And Now, for Your Pleasure, The Creativity Gap

Oh, wait, that’s not pleasurable at all.

Although for those of us who so often feel driven by demons to create/write/paint/you-name-it, such a gap might bring us just the teeniest bit of…relief.

If you agree with that, you can stop reading now. But if you want to create gaplessly, read on:


The Truth About Having Time to Create
by Jeffrey Davis

Why don’t we create as much as we want? What’s the one thing that keeps most Americans from being able to create?

If you look at the results from the research firm StrategyOne, you will get one part of the story. The firm surveyed 5,000 adults – 1,000 each in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan – in 2012 about their attitudes and beliefs toward creativity and published the results in the state of create study.

The firm identifies what it calls The Creativity Gap.

85% of Americans surveyed believe that creativity is key to driving economic growth. Two-thirds believe that being creative is valuable to society. 75% value their own creativity in resolving personal and professional problems.

But here’s where it gets interesting: Only 25% feel they live up to their creative potential.


You could blame our educational system – certainly an easy target that Sir Ken Robinson, filmmakers, and others have turned into a mission. You could blame the recession and work environment as many respondents noted that they’re being asked to be more productive than creative at work these days.

But here’s the key question: Which of the following are your biggest challenges to being able to create? Please select all that apply.

  • Self-doubt?
  • Other Personal Obligations?
  • Other Work Obligations?
  • Not Enough Time?
  • Money?
  • Your Age?

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