Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
I set out to change my life—and my way of working—quite significantly in 2010, and allocated five years to the task. I allowed that long because I knew that dealing with the habits and demons of a lifetime would be difficult in the extreme, and that I would need the time to fail, to recover, and to try again.
Why this need to change? Well, there were rational reasons, of course, but the main driving force was—and remains—my intuition. On the face of it, much of what I have done—or haven’t done—makes no sense if judged by conventional norms, yet I have rarely felt happier or more enriched.
Have I succeeded in all my aims? No—and I doubt I will be entirely successful—but I still have 14 months to go, and what I have achieved so far is encouraging. Besides, the effort, in itself, is rewarding.
What will I do at the end of this five years? I hope I have the good sense to raise the bar. If life is nothing else—it is a work in progress.
And I love to work.
WELL WORTH READING WHERE CREATIVITY IS CONCERNED
By John Hawkens
The creative economy is based on a new way of thinking and doing. The primary inputs are our individual talent or skill. These inputs may be familiar of novel; what is more important is that our creativity transforms them in novel ways. The heartlands are art, culture, design, and innovation.