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Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
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“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“Writer's block is just a symptom of feeling like you have nothing to say, combined with the rather weird idea that you should feel the need to say something. Why? If you have something to say, then say it. If not, enjoy the silence while it lasts. The noise will return soon enough.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“They're only crayons. You didn't fear them in Kindergarten, why fear them now?”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“Nobody can tell you if what you’re doing is good, meaningful or worthwhile. The more compelling the path, the more lonely it is. ”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“You have to find your own shtick. A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. Hemingway always sounds like Hemingway. A Beethoven symphony always sounds like a Beethoven symphony. Part of being a master is learning how to sing in nobody else's voice but your own.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“If you’re creative, if you can think independently, if you can articulate passion, if you can override the fear of being wrong, then your company needs you more than it ever did. And now your company can no longer afford to pretend that isn’t the case. So dust off your horn and start tooting.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“If your business plan depends on suddenly being "discovered" by some big shot, your plan will probably fail. Nobody suddenly discovers anything. Things are made slowly and in pain.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“It's good to be young and full of dreams. Dreams of one day doing something 'insanely great.' Dreams of love, beauty, achievement, and contribution. But understand they have a life of their own, and they're not very good at following instructions. Love them, revere them, nurture them, respect them, but don't ever become a slave to them. Otherwise you'll kill them off prematurely, before they get the chance to come true.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“Have a story. And make sure it’s a good one. A DAMN good one.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“THE SEX & CASH THEORY - The creative person basically has two kinds of jobs: One is the sexy, creative kind. Second is the kind that pays the bills. Sometimes the task in hand covers both bases, but not often. This tense duality will always play center stage. It will never be transcended.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“Boring' can be a lot of fun. Especially if it's on your own terms.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“The hunger will give you everything and it will take from you, everything. It will cost you your life, and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it. But knowing this, of course, is what ultimately sets you free.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“GOOD IDEAS ALTER THE BALANCE IN RELATIONSHIPS. THAT IS WHY GOOD IDEAS ARE ALWAYS INITIALLY RESISTED.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it. The more you need the money, the more people will tell you what to do. The less control you will have. The more bullshit you will have to swallow. The less joy it will bring.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“When your dreams becoming reality, they're no longer your dreams.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“People are fond of spouting out the old cliché about how Van Gogh never sold a painting in his lifetime. Somehow his example serves to justify to us, decades later, that there is merit in utter failure.
Perhaps, but the man did commit suicide. The market for his work took off big-time shortly after his death. Had he decided to stick around another few decades he most likely would’ve entered old age quite prosperous. And sadly for failures everywhere, the cliché would have lost a lot of its power.
The fact is, the old clichés work for us in abstract terms, but they never work out in real life quite the same way. Life is messy; clichés are clean and tidy.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOUR IDEA IS ANY GOOD the moment it’s created. Neither does anyone else. The most you can hope for is a strong gut feeling that it is. And trusting your feelings is
not as easy as the optimists say it is. There’s a reason why feelings scare us—because what they tell us and what the rest of the world tells us are often two different things.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“Remain humble. Stay positive. Create your own luck. Be nice. Be polite.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“Anyone can be an idealist. Anyone can be a cynic. The hard part lies somewhere in the middle—that is, being human.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props. Meeting a person who wrote a masterpiece on the back of a deli menu would not surprise me. Meeting a person who wrote a masterpiece with a silver Cartier fountain pen on an antique writing table in an airy SoHo loft would seriously surprise me.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“If you’re looking at a blank piece of paper and nothing comes to you, then go do something else. Writer’s block is just a symptom of feeling like you have nothing to say, combined with the rather weird idea that you should feel the need to say something.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
“A lot of people in business say they have twenty years' experience, when in fact all they have is one year's experience, repeated twenty times.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity