Authority Is Given, Control Is Taken, Respect Is Earned.

But once you earn respect, the others often follow.

With Respect to Operation Respect, Rock River Valley

Earning respect in any field is tough, and creative types have it tougher than most. What we do is usually subjective, we’re always competing with the next big thing and past success is often seen as a sign that we’re past our best.

So how do you earn the respect of your peers? I can only go by my own experiences.


I’m not claiming to be at the top of my field by any measure (when it comes to ideas, I like to think of myself as a hack with a knack), but I believe I’ve earned some level of respect from my peers, and I hope to continue holding that respect for a while longer.

How? I help, and I share.

I’m not the world’s greatest creative, but the techniques I’ve learned, the insights I’ve gathered, the work I’ve done over years has value, and I share that with my teams, colleagues and associates whenever and wherever possible.

I don’t shove anything down their throats, but I’m happy to have my brain picked and to explain why I’ve done what I’ve done, and how I did it. Over the years, I hope I’ve helped a few people grow in their careers, and helped others solve creative problems.

Basically, I don’t believe I’ve earned respect based on particular projects, as much as on a willingness to share and help others along the creative path.

So the question is; what do you do to earn respect as a creative? If you’re relying on that last big idea, you might be in trouble (that was great, but what have you done for us lately?). If you rely on building respect and reputation based on helping and mentoring those around you, you’ll find the path easier, more sustainable and ultimately more rewarding.

The 3 Top Tips To Creativity That You Already Know, But Aren’t Doing.

EelCreativity is a slippery beast. Everybody has great ideas. You just ask them. But how many are translated into reality? Here are three simple tips that you KNOW you should follow. So why aren’t you?

1. Begin. whatever you’re planning to do, start doing it. I know how lame this advice sounds, but I also know how many people have said to me “oh, I’ve always wanted to write/paint/sculpt/invent etc. etc.” Ideas are everywhere. Creativity is everywhere. The determination to do something about it is in short supply. Which brings me to tip #2.

Drum roll please….

2. Persevere. The alternative to the “I’ve always wanted to” line is “I started to write/paint/sculpt/invent something once…”. Beginning to work on your idea is fine, but once the initial thrill is over, it’s too easy to put it aside, or lose it in the mundane activities of the day to day. Keep going. Set yourself realistic mini goals throughout your project. Keep notes so you can see how far you’ve progressed. Find your own way to push yourself onwards, so you never feel the regret of saying “I started…..”. Instead, head for the chest puffing you of tip #3.

3. Finish. I know, you’re reeling back in amazement. Or saying “duh” to yourself. How can you start something without finishing it? Come on, be honest. How many drawers or files of half finished bits and pieces litter your life? Don’t keep fiddling away forever. Nothing is ever perfect, and you can come back and tweak later, as long as you finish first. Set a time frame. Even if it’s only first draft. Invite friends over to see your work on a set date. Publicly proclaim that you WILL finish on this day, at this hour and minute, so you can’t hide and tinker.

Creative endeavors are highly emotive. They carry a high risk of personal embarrassment if they fail. So it’s way, way too easy to carry that world breaking idea in your head and trot it out at parties than it is to commit to completion.

Years ago I had an idea for a novel. I began, I persevered and I completed. Did I become the next JK Rowling? No. But I can always say I did it. You can even buy it HERE.

Go on. Take the risk. Get your hands dirty. Begin, persevere and finish.

The Most Amazing Bar You’ve Never Seen

If you haven’t heard about it, the Please Don’t Tell Bar in New York City has the most amazing secret. It’s totally hidden behind a telephone booth, inside a hot dog joint.

Now that’s great marketing. If you’re ‘in’ on the secret, you’re sure to want to spread the word.

Creative Techniques: Have You Ever Been Asked This Question?

volcanoIf you’re a creative type, there’s a good chance you’ve been asked this question. “Where do you get your ideas from?” In fact, Google that phrase and you’ll get over 2 billion responses.

It seems that people who consider themselves non-creative (I don’t believe in that there animal) think there is a definitive source of creativity. A single font from which ideas flow like lava from a volcano.

I believe that creativity is a combination of inherent talent, trainable skill and external input. However, external input can come from many sources, and some are certainly more inspiring than others. While I actively read and research a stack of subjects, there are a few areas that simply soak into the consciousness.

Family. Food. Work. Play.

The basic emotional triggers vary from person to person and culture to culture, but their power to inspire is amazing. Read and research. broaden your horizons, and revel in the things that make you happy. That’s where ideas are born.