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And 39 Other Keys to Creativity
My Rating: (4 out of 5 stars) Twitter Summary: 40 thoughts on creativity and pursuing your passion by a cartoonist with a unique style and a unique perspective. Lightning Review: Each of the books 40 sections has about two to three pages of text combined with a couple of Hugh's cartoons that pertain to the topic being discussed. The brevity of each section made Ignore Everybody a quick and entertaining read. Hugh Macleod has a direct writing and cartooning style that I particularly enjoyed. Most of the humor in the cartoons is sarcastic and is sometimes a bit off color. If you do not enjoy that kind of humor you will not enjoy this book nearly as much as I did. However, I think the honest and frank advice about pursuing your passions and finding creativity in your life would be beneficial for most people. Even if you have read several books about pursuing your passions the ideas shared in this book will act as a good perspective check.
Everyone is Born Creative
Kids in Kindergarten do not grab a box of crayons for critical acclaim. Kids create art simply because they want to, not because they expect it to be successful. As humans we are born to explore and be creative. As we grow up we learn that being creative can get us in trouble so we start playing by the rules. We need to stop worrying about what people think and learn how to enjoy the process. So get out the "crayons" in your life and start creating just for the sake of creating.
Intrinsic Value Matters
Even if your creative pursuits never produce any commercial or public success the internal value and growth achieved from pursuing your passions is worth it.
Write from the Heart
"There is no silver bullet. There is only the love God gave you." - Hugh Macleod
Put the Hours In
Just like any other skill it takes time to become more creative. So set aside time and put in the hours working on your passion. The rewards of growing your passion will be worth it.
Don't Quit your Day Job
Your relationship with your creative pursuit is changed whenever you rely on it for your income. Be careful about turning your passion into your main source of income as you will be constantly pushed to make compromises and it can quickly turn into just another job. You must be able to say no to high paying work that compromises your values and vision.
You have to get in the habit of exercising your creative habits or they will die. Even if there is no clear path to commercial success in pursuing your passions it is worth it to set aside time to purse them. Don't overestimate the value of money and recognition. In America we have a tendency to place too much emphasis on the importance of how much money or recognition our activities receive. Take a new look at your creative interests and start counting the other ways that pursing that passions adds value to your life. For more one page book guides visit www.ChasingANewDream.com