The only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.
Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder.
Don't wait until you know who you are to get started.
Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored -- the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care.
Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas.
Usually, when we talk about creativity, it's about self-expression, which is great, but for work to be art or design, there has to be someone on the other end. The audience makes the work come alive.
You can’t be content with mastery; you have to push yourself to become a student again.
You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences. The German writer Goethe said, 'We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.'
Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else--that's how you'll get ahead.
Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.
The minute you learn something, turn around and teach it to others.
Don't worry about doing research. Just search.
You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.
The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.
The thing is: It takes a lot of energy to be creative. You don't have that energy if you waste it on other stuff.
Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Filmmaker John Waters has said, "Nothing is more important than an unread library."
Your brain gets too comfortable in your everyday surroundings. You need to make it uncomfortable. You need to spend some time in another land, among people that do things differently than you. Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder.
Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder.
Write the book you want to read
There's a balance between what you want to give the world and what it needs. If you're lucky, your work is in the middle.
The artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there's a difference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively. They only collect things that they really love.
Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)
The only way to find your voice is to use it
Genealogy of ideas. You don’t get to pick your family, but you can pick your teachers and you can pick your friends and you can pick the music you listen to and you can pick the books you read and you can pick the movies you see.
There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income.
I think the same thing is true of idea incomes. You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.
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