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5 key points from creative south ‘14
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5 key points from creative south ‘14

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That’s what happened this past weekend when 400 innovators, brand builders and designers flooded Columbus, GA to talk shop at Creative South. The event featured an incredible line-up of speakers, from Jim Sherraden at Hatch Show Print to Allan Peters at Target. It’s been a few days since the Real Thread crew got back from Creative South and we haven’t stopped buzzing.

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Here are five key points from the conference that are ruling our world:

  1. Creativity is Courageous: Working in the creative realm forces you into the unknown. To continue to be creative, you must choose to face this mystery daily and courageously. Creativity, at its core, is courageous.
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  1. Entitlement Destroys Growth: Riding the coattails of past work is the fast track to creative death. Be humble, be kind and stay hungry. Nothing will slow your development more than entitlement.
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  1. Community Is Essential: Your creative success is only as strong as the community you surround yourself with. You may be able to do a lot alone, but you definitely can’t do it all. Plug into a great community and pour yourself into it.
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  1. Comfort Kills: No designer became successful because they did what was comfortable. Great risks are essential to, not only becoming great, but to thriving as a creative. Choose what your next level is and make a pathway to it. Don’t let comfort slow you down!
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  1. Never Stop Making: All the creatives we heard speak took time to enjoy their natural gift. You should too! Make something cool every day. Take time to use your skills in the way you love. It will keep you sharp and make you better.
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Special thanks to Mike Jones and his team for making this one of the best events of the year. We were stoked to represent Orlando with Mama’s Sauce, Purple Rock Scissors, Treehouse, Clark Orr and Justin Mezzell; had great times hanging with Alonzo Felix, Von Glitschka, Mackey Saturday, Mary Kate McDevitt, Scott Fuller, Helena Price, Nathan Yoder and Lenny Terenzi (amongst other incredible designers) and were mind blown by Typefight and Ink Wars.

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The cherry on top of all of this was seeing designs by Seanwes, Design vs. Cancer and Lion & Anvil on shirts we printed.

Want to go with us next year? Head over to www.creativesouthga.com and we’ll get a carpool together or something.

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