On Being a Modern Gentleman:
Guideline 13: Make Something
Few things are as rewarding as making. On the other hand, few things are as sad as someone with the ability to create doing nothing. Sure, we can’t all be Picasso, Jack London, or Gordon Ramsey, but each of us has the ability and, almost always, the opportunity to make something.
The modern gentleman is a person who is driven to create something with his or her hands and mind. A person driven to leave a lasting, physical impression on the world. In order to be a gentleman, you must create — no two ways about it.
Joss Whedon expressed similar thoughts, though I don’t believe he was considering gentlemen: “Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it. Sauté it, whatever. MAKE.”
MAKE. This is one of the simplest guidelines to being a modern gentleman, yet one of the most important. Consider all the teens playing video games and slacking through school; the tired, old business men waking only to trudge through their work day and hit repeat; the hordes of talented creators saying, “If I only I were inspired…” Do you aspire to that? No. So make. Do. Create. Stand back, look upon the product born of your labors and say, “It is good. It is mine. I made this.”