In our modern capitalistic society, it is almost impossible to get by without constantly using creations made by other people. In fact, you’re reading this on a browser, tablet or cell phone made by someone using the Internet created by someone else, probably in a house, apartment or car made by someone else — all of which is fine.
But while you are consuming all those creations of other men, it’s worth asking, “What have I created?”
Are you the guy watching TV or the guy on the TV?
Are you playing the video game or did you create the video game?
Are you the guy living in the house or the guy who built the house?
Are you working in someone else’s business or did you create a business others are working in?
Are you going to the party or throwing the party?
Are you listening to other people’s music or are you making the music?
What are you creating? What are you bringing into the world? What’s going to be left when you’re gone?
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Not everybody is a creator and it’s okay you’re not one either. If that’s you, be the best you can at what you do. But it’s also worth remembering that it’s the creators, the people in the arena, the ones that put their own stamp on the world somehow that get remembered. The people who separate themselves from everyone else find a way to create something new, to get in front of the crowd, to do it like it has never been done before.
Is that you or are you the guy working for the creator, watching the creator and cheering the creator on? You get to answer that question for yourself.
But in life, the guy who creates the business is more valuable than the guy that works for the business. The guy who builds the cabinet is more valuable than the guy who picks the cabinet out at the store. The guy who creates the song everyone is dancing to is more valuable than the guy dancing to the song in the club.
So, what can you create? What new thing can you bring in front of everyone? What can you do to move the species forward? Even if it’s as small as a pet rock, post it note or “Where’s the beef?” Wendy’s commercial, it can help change the world. Be the best version of yourself and become a creator.