Ignore Everybody & 39 Other Keys to Creativity

1 - Ignore everybody. 2 - The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to change the world. 3 - Put the hours in. 4 - If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail. 5 - You are responsible for your own experience. 6 - Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. 7 - Keep your day job. 8 - Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity. 9 - Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb. 10 - The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props. 11 - Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether. 12 - If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you. 13 - Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside. 14 - Dying young is overrated. 15 - 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. 16 - The world is changing. 17 - Merit can be bought. Passion can’t. 18 - Avoid the Water-cooler Gang. 19 - Sing in your own voice. 20 - The choice of media is irrelevant. 21 - Selling out is harder than it looks. 22 - Nobody cares. Do it for yourself. 23 - Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time. 24 - Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually. 25 - You have to find your own schtick. 26 - Write from the heart. 27 - The best way to get approval is not to need it. 28 - Power is never given. Power is taken. 29 - Whatever choice you make, The Devil gets his due eventually. 30 - The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it. 31 - Remain frugal. 32 - Allow your work to age with you. 33 - Being Poor Sucks. 34 - Beware of turning hobbies into jobs. 35 - Savor obscurity while it lasts. 36 - Start blogging. 37 - Meaning Scales, People Don’t. 38 - When your dreams become reality, they are no longer your dreams.

Hugh MacLeod
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