1) Teach now
“The fellow-pupil can help more than the master because he knows less. The difficulty we want him to explain is one he has recently met. The expert met it so long ago he has forgotten.” – C. S. Lewis.
“I saw the Sex Pistols,” said New Order frontman Bernard Sumner. “They were terrible. . . . I wanted to get up and be terrible with them.”
2) How to start sharing your work
Make a public commitment to learning something infront of others. – Austin Kleon
3) Don’t “build your CV”. Build things.
- Excel skills
- extra-curricular activities
- Hot internships
- Case-cracking abilities
- 4.2+ GPA
- Leadership experience
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the list. It’s an okay list. What’s wrong is trying to blindly chase things you think someone else wants from you, which I’ve done a lot.
“You have to make stuff,” said journalist David Carr when he was asked if he had any advice for students. “No one is going to give a damn about your résumé; they want to see what you have made with your own little fingers.”
4) 90% of everything is crap
Don’t worry about everything you post being perfect. Science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon once said that 90 percent of everything is crap. The same is true of our own work. The trouble is, we don’t always know what’s good and what sucks. That’s why it’s important to get things in front of others and see how they react. “Sometimes you don’t always know what you’ve got,” says artist Wayne White. “It really does need a little social chemistry to make it show itself to you sometimes.”
5) Start out small
This book started out as tweets, which then became blog posts, which then became book chapters. Small things, over time, can get big. – Austin Kleon
6) What to share
- Where do you get your inspiration?
- What sorts of things do you fill your head with?
- What do you read?
- Do you subscribe to anything?
- What sites do you visit on the Internet?
- What music do you listen to?
- What movies do you see?
- Do you look at art?
- What do you collect?
- What’s inside your scrapbook?
- What do you pin to the corkboard above your desk?
- What do you stick on your refrigerator?
- Who’s done work that you admire?
- Who do you steal ideas from?
- Do you have any heroes?
- Who do you follow online?
- Who are the practitioners you look up to in your field?
7) Quality, quality, quality
Stop worrying about how many people follow you online and start worrying about the quality of people who follow you. Don’t waste your time reading articles about how to get more followers. Don’t waste time following people online just because you think it’ll get you somewhere. Don’t talk to people you don’t want to talk to, and don’t talk about stuff you don’t want to talk about.
Make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. It’s that simple. – Austin Kleon
8) Avoid vampires
[The vampire test] is a simple way to know who you should let in and out of your life. If, after hanging out with someone you feel worn out and depleted, that person is a vampire. If, after hanging out with someone you still feel full of energy, that person is not a vampire. Of course, The Vampire Test works on many things in our lives, not just people—you can apply it to jobs, hobbies, places, etc
“Whatever excites you, go do it. Whatever drains you, stop doing it.” – Derek Sivers