How mingling with differently minded people can help you find your muse
While being surrounded by others who think just like you do may make you feel better about yourself, it can also end up stunting your creative growth. Surrounding yourself and engaging in discourse with people who are differently minded can help you achieve creative growth and spur you on to find your muse.
Ever wonder where the phrase “Great Minds think alike” came from? I guess all you need to do is to consider when people use it. It usually involves two people who discover that they share the same views on a particular subject or go about the exact same way to solve a problem. It is a phrase that is the equivalent of an intellectual high five or slap on the back. It is saying, “Hey, you think just like I do, way to go!”
Having someone else agree with your way of doing things feels great, but is all this intellectual back slapping and high fiving really doing you any good if both of your great minds happen to be on the wrong track? If all you are really doing is blowing rainbows and butterflies up each other’s rear ends and not really getting anywhere creatively, then your like-mindedness cannot really be all that great can it?
We all have friends, which we begrudgingly call friends even though they happen to disagree with practically every single creative idea we come up with. These are the friends who seem to live to shoot down our creative thoughts, yet we generally end up listening to their point of view because lots of times, they do end up having a point. And, when these differently minded friends of ours move on or move away, we usually find ourselves missing them and all of their contradictory arguments. They might not have made us feel better about our original ideas, but their different views were generally fodder for better ideas.
When it comes to finding creative inspiration, it is sometimes better to engage in heated debate with people who do not share the exact point of view as you, then to listen to the useless sycophantic patter of someone thinks just like you do. If you choose to listen actively to someone who has a different point of view and do your best to understand where they are coming from, you might find yourself knocking down creative walls that your previous mindset could not find a way around.