If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. -Ken Robinson
What creates originality might not be what you think at first. Sometimes originality can only come from a string of small but steady iterations.
Your first project or product didn’t work out? So what! Try again.
If originality is the goal, then we must learn that to achieve it we need time, effort and many opportunities to be wrong; paradoxically, what is often expected from creatives is on the spot, effortless and on point.
Friends, if your work depends on something you do on a computer (and if you’re here it probably does), please remember to press “Command + S” often!
It’s happened to me so many times. One time I was working on a project for a client that had already taken a few hours, then After Effects froze up on me. First I denied it. It’ll come back, I thought, After Effects is just processing it. Give it time to think, Danny!
Then the thought of my project being gone started to creep in. But I saved this earlier… or did I not?
Come on, it’s not the first time I’m working on a After Effects project. I know better. I press “Command + S” often. Then it finally happened, I realized it was gone.
I was upset! I spent hours on this project and now it was gone? Continue Reading
We have over-sexyfied the term creative. Most people think of hipsters with black rimmed glasses who listen to music nobody has ever heard of before – drinking coffee that they probably grew and filtered through an old filthy sock (which by the way, kudos if you do). We think of the photographer who shows off his amazing portraits. Or the guy who makes the most amazing video to the beat of an Explosions in the Sky tune.
While these people are creative, they are not the only creatives. I love this Todd Henry quote:
A creative is anyone who has turned his thoughts into value. – Todd Henry
Have you ever turned your thoughts into value? Have you ever thought something up in your mind and then saw it come to be in the real world and was of real value to someone else?
Congratulations, you’re a creative! Continue Reading
“If you tie your dream to applause, your dream has died before it even began.” Jon Acuff
We live in an age where positive affirmation is as easy as posting something to Facebook, Instagram or Youtube. The moment your post goes live, it can be liked, hearted, ‘thumbs uped’, etc. Continue Reading
“It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It’s a lot more difficult to perform one.” – Chuck Palahniuk
And that’ why most critics won’t actually direct a movie or record an album; because talk is cheap. Finding the fault in someone else’s art is easier than creating your own and exposing it for everyone to see.
I have nothing else to add for the critics.
But for the creatives… Continue Reading
Leadership is not about getting things done right, it’s getting things done through other people. -Andy Stanley
If you want to multiple your efforts through the efforts of other people, then you must learn to live with the fact that the final product won’t be exactly as you imagined. It might not be as good as if you had done it. Continue Reading