Being creative – good rules

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Hugh MacLeod’s blog gapingvoid. I’ve been off in other directions recently. But I was back again today and it confirmed my feeling that it’s one of the best blogs on the web, especially from the point of view of business, marketing, creativity and so on.

And on the subject of creativity, you really should have a look at his How to be creative. It’s a list of rules and they are bang on the money. He has 31 rules, but these are my favourites:

1. Ignore everybody.
5. You are responsible for your own experience.
6. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.
8. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.
10. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.
11. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.
17. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.
19. Sing in your own voice.
20. The choice of media is irrelevant.
28. Power is never given. Power is taken.

Have a look for yourself. And be sure to see his riffs on each one further down the page.