Why Do You Create?

Learning Outcome:

This exercise helps students assess understanding of why they create, knowledge of which can aide in how they exercise their creativity in entrepreneurship.

Answer this question:

Do you create:

1. Because you love your medium of artistry?


2. Because you desire to be creative?

In other words, is it the medium of artistry you practice that most motivates you or do you create because you feel you must be creative?

A number of years ago, having studied theatre in two of the country’s leading institutes for theatre education, SMU and Yale School of Drama, it dawned on me that acting was not my “be all/end all”, a realization that was startling to me, considering the passion I had for acting and the years of study I had accomplished. I found that I also loved to write, direct and produce. I also found a passion in creating theatrical masks, in incorporating world-theatrical styles into productions and in the creativity found in teaching. Later, I found terrific joy in the big-vision creation of entrepreneurship. What I found was not one interest and talent, but many. What I also found is that it is the act of creativity that most resonated for me, rather than the medium alone.

What is most important to you: the medium you participate in or the act of creativity?


Some do not initially recognize that entrepreneurship is a creative pursuit. As an entrepreneur, one creates jobs, economic stimulation, culture, value and sustainability. Entrepreneurship is big-vision creativity.

If one decides that creativity is their real goal in creating, the field of possibility is opened as to what one can do.

If you would like to use these games in your own classroom, please do! If you do, let me know how how it goes and if you have suggestions for modifying a game. 

I can be reached at jdhart@smu.edu. 

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Why Do You Create? by James David Hart is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


About James Hart

Jim Hart currently serves as Interim Chair of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship & Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts. Hart is also the founder of The International Theatre Academy Norway.
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