50 Things You Need To Be An Awesome Creative

50 Things You Need To Be An Awesome Creative

Go out there and fly. Create. Make some freakin' magic.

There's a creative in all of us. Whether you aspire to be a chef or an engineer, a graphic designer or a teacher, there's room for creativity in every field. The things that amaze us and draw our attention, such as the Eiffel Tower, Disney World, AR & VR technology, or even cronuts come from the creative minds of innovative people.

When I started applying for jobs, I had professors, bosses, co-workers and friends all tell me I needed this, that, and the other to be the ultimate creative. Well, after some experience of my own, I quickly learned it takes much more than this, that, or the other. It takes everything - and a cup of coffee.

Here's my list for aspiring creatives:

1. A sense of humor

2. Your own website

3. Ability to work well with a team

4. Ability to lead a team

5. Curiosity

6. A sketchbook

7. Pens and markers that you enjoy using

8. A functioning flash drive

9. A functioning external hard drive

10. A YouTube account

11. Time to update your website

12. A resume that screams “I’M A CREATIVE, DAMMIT!”

13. Time to read/watch what’s going on in the world

14. Photoshop skills

15. Indesign skills

16. Illustrator skills

17. Video editing skills

18. Listening ears

19. A sense of cultural awareness

20. Empathy

21. Drive

22. A futuristic attitude

23. Knowing your strengths

24. Knowing your flaws

25. Knowing when you need a cup of coffee

26. Knowing when you need a drink

27. Knowing when it’s OK to swear, and when you probably shouldn’t

28. Analytics skills

29. A good relationship with the account team

30. Open and receptive to feedback

31. A goddamn subscription to Netflix.

32. Ability to realize that Hulu is on the rise, too.

33. A pair of noise-canceling headphones

34. Networking skills

35. Really cool business cards

36. “People skills”

37. Internships

38. A strong LinkedIn profile

39. The ability to consistently find ways to work smarter, not harder.

40. A great support system.

41. A decent photography background

42. Knowledge of visualization

43. Ability to make data look interesting

44. A keychain flask

45. An awesome “About Me”

46. Ability to tell a story

47. A killer portfolio

48. An endless supply of Oreos

49. Ability to give constructive criticism

50. A willingness to smile

Go out there and fly. Create. Make some freakin' magic.

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.

If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...

1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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