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Be authentic

Be authentic

When you share your taste and your influences, have the guts to own all of it. Don’t give in to the pressure to self- edit too much. 

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DAVID CARR

No one is going to give a damn about your résumé; they want to see what you have made with your own little fingers.

DAVID CARR

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Advantages of being an amateur

Advantages of being an amateur

Amateurs might lack formal training, but they’re all lifelong learners, and they make a point of learning in the open, so that others can learn from their failures and successes.

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Don't turn into a human spam

Don't turn into a human spam

 If you’re only pointing to your own stuff online, you’re doing it wrong. You have to be a connector.

Be thoughtful. Be considerate. Don’t turn into human spam. Be an open node.

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Trolls

Trolls

A troll is a person who isn’t interested in improving your work, only provoking you with hateful, aggressive, or upsetting talk. You will gain nothing by engaging with these people. Don’t feed them, and they’ll usually go away.

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Become a better storyteller

Become a better storyteller

Human beings want to know where things came from, how they were made, and who made them. The stories you tell about the work you do have a huge effect on how people feel.

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Turn your work into patrons

Turn your work into patrons

Don’t be afraid to charge for your work, but put a price on it that you think is fair.

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Storytelling is a skill

Storytelling is a skill

Everybody loves a good story, but good storytelling doesn’t come easy to everybody. It’s a skill that takes a lifetime to master.

Your stories will get better the more you tell them.

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Be an amateur

Be an amateur

We’re all terrified of being revealed as amateurs, but in fact, today it is the amateur who has the advantage over the professional.

Because they have little to lose, amateurs are willing to try anything and share the results.

The world is changing at such a rapid rate that it’s turni...

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ALAIN DE BOTTON

Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough

ALAIN DE BOTTON

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Process matters

Process matters

Audiences not only want to stumble across great work, but they, too, long to be creative and part of the creative process. By letting go of our egos and sharing our process, we allow for the possibility of people having an ongoing connection with us and our work,...

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STEVE JOBS

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these t...

STEVE JOBS

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Momentum

Momentum

Instead of taking a break in between projects, waiting for feedback, and worrying about what’s next, use the end of one project to light up the next one. Just do the work that’s in front of you, and when it’s finished, ask yourself what you missed, what you could’ve done better, ...

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Don't quit

Don't quit

The people who get what they’re after are very often the ones who just stick around long enough.

Every career is full of ups and downs

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Show your work

Show your work

Take a lot of photographs of your work at different stages in your process. Shoot video of you working. This isn’t about making art, it’s about simply keeping track of what’s going on around you. You’ll start to see the work you’re doing more clearly and feel like you’re making progress.

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BRENÉ BROWN

“In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen— really seen.” 

BRENÉ BROWN

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Sharing and over- sharing

Sharing and over- sharing

Anything you post to the Internet has now become public. Share imperfect and unfinished work that you want feedback on, but don’t share absolutely everything.

“Is this helpful? Is it entertaining? Is it something I’d be comfortable with my boss or my mother seeing?”

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Document what you do

Document what you do

Whatever the nature of your work, there is an art to what you do, and there are people who would be interested in that art, if only you presented it to them in the right way. In fact, sharing your process might actually be most valuable.

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Be someone worth following

Be someone worth following

Don’t waste your time reading articles about how to get more followers. Don’t talk about stuff you don’t want to talk about.

If you want followers, be someone worth following. 

Make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that k...

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Teach what you know

Teach what you know

Think about what you can share from your process that would inform the people you’re trying to reach.

The minute you learn something, turn around and teach it to others. 

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From flow to stock

From flow to stock

Small things, over time, can get big.

Your stock is best made by collecting, organizing, and expanding upon your flow.

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BOBBY SOLOMON

Put yourself, and your work, out there every day, and you’ll start meeting some amazing people.

BOBBY SOLOMON

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People who share your obsessions

They’re so, so important. Do what you can to nurture your relationships with these people.  Invite them to collaborate. Show them work before you show anybody else. Keep them as close as you can.

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90% of everything is crap

90% of everything is crap

The trouble is, we don’t always know what’s good and what sucks. That’s why it’s important to get things in front of others and see how they react.

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GEORGE LUCAS

"Every day is an extra day"

— Writer of Star Wars

GEORGE LUCAS

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BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

The trick is not caring what EVERYBODY thinks of you and just caring about what the RIGHT people think of you.

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

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Read the obituaries every morning

Read the obituaries every morning

Obituaries aren’t really about death; they’re about life.  Reading about people who are dead now and did things with their lives makes us want to get up and do something decent. Thinking about death every morning makes us want to live.

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Daily dispatch

Daily dispatch

Forget about decades, forget about years, and forget about months. Focus on days.

A daily dispatch is even better than a résumé or a portfolio, because it shows what we’re working on right now.

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SHUNRYU SUZUKI

“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind, there are few.”

SHUNRYU SUZUKI

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Story telling structure

Story telling structure

A good story structure is tidy, sturdy, and logical. 

Whether you’re telling a finished or unfinished story, always keep your audience in mind. Speak to them directly in plain language. Value their time. Be brief.

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Change course and find something new

Change course and find something new

When you get rid of old material, you push yourself further and come up with something better. When you throw out old work, what you’re really doing is making room for new work.

Have the courage to get rid of work and rethink things completely. Don’t think of it as starting over. Th...

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The only way to find your voice is to use it

The only way to find your voice is to use it

We all have the opportunity to use our voices, to have our say, but so many of us are wasting it. If you want people to know about what you do and the things you care about, you have to share.

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Never be afraid of making decisions

Waiting, postponing, doubting, researching too much — it’s all not useful. Get your act together, and decide firmly whenever you have to make one. 

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