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Hugh Macleod
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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.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 1 Ignore Everybody, 08-22-04
There's no correlation between creativity and equipment ownership. None. Zilch. Nada. Actually, as the artist gets more into his thing, and as he gets more successful, his number of tools tends to go down. He knows what works for him. Expending mental energy on stuff wastes time.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 10, 08-22-04
All existing business models are wrong. Find a new one.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 11, 08-22-04
Question how much freedom your path affords you. Be utterly ruthless about it.
It's your freedom that will get you to where you want to go.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 11, 08-22-04
The pain of making the necessary sacrifices always hurts more than you think it's going to. I know. It sucks. That being said, doing something seriously creative is one of the most amazing experiences one can have, in this or any other lifetime. If you can pull it off, it's worth it. Even if you don't end up pulling it off, you'll learn many incredible, magical, valuable things. It's NOT doing it when you know you full well you HAD the opportunity- that hurts FAR more than any failure.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 12. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you., 08-22-04
Never compare your inside with somebody else's outside.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 13, 08-22-04
The first rule of business, is never sell something you love. Otherwise, you may as well be selling your children.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 13, 08-22-04
The bars of West Hollywood and New York are awash with people throwing their lives away in the desperate hope of finding a shortcut, any shortcut. And a lot of them aren't even young anymore; their B-plans having been washed away by Vodka & Tonics years ago.
Meanwhile their competition is at home, working their asses off.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 14. Dying young is overrated., 08-22-04
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. Know this and plan accordingly.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 15, 08-22-04
When I see somebody 'suffering for their art', it%uFFFDs usually a case of them not knowing where that red line is, not knowing where the sovereignty lies.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 15, 08-22-04
The old ways are dead. And you need people around you who concur.
That means hanging out more with the creative people, the freaks, the real visionaries, than you're already doing. Thinking more about what their needs are, and responding accordingly. Avoid the dullards; avoid the folk who play it safe. They can't help you any more. Their stability model no longer offers that much stability. They are extinct, they are extinction.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 16. The world is changing. , 08-22-04
Part of understanding the creative urge is understanding that it's primal. Wanting to change the world is not a noble calling, it's a primal calling.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 17. Merit can be bought. Passion can't. , 08-22-04
The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 17. Merit can be bought. Passion can't. , 08-22-04
Your idea doesn't 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.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 2, 08-22-04
Diluting your product to make it more 'commercial' will just make people like it less.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 21. Selling out is harder than it looks., 08-22-04
Everybody is too busy with their own lives to give a damn about your book, painting, screenplay etc, especially if you haven't sold it yet. And the ones that aren't, you don't want in your life anyway.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself., 08-22-04
It's about what YOU are going to do with the short time you have left on this earth.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 23, 08-22-04
If you have something to say, then say it. If not, enjoy the silence while it lasts. The noise will return soon enough. In the meantime, you%uFFFDre better off going out into the big, wide world, having some adventures and refilling your well. Trying to create when you don%uFFFDt feel like it is like making conversation for the sake of making conversation.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 24, 08-22-04
Neither should you fret too much about 'writer%uFFFDs block'. If you%uFFFDre looking at a blank piece of paper and nothing comes to you, then go do something else. Writer%uFFFDs 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.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 24, 08-22-04
You have to find a way of working that makes it dead easy to take full advantage of your inspired moments. They never hit at a convenient time, nor do they last long.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 24, 08-22-04
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