(Drive is such a complex and multidimensional word, we must only select one of its more than eight meanings in the noun form of the word)
- An urgent, basic, or instinctual need
- An impelling culturally acquired concern, interest, or longing
- Dynamic quality
- 7th definition, Merriam Webster Online Dictionary
Drive; A simple word, five letters, and one-syllable with tremendous meaning and impact. We use the word 'Drive' for the third pillar with creative license because it suits our needs poetically, symbolically, and technically. While we selected the noun form of Drive for its definition, we ultimately use the word Drive because it implies action. Drive is an action that exists in the unseen before it is seen, even to the subject.
Two moments matter most in the creative process: The start and the finish. Both require Drive, but they each run on a different kind of energy.
The start of a creative process is a spark, similar to the ignition process in an automobile. No matter the size of the action, this spark is a reaction of two colliding phenomena: Purpose and Resolve.
Combining the reason for doing something (purpose) and the commitment to do that thing (resolve) result in that thing getting done. In the context of Creative Power, we see the ingredients of purpose and resolve as the keys to getting Drive started. They are the unseen parts of Drive that result in the seen action that the world benefits from. One without the other creates no catalyst. They are both required.
Resolve is a matter of discipline and confidence. It is a practice. You only get more resolve by practicing resolve. Too often we think we have to be in the right mood to act when exactly the opposite is true. We improve our mood when we demonstrate the resolve to fulfill our purpose.
One’s purpose for being is rarely revealed quickly. Typically, one's purpose must be sought after, contemplated, wrestled with, and drafted over and over again until it resonates. This is why dedicating time to developing one's purpose for being (with the acceptance that it may evolve) is so important. It refines an essential ingredient of your Drive, and without it, your Creative Power will be intermittent, dull, and unfocused. (I find the Ikigai model to be useful in determining one's purpose.)
Finishing a creative process uses a different kind of energy from starting. Ideally, you are already in motion, so you have momentum. You still use your purpose and your resolve, but now rather than creating a spark, you use them to steer and re-engage over and over again until you complete your initiative. Energetically, Creative Power works like a flywheel. Once you generate momentum, it propels you, and your job shifts from ignition to directing the energy with your purpose as a filter and maintaining the momentum through your practice.
Without Drive, there is no action, and Creative Power exists only as potential. This philosophy is designed to be practiced, and understanding how to leverage Drive is key to experiencing Creative Power rather than just intellectually contemplating it.
For these reasons, our value that stems from the pillar of Drive is:
Drive never ends when one's work creates value and is a source of happiness.