While most of the roadblocks to creativity really come from within, the outside world has enough obstacles and temptations to knock you off track. Sometimes this reads like a grocery list:
Lack of time. Shortage of money. Naysayers. Criticism. Too many rules. Gatekeepers. Standardization. The devil made me do it. Dogma. Focus groups. Conspiracies of the day. Corporate culture. Fluorescent lights. Lack of recognition. The opposite sex. Demanding family members and friends. That enough for you?
The question remains, though. How many of these are honest-to-goodness obstacles, and how many are merely convenient excuses?