Occasionally I go on a creativity posting binge here. Why? Because pursuing your passion is inherently a creative mode, even if you are so left-brained your head tilts to the left. It's about leaving the lemming hordes behind and creating your own version of career, based on who you are at the core.
Jen at Circadian Shift (ever the source of interesting links) pointed to a post by Hugh at gapingvoid on "how to be creative." He's got some great insights that apply directly to creating a career that's custom made for you.
1. Ignore everybody.
The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you.
The simple truth is, for all the talk about the American culture being based on individuality and blazing our own trail, most people really don't quite know what to do with people who are doing their own thing. As a result, a lot of frowning, tut-tutting, and are-you-sure-that's-a-realistic-idea-ing happens.
That's not to say you shouldn't seek out and process feedback and insights from others. Simply process it through a filter before you take it to heart and make sure it's not simply raining on your parade because your parade is unfamiliar.
He's also got some great reality check observations, like:
3. Put the hours in.
Doing anything worthwhile takes forever. 90% of what seperates successful people and failed people is time and stamina.
5. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being "discovered" by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.
Nobody suddenly discovers anything. Things are made slowly and in pain.
In the end, it's about creating a career that is uniquely good for you, persistently taking action, and having the patience to stick with it.
Passion Catalyst SM