Everybody is creative. In fact, being creative is simple.
We’ve forgotten how to do it because we complicate it too much.
We label ourselves as “creative,” or “not creative.” Other people put us — or maybe we put ourselves — into a role.
I can’t remember how many times I’ve quoted this, but it’s so true:
When someone asked artist Shaun Tan when he started drawing, he very accurately pointed out that everybody instinctively draws as a child.
But somewhere along the way, most people stop.
Consider Medium.com and Genius.com. One is for writing new things and one is for annotating things. But both are web platforms that have users, logins, long-form text, annotations, and rich media. You could, with some stretching, build Medium on top of Genius, or Genius on top of Medium. They’re different under the hood, but it’s not like one is Photoshop and the other is TurboTax. They kind of do the same thing.
Referencing Ford, I said in my conversation with Tom Osman that Discord and Slack were essentially the same product as well. But the…
There’s a fair chance that at some point, Dacoury Natche has been your favorite recording artist’s favorite artist. Even in his early work (like Drake’s “Worst Behavior,” or Kendrick Lamar’s “Money Trees”), Natche, whose stage name is DJ Dahi, developed his reputation for innovative sounds. His skills shone on the album released near the onset of the pandemic lockdown, Donald Glover’s (aka Childish Gambino’s) 3.15.20. You may also know his work from the Grammy-winning song “A Lot,” by 21 Savage featuring J. Cole.
When I was researching my book, I interviewed Natche about his creative process. …
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I was talking to Bryan Collins before we recorded an episode for his Become a Writer Today podcast recently, and the Zettelkasten note cards have changed the way he writes. We talked about it because he found it through my Forge piece on it, and it also changed the way I wrote and worked. If you have no idea what a Zettelkasten is, that’s the prequel to this piece.
If you’re an OG Star Wars fan or hate prequels for whatever reason (and…
On the day Beeple’s collage sold for nearly $70 million in cryptocurrency, he did what he did for thousands of days before. He created an image. That day, it turned out to be a giant naked body with the head of Buzz Lightyear, posing beside a beige giant retro computer, set to a blue-ish red sky.
Beeple started doing his everydays project in May 2007, committing to completing and publishing a drawing each day before midnight after seeing Tom Judd’s work. “It’s a really great way to learn new skills or hone your existing ones,” he says to Vice.
“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man!” Jay-Z famously raps on the Diamonds remix. There’s a lot of chatter at Twitter about individual people (“creators”) scaling up million dollar businesses. I thought Elaine Pofeldt did it first, but apparently micro ISVs have been around. Either way, this is a growing possibility for more people because of a combination of technology and skills that these people use:
Most of us spend our time in our work; we’re laboring and toiling away to get our tasks done, either for ourselves, for our clients, or for our employers. But every hour we…
A conversation with Shopify Senior Managing Editor Anita Clarke reveals:
In 2020, YouTube’s highest earner, according to Forbes, was nine-year-old Ryan Kaji, who made $29.5 million — up from $26 million in 2019. Gaining fame through unboxing and reviewing toys, Kaji surged to the top of YouTube’s charts after publishing a 2015 video in which he reviews more than 100 toys, and he’s remained there ever since. Drawing inspiration from other YouTubers like EvanTubeHD and Hulyan Maya, who also reviewed toys, Kaji and his mother started the channel when he was three years old. …
Just before I turned 20, I was interested in a marketing career, but I’d just gotten rejected from business school. I was losing hope. But, I kept it moving that summer before junior year of college. One of the many things I did was participate in a focus group for a social media agency.
At the end of the focus group, I got to chat with the founder Dave Wilkin, who founded Ten Thousand Coffees, and who I talked about my situation with. What he said would completely change the way I thought about it. Here’s what Dave told me:
Routines are to our time what budgets are to our money. We adhere to them to spend our time wisely. But, while routines can provide us with a sense of control, especially during a pandemic and ensuing unpredictability, they can also grow to take up the valuable time that we need to experiment with and change things. As changing opportunities accelerate, we ought to be revising our routines a lot more. They’re certainly not meant to be set in stone, forever.
I say this as I recover from my old routines, which I mindlessly waded through for a long time…