Manifesto of Attitude — I want to Learn
A big part of my own philosophy, or methodology in and for life (my current Attitude) is based, fueled or initiated by the following quote by Mark Twain:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Combined with the sentence:
Let’s make better mistakes tomorrow.
… a phrase that was then even transformed into the title of my ongoing self-publication project, the Better Mjstakes magazine.
The magic of all this is that it was and is a provoking trigger for action. Having in mind that for me action is the key to success, this sentence simply motivates me to do my work and stay active and stay moving.
So the plan to make a mistake is simply the spark, the kick to make ideas happen. To pack opportunities by the horns, to approach the project, to write, to talk to that person who is actually too ‘big’, ‘important‘, ‘unreachable‘. In simply doing what you are scared of, to stop the worrying and just start the action, to throw yourself into the situation and to accept the new and/or accept a possible mistake will always work out.
It always works out because even if the action was succesful or not — the simple fact that you did it and learned is already golden. This might therefore be the deepest goal and one of the important aspects of how I define my Attitude. To learn, to get better.
This is the reason why I don’t fear “possibly” too ambitious projects like the one I’m writing here. This is why I encourage the people of my generation: Let’s make more better mistakes!
When I created my own publication with a friend (Johannes Breyer) we started with the name and a manifesto to share our point of view, our position, our attitude.
The project was born out of a necessity because we were missing an output of people of our age in the creative business who would not only provide some random pictures with no substance but sharing background information with transparency and honesty.
While Antonin Artaud wrote in 1932:
There are too many manifestos and not enough works of art.
I shout out today:
There are too many works of art and not enough manifestos!
I’m sick of all the shiny and cluttered ”portfolio magazines” only exposing the style of boring designers. I think we need a fresh approach, more transparency, more process, more substance, more realness, failures and success stories …
1. Let’s strive for a new enthusiasm, provoking more impact, boldness and clarity for our actions and thinking!
2. Let’s strive for more transparency when it comes to the (creative) process and our progress!
3. Let’s be more grateful for what we have and profit better from our possibilites.
4. Let’s become clear and uncluttered in our mind and actions.
5. Let’s strive to be M.A.Y.A. (Most Advanced Yet Accessible)
6. Let’s give back lots of love and great work.
Another part of The Manifesto of Attitude.