What habits do the most successful creative entrepreneurs actively cultivate? Here are 10 top habits you should look into – some may surprise you.
In the vast ocean of self-help and entrepreneurship books out there targeted at the young creative, which ones will actually leave you changed, unable to see the world how you did before? I’m an obsessive non-fiction junkie, and if you ever meet me in person, ask me to show you my iBooks library. It’s an endless scroll of business and mindset buzzwords that all melt into each other, patiently waiting for me to read one day.
Here are seven books that have completely changed the way I saw creativity, business or life. They’re not in a particular order apart from the first, Creativity Inc, being my favourite book of all. The one thing all of them have in common is that they’re designed to make you better in some way or form. I sincerely hope you’ll give them a read soon, and feel as empowered to take action as I did.
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Fuck perfection. It’s hands down the most misunderstood concept of our time.
As a child, I used to be prideful of my perfectionism; holding myself to the highest of standards against an ocean of other kids who probably spent their childhoods not being a competitive little jerk (ha!)
I’ve been back in Auckland for two weeks, and each day rolls onto the next in a warm, languid haze. Every morning I wake up to the tuis that sing outside my window, and then walk down the same suburban streets as I did as a girl. The roads are smooth and spotless. On Wednesdays, bright recycling bins line up on vibrant green lawns, eager to be emptied. All kinds of people walk their dogs and jog in Nikes in the evenings. The air is still and soft, and sometimes salty, depending on how close you are to a beach. Everything is clean. Everything is so orderly.
The realization of just how isolated New Zealand is set in as soon as my plane hit the tarmac. The trip home took two full days, and as we slid to a stop, I knew that a trip out would take just as long. Flying back had been a proper journey; like going back in time to a prehistoric land. We truly are three little islands, bobbing at the bottom of the vast Pacific. All the intricacies of our culture and our way of life is self-contained and sustained. We have funny slang and funny accents, circulating in a little world that is just ours.
The past several years has seen a huge surge of young, precarious twenty-somethings who have left their office jobs to roam the world with shiny Macbook Pros tucked underarm. Hundreds of articles and blog posts now speckle the web with the digital nomad phenomenon, with many proclaiming at the top of their lungs that this is what everyone needs to be doing; some near-cultish communities have formed hailing the ‘hustle’ beyond concrete-and-glass office doors and—dare I say it—furiously stroking their own egos at the same time.
It’s an incredible honour to be able to explore our world, and I try to remind myself of this fact every single day I’m breathing mountain air in Nepal or being jostled around in cigarette-smoke buses in China. To sustainably live and thrive in places my grandparents have never had the chance to see is humbling beyond belief. But it’s not the perfect end-all solution to anything, and continuing to paint this mirage is dangerous.