Make culture, don’t just consume it

The balance between creation and consumption is lopsided: consumption wins out.

But depending on how you consume, consumption can also be a time for curation and ideation.

As I mention in my book, curation is another form of creativity. Twitter and Pinterest have made people art directors.

Proctive consumption is also a way to discover and connect ideas.

However, consumption for entertainment sake can also lead to laziness. A sedentary mind is a wasted one.

In order to leave a mark on the world, you’ve got to put in the good creative work. Computers and the Internet make it so easy to create art and ship it to people. The process of pushing creation more actively should galvanize you to become the artist you want to be.

Consume ideas, create culture. That’s the rhythm of productive output.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.