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Hugh Macleod
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Part of being a Master is learning how to sing in nobody else's voice but your own.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 25. You have to find your own schtick., 08-22-04
Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won't. It's that simple.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 25. You have to find your own schtick., 08-22-04
You canít love a crowd the same way you can love a person.
And a crowd canít love you the way a single person can love you.
Intimacy doesnít scale. Not really. Intimacy is a one-on-one phenomenon.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 26. Write from the heart., 08-22-04
The best way to get approval is not to need it.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 27, 08-22-04
People who are 'ready' give off a different vibe than people who aren't. Animals can smell fear; maybe that's it.
The minute you become ready is the the minute you stop dreaming. Suddenly it's no longer about 'becoming'. Suddenly it's about 'doing'.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 28. Power is never given. Power is taken., 08-22-04
Anyone can be an idealist. Anyone can be a cynic. The hard part lies somewhere in the middle i.e. being human.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 29, 08-22-04
People are fond of spouting out the old clich%uFFFD about how Van Gogh never sold a painting in his lifetime. Somehow his example serves to justify to us, decades later, that there is somehow merit in utter failure.
Perhaps, but the man did commit suicide.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 29, 08-22-04
The fact is, the old clich%uFFFDs work for us in abstract terms, but they never work out in real life quite the same way. Life is messy; clich%uFFFDs are clean and tidy.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 29, 08-22-04
Stamina is utterly important. And stamina is only possible if it's managed well. People think all they need to do is endure one crazy, intense, job-free creative burst and their dreams will come true. They are wrong, they are stupidly wrong.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 3. Put the hours in., 08-22-04
If you have the creative urge, it isn't going to go away. But sometimes it takes a while before you accept the fact.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 30, 08-22-04
Part of being creative is learning how to protect your freedom. That includes freedom from avarice.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 31 Remain Frugal, 08-22-04
The less you can live on, the more chance your idea will succeed. This is true even after youíve 'made it'.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 31. Remain Frugal., 08-22-04
Publishers are just middlemen. That's all. If artists could remember that more often, they'd save themselves a lot of aggrevation.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 4, 08-22-04
Nobody can tell you if what you're doing is good, meaningful or worthwhile. The more compelling the path, the more lonely it is.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 5, 08-22-04
If you try to make something just to fit your uninformed view of some hypothetical market, you will fail. If you make something special and powerful and honest and true, you will succeed.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 6, 08-22-04
The creative person basically has two kinds of jobs: One is the sexy, creative kind. Second is the kind that pays the bills. Sometimes the task in hand covers both bases, but not often. This tense duality will always play center stage. It will never be transcended.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 7. Keep your day job., 08-22-04
If you're creative, if you can think independently, if you can articulate passion, if you can override the fear of being wrong, then your company needs you now more than it ever did. And now your company can no longer afford to pretend that isn't the case.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 8, 08-22-04
Admit that your own private Mount Everest exists. That is half the battle.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 9, 08-22-04

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