Rule No. 6: Create

by Michael Paradise

“Growing up doesn’t have to mean donning a gray flannel suit. It really means taking an active role in the world instead of a passive one. Making an impact. And creating your world instead of consuming it.” – Brett McKay, The Art of Manliness

The goal of your existence should be to create value and add it to the world, that is, to make the world a better place. Be mindful of how much you consume versus how much you create. Passive consumption of ideas, information, food, products, etc results in zero creation and stagnation of progress & development.

The problem with consumption is that it temporarily pacifies our inner desire to create; you feel as if you’ve accomplished something after you’ve read a book or article, or watched a movie, or bought new clothes. But it is never a permanent fix. I think this is why you see so many people that just buy more and more crap they don’t need – they are trying to satiate a deeper desire within.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. So, take a good look at the mold you have created for yourself. Study what can be removed and added and refinished. Then chisel away and and refine and build until all that is left is your own personal masterpiece. Then give it to the world.