Following up on my previous post about creativity, I read a ChangeThis Manifesto by Hugh MacLeod, How To Be Creative. Here are some of the quotes that made me think...
"Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships, that is why good ideas are always initially resisted.
The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to change the world.
Doing anything worthwhile takes forever. 90% of what separates successful people and failed people is time, effort, and stamina. Put the hours in; do it for long enough and magical, life-transforming things happen eventually.
Being good at anything is like figure skating—the definition of being good at it is being able to make it look easy. But it never is easy. Ever. Thatʼs what the stupidly wrong people conveniently forget.
Itʼs NOT doing it when you know you full well you HAD the opportunity—that hurts FAR more than any failure.
Every kid underestimates his competition, and overestimates his chances. Every kid is a sucker for the idea that thereʼs a way to make it without having to do the actual hard work.
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.
In order to navigate The New Realities you have to be creative—not just within your particular profession, but in EVERYTHING. Your way of looking at the world will need to become ever more fertile and original.
Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.
The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does.
Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
Trying to create when you donʼt feel like it is like making conversation for the sake of making conversation. Itʼs not really connecting, itʼs just droning on like an old, drunken barfly.
Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you wonʼt. Itʼs that simple.
Intimacy doesnʼt scale. Not really. Intimacy is a one-on-one phenomenon."