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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 7 pieces of advice for new graduates

When it comes to creativity, finding collaborative partners is key, says Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. And so is just being a good person.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 7 pieces of advice for new graduates
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2019 marks the 10th year of our Most Creative People in Business list, so we’re reaching out to some notable alumni to get their advice on creativity. Here, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was number one on our 2016 list, shares his best advice for new graduates who want to lead creative lives.

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1. Find your people.

2. Find people with similar or complementary goals who you trust, and who make your work better.

3. Find a way to be around the thing that you love, and you’ll find people who are there for the same reason.

4. Through collaboration, you can make something greater than the sum of your collective gifts.

5. You’re going to make so many great mistakes, from which you will learn.

6. Be a good person to others. Earn a reputation for being hardworking and a good person, and they’ll want you in the room.

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7. Nurturing creativity is a prerequisite for success, and when married to hard work and the right collaborators, it’s undeniable.

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