I’ve never been a fan of rules.
As a child I pushed the boundaries, the limits, and always broke the rules.
As I got older I continued to push the boundaries, I questioned, I challenged, and I got a lot of detentions.
Before I became an entrepreneur I was a painter, I was then an art historian, I then became a marketer and now I am all of these things.
The one thing that took me through all of these journeys was simple: I broke the rules.
When I was told to draw a bowl of apples, I copied a Picasso painting. When my client told me he couldn’t charge more for his services, I told him to triple his prices.
Rules are made to be broken. OK. I am not saying you should go out and break the law but playing with the boundaries can lead to interesting results.
Here are some interesting quotes from famous artists to inspire you and, hopefully, encourage you to break some rules today:
1. Protect your inner child.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” – Pablo Picasso
As we grow up we begin to question, doubt ourselves, and question some more. Creativity becomes strangled and stifled. Ultimately we run the risk of being to scared to try new things.
Don’t be afraid to laugh and play around with things. Robert Dempsey recently came under attack for trying something new on his site.
It did not deter him. If you don’t try something how will you ever know if it worked?
2. Change your mind, again and again
“If you want clean ideas, change them as often as you change your shirts.” – Francis Picabia
Nothing is set in stone. Your ideas are ideas, you don’t have to stand by them forever. I’ve seen a few people recently take down certain bloggers because, shock horror, they are doing something differently to what they said last week or last year.
You own your ideas. Be OPEN to new ideas. Don’t be afraid to change your mind. No one here, even if they try to imply it, are the social media/business police. There are no rules governing how you should formulate your ideas. Don’t implement your own!
Old ideas get smelly, dull and worn. Yes, just like that shirt you are still wearing.
3. Be brave
“Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse
Being creative is scary. We doubt ourselves all the time. The minute we question ourselves we kill creativity dead. Being brave and having the courage to take that leap WILL make the world of difference.
Each artistic movement came about initially by rejecting the movement of the past. Turning things on their head or cutting things up to rearrange them in a haphazard fashion to create something new.
As entrepreneurs we often run the risk of looking into the past to find answers. Glance back but then look forward, paint it pink, add glitter, be brave and try something new.
Hindsight is 20/20 – you will only realise you’ve done something amazing when you have done it.