The Three Secrets to Creative Success

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How to get creative? It's not easy! Here's how three recent movies I saw can inspire you to become a better creator.

Be ruthless

You know the "family" scene near the end of "Sicario"? The one where something unspeakably bad happens? That's how you should be: ruthless. You will only succeed in realizing your creative dreams if you annihilate anything that stands in the way of realizing your goals.

Be crazy

In "Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story," a crazy children's book author and artistic pervert reveals that growing up under Hitler, turning into a completely anxious person, and taking a lifetime to locate your homeland is the key to being an imaginative maverick.

Be alone

The fact of the matter is that if Matt Damon had never become "The Martian," he never would've had the experience of growing potatoes in his own fecal matter. To really focus on your best use, it's important that you give yourself the time and space, both mental and physical, to really hone in on your creativity and express yourself fully.

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