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Saturday, December 03, 2005 10:30 AM
How to Be Creative
Anita Sharpe on Creativity

There is a great piece on the Omidyar Network on creativity, written by Hugh McCloud. (Thanks to Cynthia Gentry for the alert.)

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 Watercooler 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.



2 comments

Janet Auty-Carlisle - 12/4/2005 11:07:15 PM
I love this! Best thing I have ever done is forget what anybody told me about not knowing how to do things and not being good enough to do whatever it was. I am not a great artist, I am not a great writer and I am not a great musician. BUT....I love to play guitar...I love to carry it with me and start singing to a crowd, I love to write poems...and stories...(see http://livinglavidafearless.blogstream.com) and I love to draw and craft things. I will never, ever make money at these things and I don't care. I once had a teacher in grade four tell me I would never learn how to draw because I chose to colour the sun a different colour! Drop the rules, colour the sun purple or orange or purple and orange...and just have fun with it! Living la vida fearless, Jan www.tobeyourbest.net
Josh Kaufman - 12/3/2005 4:15:29 PM
The author is actually Hugh MacLeod of GapingVoid.com. You can find the extended version of his list at http://www.gapingvoid.com/Moveable_Type/archives/000932.html

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