Gretchen and I received a warm welcome at the Jessie Peterman Library in Floyd last night when we discussed the factors involved in "Unlocking Your Talent".
Some interesting discussions ensued when we got into one of the more subtle barriers that can cause you to stifle your creative impulses and keep your talent under wraps.
I mentioned that being employed in a high-paying job has caused people to stifle creative activity because it causes the boss to consider them less "promotable". No employee wants to jeopardize their income stream unnecessarily.
Even when there are no explicit warnings, there is an attitude on the part of some managers that artistic pursuits or even blogging are suspect activities.
After our presentation, one member of the audience said that she had experienced this same management attitude even though she had not been in a high paying job at all.
It was also observed that there are times in our lives when we forego new creative activities in order to care for children or to complete a work or study assignment. These periods can last for years, but the consensus was that in this case, the creative activity was merely on hold, not being stifled. Once the barrier was lifted, creative activity resumed and hidden talents bloomed.
The topic of unlocking talent is a popular one in this creative community. Some of the attendees were still discussing the topic today. Perhaps we can organize a workshop at some future time for those who would like to achieve specific results.
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