Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Gaping Void

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
What I love about being open to learning and inspiration, is that the sources of that learning and inspiration may surprise you.

"When I first lived in Manhattan in December, 1997 I got into the habit of doodling on the back of business cards, just to give me something to do while sitting at the bar. The format stuck. All I had when I first got to Manhattan were 2 suitcases, a couple of cardboard boxes full of stuff, a reservation at the YMCA, and a 10-day freelance copywriting gig at a Midtown advertising agency. My life for the next couple of weeks was going to work, walking around the city, and staggering back to the YMCA once the bars closed. Lots of alcohol and coffee shops. Lot of weird people. Being hit five times a day by this strange desire to laugh, sing and cry simultaneously. At times like these, there's a lot to be said for an art form that fits easily inside your coat pocket. The freelance gig turned into a permanent job. I stayed. The first month in New York for a newcomer has this certain amazing magic about it that is indescribable. Incandescent lucidity. However long you stay in New York, you pretty much spend the rest of your time there trying to recapture that feeling. Chasing Manhattan Dragon. I suppose the whole point of the cards initially was to somehow get that buzz onto paper. Although I haven't lived in New York since 1999, it still lives in me. Far too much, some would say..."

That's a portion from the bio of Hugh MacLeod. I google-stumbled across his site a few days ago. Great perspectives and observations. There's an unapologetic truth to them (and a VERY healthy does of foul language). Our society is moulting right now — in dire need of shedding past perceptions. Or at least questioning their relevance. I think Hugh does this brilliantly. His story and courage to express himself are intriguing to me. You must stick to your guns and share your take on this world. If you are learning something on your journey, share it! Someone else may learn too.

As a preview, on twitter, he writes... "The web has made kicking ass easier to achieve, and mediocrity harder to sustain. Mediocrity now howls in protest."

Visit his site at your own discretion,
His book, "Ignore Everybody, and 39 Other Keys to Creativity," comes out June 2009.

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