From designer Stefan Sagmeister's 2010 TED talk:
1) Doing more of what I like to do and much less of what I don’t like to do.
2) Doing it yourself. What you don’t do properly yourself is never deemed to actually be done.
3) Having meaningful relationships.
4) Thinking freely, without pressure.
5) Being close to the content and in the moment.
6) Working on projects that actually have visible impacts.
7) Keeping a diary that supports personal development.