Monday, November 14, 2005

Things I wish someone had told me while I was learning how to be creative

I've had to learn a lot about leadership in the past week. Most of it has had to deal with my shortcomings as a leader AND as a follower, and the majority the latter. It hasn't been fun. In fact, it has been rotten. More on that later.

In the meantime, a list from the Radical Careering blog about creativity... see the full list here.
Revolutionary ideas always feel uncomfortable at first.
Don'?t choose your typeface by just scrolling down the font menu.
Kill any work that's "fine."
Experiment. Fail. Experiment again.
Don't base your self-image on positive feedback, because you can't count on that.
No matter how good it is, somebody won't like it.
Don't waste time or money on ideas you're not thrilled about.
Buy a cheap portfolio case. All an employer cares about is what's inside.
Being creative is only a small part of being a good creative.

As we engage students to engage the world, we must remember that we are creative beings. That the innate desire to create, innovate, and be artistic is a good thing. And that as we create, experiment and innovate, we model to our students that taking risks to reach a dying world is an okay thing to do, and is sometimes well worth it.

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