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Some thoughts on liv­ing an inspired life. Some­thing that should be a goal, per­haps, of cre­ative peo­ple. Or peo­ple who want to be creative.

Don’t be the smartest per­son in the room. Hav­ing friends and men­tors that are smarter, more cre­ative, or more suc­cess­ful than you is a way to be inspired sim­ply by hang­ing out with them. If you are not being cre­atively chal­lenged by the peo­ple around you, it can lead to com­pla­cency and artis­tic sloth.

Iden­tify and weed out the peo­ple in your life who seem to delight in tear­ing you down, or min­i­miz­ing your accom­plish­ments. While “yes men” are equally of no value, peo­ple with agen­das to destroy are worse in the long run. It may be hard, it may be really hard, but it is nec­es­sary. Sad, in many cases, but nec­es­sary for YOU.

Extend your realm of influence/influencers. Reach out to those who inspire you by their writ­ing or the pho­tog­ra­phy or their atti­tudes on life. Cre­ate bonds of cre­ativ­ity and true val­ues by grow­ing beyond the local, and to the globe.

Seek out those with dif­fer­ing approaches. Some­times it is in the chal­lenges of our beliefs that forces cre­ativ­ity to the fore. And it is OK to hang out with peo­ple you may dis­agree with on some sub­jects. Uni­for­mity and insu­lated thoughts rarely lead to much more than bor­ing rhetoric and wasted time.

Have an opin­ion. Seri­ously… speak your mind. If you like some­thing your friends do not, don’t down­play your love for it — expound on it. Claim your indi­vid­u­al­ity. Oth­ers who are respect­ful of you being YOU are the ones you want to be around… those who may hold your sin­gu­lar voice against you are not really your friends. Screw com­pro­mise and embrace your unique individuality.

Be HERE today.

Today is a good day for any­thing… make it a good day for you.
Writ­ten by Don Giannatti

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