores all the best creativity.

6. The ones who need their armor.

You know exactly who I’m talking about.

Again, there is a difference between being fashionable and expressing yourself, and trying to dress the part so people perceive you as being creative. Honestly, I’ll go on record to say that only YOU can be the judge of this. You know deep down where it’s coming from in you.

Just know that if you’re trying too hard, people will pick up on it.

7. People who aren’t humble.

There trend with all of these “creative traits” is that they are extremely double-sided.

Every one of them has a potential good side and a potential bad side. There is a difference between being confident in your work and being arrogant. Creatives that aren’t humble are not fun to work with. They are more interested in getting recognition than creating something of value.

Leave your ego at the door.

8. Distractions.

As ADD as we are, us creative types despise being distracted — especially once we’ve found our flow.

It’s such a process to get in the zone, that once we are there we do not want to be disturbed. Period.

9. People who don’t respect the creative process.

Some people know how to nurture creativity — whether that be the environment or in a relationship.

Some people don’t. Being creative isn’t something you just “do.” Yes, there are some things to lean on as far as process goes, but most of the time it is a very personal, very quiet process.

You can’t point from across the board room and say, “Give us an idea!” — it just doesn’t work like that.

10. Deadlines.

On that same token, I think all of us can agree that we hate deadlines (as much as we need them).

11. Too much alone time or too much social time.

Introvert, extravert, it doesn’t matter.

We all need time to ourselves, and we all need time with our friends, family, going out, etc. But go too far in either direction, and fury will begin to rumble beneath the surface. That’s why creative types talk so much about “balance.”

You have to always be aware of what it is you need, so that you can continue moving forward in a positive way.

This article originally appeared on Inc Magazine.

Nicolas Cole Author

Writer | Founder of Digital Press | 4x Top Writer on Quora | 50M+ Views | www.digitalpress.com

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