In my view, Mark Twain expressed a great deal of
wisdom with these words: “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered — either by themselves or by
The fact that so many people haven’t discovered they are geniuses is a major reason why they
toil away at jobs they hate and don't make as money as they are capable of earning. As is to be expected,
most corporations aren’t about to help their employees realize they are geniuses for fear of losing
By geniuses, I refer to individuals with the potential to make a difference in this world
and be rewarded for it if they ever get around to developing and using their creativity. Unfortunately, most
people have allowed organizations, educational institutions, and society to suppress their creativity for so
long that they don’t realize how creative they can be. Truth be told, most people can be more creative and,
in turn, more successful.
Very few people do anything creative after the age
of thirty-five. The reason is that very few people do anything creative before the age of
— Joel Hildebrand
Money, like most everything else in life, can be
viewed as an illusion — although a very nice one to be experiencing if you have a lot of it. It
is also a very satisfying illusion if you have truly earned your riches from your own efforts,
creativity, and risk-taking.
— from Life's Secret Handbook: Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who
Want to Make a Big Difference in this World
In this regard, there are two principles for creative success — one general and one
specific. The general principle is that virtually everyone has the ability to be more creative and
accomplish extraordinary things in this world. The specific principle is that almost everyone has
volunteered to be exempt from the general principle. Put another way, few people spend time, effort, or
thought cultivating their creative ability, which is an essential element for achieving real success in
Your wealth can
only grow to the extent you do.
— T. Harv Eker
The majority of adults don’t get halfway to reaching their full creative potential due to
their self-imposed limitations. Sadly, many people have suppressed both their desire and their ability to be
creative for so long that they think they are naturally uncreative. You may be one of them.
How many times have you said to yourself or others, “If I only had the creative ability to
pull that off?” All told, each one of us has greater inventiveness than we exhibit in ordinary life, but
most of us are unaware of it, or refrain from using it. Again, there is no heavier burden than great
potential that we are squandering. To deny our creativity is to lie to the world and, worse, to lie to
A man would do well to carry a pencil in his
pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the
most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return.
— Francis Bacon
Creativity starts when you cut a zero from your
— Jaime Lerner
Creative thinking, if diligently practiced, allows each and every one of us to accomplish
feats that appear to be unattainable miracles to those who don’t practice it. Creativity combined with
action is a simple, easy, and surefire way to achieve health, wealth, and happiness in our lives; it is also
an invaluable tool to help us experience harmony in this fast-moving and constantly changing world in which
There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the
labor of thinking.
— Thomas Edison
Use your brain. It's the little things that
If you are serious about attaining true success in this rapidly changing world, start with
the premise that from both a financial and a personal point of view, your most valuable asset is not your
job, your house, or your bank account. Plain and simple, it’s your creative ability. Your creative mind has
great value because it can solve problems.
All employers have problems that they pay employees to solve. In the same vein, individuals
have various problems, such as needing something to entertain them, that they pay others to solve.
To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and
not to see.
— Helen Keller
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps
never have been seen.
— Robert Bresson
The more you reason the less you create.
— Raymond Chandler
The value you place on your creative mind should be at least one million dollars because you
can use it to generate many times this amount over your lifetime. This makes creativity the poor person’s
wealth. Indeed, when you list the monetary value of your personal assets, the grand total should make you a
millionaire simply by including the value of your creative ability.
You, too, can joyfully earn a decent living if you develop your creative side and in doing
so provide an imaginative product or service that people want. In fact, it’s harder to suppress your
creativity than to use it. Everyone has the deep-seated desire to produce something innovative. In everyone
there is a creative person wanting to break out and make a difference in this world.
All things considered, your creativity is your biggest asset. Put another way, you are
already a millionaire — your creativity makes it so! You must recognize the latent genius within and stay in
the habit of being innovative if you want to attain true success in your life. To maximize the use of your
creative mind is to maximize the career and financial aspects of your life.