Change the question you ask yourself and it immediately changes your subsequent thoughts — as well as your feelings. It’s no surprise then, that the greatest innovators, leaders, teachers, and students are excellent mental shepherds… they have made a habit of asking excellent questions.
Despite the oversimplified beliefs about the necessity of earning a degree from ‘art school,’ a true artist knows that art school does not groom one to become a world-class artist. They understand that such an education may help hone their skills, but not reveal them.
More often than not a decision alone is not enough. And action without a thoughtful decision is dangerous. But when decisions and actions are married magical things happen.
On one hand, rules and norms create social cohesion and order, but on the other, they breed conformity and complacency. Most social norms and rules were created with a purpose, but relevance is never permanent.
Don’t choose conformity and compliance over creativity because you’ll most likely end up somewhere (and someone) you don’t want to be. Let your intuition and creative inclinations be heard before you become part of the herd.
This is my tribute of an unaccredited image that spread like wildfire on the internet way back in 2005… and yet I still have not forgotten it. It’s simple, it’s funny, and even though the teacher may not enjoy the same degree of laughter, in some strange way, it’s still, literally speaking, a correct response.
Craving to creatively express myself in early 2011, I drew this image late one January night. Truth be told, it’s the very first image that inspired the new Maxims4Mavericks as a ‘visually nutritious’ blog.
I hope this image shows that originality can be simple. Expressing yourself, your desires, and your talents need not be a complicated process. Sometimes the journey of becoming a better version of yourself simply begins by looking in a new direction with a new pair of eyes. But whatever direction you look, be sure it’s your own. Creativity flourishes when the primary obligation we embrace is seeking to be oneself.
Should everyone start a business? Maybe not. Should everyone think and act like an entrepreneur? Absolutely. It’s not even a question of ‘should.’ it’s a must. This image is the theme of this century. Successful people are always their own CEO… they need not own their own business, but they are in charge of their own life. They don’t wait for others to direct their life. It means educating oneself, taking pride in performance, taking initiative, and taking responsibility.
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