20 Struggles Only Big Picture Thinkers Will Understand

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Big picture thinkers are innovative, perceptive, and creative. They’re often the ones who create the biggest changes in society.

But being a big picture thinker comes with its share of complications. If you’ve experienced the struggles below, chances are you yourself are a big picture thinker.



  1. Details are an annoying burden interfering with your master plan

You have visions to change the world, but you wish you didn’t have to dot every “I” and cross every “T”. To you, the details are an annoyance and a bother. Your big picture thinker brain just wants to create amazing innovations without actually hammering a nail into the wall.

  1. Trivial conversations are boring

You don’t understand why people talk about the weather and other trivialities. You want to talk about ways to change lives and revolutionise society. Because you’re such a big picture thinker you can’t handle it when everyone talks about trivial matters.

  1. You hate the world “Realistic”

So apparently people think you’re elaborate plans are unrealistic. But what the hell does “realism” have to do with life? Life’s for vision and passion, not for “realism”.

  1. Your dreams are often whole movies

You don’t so much dream as create whole universes in your head while you’re asleep. When you wake up and remember your dream it’s often as though the dream was more real than real life. But hey, your daydreams say a lot about you, so this is a good thing.

  1. Simple instructions are the hardest things

You’re given instructions to bake a really simple cake. But you don’t follow them. Instead you end up going off on a mad tangent and inventing a whole new way to eat. And speaking of a whole new way to eat, try this (click the link).

  1. You bite off more than you can chew

You’re so focused on reaching Z that you forget all about a, b, c and the rest.

  1. You leave a whirlwind of chaos behind you

You often go hell for leather trying to achieve your grand vision. Then you look behind yourself at all the mess and say, “Huh. Where’d all that lot come from”.

  1. You’d rather die than live without imagination

Imagination is worth more than gold to you, because it’s only through your imagination that you can create your lofty visions. You would be dead than live without it. Oh, and while we’re on the subject you can make your imagination even stronger by reading this (click link)

  1. Team work is virtually impossible

You don’t mind the idea of working in a team. But when you actually try and work with other people your ambitions and ideas get in the way. You end up becoming a team of one even though you had good intentions all along.

  1. If there’s no passion, the relationship is dead

Many people seem to get along fine in relationships that have become a little flat. You see married couples living routine lives all the time. But you could never live such a mundane existence. Your relationships are about passion and adventure.

  1. Other people won’t follow you

You’re far more daring and lofty than the average person. While other people love hearing about how you’re going to pack in your job to travel the world and discover enlightenment, no one seems willing to come with you.

  1. Simple is actually really really difficult

You can do the hardest things. If someone told you to build a cathedral with your bear hands, you’d probably be able to do that. But you couldn’t put an Ikea set together. You’d try, but you’d just get too bored to finish it.

  1. When someone tells you “you can’t” it puts a rocket up your butt

You secretly love it when people tell you that you can’t do something. When you hear those words your guy roars and you turn into a ferocious animal.

  1. People expect you to not do what you said you’d do

You like to say nice things and you like to do nice things. But you rarely do what you said you’d do. That’s because about two and a half minutes after saying something you get a much better idea.

  1. Your brain is actually exploding with ideas

There are times when you feel incredibly frustrated with your own mind. It just one stop coming up with ideas. You can’t finish one thing without having ideas about a million other things.

  1. You have a billion incomplete projects

You started to write a book, wrote one chapter, had a thought about another book, wrote one chapter of that, and kept going until now you have one hundred books all of which are one chapter long.

  1. It’s not “Arguing” it’s a heated debate

People cannot understand why you argue so darned much. But the thing is, you don’t think you’re arguing. You’re actually just having an in depth debate. You don’t know what everyone is so worked up about.

  1. If it’s in front of your nose you will never see it

There could be a million dollars sitting right under your nose but you would never see it. Instead, you would sit there, with a million dollars under your nose dreaming about having a million dollar under your nose. This actually makes life impossible, because you rarely see what you already have.

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  1. If it isn’t virtually impossible, it’s not worth it

You often wonder whether you’re brutally masochistic. That’s because you know for a fact that your life could be a hell of a lot easier. But some part of you is obsessed with challenges.

  1. You absolutely hate clichés

When you hear a cliché it makes you feel sick in the stomach. You just can’t understand why some people / artists are so painfully unoriginal. Don’t they have any vision at all, you wonder.

Big thinkers. They make the easy impossible and the impossible easy. They live in fantasy land while never understanding why people call them “unrealistic.”


So, does that sound like you? Are you a big picture thinker? Leave a comment. 


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