In February, I ran across a great post from my new friend Andrew Zahn entitled “The 10 Commandments of Creativity.” It was so inspirational that I reposted the commandments with a little commentary.

It was fun to learn that Andrew is an actor, blogger, speaker, and candy lover. Well, now he’s also an author! On September 15, his new ebook “The 10 Commandments of Creativity” will be released!  When he asked me to review the book, I was honored.

I loved how Andrew started the book. He set the expectation that it would be “simple, short, and powerful”…and he was so right. Andrew takes each commandment and expounds on them with practical application. He provides great ideas on how to leverage these concepts to make us better at navigating life as a creative being.

If the concept of that idea alone does not excite you, look at these commandments. I know you will connect with them:

  • Give Space, time, and energy to your creativity. If you don’t, your space, time, and energy will go to things you don’t value.
  • Creating is an act of worship. Not creating is self-centered and selfish.
  • Share gifts. Your creativity is a gift given to you.
  • Date your artist. Most of your best ideas come unexpectedly.
  • Don’t be an expert. The minute you believe you’re an expert, you stop learning from others.
  • Celebrate others. Jealousy is the death of creativity.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Now. Later rarely happens.
  • Create from your core. Authenticity breeds beauty.
  • Want what you already have. Utilize your current resources.

If you are anything like me, these headlines make you want to be better.

These lessons are so important to the growth of a creative professional.

Check out this link. Andrew’s book is not expensive, but it’s impact is priceless if you start to practice these principles.

What is one commandment you have as a creative that you would add to this list?

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