The Creator’s Manifesto
Create (kre-āt): verb; to bring into existence; cause to happen as a result of one’s actions.
Welcome to a brand new year! If you’re like me, you’ve probably set a few goals for 2013. One of the things I love most about this time of year is this sense of renewal… this feeling like everything has been reset and it’s time to start over. It’s time for new ideas, new goals, and a fresh start!
While thinking on these things, I found myself looking through one of my journals from this past year and discovered this great list that I copied down from an email that I received. This “Creator’s Manifesto” comes courtesy of a great website called liveyourlegend.net, and I feel like it is worth sharing. Maybe this can spark a few creative ideas for you as you set goals for 2013!
The Creator’s Manifesto:
1. Build things that only you are capable of building.
2. Don’t take inspiration for granted. When it hits, stop everything to capture and create (unless, of course, you’re changing a diaper or something!).
3. Learn what inspires you—the people, the movies, the music, the books—then spend as much time as you can around them.
4. Ideas appear in the strangest places. Pay attention!
5. Creation comes in every form—relationships, food, art, music, prose, products, services. Notice what you create, what people ask you for, and give that all your energy.
6. Know your limitations. Build what you’re best at. Leave the rest for others.
7. There are so many ways you can spend a day, but making new things and adding real value are the only ones that make a difference.
8. Stop wasting your time.
9. Sitting still is the most dangerous action of all.
10. Welcome the skeptics and build it anyway.
11. Creativity comes naturally or it must be learned. Either way, you’re on the hook to build the something that matters.
12. The sooner you can create, the better.
13. Every mistake gets you closer to your masterpiece. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them.
14. Everything is progress, as long as you’re doing something to build upon yesterday’s art.
15. If those around you are killing your creativity, then change whom you choose to hang around.
16. Constantly ask, “How can I make what already exists even better? What are other people not doing?”
17. Embrace the process. Don’t concentrate solely on the end result. If you do, you’ll never get there.
18. The goal is not to build what you think people will buy. It’s to build what you feel you must, and help people so much they want to pay you for it.
19. When in doubt, make something. Anything. That should always be the next step.
20. It starts with a single word, a sketch, a conversation, an idea, a tune, or a note.
21. Stop worrying so much about what others think. Do what feels right.
22. Ask “How? Why? Why not?”
23. Things don’t happen while on Twitter, Facebook, or when you’re nose-deep in emails. They happen out of the office, away from the Internet, out experiencing life—be it on a crowded bus or in an empty field on the other side of the world. GET OUT THERE!
24. Don’t let a day pass without creating something new, no matter how small.
25. Start each morning pursuing an idea.
You have something in you worth building. We all do. This year, let’s all put our energy into making it come to life! We have so much more inside of us than we give ourselves credit for. Let’s stop holding back and embrace what makes each one of us unique and great!
Here’s to a productive 2013!