I built new shutters for my house last year.
My old ones were vinyl shutters with fake louvres, purchased from a hardware store. (“Vinyl” sounds better than “plastic.”)
I bought lumber and built new ones. I painted them black. The new shutters attach two boards, and feature a diamond shape in the middle.
Very cute, you must admit.
It shows I’m creative. But cute shutters don’t qualify me as eminently creative.
Picasso changed the way we think about painting. He never made cute shutters. Picasso would have endured living in a home with vinyl shutters, rather than be distracted from his calling.
Eminent creatives are different from every-day creatives. I discuss this in my upcoming book, Glitchy People Save the World. But if you’re interested, you can check out research on the issue, such as Sylvia, et al. (2011) or Batey & Furnham (2006).
If I need to replace shutters in the future, I’ll outsource it to professionals.
Batey, M., & Furnham, A. (2006). Creativity, intelligence, and personality: A critical review of the scattered literature. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 132, 355–429
Silvia, P. J., Kaufman, J. C., Reiter-Palmon, R., & Wigert, B. (2011). Cantankerous creativity: Honesty–Humility, Agreeableness, and the HEXACO structure of creative achievement. Personality and Individual Differences, 51(5), 687-689. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.06.011