The Key to Greatness is Expression

by Brian

Writer“What makes an writer a great writer?” I asked myself in a recent journal entry. I’ve been working on my writing skills. Technically everyone’s a writer, every time you use a keyboard you’re writing something. I see writing as thinking on paper; the thoughts in my mind cause my fingertips to move and press letters, turning them into words that I combine into sentences.

My thinking patterns cause my writing skills.

I have been given the greatest gift.

My ability to think and perceive the world around me gives me the unique ability to recognize patterns, learn previously unknown skills, develop incredible talents and take the quality of my life to unlimited levels.

My present moment perception is a result of every experience that has happened to me up to this moment. Each experience, every decision, every person that has been a part of my life has been an essential piece of my puzzle. Had one experience in my life happened differently I wouldn’t be writing this article in this moment. My present moment experience is constructed out of each one of my perfect past experiences.

Most of the brains cells are formed before birth, but most of the connections among cells are made during infancy and early childhood. Early experience and interaction with the environment are most critical in a child’s brain development. The outside world shapes the child’s development by the child becoming conscious of its environment through it’s 5 senses, the ability to see, touch, taste, hear and smell.

The brain’s development depends directly on the environment it is raised in. A baby born in China will have a brain that develops and wires itself to interact with it’s environment – which means to understand Chinese culture, language and tradition. A baby born in America will have a brain that replicates and connects cells to interact with it’s environment – which would mean to understand American culture, language and tradition.

The brain is given genetic cells and after birth hardwires itself to connect with it’s environment.

Why does a Chinese baby speak Chinese?

Why does he grow up to have Chinese cultural norms? In the young years of a child’s life their brain connects cells that allow them to interact with their environment. The environment that a child is born into shapes his perception of the world, because his brain must intelligently wire itself to interact with his environment. If the child is to survive, he must learn how to communicate with his environments to acquire his wants and needs.


Our norms are in line with the culture around us. Being born in Canada means that you drive on the right hand side of the road. Being born in the U.K. means you drive on the left side of the road. That’s not to say there’s a “right” and a “wrong” side of the road to drive on, but people in each individual culture are raised to accept their cultural norms as “right”. In the culture we’re born into there are individual sub-cultures (families) that each individual child is born into.

But… we do not choose the family that we are born into. It’s almost as if some are born and destined to be great and others are pointed in the direction of contentment at best. As we age though we come into a power of our own, a power that was given to us at birth but we couldn’t fully exercise around people who taught us how to live. The power to make decisions about who we are and what we want to be becomes more apparent as we age.

My environment was an essential catalyst in the formation of my thinking patterns. The decision making pattern I possess is completely unique and no person will ever be able to replicate my exact experience or my exact mind; for no person has lived the experiences I have in the sequence that they happened.

You have been blessed with the ability to create, imagine, discover, explore, problem solve, innovate, and love. The power you yield inside of your mind is strong. It’s amazing, astounding, revolutionary, incredible. It has the power to move mountains, repair broken relationships, assist another human being’s quality of life and take your own quality of life to unlimited levels.

Express Your Perception

Often times we stifle our ability to create, innovate, problem solve, discover and explore in fear of failure. Often times I forget how unique my perception is because I spend so much time thinking about the quality of another individual’s perception, or doubting the quality of my own.

Fight ClubThe truth is that we are all unique snowflakes.

You, me and each individual that lives has a completely unique set of experiences that has lead them to this moment right now. That set of experiences gives them an incredibly profound perspective that no other individual has, for their experiences can see something completely different than your experiences, or my experiences can.

Your perspective is the most unique piece of art on this earth, and you are the only one that possesses it. You are the only one who has lived through your experiences in the exact order and sequence that you have. Find a way to share your experiences with the world. Refuse to be stifled, insist on expressing yourself whether that be through art, music, dance, or any other creative medium.

So what makes a great artist? A great writer? A great musician? Anybody who has ever been great at anything has always been willing to express their perception. Full force, no matter what anyone thinks of them, the purest utmost form of expression. Each pure expression is a piece of art in itself, for each expression tells a story of a unique set of experiences that people have never heard or seen before.

Let your voice be heard, it is the only voice of it’s kind.

About Brian
Brian is a firm believer in living in the present. Brian lives his life by the philosophy “Act for the future, not because of the past.” He is a passionate writer, a sober socialite and aspires to be a positive influence to everyone he interacts with. Read more about Brian here.

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Karim Saleh July 12, 2012 at 4:29 am

Amazing piece Brian! Great how you’ve broken it down! There are so many ways of expressing ourselves and its crazy that at some point so many of us stopped being expressive.

I love that you are going after your dreams and I wish you the best! Keep writing!! 🙂

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