Be More Creative if You Want to Save the World

by Marlene De Bleyker

Scrolling through his artwork on stage, Willie Baronet, artist and Southern Methodist University professor, spoke about how being creative will make you happy. He said, “Being creative can be scary because people might judge me, it’s scary and it can be frustrating.”

However, he points to research showing that creative people are more confident, courageous and passionate than those who are not. Moreover, he believes that creativity will save the world through art, or foreign policy, or a new hat. Everything requires creativity.

As a professor he teaches his students to be kind to themselves while embracing fear and failure, which he says is necessary. He closes by saying that unless you take a risk and become more creative you will never know the impact you will have. Trust the process and take the next step.


  • Raquel Vincent is a Dallas-based creative with a knack for words and inspired creative direction. When she's not working, you can find Raquel hitting a gallery opening, working on her book, or thrifting for unforgettable vintage finds. She loves music festivals, tacos, and her rescue cat Berlioz.

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