Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs for Creatives

Thank you everyone for entering my contest (there is still time to enter in the draw – just post a message on yesterdays blogpost). I am very grateful to everyone who left their name along with ideas. I began to e-mail and thank everyone but got pretty overwhelmed with the response so just know that I appreciate each and everyone of you!

Interview with Kimberly Wilson

My interview with Kimberly Wilson at Tranquility du Jour  is now up if you’d like to have a listen to the podcast. Thank you so much Kimberly for taking the time to talk with me!

I just created the above illustration this morning to get my point across. Have you heard of   Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? Maslow studied successful and productive people to find the magical elixir to their success. He found that they were creative in many aspects of their lives, are objective and have a strong moral ethic. He noticed that they focused most of their attention on their mission in life. They could do this because their basic needs were already met otherwise they’d be spending most of their attention to surviving and thriving.

Now I used to feel guilty when my Mom and Stepfather would tell me that I think too much….that they had it WAY worse than I did in life and they did not wonder “Am I fulfilling my destiny? Am I doing what I came here to do?”. My Mom was quite poor as a child often relying on the kindness of the church and a social worker to help them out with food and secondhand clothing. Do you ever wonder how lentil soup became my favourite food? Well my grandmother was widowed and as a result became quite poor. She was given bags of dried lentils from the church. There were rocks in the bag and sometimes they would wind up in the soup. My mom (unaware that they were poor) would make a game out of who found the most rocks in their soup!!! Later on my Mom would make us lentil soup as she knew that it was good – stick – to – your – ribs food! I ended up loving it!

As a young boy my stepfather Reinhard (Ron) living in Berlin would witness horrors during the war – burned out downed airplanes with the pilots still in them, bombings where they had to go into the basements of houses and were instructed to leave their mouths open as the bombs rained down. They also picked up live grenades and blew them up in a fire! Good grief, can you imagine the horror?

I realize that my Mom and Stepfather were operating from the lower levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy – they were trying to survive so never got to the place where they wondered what their mission was and what they came here to do. They never did get to the part where they could become self-actualized. Like me many of you are beyond the stages of having to focus on our basic needs. We have the luxury of finding out what really makes us happy, what gives us juice and makes us want to get out of bed in the morning!

What gives you juice? What do you love to do? Focus your energy on that and take small steps towards fulfilling your dreams!

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