How to Be Creative :: Section 1&2

MacLeod highlights the value of authenticity and hard work, and reveals the challenges and rewards of being creative.

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So you want to be more creative in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years.

1. Ignore everybody.

The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you. When I first started with the cartoon-onback-of-bizcard format, people thought I was nuts. Why wasnʼt I trying to do something more easy for markets to digest, i.e., cutie-pie greeting cards or whatever?

You donʼt know if your idea is any good the moment itʼs 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. Thereʼs a reason why feelings scare us.

And asking close friends never works quite as well as you hope, either. Itʼs not that they deliberately want to be unhelpful. Itʼs just they donʼt know your world one millionth as well as you know your world, no matter how hard they try, no matter how hard you try to explain.

Plus, a big idea will change you. Your friends may love you, but they donʼt want you to change. If you change, then their dynamic with you also changes. They like things the way they are, thatʼs how they love you—the way you are, not the way you may become.

Ergo, they have no incentive to see you change. And they will be resistant to anything that catalyzes it. Thatʼs human nature. And you would do the same, if the shoe were on the other foot.

With business colleagues, itʼs even worse. Theyʼre used to dealing with you in a certain way. Theyʼre used to having a certain level of control over the relationship. And they want whatever makes them more prosperous. Sure, they might prefer it if you prosper as well, but thatʼs not their top priority.

Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships, that is why good ideas are always initially resisted.

If your idea is so good that it changes your dynamic enough to where you need them less or, God forbid, THE MARKET needs them less, then theyʼre going to resist your idea every chance they can.

Again, thatʼs human nature.

Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships, that is why good ideas are always initially resisted.

Good ideas come with a heavy burden. Which is why so few people have them. So few people can handle it.

2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to change the world.

The two are not the same thing.

We all spend a lot of time being impressed by folks weʼve never met. Somebody featured in the media whoʼs got a big company, a big product, a big movie, a big bestseller. Whatever.

And we spend even more time trying unsuccessfully to keep up with them. Trying to start up our own companies, our own products, our own film projects, books and whatnot.

Iʼm as guilty as anyone. I tried lots of different things over the years, trying desperately to pry my career out of the jaws of mediocrity. Some to do with business, some to do with art, etc.

One evening, after one false start too many, I just gave up. Sitting at a bar, feeling a bit burned out by work and life in general, I just started drawing on the back of business cards for no reason. I didnʼt really need a reason. I just did it because it was there, because it amused me in a kind of random, arbitrary way.

Of course it was stupid. Of course it wasnʼt commercial. Of course it wasnʼt going to go anywhere. Of course it was a complete and utter waste of time. But in retrospect, it was this built-in futility that gave it its edge. Because it was the exact opposite of all the “Big Plans” my peers and I were used to making. It was so liberating not to have to be thinking about all that, for a change.

It was so liberating to be doing something that didnʼt have to impress anybody, for a change.

It was so liberating to have something that belonged just to me and no one else, for a change.

It was so liberating to feel complete sovereignty, for a change. To feel complete freedom, for a change.

And of course, it was then, and only then, that the outside world started paying attention.

The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will.

The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will. How your own sovereignty inspires other people to find their own sovereignty, their own sense of freedom and possibility, will change the world far more than the the workʼs objective merits ever will.

Your idea doesnʼt have to be big. It just has to be yours alone. The more the idea is yours alone, the more freedom you have to do something really amazing.

The more amazing, the more people will click with your idea. The more people click with your idea, the more it will change the world.

Thatʼs what doodling on business cards taught me.

10 Comments

  1. What this means to me that not all advice works for you that if I was doing well already, sometimes. The author in section 2 states, its liberates that’s something belonged to me .

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  2. What I got from this section is you have to think outside of the box if you really want to have yours idea put out there. It’s not al about creating one thing and thinking too hard and long trying to think of something original, it’s also about thinking for yourself and being confident in whatever you put out. Your idea doesn’t have to be something huge but just something that nobody is really doing or looking into. You can go far with just confidence so that is a huge factor in being creative as well.

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  3. What I interpret from this is that to be creative focus only on yourself and what you think to be the best. This can be proved in paragraph 3 where he says “they don’t know your world” and he also says that when he felt completely free only then the world noticed. This shows that to be creative one has complete control over their work. It also shows that one is completely on their own to be creative and express themselves. The finale thing it shows is the most powerful person to help create something is you.

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  4. What section 1 and 2 means to me is being creative means having your own idea and making it happen. We shouldn’t let the thoughts of others distract the potential we have in our selves to become greater. As we see in “Ignore Everybody”, we all want to be more prosperous than we already are. People will try to stop us from letting us shine brighter than they are, but if we want to be successful, sometimes “good ideas come with a burden” which very few can handle.

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  5. To me, these sections means don’t change because other people want you too or don’t stay the same when others want you too and that you shouldn’t try to be something that you’re not. You shouldn’t change or stay the way you are because some say because you’re your own person and can do what you want. You don’t have to listen to what anyone else says because it’s your say, not theirs. You shouldn’t try to be someone your not because then you won’t enjoy anything in life.

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  6. WHAT THIS MEANS TO ME…”HOW TO BE CREATIVE SECTION 1/2″
    SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
    What this means to me from reading section 1& 2 from how to be creative is that if you stop listening to everyones advice and opinion, you have to trust your own instinct that you have for an idea and run with it. Another thing is that your idea doesn`t have to always impress people. However, you can have an idea or create without a purpose, ideas without a purpose gives you freedom to create wonderful things.

    — Za`Cheria mobley 2nd prd

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  7. Wha this means to me is that you have to chose your friends wisely. Everyone won’t support you like true friends will. You can’t impress everyone that you met or that you never met. Your friends won’t want to change the way you are because they love you the way you are. Having friends and having coworkers are two different things because your coworker can’t handle you outside of work because they aren’t use to seeing outside that setting.

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  8. What this means to me is to not depend a lot on other people to give me advice when they don’t really know whats going on in my head. This also shows me to start trusting my gut feeling more instead of ignoring it. What this also means to me is to try and not think too much about something and to have a little bit more freedom when I’m doing something. Another thing is to not put too much pressure on myself when I’m trying to come up with something new.

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  9. To me, these sections means don’t change because other people want you too or don’t stay the same when others want you too and that you shouldn’t try to be something that you’re not. You shouldn’t change or stay the way you are because some say because you’re your own person and can do what you want. You don’t have to listen to what anyone else says because it’s your say, not theirs. You shouldn’t try to be someone your not because then you won’t enjoy anything in life.

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  10. What this means to me is that, not everything has to be original or so simple. Theres nothing wrong with making whatever you do different from things that have already been originated. Also that your idea does not have to be big. Just make sure that your comfortable with it and that it makes you feel worth something. In section one it states that “The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you.” The author in section 2 states, “It was so liberating to have something that belonged just to me and no one else, for a change. Both of these quotes, describe and refers back to everything that I stated in the beginning.

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