This is how this blog started - with a post in my LiveJournal Blog . As I began to expand these points I realised that they might be better in a more focused context - the LJ blog is generally quite visual and chatty and disorganised. So - here is my current list. The expansion of each point will follow. For those who got up to point 10 on Livejournal - there are a few changes. Change is good. Mostly.
How to be Creative (with a big C) and Survive and be Successful
- Take risks – even big ones.
- Don’t worry about starting in a small, modest and slightly embarrassing way.
- Accept you’ll be laughed at. Welcome it as a good sign.
- Work hard. Then work harder.
- Forget the “exit strategy”. If exiting is that important to you, maybe you shouldn’t have gone into it in the first place.
- Don’t moan, don’t blame.
- Let some things go - that might include your own sense of your own identity.
- Think. Even a little bit, but regularly.
- Don't cling to your day job. Those shackles are holding you back, not keeping you safe.
- Don’t confuse creativity with novelty.
- Don't expect someone to save you from the big, bad world. Protectionism has never worked.
- Find a few people you trust. Use them mercilessly - and let them use you just as much.
- Avoid all the people who would rather pull you back. If you can't avoid them, hum loudly while they're talking to you.
- Don't believe other people’s hype and spin unless you can see clear evidence.
- It usually takes years – don’t merely accept that, welcome it and love what time brings.
- If you find yourself nodding off while talking about your work – either you’re up far too late or you’re doing the wrong thing.
- Look to the future constantly. But understand that you can’t predict it.
- If it’s cool and fashionable – run from it before it eats you up.
- Don’t worry about what happens after the current project. Long before you get there, you’ll know.
- You remember that silly, unrealistic dream you had when you were twenty-one? Now just might be the time to chase it.
- Get a “feel” for recognising clearly what your best work really is – regardless of what others think.
- Don’t buy (with your few pennies) into the starving artist myth. Unless, that is, you really, really want to starve.
- Talk to people. Listen to customers. Then make your own decision.
- Know that you can do it. You can do it.