Creative advice: Ignore everybody

Brand consultant and cartoonist Hugh Mac­Leod has some good advice if you're in the business of being creative (you are).

Rule number one, posted by Douglas Eby on his blog on creativity:

Ignore everybody.

It sounds counterintuitive, right? But the more unusual or different your vision is, the less others will be able to help you with it. Heck, YOU may not even know where the thought is headed.

Reading the advice, I was reminded me of this Howard H. Aiken quote:

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats

The sad truth is that original ideas are often difficult for others to grasp and the usual boxes people will try to put them in have virtually nothing to say about the idea's potential and lot more to say about how uncomfortable real change is. So don't be put off by the resistance you encounter. Yes, it's possible your idea or creative vision won't work. But it's certain, if it is an original, that nobody knows that now.

Stay curious!

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