10 more ways to stay creative…

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12/07/2012 by Sarah Ritchie

After writing “20 Ways to Get Creative” [HERE], I came across this collection of tasty morsels. It is titled “Sometimes we are just too busy or too lazy to stay creative” from Jean-Francois Messier. I like this list.

Get creative. Stay creative. Think creative. Flowing in a state of perfect creative tranquility may be the stuff of Hollywood, but we can all learn to develop the mindset of a creative person. That is, if we work hard…and eat all our vegetables.

  • Carry a note book everywhere: Got an idea? Write it down
  • Get away from the computer
  • Be open
  • Surround yourself with creative people, collaborate, observe them and get their feedback
  • Practice
  • Allow yourself to make mistakes. “Sometimes, when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations”. (Steve Jobs)
  • Take risks and break the rules” (Mary Lou Cook)
  • Don’t try to be perfect. Try to be interesting.” (Seth Godin)
  • Tune out negative voices. “When you innovate you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.” (Larry Ellison, Co-founder & CEO, Oracle). Jobs said “Don ’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice.” (Steve Jobs). “Don’t let the bozos get you down.” (Guy Kawasaki). Don’t give up.
  • Have fun.“ (Mary Lou Cook)
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