Stating the Oblivious
I’ve been on a self-help kick (I’ve been on this kick for like 10 years) and checked out every single book at the Library by marketing/business/life guru Seth Godin. I finished (devoured) a few of them and they were really pretty great. You know, very inspirational and all of that. I now know for instance, that my “Lizard Brain” is what is keeping me from reaching my full potential in life, and it wants to keep me down. I think that about solves most of my issues. One of Godin’s books, titled Linchpin, had a motivating little list in the back of the book by cartoonist Hugh MacLeod. Hugh has his own motivational little book on creativity that expands further on each of these principles called Ignore Everybody. Here they are:
Sing in your own voice. Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually. Being poor sucks. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb. Start blogging. The choice of media is irrelevant. Write from the heart. The best way to get approval is not to need it. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether. Savor obscurity while it lasts. You are responsible for your own experience. Power is never given. Power is taken. Nobody Cares. Do it for yourself. Whatever choice you make, the Devil gets his due eventually. Beware of turning hobbies into jobs. Worrying about “commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t. When your dreams become reality, they are no longer your dreams. Allow your work to age with you. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you. Dying young is overrated. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside. The most important thing that 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. Everyone is creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity. The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it. Selling out it harder than it looks. You have to find your own schtick. The world is changing. Avoid the water cooler gang. Put the hours in. Meaning scales, people don’t. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.