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Incomplete Growth

Posted: July 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

I found this list a couple years ago and thought it was SPOT ON.  It hit on a lot of things I’d been thinking about at the time, specifically how it proposed pushing yourself outside of boundaries. And how doing that brings good things. It put words to a lot of things I’d been feeling and defined some I hadn’t been thinking of.  Then I lost the link and couldn’t remember where to find it.  Tonight I found it again!!

I Want Change-BanksyBruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth (Its focus is the design process, but relates to any creative act, not excluding the very creative act of living.)  My favorites are #14 & #20. Make sure to check out Bruce Mau Design. They do cool things.

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.

2. Forget about good.
Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.

3. Process is more important than outcome.
When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to
be there.

4. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child).
Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.

5. Go deep.
The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.

6. Capture accidents.
The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.

7. Study.
A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.

8. Drift.
Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.

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

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