How to be creative

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Posted on: 2005-12-03 02:29:53 , Updated on: 2017-02-13 16:41:00 How to be creative

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