Erik Wahl on Bringing Structure to Creativity

When was the last time you let your imagination run wild? Erik Wahl, graffiti artist, speed painter, speaker and author of The Spark and the Grind, is on a mission to demystify the perceptions we have about creative people—because we’re all inherently creative. Wahl sits down with’s Shelby Skrhak to discuss how creative people can market their brands and develop the necessary discipline and structure for creative ideas to flourish.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the June 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.

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  • We all are inherently creative. We just have to learn how to tap into our inner dreamer. Learn how Wahl is bridging the gap.
  • The term ‘starving artists’ implies that creatives don’t understand how to market themselves. Listen in to hear why bringing structure to your creative style can solve this problem without drowning your creative expression.
  • Routine doesn’t have to be the death of creativity. Learn why routine is critical to giving you the freedom to create.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“Emotional intelligence is about expanding our consciousness. It’s about becoming self-aware. It’s about understanding other people’s narrative, understanding our own cognitive biases. Maybe I don’t feel creative; maybe I view myself more as a numbers guy. It’s stepping outside of our immediate narrative and being able to look at our situation with emotional intelligence.”

—Erik Wahl

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Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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