Creative on Purpose Blog

Insight and Inspiration to Help You Live Your Legacy

Is happiness overrated? personal development Dec 16, 2019

Happiness, it's what most of us are chasing. If you're American,"the pursuit of happiness" is even a patriotic duty, 

We look for it in love, work, and what we buy. And yet...

According to all the studies, most of us aren't finding happiness. Actually, the opposite of happiness,...

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Character Loans personal development Dec 09, 2019

When I decided to open up a music store in my little town I went to my bank. After a quick chat that was more catching up than discussion of my business plan, I signed a note, shook hands with the bank manager, and left with a larger loan than I'd asked.

In the financial world this kind of...

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Work I Love by People I Like personal development Dec 07, 2019
2019 has been a breakthrough year for Creative on Purpose. A meaningful hobby became a thriving and prosperous enterprise that makes a difference. 
 
This is largely due to friends and fellow travelers I met in Seth Godin's altMBA and Akimbo Workshops.
 
To start returning the...
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Spending Vs. Investing personal development Dec 01, 2019

If you're like me, you spent some time with family and friends last weekend. You probably spent some money as well.

Time spent with the right people is an investment. So is money well spent. You enhance your life and the lives of others through investments made with intention and...

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Appreciation for what you already have. personal development Nov 30, 2019

Aspiration matters. It matters a lot.

Things could be better. Your potential can be developed. Endeavors that enhance the lives of others and ourselves are worthy pursuits.

And...

At the same time, remember that everything, including yourself, is alright as it...

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The Perils of Positive Thinking personal development stoicism Nov 25, 2019

It's no secret, setting intentions alone does not manifest change. Sending your intentions out into the universe is a one way conversation.

Good things may come to those who wait, but those things taste like Guinness or ketchup.

Intentions matter, of course. Set them with care and...

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Live Your Legacy personal development stoicism Nov 24, 2019

Legacy isn't what you leave behind; it's the difference you're making now.

“While we wait for life, life passes.” - Seneca

It’s Time to Make a Difference

You are enough. Yet, capable of more. We need you. 

It’s time to make a difference. It’s time to fly...

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Old Rivers and Long Bridges personal development Nov 19, 2019

The bridge pictured above runs across the New River Gorge in Fayetteville, WV. 

The New River is one of the oldest on earth and one of the very few that runs North instead of South. Old and contrary, remind you of anyone. ;)

The bridge is one of the longest and highest ever constructed. It...

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Is Character Fate? personal development stoicism Nov 18, 2019

"Character is fate." - Heraclitus

What if character is fate?

What if to live a good life you must be a good person?

What if the path to better living goes through character?

What if destiny is determined not by what you do, but instead is defined by who you are? Perhaps what you...

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An Artist’s Adventures with Marcus Aurelius creativity personal development stoicism Nov 16, 2019

It’s in looking back and reflecting that a life journey is sorted and makes sense. Marcus Aurelius knew this. Marcus Aurelius was the last of what are known as the Roman Empire's Good Emperors. Meditations is a printed collection of what remains from Marcus' private journals.

What Is...

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Fate, Destiny, & Legacy personal development stoicism Nov 11, 2019

"The thing ordained for you – teach yourself to be at one with those. And the people who share them with you – treat them with love. With real love." – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Fate

Fate is who you are and where you're at now. You can't change what brought you to this...

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The Work You Get to Do personal development Nov 03, 2019

I made the leap to becoming a full-time professional musician shortly after my first son was born. It was right after a brush with a significant health scare. Music was my passion, and I didn't want to look back later later in life and wonder “Could I have ‘done something’...

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