Your Creativity Belief System

I found this infographic quite revealing.

  • 5,000 surveyed
  • 1,000 in each in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Japan
  • Originally posted here (downloadable)

Our creativity belief system always dictates our level of creativity. It’s most surprising that only 39% of respondents believe they are creative.

Your Creativity Believe System

Author: Andrew Zahn

I'm a son, husband, dad, business owner, actor and good sleeper/eater. On this blog, I pave a highway for creative growth by providing food, water, and shelter for those wishing to live, work, and play with creative zest.

  • 1 in 4 people living up to their creative potential? That’s a tricky statistic. Even the most creative and successful among us (whether by their own standards, or society’s) never really live up to their creative potential. That’s according to them! We never reach our potential. We never stop creating.

    This chart points out that most don’t even move the needle. Many of us stop before we ever get there or never go there at all. This data is staggering. It makes me proud to know that I get up every day and TRY. Better to try and fail, then to sit around watching Seinfeld reruns.

    Thanks for reminding us how good it is to be in the minority!

    • Andrew Zahn

      It’s pretty interesting how the statistics can go either way depending on your interpretation.

      I like the fact that you looked at it as a positive, that you ARE creating when so many aren’t.

      Woo woo!

  • What a cool and interesting infographic. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Andrew Zahn

      Glad you enjoyed it Dan!

  • The saddest statistic on that chart is the finding that 75% of respondents felt pressured to be productive rather than creative, Which brings to mind a Woody Allen joke about two women at restaurant. The first says, “The food here is horrible.” and the second says, “And such small portions.” It is sad when quantity is valued over quality.

    • Andrew Zahn

      Oh, that quote really hits home Andy.

      It also makes me want some quality ice cream. Not a lot, mind you. Just some rich, creamy goodness. Ahhhh…

  • The most interesting part to me is the 75% that say they are pressured to be more productive rather than creative. This is so true. Even in schools I believe. But that’s an argument for another day. Thanks for posting!

    • That is really sad for creatives isn’t it. Good thing we can change that culture… inch by inch… 😉