Merlin Mann on Getting Started

Have you heard of Merlin Mann? He’s the creator of, a “website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.” The description alone should grab your attention, if you’ve ever struggled at the creative process (which I assume is one of the reasons you’re visiting ArtBloom in the first place).

I highly recommend beginning your tour of 43 Folders by reading and digesting this post on starting creative work, and by listening to the podcast below.

MaxFunCon: Merlin Mann on Creative Work

A few highlights that I enjoyed, and which make more sense in the context of Merlin’s talk:

“You’re going to have to learn how to tolerate not knowing everything, including what you’re doing, long enough to go make something.”

“I think people are terrified to find out how good at something they may or may not be.”

“There’s a part of you that probably wants to make something really awesome, and there’s another part of you that’s screaming that part down…”

Learn more about Merlin Mann at and You can also subscribe to The Sound of Young America (which has a lot of great interviews with creative and innovative people) on iTunes.

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  3. Oreo says:

    I like how he brings up how a lot of people make “mini barriers” that prevents them from creating something great. Great advice.