Saturday, January 30, 2010

Does This Apply to You?

~ Borrowed from Hugh Macleod's book and blog. Check it here:

Kinda cool how this applies to musicians in this new music biz 2.0... in my opinion anyway. Enjoy.


So you want to be more creative, in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years.]

1. Ignore everybody.

2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours.

3. Put the hours in.
4. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.
5. You are responsible for your own experience.
6. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.
7. Keep your day job.
8. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.
9. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.
10. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.
11. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.
12. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.
13. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.
14. Dying young is overrated.
15. The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.
16. The world is changing.
17. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.
18. Avoid the Watercooler Gang.
19. Sing in your own voice.
20. The choice of media is irrelevant.
21. Selling out is harder than it looks.
22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
23. Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time.
24. Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.
25. You have to find your own schtick.
26. Write from the heart.
27. The best way to get approval is not to need it.
28. Power is never given. Power is taken.
29. Whatever choice you make, The Devil gets his due eventually.
30. The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.
31. Remain frugal.
32. Allow your work to age with you.
33. Being Poor Sucks.
34. Beware of turning hobbies into jobs.
35. Savor obscurity while it lasts.
36. Start blogging.
37. Meaning Scales, People Don’t.
37. When your dreams become reality, they are no longer your dreams.


  1. Great website. Keep up the good work! There was a young man who would inpire me when I was 17, his name was Randy Rhoads. I sat in the audience in Knoxville, Tennessee and watch this man, who I didn't know and never heard of at that time, give an incredible show. I wasn't a fan of Ozzy's or Randy's at the time but after seeing Randy play, my life was changed. He made me think the guitar was more than just an instrument - it was an extension of your body and mind. Unfortunately, Randy would be killed less than 12 hours later.

  2. yes, thank you blasko!
    the first metal i ever liked was Hellbilly Deluxe. great job!

  3. love it, and im livin it again after learning not to listen to ass's anymore!