1. You Get Great Ideas at the Worst Moments
It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, great ideas come at the worst of times. You wake up in the middle of the night with brilliant ideas, only to fall back to sleep and forget about them in the morning. When driving to work, you are constantly bombarded with flickers of notions that you know in your heart would revolutionize your field.
Keep a notebook on hand at all times. World renowned composer, Beethoven, was infamous for always having a notebook on him. Often painted holding his notebook, he called it his conversation book and used it compose music and collect favorite quotes.
2. You are the Definition of Bipolar
As a creative person, you get these bursts of intense energy followed by times of calm and quiet. Most of the time, the outside world sees your quiet side, but as soon as you are alone you burst into action.
In a little over ten years, famous artist, Vincent van Gogh, produced over 2,100 works of art. Known for his moodiness and his battles with extreme anxiety, he is believed by many to have suffered from bipolar disorder. In spite of his ups and downs, his artwork can be found in museums all over the world and is one of the most recognizable artists in history.
3. Rebel With a Cause
You watch, you observe, and sometimes you rebel. There are certain things you are passionate about and for those things, you will act out and rebel against the world.
The most common thing creative people rebel against is their job. You think your job is boring or pointless. You dream of quitting and pursuing your passion. Legal thrillers writer, John Grisham, recommends sticking with your day job while pursuing your dream in your free time. Before he retired from law to be a full time writer, he created spare time for his writing. Only after he succeeded as a writer did he leave his day job.
You get accused of staring, but you can’t help yourself. The world is a fascinating place and people, those strange two-legged mammals, are those most bizarre critters on the planet.
Best-selling author, Jackie Collins, is infamous for people watching and has often been accused of basing her book characters on famous people. She unabashedly writes about her favorite places to watch people, including hotels, restaurants, and the streets of Paris.
5. Others See You as Complicated
Admit it. You are a pain in the ass. Those closest to you have a hard time understanding you. They feel that they can’t please you or make you happy. You are difficult because you are inwardly motivated. Your ideas and your dreams are your passion and they are the demons that give you the most joy.
Nikola Tesla once said, “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything." Tesla’s brilliant mind invented the Tesla coil and was the first to envision the modern day equivalent of the smartphone (wireless transmissions), but he also had a dark side. He suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and had an unexplainable fear of pearls. In spite of this and the difficulty others found when working with him, his inventions and futurific visions changed the world.