Hugh MacLeod’s work was one of my first posts initiating my new position within new-laden land of the blog-o-sphere.
Well, I’ve recently discovered his manifesto on How To Be Creative. The value of authenticity and hard work are often shoved in the closet for a shortcut and it’s heartbreaking to see this happen to fellow human beings. This manifesto is a definite read for those who:
- Find themselves bitching around the watercooler (stop hanging w/crowds)
- Have relinquished their creative sovereignty (be true to yourself)
- Believe they will suddenly be discovered (your plan is already doomed)
- Don’t understand the balance of the ‘sex & cash’ theory (don’t quit your day job)
- Refuse to acknowledge the existence of their private Mt Everest (everyone has one)
- Use fancy props as a crutch (needing state-of-the-art _(fill in blank)_ to accomplish x)
- Adopted another’s business plan as their own (our paths are not the same)
- Compare themselves to others (practice = authenticity)
- Insist drugs & booze make better artists (never a happy ending)
- Underestimate competition & overestimate personal chances (hardwork = reward)
- Are married to the medium for the wrong reasons (payments to Satan aren’t cheap)
- Seek inspiration in a vacuum (the creative block needs fuel)
and need help in understanding the challenges and rewards of being creative.