Advice: On Creativity and Passion

Creative advice from around the web.

One of my brainpicking‘s favorites: Austin Kleon‘s advice for young creatives.

Austin Kleon - Steal Like an Artist

Great advice from Creative Something.  This inspired me to start wireframing sites I like (and dislike).

Understand the urgency of the situation. Half-measures simply won’t do. The only way to grow is to abandon your strategy of doing what you did yesterday, but better. Commit.” – Seth Godin on being remarkable

I also love the insight in this Corey Vilhauer blog entry:

We don’t just make things because we need them, but because they make us feel good. Because they are interesting… we don’t learn and perfect artisan bread-making because we feel the need to nourish ourselves, but because we are fascinated by the art and culture of bread, and because we want something more than just another loaf of Wonder bread.

We make things because it’s fun. Because it’s there. Because we’re human.” – Corey Vilhauer

And, for my finale, a beautiful collection from BrainPickings.  On doing what you love.

From Holstee

“Find something more important than you are, and dedicate your life to it.” – Dan Dennett

“Do what you love doesn’t mean, do what you would like to do most this second… To be happy I think you have to be doing something you not only enjoy, but admire. You have to be able to say, at the end, wow, that’s pretty cool….

When you can ask the opinions of people whose judgement you respect, what does it add to consider the opinions of people you don’t even know?

…If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious…

Is there some test you can use to keep yourself honest? One is to try to do a good job at whatever you’re doing, even if you don’t like it. Then at least you’ll know you’re not using dissatisfaction as an excuse for being lazy. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll get into the habit of doing things well.

Another test you can use is: always produce. For example, if you have a day job you don’t take seriously because you plan to be a novelist, are you producing?

Finding work you love is very difficult. Most people fail. Even if you succeed, it’s rare to be free to work on what you want till your thirties or forties. But if you have the destination in sight you’ll be more likely to arrive at it.” – Paul Graham



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