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Creating something fresh and new

To create something fresh requires that you seek out, delete, and destroy everything that feels stale.

Whether in music, writing, fashion, film, business, or problem-solving...the goal is to be innovative and to make something new.  Even when you produce something of the highest quality, it will not be valued unless it also feels fresh and new.  But in pushing things forward and innovating, you are helped along by the process of nature.  You are helped along by evolution itself.  Your audience will be ignited and they will care.  That reaction will be a natural expression of their nature.

To create something fresh requires a certain mind-set.  You have to remain constantly critical.  You also have to ask others to openly critique what you create and trust their opinion when they say it is uninteresting or unoriginal.  To create something fresh and new requires listening to your inner-voice, your intuition, and it also requires that you are up-to-date on what's going on in the world.  You need to stay current and you need people around you who are current.

When you fail to create something that feels fresh, new, and exciting, your work fails to become relevant.  But, to the extent that you achieve it...that's when you find that the world makes room for you.

I want to thank the guys in my band for helping me to understand this prior to going into the studio earlier this year.

Posted by Mark Manney.

Comments

Floyd

As much as I've adored your work Mark, I feel inspired to make my own podcast or something some day where I can explore and flesh out these somewhat ambiguous concepts with people. "Fresh" seems to be a distinct concept in your mind when you wrote this, far broader and deeper than a mere term can convey. My only nitpick with your podcasts were that the episodes were always like that, just long enough to point at a concept, to acknowledge its existence, but never long enough to challenge it deeply, explore it's edges, and really see if anyone could jam it into any compatible paradigms.

Some day, I'll record discussions like that.

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