This week, I finished reading Robert Rodriguez’s book Rebel Without A Crew. I loved his diary and a lot of the ideas and mindset he espoused before his big success. My top 10 takeaways from the book about living successfully as a creative are as follows:
Have a “do or die” attitude about your creative pursuits.
Creating mediocre work to completion is better than having something “perfect” and half finished.
Sometimes what may look like a missed opportunity and massive disappointment is only preparation for greater success down the line.
Once you stop learning, growing, and practicing, you’re finished.
When you need to be creative in order to survive, you won’t make as many excuses, you’ll find solutions instead
Trust your instincts about people, about projects and about your own capabilities.
Push your limits, try new things and engage in huge projects that challenge you.
Ignore the naysayers — completely. Even if you “prove them wrong”, they’ll never be satisfied.
You can be poor and still find a way to create, grow and achieve success.
Sometimes a small budget is better than a big budget because you’re forced to find creative solutions and you trim the fat a lot.
Learn as many skills as you can in your field. You never know which may come in handy.
There’s so much more to say about the book, but I left feeling positive psychology was greatly reinforced after I completed the book. It’s been a goal of mine since 2018 to write a screenplay (I’ve been waiting for some specific life events to move out of the way) and I can’t wait to get started!
What creative pursuits have you worked on recently? Do any of these points resonate with you? Comment whichever resonates with you the most down below.
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