18 Quotes That Will Shift Your Creative Perspective

Nik Goodner
Writer + Creator of CRTVCHURCH

Published 06/11/18

Sometimes when dealing with creative fatigue, we can find ourselves needing a little boost of inspiration. Something that will liven the spirit and give us a little extra ‘umph’ to finish the day, a project, or even get started.

We thought it best to offer that up with our favorite quotes from around our creative community!


1. Find Your Purpose:

“Whatever ticks you off the most is what you’re designed to fix…”

— John Sam Daugherty


2. Less Is More:

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

— Charles Mingus




3. Choose Your Words:

“Here’s a little lesson I’ve learned over the years: If everything is awesome, nothing is awesome. In other words, you can’t have peaks without valleys, so when you say everything is awesome, your words start to lose value with your audience.”

— Whitney George


4. Build Structure:

“Creativity emerges out of order, not chaos.”

— Ed Young


5. Connect The Dots:

“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, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”

— Steve Jobs


6. Dedicate Yourself:

“If a man does not work passionately - even furiously - at being the best in the world at what he does, he fails his talent, his destiny, and his God.”

— George Lois


7. Search For Inspiration Everywhere:

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light, and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery, celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.”

— Jim Jarmusch


8. Find Your Purpose:

“Every human being is searching for a deep sense of meaning, and yet we’re all chasing success. We’ve confused one for the other.”

— Donald Miller




9. Find Your Meaning:

“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”

— Bob Goff


10. Accept Critique:

“You are not your idea, and if you identify too closely with your ideas, you will take offense when they are challenged.”

— Ed Catmull


11. Accept Self Doubt:

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

— Steven Pressfield


12. Don’t Compare:

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is that we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

— Steven Furtick


13. Don’t Compete:

“I’ve never felt any sense of competition with anybody, and we’re all friends; we’re all good friends.”

— Jim Henson




14. Serve Others:

“If you’re too big to serve, you’re too small to lead.”

— Rich Wilkerson Jr.


15. Choose Wisely:

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.


16. Hustle:

“Vision is easy. Ideas are even easier. It’s the execution that separates the amateurs from the pros.”

— Blaine Hogan


17. Center Yourself:

“Once you are rooted in the truth, your vision cannot be obscured by a lie.”

— Chari Orozco


18. Empower Others:

As creatives, we should empower other creatives to be confident in who they are and what they create.

— Nik Goodner


Nik Goodner

Nik is a content creator living in Orlando, Florida. In 2015, he and his wife, Lydia, founded CRTVCHURCH to bring fellow church creators together. You can hear Nik every week on the CRTVCHURCH Podcast. 


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