I defined creative independence as a set of criteria as part of the 2013 Groundhog Day Resolutions project:
- To be my own boss: mastering process, making money directly from work I produce under my own name.
- To have the time, freedom, and money to operate my business without anxiety.
- To act according to my values as a human being, friend, and maker in the pursuit of mastery and success.
- To live according to my values with a community of like-minded self-empowered, positive-minded, conscientious and competent people.
- To be respectful and mindful of others, while not being swayed from my path by their expectations.
- To document the process so the path can be followed by others.
The related process I defined is the "creative cycle" of exploring, learning, building and sharing. This is a way to produce works that can be seen by others. When one's work is seen, that creates a moment of opportunity. This idea that work has to be "seen" is at the core of my productivity tool design.
Later, I realized that creative independence was not a sufficient condition for feeling fulfilled. The revised concept is called creative interdependence