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How to be Creative

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 How to be Creative2005-10-04 14:32
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Hugh MacLeod has written a wonderful book, How to be Creative, which can be downloaded online. Very inspiring stuff, from a very creative person. In part about how to succeed with your ideas, also economically.
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 wasn't I trying to do something more easy for markets to digest, i.e., cutie-pie greeting cards or whatever? 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. And asking close friends never works quite as well as you hope, either. It's not that they deliberately want to be unhelpful. It's just they don't 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 don't 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. That's human nature. And you would do the same, if the shoe were on the other foot. With business colleagues, it's even worse. They're used to dealing with you in a certain way. They're 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 that's not their top priority.



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4 Oct 2005 @ 16:13 by Benoit Couture @68.149.93.182 : Creativity-Consensus=Healthy Democracy
Necessary, is the immediate development of a core community integrated consensus management to shape natural co-operative initiative teams. Here, I must give an explanation of how I see consensus to operate. The mistake with how I've seen this word used is to think that it means everyone agrees to the same thing, with the same position. So no one in their right mind would go for that. Con means with. Sensus means direction. Heading in the same direction is what consensus means. Decision making by consensus means that the poles are identifies among the people's positions and the lining up of the axis between the poles' extremes sets the smooth equilibrium for the movement's orbit to be calibrated from. Consensus in not something to be reached. It is what we start from and it is the way we are sustained with. Consensus dwells in serenity and unity and gets deployed with direction, not achieved from division. The deceitful heart that lives on in each one of us, the wall of enmity that lives in the subliminal regions of our relationships and the tyranny of urgency, live on to permanently challenge our resolve to sustain unity. Such is the initial battle to be taken on by anyone who so wishes to engage in the service of justice, love and freedom of God and humanity.
The following http://www.openleader.com/index.php/LovingGod/Flowcalization is about a word I invented to describe the movement of the Spirit from personal to local to global by combining the words: Flow, Focal, Localise. With regards,  



5 Oct 2005 @ 05:59 by judih : Love this simple treatise
What's best here is the 'being' part of Being Creative. It's not enough to get that whiff of inspiration and a resulting 'what if.....' sentence. It's about simply doing it. No fear. No trepidation.

Being and doing make the difference between rock n'roll chi and sluggish irregularity.

thanks, flemming

judih  



5 Oct 2005 @ 18:39 by Hanae @69.33.46.10 : Ignore everybody
Yes, good point. Creatives are not elitists; just sometimes remote and defensive in the face of intense scrutiny (as everyone is a critic!) Getting with it, however, also require the ability to leave the trappings of one's success as a loner, and the willingness to step out of one's Ivory Tower to meet the demands and challenges of greater collaborative projects that are being tackled out there, hopefully with a throng of other amazing talented people. And (getting a bit out off topic here) this naturally leads to the question of {link:http://ming.tv/flemming2.php/__show_article/_a000010-000139.htm|COMMUNICATIONISM}, and to what is maybe be one of the most important question of our time - the WWW has made it even more so - HOW DO WE BRING CREATIVE PEOPLE TOGETHER? There are enough well-intended creative people on the planet who would like for society to work. Are there some easy workable way to bring them to relate creatively and productively on small and large scale goal oriented projects? Are there ways to creatively network people's cumulative daily individual experiences into some kind of virtual global neural net? People everywhere, all the world over, all races, all classes, all ages, all jobs, small and big ones? NCN is not the only network struggling with these questions. But it is most certainly the one whose {link:http://www.newciv.org/ncn/weare.html|mission statement} is the freshest and the most inspiring. Field of Dreams. Is that enough? Is that just a matter of "they will come if you build it?" Is building a stadium all that is needed to get the ball rolling?  


19 Oct 2005 @ 13:15 by Stars nackt @83.169.151.225 : A
MAke it so!  


10 Nov 2005 @ 08:31 by Juniper @24.205.63.173 : Ignore pop culture
All I am seeing on television these days is lifestyles of the rich and famous. Including women who have enough time and money to get eyelash extensions. I wish someone creative and imaginative could come up with a universally sexy idea that doesnt involve silicon breasts or botox, Instead of only advertising grown women with twelve year old boy bodies and reality tv shows that only further dicourage plebians (i read that word twice today and just had to use it) like me from living our own realities without comparing it to the posh but very superficial lifestyles of the "celebrities" we see on tv. I think that the lack of creativity we are currently experiencing in America is creating a kind of worthlessness in money. If all these people who we supposedly look up to not only indulge in extravagances unimaginable but are creating crap to pay for those indulgences, they are ultimately teaching the youth of our commodity i mean country the wrong ways to spend money, selfishly. And if we spend money creatively most likely small business will flourish and if small business becomes king the inevitable fall of this empire might be postponed.  


29 Nov 2005 @ 02:30 by taranga @217.158.116.10 : Creativity
creativity is sadly often proportional to the hunger [with in limits] of the creator, with a few notable exceptions.

Step 1 to becoming more creative ~ restrict hours and type of TV watched ~ it's not been dubbed the 'idiots lantern' for nothing.

i await your contributions ... [how about a poem made from ming's verification words?]  



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