Creative Life: How to live the best creative life possible

Here’s 7 simple points for your creative life to help maximize your unique creativity .

And really make dreams come true.

American artist Hugh MacLeod creates original art cartoons. He recommends ignoring everybody.

To be genuinely creative means following instincts and not worrying about what other people think. Especially when creating unique original art .

But this article applies to all walks of a creative life.

Because everyone is creative.

However, some people don’t realize it.

Point 1. Often intuitive creativity goes against what everybody else thinks is right.

Like a salmon fish swimming up the stream of rapids, sometimes living the best creative life means spending some time swimming in rough water. Going against the flow of the mainstream current.

But it’s definitely worth the struggle.

‘Lovers’ Simon Brushfield (2012) Acrylic, Oil and charcoal on paper. 210 x 148 mm unframed $400

The famous philosopher Plato also gave some great advice to living the best creative life possible. And it’s stood the test of time.

Again, this can be challenging, but it’s highly recommended to begin a lifelong process of learning. It will help develop a more effective and powerful creative individual.

Point 2. There are most definitely no short cuts.

Many creative people are late bloomers and take a long time for their innovative ideas to develop and flourish.

Winston Churchill failed high school three times, but many years later as British Prime Minister, he led the free world to victory in World War II. He also took up painting fine art very late in life.

Gaining a deeper understanding about our creative selves is great, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes.

But then it’s equally important to understand how other people are motivated and how we fit into the bigger creative picture .

Upon discovering who we really are, the next challenge is to trust ourselves and the decisions we make everyday.

I mean really trust in what’s right. Even if everybody else disagrees.

If we don’t fully believe in ourselves, nobody else will either. –

Point 3. Relating well to other people helps us live our best creative life.

When relating to other people it’s important to guard your heart. Andy Warhol was a master at guarding his heart. He manufactured an enigmatic, aloof personality the media and general public couldn’t get near.

Out of the heart flow love, creative ideas and wisdom that is a persons livelihood. Beware of giving away too much wisdom, energy or love without receiving anything back.

This will destroy your creative life and lead to burn out, very quickly.

The original art below captures my love for hands and the important role they play in creating my fine art.

‘Character’ by Simon Brushfield (1999) Oil, Acrylic and ink on paper 210 x 148 mm    Unframed $400

If our creativity is growing and we’re successfully moving forward, the people going backwards will most probably be hateful towards us. That’s normal. Take it as a compliment!

Point 4. Accept the fact that not everybody is going to love you.

This may challenge the sensitive creative personality, but some people, even those nearby, could be the enemy.

Beware and avoid the pitfalls of vengeful peers, just like Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci , who held an intense dislike for each other.

However, search for people to do your best work together. More and more creative people are collaborating over the internet. Therefore, it’s vitally important to discover like minds in a tribe.

Point 5. It’s guaranteed… other people are needed to achieve a person’s dreams.

Some creative people do their best work in solitude, but that’s rare. Like a jigsaw piece, we are all designed to fit into the shape of other people. There will come a time when other people are needed to collaborate on an important project.

On those occasions, to live a successful creative life, it’s wise to learn how to relate well to other people and figure out which shapes of the jigsaw go where?

Understand the limitations and obstacles placed along the path and develop strategies to work around those constraints. All relationships have difficulties, even the loving couple in my original art painting below.

‘Little Dancers’ by Simon Brushfield (2007) Acrylic & Oil on board 80cm x 60cm (Sold: Private Acquisition)

The wise creative person will always find a unique and thoughtful way to do what is right, without harming or stepping over people around or beneath them.

Point 6. Captivate an audience with unique brilliance and forget looking at other people to compete with them.

There is no need to compete when an individual is incredibly unique. When a person does the best they can, competition becomes futile.

So cultivate and heighten sensitivity to the surrounding environment, without fear of what others are doing. An essential element in a uniquely creative character.

Top creative individuals, like , are often highly sensitive people, who care deeply about what happens around them. Sensitivity is what makes their creative work great.

But protect this vulnerablity with a tough skin, resistant to brutal rejection and cruel criticism that will arrive at some point in the future.

Final Point. Never give up on that special dream for your creative life.

Finally, for me the biggest change in my life happened in the year 2000. Enabling my creative life to take-off like a rocket. It was an unexpected supernatural experience in a series of dreams.

Jesus turned my world upside down and my creative life has grown exponentially ever since.

So, to truly live the best creative life possible, I recommend hanging out with Jesus.

© Copyright Simon Brushfield – Creative Life: How to live the best creative life possible
About Simon Brushfield

Simon Brushfield is an artist whose work has been described as ‘poetic, enigmatic and dreamlike’ (Michael Berry, "Selected Contemporary Artists of Australia" book). His paintings have been exhibited and sold across Australia and internationally. If you enjoyed this post, sign up to Simons VIP list and have posts sent directly to your inbox.


  1. Really enjoyed your article Simon, especially point 4. So many people never find their true selves because they spend so much of their lives trying to be something they’re not for others. Biggest mistake I see in teaching is a teacher forgetting about their responsibility to their job, because they want their students to love them. They can’t bear to be ‘the adult’ on the chance that their students won’t love them. I know that most of my students enjoy having me as their teacher – they’ve told me they’ve missed me when I’ve been away. But I accept that I’m not going to connect with all of them, and I’m not prepared to be the sort of teacher they want.
    I’m going to print your article, to use the points as motivational ideas for my students – they’ll roll their eyes, but I always get one or two who’ll come and talk about stuff later!
    Loved the Lovers pic in the article!

    • Oh Lesley, thanks so much for your feedback. It’s so important to know that my ideas connect with people. Very grateful for your words and I really hope the students receive your message and it sinks in deep. I understand what you mean about teaching, students these days really need a firm and clear direction for their lives. Hope the article helps. All the best, Simon

  2. Hi Simon, totally agree with you! Words of life, colour, wisdom, and upward flight. What a joy to tap into the Creator’s heart and listen for the resonating beat. So easy to lose the rhythm in a crazy, busy world but such a wonder to slow down and realise it’s still there or turn a corner and discover a splash of colour and life that oxygenates you again. Creativity is such a beautiful part of living. So sad to see or hear it squeezed or crushed out of someone, so wonderful to watch it re-emerge and start to sing in someone’s soul again. Loving life too, Ann

    • Hi Ann, thanks for the comment and your way with words. Very poetic. Yes, it is so easy to ‘lose the rhythm in a crazy busy world’ but creativity is always there waiting for us to tap back into and discover more about ourselves. We all must protect each other from having it crushed or squeezed out by the crazy busy worlds we live in. All the best for your creativity Ann. Thanks, Simon

  3. Janette Mitchell says:

    Beautiful words Simon. I’m going to learn a lot from you, I can see.
    I love that creativity is not something that is “Like” someone else’s work nor how we “should” be creative but that it is quietly inside all of us. We all have the power to listen to the voice whisper in our ear and follow it.
    This lesson reminds me to stay on that track. I beleive everything happens for a reason and sad or bad lessons learnt are amazing creative expressions of love and loss.
    I look forward to the next lesson.

    • Thanks Janette for your comment. Yes, we can all learn from those ‘sad or bad’ lessons in life. Being creative gives us a wonderful opportunity to channel that energy into something productive whilst listening to the quiet still voice inside. Great to connect with you.

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