For years we have heard that what you believe will determine how well you will succeed in life.
So every year, people diligently attempt to change their beliefs to ones that favor their success and limit their failure.
There is an entire industry that supports that cause.
“You are what you believe,” is advertised with the certainty of a great mathematician adding two and two, or a great French chef adding just the right amount of garlic to an order of Escargot.
Yet, with all the hoopla, the premise is simply not true.
I know that just entertaining the idea that your beliefs do not form your reality is heresy to people in the belief business. But, one wonders if any of those folks have ever read the biographies of some of the most accomplished people in history.
If they had, and if they could put their belief about beliefs aside for a minute and objectively rethink the dynamics that are in play, they would find that the most successful, accomplished, innovative, and creative people did not have positive attitudes and thoughts, hardly ever thought that well of themselves, and were not filled with a heightened sense of self-love.
The most common human trait was a sense of doubt, a lack of personal esteem and confidence, and a pronounced lack of a belief in themselves. Instead, they cared about what they were creating. They were in a different business than the belief business. They were in the creating business.
Shall we go down the list?: Mahatma Gandhi, Beethoven, Georgia O’Keefe, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Elvis, Helen Keller, Madonna, Mother Teresa, Babe Ruth, both Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Walt Disney, Shakespeare, William James, Carl Jung, Fred Astaire, Chuck Yeager, Dori Day, Yogi Berra, Clint Eastwood, Mohammad Ali, Mozart, Miles Davis, Louis Pasteur, Ben Franklin, and on and on.
Maybe you respect a few people on this list. Well, guess what? They didn’t have high self-esteem. They thought all kinds of things about God, politics, economics, philosophy, religion, the world, the universe. What they believed was IRRELEVANT to their creative process.
Continued in his article The Belief Business vs the Creating Business.
Robert Fritz is a composer, filmmaker and organizational consultant; founder of Technologies For Creating® and author of “The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life.”
He was a presenter in a smARTist Telesummit Home Study Edition – the professional development conference for visual artists.
Morty Lefkoe on personal growth without needing positive beliefs. – “I never looked for additional techniques that might enable people to get the new beliefs to “stick” because I decided early on that it was more important for people to realize they were the creator of their lives, than they were a “healthier or better creation.”
Talented and insecure. – Over the years of reading biographies and interviews with many highly talented and creative people, it has often struck me how many of them talk about being self-critical and having poor self-esteem. For example, writer Larry Kane commented about his bio on the musician, “People would be surprised at how insecure John Lennon was, and his lack of self esteem.”