What Is The Creatives’ End Game?


What’s An End Game?

I was watching baseball with my son the other day and the home team didn’t seem to have a strategy other than don’t let them score a lot of runs.

This bothered me the more I thought about it. If a Major League team can’t come up with a strategy to win the game how many people out there are doing the same thing?

I know we all spin our wheels every once in a while, but this team has had a drought longer than anyone. It seems they have no End Game.

An End Game is the point where everything you’ve planned for and practicing for comes to fruition. You find yourself in the place you worked hard for.

Our End Game is something we think about like it’s a long ways off, but what if it doesn’t have to be? What if we can create our plan through daily focus and rituals that can get us to our End Game?

Think about that for a minute. What if everything we’re working toward can come faster and all it takes is a little effort?

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. ~ Steve Jobs

Who Makes The World?

Some people think of working until retirement as their end game. There are those of us who want something more than retirement. We’re the ones that make the world better. We’re the ones who make things happen. We are the artists, writers, inventors and creators that have always pushed the envelope of what is “supposed” to be and turned it on its head.

As others stand around and decide what to do with this or that, the creators of the world take it away and say, you need to try this. Without the creative people in the world we would have no Steve Jobs, Einstein, Edison, Dali, Shakespeare, Bradbury, Hawking.

The Mona Lisa would never have been painted, we’d still be living in the dark dragging things around, but we, the creatives made fire, the wheel and other things, like gunpowder. Without gunpowder the politicians wouldn’t have as their wars.

We changed the world while the politicians argued over it. Our End Game is to create things, and make them better. Whether it is writing, painting, science, or engineering.

We do more than simply live in the world around us, we create it.

What do you consider your End Game for your creative outlet? Answer in the comments.

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One Response to What Is The Creatives’ End Game?

  1. Many painters will tell you that their art/painting is never done…there’s no end…..it may get put aside – or sold – or ripped apart…but few are ever “TaDa! FINISHED!”
    Writing is also a bit like that….no end in sight – always tinkering/editing
    End game (Like Ender’s Game) is open ended.
    To be ended? That would indicate perfection? – or nothingness? (that’s grim)
    The enders are only beginning (and the others don’t understand yet….but will catch up eventually…)
    Sorry about the rambling – you have only yourself to blame: thoughtful post

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