How To Murder Your Creativity

5 subconscious behaviors guaranteed to kill your creativity

Tuseet Jha
6 min readSep 9, 2020


Movie shooting — How to murder your creativity
Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash

Creativity — it is like that elusive date which keeps ghosting you.

And you have no clue why.

After all, you have everything you need to be creative. Then what could really be going wrong for you to not get along with it?

You had interesting conversations. You even spent hours daydreaming about the first time you guys meet.

But for all of it to go nowhere.

Well, have you ever thought that maybe unconsciously, you are acting in ways which are pushing creativity away? In fact, it is so natural for you to act the way you do that you don’t see anything wrong with it. You are completely unaware of your blind spots.

Here is what you might be doing wrong. Here are 5 ways you are murdering your creativity.

You don’t think you can be creative

This is mistake number one! I can bet when you think about yourself, ‘creative’ isn’t an adjective which comes to mind.

You are not alone.

There are millions out there who also don’t think they are creative. Yet they go out there creating something daily — a slide deck for work, a gif here, a meme there, a new feature for a product, a new process or a service, a blog post or instructions manual.

You don’t have to be a best selling author, or a Pulitzer prize winning photographer to call yourself a creative. You can be creative in the slide decks you make or in the way you set up your house.

As Elizabeth Gilbert puts it

“To even call someone ‘a creative person’ is almost laughably redundant; creativity is the hallmark of our species. We have the senses for it; we have the curiosity for it; we have the language and the excitement and the innate connection to divinity for it.”

In short, just by virtue of being a human, you are creative.

Think about this — Every human on this planet has the same 26 letters and yet we have managed to create millions of diverse artifacts over the course of these 10000 years! We also have the same number of colors and…



Tuseet Jha

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