How to be creative

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The man who draws cartoons on the backs of business cards, explains how to be creative:

So you want to be more creative, in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years:

– Ignore everybody.
– Creativity is its own reward.
– Put the hours in.
– If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.
– You are responsible for your own experience.
– Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.
– Keep your day job.
– Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.
– Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.
– The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.
– Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.
– If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.
– Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.
– Dying young is overrated.
– The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.
– The world is changing.
– Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.
– Avoid the Watercooler Gang.
– Sing in your own voice.
– The choice of media is irrelevant.
– Selling out is harder than it looks.
– Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
– Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time.
– Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.
– You have to find your own schtick.
– Write from the heart.
– The best way to get approval is not to need it.
– Power is never given. Power is taken.
– Whatever choice you make, The Devil gets his due eventually.
– The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.

Source: Hugh Macleod

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