38 Tips to be more Creative

This is a great piece you might enjoy. I found it here.

Enjoy it!

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.

2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours.

3. Put the hours in.

4. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.

5. You are responsible for your own experience.

6. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.

7. Keep your day job.

8. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.

9. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.

10. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.

11. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.

12. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.

13. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.

14. Dying young is overrated.

15. The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.

16. The world is changing.

17. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.

18. Avoid the Watercooler Gang.

19. Sing in your own voice.

20. The choice of media is irrelevant.

21. Selling out is harder than it looks.

22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.

23. Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time.

24. Dont worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.

25. You have to find your own schtick.

26. Write from the heart.

27. The best way to get approval is not to need it.

28. Power is never given. Power is taken.

29. Whatever choice you make, The Devil gets his due eventually.

30. The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.

31. Remain frugal.

32. Allow your work to age with you.

33. Being Poor Sucks.

34. Beware of turning hobbies into jobs.

35. Savor obscurity while it lasts.

36. Start blogging.

37. Meaning Scales, People Don’t.

38. When your dreams become reality, they are no longer your dreams.

Tomorrow: Mike’s illustrations on how to install a washing machine (just in case you were wondering).


  • Lovely, I really needed this! Thank you!

    January 19, 2009
  • Wow, these are SO true!

    January 19, 2009
  • AGREE!
    Ok now… I’m off to ‘put the hours in’…’cause being poor sucks’ and ‘selling out is harder than it looks:)’

    January 19, 2009
  • I am with Helen on this one, as soon as I read number 33 I said yup, being poor sucks so do the work! Also one I always believe in is Ignore everybody! If I listened to the advice of everyone I would never travel to foreign countries alone, I would never be my own boss and I would never follow my dreams! I listen to my own voice, and take others into consideration!

    January 19, 2009
  • Hi,
    I love the list! My favorite is no. 22…nobody cares. Do it for yourself.

    by Kara
    January 19, 2009
  • to print out! thanks lilla!

    by m-c
    January 20, 2009
  • I love that kick! Thank you.

    January 20, 2009
  • This is great! I needed this today too!

    January 23, 2009

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