You, the Creative+ (Creative Plus)

I love Dilbert as he seems to be able to explain the world in simple-to-understand terms, even the more complex nuances of human nature and culture.

And the recent “creative” comics have had me rolling even though they speak to stereotypes which sadly aren’t completely true, especially across the wide expanse of different “kinds” of creative types out there.

But I suppose that’s what makes them so darn humorous, right?

The thing with being a Creative is that we are, what I call, Creative+, that is, “Creative Plus,” being more than just a stereotypical creative person.

Especially bloggers (and TentBloggers) we have much more to offer than just a creative perspective – we’re entrepreneurs, web developers, designers, producers of content (and other media), Pastors, non-profit leaders, for-profit employees, managers, speakers, authors, business analysts, and so on.

We know the right answer of who we are way before they can even classify us.

The challenge is not giving into the pressure of stereotype and simply being who you were created to be, shamelessly and proudly. It just so happens that we (blogger) are simply blogging our creative-ness wherever we are.

Call me whatever you want but don’t just label me as a Creative because I’m so much more than that; and so are you.

  • Christopher

    lol … grrrr

  • Steve Fogg

    I am unashamed to say that cartoon sounds like me ;-)

    I have to do accounts every quarter and it drives me batty.

  • Nathan W. Bingham

    Love that second cartoon!

  • Brian Alexander

    Dude, John you hit the nail on the head.

    Creative+ is the topic for my next paper. Don’t worry! I’ll cite the blog and yourself as the source of this coinage.

  • Dustin W. Stout

    Lol wow… I feel like I need to re-brand an entire category on my blog now from “Creativity” to “Creativity+”.

    Great stuff John!

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  • Charles Specht

    What a creative blog, John. Very creative. Why, that must make you a creative person. :)

  • David

    I think that the first strip doesn’t make fun of creative people, but of people who like to say “I am a creative person” with that air implying that they think they’re special or something.
    Real creative people rarely say that.
    My two cents.

    • John Saddington

      oh, i didn’t think it was necessarily making fun either. just had me thinking!

  • Kristin

    To be totally fair, I am bad at math, lol :)

  • Jay Schwartz

    Carl Jung: “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” … math skills notwithstanding :P

    • John Saddington

      oh, i like that.

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  • Daquan Wright

    I understand what you mean. I’m creative, always loved my art classes. :)

    Not only is my concentration in ui design/app development, I’m going to master mathematics and physics. ;)

    • John Saddington

      why not, right?

  • Alexander H.


    I remember for a lot of years thinking I was totally creatively retarded. I was your classic kid who got decent grades, was relatively athletic, and just went through school and life with “good grades” and being a “good kid.” All those, I think, are just another word for what people think is relatively normal or expected of a youth.

    Later on I guess people started noticing that I produced some pretty cool ideas that challenged the way people thought and work…

    I guess there’s a lot of forms of creativity, but even to this day I still associate creativity with art for some reason. What’s up with that?

    Also, as a cool little quote: I was at a teacher’s conference a few years back and the keynote speaker opened his lecture with this quote:

    “Creativity is the highest form of intelligence.”

    • John Saddington

      love this!

  • Phillip Gibb

    oh dear, I used to like calling myself creative especially in solving problems. So now I am just … no, I will stand up and stack my claim. Bam.

    • John Saddington


  • Dewitt Robisnon

    I had to check this post out. I’m grinding through the BlogX 90 day journey again. This helps…thanks John!

    • John Saddington

      sure thing dewitt!