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Rules of a Creator's Life

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I initially wrote down these rules in my second notebook on the 23th of April in 2012. I came across them a second time in a more recent notebook. To me, these rules must somehow be more than simply appealing.

  1. Do more than you’re told to.
  2. Try new things.
  3. Teach others about what you know.
  4. Make work into play.
  5. Take breaks.
  6. Work when others are resting.
  7. Always be creating.
  8. Make your own inspiration.
  9. Love what you do, or leave.

My journal tells me they were originally published on creativesomething.net, although I can’t find the exact location anymore. Although that site confuses creating with creativity, it’s still a nice source of inspirational texts and book reviews on the subject.

Number Nine especially resonates with me lately. Po Bronson writes in his book What Should I Do With My Life? about what he calls Artistic Authenticity:

Do not betray yours by doing something not close to your heart.

Still, rushing to quit the job and yelling “On to the next one!" won’t make things better. Po notes in The top 15 mistakes people make the following:

It’s not what you do, it’s what you are working towards. Work satisfaction rarely comes from a perfect fit of the skills you have to the skills your job requires. All jobs have unpleasant elements—don’t look for a job without unpleasant elements, but rather, look for a job that is worth doing such that the unpleasant elements are worth putting up with. Gain satisfaction from being able to do your work in a moral fashion.

Doing your work in a moral fashion entails not being stuck in a bullshit job, as David Graeber likes to call it.

Well, would you look at the time.

Rule Number Five is calling. I’m off to take a break from today!

I'm Wouter Groeneveld, a level 35 Brain Baker, and I love the smell of freshly baked thoughts (and bread) in the morning. I sometimes convince others to bake their brain (and bread) too.

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Rules of a Creator’s Life by Wouter GroeneveldWouter Groeneveld (brainbaking.com) I initially wrote down these rules in my second notebook on the 23th of April in 2012. I came across them a second time in a more recent notebook. To me, these rules ...

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