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What I've Been Reading - Summer 2020

book recommendations Aug 03, 2020

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Books are efficient and cost effective learning tools. They are my go-to source for inspiration and information in my endeavors. Here are four books that currently inform my journey in developing Creative On Purpose.

Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World, by Jacqueline Novogratz

Drawing on inspiring stories from change-makers around the world and on memories of her own most difficult experiences, Jacqueline divulges the most common leadership mistakes and the mind-sets needed to rise above them.

Community: The Structure of Belonging, by Peter Block

Block explores examples revealing that community building is a powerful way to address social problems. A way of thinking that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to...

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Appreciation & Presence

One of the reasons appreciation is such an effective and efficient mood lifter is that it returns us to the here and now. It cultivates presence and mindfulness.

You can’t be grateful and anxious at the same time.

Anxiety is often caused by attachment to unhappy stories you’re telling yourself about the past or unhealthy expectations you have about the future.

Unhealthy desires are the root of suffering and appreciation is the antidote to desire.

Gratitude helps you see there are opportunities in the obstacles before you and the silver linings of your situation.

Appreciation recognizes that you are not flawed or broken. You’re a work in progress.

What unhealthy stories based on your past are you ready to let go of? What outcomes beyond your control are you ready to detach from?

Let’s get where we’re going by starting where we are right now.

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Community & Culture

Community and culture are terms often misused and conflated.

Community is driven by proximity. The people you find yourself surrounded by defines your community. 

Culture is driven by ideas and actions. The shared ideas and idiosyncrasies of a group define culture. Culture isn’t necessarily tied to where we are at any given moment. 

We spend our lives so thoroughly immersed in community and culture that we don’t notice its impacts on us. We react and respond to its whims and wishes unconsciously.

Time to wake up.

You get to choose who you do and don’t spend time with. You also get to choose the beliefs and behavior you accept and those you don’t.

Get the community right and together bend the culture to help everyone develop their potential and deliver on their promise.

How can you be more intentional and specific about the community you spend time with and the culture you’re co-creating?

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The Digital Campfire

Owning the influence you have over the community you keep and the culture you cultivate is powerful. It can also be a little intimidating.

The idea of a ‘digital campfire’ can help you baby step your way into this posture.

Of course, an in-person meet-up works too. But a virtual one can be a less intimidating way to start.

To build a digital campfire is to create an online meet-up for those you already know and seek to help more directly.

The challenge is to be specific and focused both on who is invited and the gathering’s intention. Avoid giving attendees a roasting stick, but nothing to stick on the end of it to toast.

Craft and construct a digital campfire that’s intimate, immediate, and fulfilling. Build it for people whose attention, trust, and permission you've already earned. These events are designed meet-ups created on and for a purpose.

Some digital campfires are for sharing ideas and insights, others for asking or answering questions, still others...

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The Problem with Culture

personal development Jul 06, 2020

You probably heard the joke about an old fish swimming by a couple of youngsters and saying, "Hey, kids, how's the water today?" The young fish return the greeting, and then after a bit, one young fish turns to the other and says, "What the heck is water?"

That's the problem with culture. Most of the time we don't recognize we're surrounded by it. Yet, it informs and inspires our unconscious attitudes and habitual responses toward our situation and each other.

But at some point the culture, as is its wont, shifts dramatically or even violently. We're shocked and unprepared to navigate the new normal. It's upsetting and unsettling.

But does it have to be?

Most of the time, most of us swim in cultural ponds that are pretty small. We actually have more influence over 'the way things are' then we're willing to embrace.

What if we spent a little more time thinking about the culture we want to compass? What if we then convened enough of...

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What Outrage Teaches

personal development Jun 29, 2020

Outrage is a natural reaction to injustice. We're programmed by biology and culture to express disgust, anger, or frustration when experiencing a personal offense or moral injustice.

Outrage triggers our ‘fight or flight’ instinct. When confronted by an abuse, the impulse to either lash out or stand mute is a fundamental human inclination.

To deny or suppress outrage is neither sensible nor healthy. We must sit with our outrage and the outrage of others. We must listen and consider, and do so with care and compassion.

It's seductive to feel entitled to our outrage. It's easy to let outrage inspire what we do next. But are acts dictated by outrage likely to promote progress or well being?

Can acting on outrage make things truly better? Can we honor the humanity and dignity of all concerned while outrage reigns?

Yes, we are entitled to our outrage. But if we put it in control of what happens next, we must...

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Volition is one of my favorite words (although coddiwomple is still in the top spot).

Volition is the exercise of will. Pursuing a difference worth making with integrity and intention. Volition and will reflect your character, who you really are.

Volition requires a readiness to make decisions and a willingness to commit to acting on them. Volition demands the exercise of will in service of creating a worthwhile or necessary change happen.

Volition entails resolve. Resolve implies firmness of purpose and determination to see your decision through, regardless of challenges, obstacles, or distractions.

Embracing volition doesn't guarantee the outcome you seek, but it does ensure the journey will be worth it. Wherever you end up as you coddiwomple along in your endeavor, volition helps you build identity and forge meaning as you go.

Are you applying yourself to your endeavors with volition?


Scott Perry - Chief Difference Maker at Creative on Purpose.

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Productivity Vs. Progress

Productivity and progress are too often confused.

Getting lots of different things done (productivity) can be a seductive way to hide from getting one thing done well (progress).

Productivity is the ability to create or generate goods or services. Progress is the more important activity of moving toward a goal.

Progress doesn't demand that you grind, hustle, pull long hours, over-do, or anything else you might do to feel productive.

Progress simply requires that you commit to making a change worth making and do only what must be done to achieve it.

Productivity doesn’t lead to progress. Progress is the result of getting what must be accomplished done.

What can you put on your 'stop-doing' list today to help you make actual progress in your endeavor? What’s the one thing you could do today that would propel your endeavor the furthest forward?

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Right Now It's Not My Turn

personal development Jun 08, 2020

When you're a committed difference maker, the impulse to try to make things better is strong. The default posture for people like us is to leap to action and lead. We want to help and think the best way is for us to do something now.

I wonder if the more helpful thing for some of us to do right now is to pause, pay attention, and listen? Maybe this is a moment when some of us should resist the urge to stand up and speak up. Perhaps some of us can better serve others and the situation by collecting dots before connecting them.

For some of us, the hard part about work that matters is sitting with the tension of unknowing and uncertainty. We're programmed to jump in and thrash our way to clarity. Often we are quick to judge and slow to consider.

We have that quite backward.

If you think you might be "some of us," let's make some time and space for seeing, hearing, and understanding the perspectives and lived experiences of others before we chime in with...

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What I've Been Reading - Spring 2020

book recommendations Jun 01, 2020

This article contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase, Creative On Purpose receives a commission. Thank you!

"Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

Books are my go-to source for inspiration and information in my endeavors. Here are four books that currently inform my journey in developing Creative On Purpose and help me enhances the lives of those who collide with it.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, by Steven Pinker

Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker persuasively reframes the idea that the world is coming to an end and makes a powerful case for returning to Enlightenment ideals of reason and science to enhance human flourishing.

Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl

A timeless memoir and meditation on forging meaning and building identity by leaning into adversity with intention and...

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