Derek Sivers

Restrictions will set you free


Someone says, "Write me a piece of music. Anything. No restrictions. Go!"

You’re stumped. It’s the blank page syndrome.

Instead, someone says, "Write me a piece of music using only a flute, ukelele, and this toy piano. You can only use the notes D, E, and B. It has to start quiet, get louder, then end quietly. Go!"

Aha! Now that’s an inspiring challenge!

If you’re feeling stuck with marketing, give yourself restrictions.

Whenever you’re feeling uninspired or unmotivated, you need some creative restrictions to set you free.