1) Be Brave.
“Most of all, though, he asked his students to be brave. Without bravery, he instructed, they would never be able to realize the vaulting scope of their own capacities.”
“I want to live the most vividly decorated temporary life that I can. I don’t just mean physically; I mean emotionally, spiritually, intellectually. I don’t want to be afraid of bright colors, or new sounds, or big love, or risky decisions, or strange experiences, or weird endeavors, or sudden changes, or even failure.”
2) Be curious.
“I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.”
“I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The courage to go on that hunt – that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.”
3) Be proud of yourself. Even when you fail.
“You can dare to be pleased sometimes with what you have created. (And if a project doesn’t work out, you can always think of it as having been a worthwhile and constructive experiment.)”
4) Don’t suffer.
“Creative living is stranger than other, more worldly pursuits. The usual rules do not apply. In normal life, if you’re good at something and you work hard at it, you will likely succeed. In creative endeavors, maybe not. Or maybe you will succeed for a spell, and then never succeed again.”
“So the question is not so much “What are you passionate about?” The question is “What are you passionate enough about that you can endure the most disagreeable aspects of the work?”
“Against all sound advice, people will stubbornly keep trying to make pleasing things for no particularly good reason, as we always have done. Is it sometimes a difficult path? Sure. Does it make for an interesting life? The most.”
5) Be supportive.
”You can support other people in their creative efforts, acknowledging the truth that there’s plenty of room for everyone.”
6) Trust the process.
”Don’t rush through the experiences and circumstances that have the most capacity to transform you.”