Creative Life Truths: No One’s Ideas are Original

Creative Life Truths: No One’s Ideas are Original—Write Right

A few weeks ago, The Next Web published an article about the brutal truths of the creative life. I enjoyed the article so much that I decided to approach each of the eleven truths in individual posts. The first truth: no one’s ideas are original.

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Give Away Your Ideas

Give Away Your Ideas

Do not covet your ideas. Give away everything you know, and more will come back to you…The problem with hoarding is you end up living off your reserves. Eventually you’ll become stale. If you give away everything you have, you are left with nothing. This forces you to look, to be aware, to replenish. – from Paul Arden’s It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be

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Raisins and Ideas

How are ideas like raisins?I have nothing against raisins. I like them. They’re wonderful in a number of things such as granola, salads, and oatmeal raisin cookies. They aren’t nearly as delicious when they’ve turned rock hard due to neglect. They’re a bit like ideas left to shrivel and die. They no longer serve any purpose. What once were plump grapes have been reduced, not to still-good raisins, but to pellets one could throw at the blue jay that terrorizes the backyard.

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