Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bruce Mau's "Incomplete Manifesto for Growth"

I found this little gem on Twitter, and there are so many ideas here that are inspiring, intriguing, and just plain interesting...

9. Begin anywhere.
John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.

1. Allow events to change you.
You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.

Allow events to change you, because they will. It is a lot easier to learn from them than to fight them trying to keep things the same.

16. Collaborate.
The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.

I am learning a lot about this as I'm developing a project with my friend Firinel Thurman. What we have in mind seems so huge and daunting, but it has amazing potential. More later (maybe?), but I am hopeful that this will explore and expand both of us as creatives and as people...

10. Everyone is a leader.
Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes sense. Let anyone lead.

These are so worth a read, especially when, like now, I seem to be lacking focus and direction. It is a reminder and a list of instructions to keep growing, keep learning, work to expand your horizons while appreciating the journey. I am definitely filing this away for future reference...


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