The seventh habit: Work at it each day.

 The Seven Habits of Highly Creative People.

#7: Work at your craft each day. 

Here’s the truth:

There are few things as fun as being creative. And few things as valuable. So why the heck wouldn’t you work a little at being creative each day?

The fact is, this pays off in big ways. My first boss told me you had to develop your creative muscles. Then they’ll be there when you need them.

If you only use them once every couple of weeks, you’ll feel like you’re trying to push a 300-pound project off your chest with scrawny, 11″ arms.

What if you don’t have projects that call on your creativity every day?

Find other outlets for your creativity.

  • Paint.
  • Draw.
  • Write something entirely for yourself.
  • Imagine creatures that you can see in the clouds.
  • Write music.
  • Play practical jokes on your business associates.
  • Create a web site for something.
  • Decorate your office.
  • Read strange books.
  • Learn something new.
  • Let your mind wander.
  • Solve world problems.
  • Cut your shrubbery into odd shapes.

Do something. Just don’t let those creative muscles go flabby.

So that’s it. The Seven Habits of Highly Creative People. Put them to use and see what happens.

And if, in that process, you discover another two, or three, or several dozen habits—congratulations. That’s what being creative is all about.

Which of the seven habits was most helpful to you? Leave me a comment below.

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