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Saturday, 25 June, 2022

High Mavericks!

High Mavericks! Aldous Huxley, Jim Morrison, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ernest Hemingway… the list of famous artists who used drugs and/or alcohol to see the world differently is long. (For example,we could include the entire Beatles for instance!).

But drugs don’t make you different. They open doors (see what I did there?) to new perspectives by allowing an entirely new set of experiences… experiences that are not widely shared. They take your normal set of guardrails offline… your judgement, your fear, your expectations all get ditched and burnt… and then you experience all sorts of amazing things.

But this in itself is worth very little if you don’t do anything with those perspectives and experiences. Sure, you’ll have some interesting philosophical dinner conversations, but you’re not going to change the world.

And, your opinions, perspectives and beliefs are only things that you CHOOSE to hold onto. You don’t have to. You could just as easily choose to suspend or discard them.

What that long list of artists ALSO has in common is that all of them had uncommonly high skills sets which they spent a lot of time perfecting.

The combination of a willingness to experience the unknown AND new perspectives AND high skills is the cocktail that leads to outrageous, game-changing new ideas.

But new experiences are as common as mud. All you have to do is leave your office and go travel; enter a slum; go snorkelling; read a book about a subject outside your knowledge base; have a conversation with someone from another sexual/gender orientation than your own. In short, you just need to acquire experiences that are new or different to what you already have.

All that is standing in your way of being the next game-changing Black Swan is yourself: Your attachment to how you currently see the world based on what you currently know.

You can’t un-know what you know. So once you learn new things, they will change how you think and how you see. This is what people fear when they say they fear change. It’s not the change out there they fear but how that will change THEM… in short, they are scared of losing the self that they currently identify with.

High creatives and Mavericks, on the other hand, identify with the self in a more flexible, adaptable way… hence the willingness to break rules and have new experiences.

High Mavericks!

You don’t need drugs to act like a maverick and learn amazing new things. You just have to act differently from the way you have up until now and put yourself in the way of new ideas, experiences and perspectives. Once you start doing that regularly, the rest happens on its own accord.

You will change.
But you have changed a lot since you were born.
What makes you so certain where you are now is the endpoint?
Let it go.
All you have to lose is your current identity!

David Chislett
David Chisletthttps://davidchislett.com
David Chislett is a speaker, trainer and writer who has been working in the creative fields since 1994. He aims to change the world by helping people and organisations tap into their inherent capacity for creativity. David believes that Creativity holds the answers to many of the social and economic ills of our world and hopes to help more people discover their own options and choices by accessing their ability to create them. David is also a working poet and publishes work regularly on https://www.patreon.com/davidchislett. To learn more about his training and speaking offerings, head over to https://davidchislett.com


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