74 - Creative You: Using your personality type to thrive with David B. Goldstein

“My intention wasn’t to be an author. My intention was to share this idea.” - David B. Goldstein co-author Creative You

“My intention wasn’t to be an author. My intention was to share this idea.” - David B. Goldstein co-author Creative You

Hello and welcome to the 74th episode of The Spark & The Art creativity podcast. Thank you for subscribing to our weekly podcast, where we alternate between interviews with creative folks from all different career levels and insight and inspiration episodes. All with the intention you’ll get the inspiration you need to get your creative projects started and, more importantly, finished. 

I’m your host Tucker and this week is an interview with David B. Goldstein. David is co-author of a book called Creative You: Using your personality type to thrive. The book is based on the Myers-Briggs personality types and how they relate to creative work. I’ve read the book since finishing this interview and I’ll tell you with no word of a lie the INTP description could have been written by simply observing the way I work. I found it incredibly powerful to know that what I was previously seeing as weaknesses were in fact just a part of how I work. They allow my strengths to really shine through.

During our chat we, of course, talk about the book but we also talk about what lead to it’s inception. Like a lot of my guests David’s path to writing this book was very non-linear. Starting in university taking math heavy Imaging Sciences he then moved to getting an MBA to help him understand the business he was starting. During this time he was away from the art and creative pursuits he enjoyed as a kid and decided to take up watercolour. It was in one of these art classes where the spark for the book came from. 

Business, art, confidence and false confidence and the power of collaborative partners are the awesome topics I talk about today so I’m sure you’ll enjoy today’s chat with David B. Goldstein. 

Have you been wondering why, in your creative projects, certain things just don’t seem to change? It’s most likely based in your personality. It doesn’t mean you’re weak it just means you need to find those around you who can compliment your abilities. 

I’m an INTP in the Myers Briggs personality types. Which means I basically like to think about things and have, like the baby elephant’s child, an insatiable curiosity. If you’ve done a Myers Briggs assessment, or you’ve answered the 4 questions at the beginning of David’s book Creative You, I’d love it if you shared your style with me and whether you found it to be true or not. 

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IKlaatu left a rating and review and said “Love the guests and the talks every week. Very informative and great to listen to.” Thanks IKlaatu I appreciate that. What I also appreciate is that your name reminded me of an old Canadian power-pop band called Klaatu that wrote a song called Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft. This song was then covered by The Carpenters and the song quite often gets stuck in my head for no reason and now it’s in there again. I’ve linked to Klaatu and The Carpenters as well as other things we talked about in this episode in the show notes which can be found at TheSparkAndTheArt.com/74. 

Thanks for listening and remember: you won’t get the art without the work and you won’t do the work without the spark. 

Links for this episode

David B. Goldstein - http://davidbgoldstein.com

Creative You - http://davidbgoldstein.com/book-creative-you/

Otto Kroeger - http://www.ottokroeger.com

Exit through the gift shop - http://exitthroughthegiftshop.com

Klaatu - http://klaatutheband.com/about/about.php

Carpenters - http://www.richardandkarencarpenter.com

Klaatu - Calling Occupants - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9URM_5R-vWk

Carpenters - Calling Occupants - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teBV0EoJJY8