Creativity Manifesto

Of the manifestos I’ve wanted to write to simplify and solidify my core values, Creativity turned out to be the biggest challenge. (Seems I have very clear ideas on what makes me feel Kind and Happy.) I’ve shared so many books, experiments, and studies on creativity on my blog and podcast. I finally feel I’ve found a few core themes:

Seven Creative Virtues

  1. Go. Take action. (Be Bold and decisive about trying actions that might work.)
  2. Listen for your voice. (Looking is more worthwhile than finding.)
  3. Collect thoughts and ideas. (Save freely your own thoughts and those of others. )
  4. Know Like a Kid. (Kids know they don’t know it all. They play courageously anyway. Find a child-like sense of modest participation.)
  5. Think Big, Medium, Small. (Chase the big picture, the little details, and the in-between.)
  6. Find Fun. (Enjoy the weird. Humor yourself in the present.)
  7. Use Your Powers For Good (Take your turn to help. Everything will be okay. No one has it all figured out. )
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I’m a graphic designer (portfolio), classical pianist and artist in Baltimore, MD. I host the Uncanny Creativity Podcast helping to demystify the creative process and creator of Funlooksfun.com, an online shop for apparel and games. Twitter: @sketchee

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