The text in this photo sets the context for today’s post…
Disney creativity experiment on LinkedIn yesterday:
Sean called in less than a minute. We spoke for an hour. He asked for advice, so i gave him exactly what i did to launch my business in 2009:
1. Don’t quit your day job
- Life will be hard whether you work two jobs or are desperately trying to be discovered in only one job
- Having a steady income takes pressure off and buys you time to develop your dream
2. Write publicly
- Don’t expect any readers (except family) and don’t try to be perfect
- This refines what you truly believe in and how you want to say it
3. Live in gratitude
- Try being unhappy when you’re grateful
- You, like everyone else, are in a hell, coming out of a hell, or about to enter a hell know one knows about; it can’t be an excuse or crutch
4. Set a compelling deadline
- Accelerates decisions
- Eliminates excuses
Sean’s story humbled and inspired me.
Thinking creatively at Disney is like breathing – no thought whatsoever.
On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.
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