A true creative creates even when the conditions aren't perfect.
A true creative puts in the hours even when they don't feel like it.
A true creative is willing to produce work no one will ever see in order to develop a skill set that produces even better work.
A true creative can produce in line with trends but is also willing to commit to a vision larger than the zeitgeist.
A true creative realizes that their style and perspective does not have to be (and often is not) shared by everyone.
Originally published September 2014