The Truth About The Lies.
In my short creative career, and in fact my whole life, I sought to be original. My first impulse has always been: "I'll take a look on some references of super original artists." And, shit, those were the fastest auto-kills of my life.
Nonetheless, I kept seeking this originality and, to this day, it failed to appear.
Frustrated, I went through books until I found a pretty famous one: Steal Like an Artist.
When I was done, I thought, "Damn, this dude gets me!" which instantly became "Poor man, he's screwed as well". But he wrote a great book and, as any good writer, he stole from many others.
Back on my quest for originality, I stumbled upon Yohji Yamamoto, a kickass fashion designer, and he spat this one out:
"Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy You will find yourself."
Then it clicked to me. I've been practicing oriental martial arts for many years and they all share this philosophy of perfection through repetition.
I managed to link something that was lying in a sterile field in my mind, which was creativity, with something I've lived with my body for a long time - of which the results I could see and feel.
Conclusion: Definitely the parallel between the creative process and martial arts self-development cannot be original. But it surely is a sound starting point for figuring out many things.