In the crazed hectic bound-from-task-to-task lives that most of us live, we lean heavily on the examples we see around us.
Parents have toiled away at the same job for 20 years? Guess I’ll do that even though I hate my job.
Economics classes have drilled that playing the corporate game is the only valid profession? Guess I’ll continue doing that even though my soul is exhausted.
It’s just too hard, too mentally taxing to come up with other alternatives.
But what if there were no examples, no expectations from the people around you? What would your life look like?
If you feel a tickle in the bottom of your stomach when thinking about a life as a musician, a writer, a painter, a comedian, a brick layer… really anything that’s not your current profession, then check out Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod. He’ll make you crack up with laughter and start seriously contemplating how to tap into your creative self.
Here are some of my favorite tips from the book:
3. Put the hours in. – Doing anything worthwhile takes forever. Ninety percent of what separates successful people and failed people is time, effort, and stamina.
12. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether. – Is your plan unique? Is there nobody else doing it? Then I’d be excited. A little scared, maybe, but excited.
23. Nobody cares. – Everybody is too busy with their own lives to give a damn about your book, painting, screenplay, etc.
Ditch the timidity and dive on into a project that makes your brain buzz with possibilities! All it takes is one step, right now!