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Creativity Happens Through You, Not to You creativity personal development Jun 01, 2018

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist
when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

In The Stoic Creative, I assert that creativity is an inherent human impulse. If you don't agree, think back to your childhood. A time you were a fearless and...

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What Work That Matters Looks Like personal development May 28, 2018

Do you ever wonder what work that matters looks like? I sure do!

Last Friday my wife Lisa and I attended the commencement ceremony at Floyd County High School to watch a dozen or so of my guitar students graduate. After the ceremony, I congratulated each of them and presented them with a copy...

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How to Avoid Depression & Anxiety personal development May 25, 2018

Depression and anxiety are temporary emotional states that we all experience from time to time.

Yes, sometimes depression and anxiety are sustained clinical conditions that require professional treatment. But often depression and anxiety are merely temporary emotional states. Too often we...

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What to Do When Shame Comes to Visit personal development May 22, 2018

Let's face it, you can not live a life worth living without making mistakes. Getting things "right" involves going through a lot of "wrong."

And some of those "wrong" choices of word and deed come with a heaping helping of regret. And when regret appears, you can be sure that shame is...

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Resilience personal development stoicism May 18, 2018
“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.”—Viktor Frankl

At the beginning of this week, I encouraged building some intentional “quiet time” into your day-to-day lives. Paradoxically,...

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Chill Out - The Virtues of Stillness personal development May 14, 2018

For those of us on the path of developing and delivering our best selves through our best work, it is easy to get lost in the churn. Hustling to get what we're working on done so we can move on to what's next.

The path to progress doesn't encourage the employment of patience or peace.

But so...

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Are You Navigating Life with a Map or a Compass? personal development stoicism May 11, 2018

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius

In an age that seems to reward certainty and confidence, it's tempting to look for a map. The shortest, fastest, and easiest way to get where you want to go (or worse, where others...

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Getting Out of Your Own Way (By Getting Out of Your Own Head) personal development stoicism May 07, 2018

We spend a lot of time in our own heads. Probably more than is healthy. And much of this narrative is feeding questionable agendas and assumptions about ourselves, our situation, and those who surround us.

Piercing the veil of our self-fulfilling self-talk is an exercise worth doing more...

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Cemetery Run personal development stoicism May 03, 2018

I felt a slight tug as the passenger-side mirror of the blue Subaru brushed against the fabric of my running shirt.

It didn’t register right away. I remember looking up and seeing a “Love Your Mother” sticker with an illustration of the earth on the car’s bumper and the...

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Is Enough, Enough? personal development May 01, 2018

Humans are complicated. Can we agree on that? What other creature is capable of holding two diametrically opposed ideas in their head at the same time and simultaneously hold each to be true and still function?

Some people believe the earth is actually flat and still go onround the...

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Love, Art, & Tranquility personal development stoicism Apr 27, 2018
Gratitude is baked into many of the reflections Marcus Aurelius wrote in his journal. What I love about this quote, is that it reminds me that art is any work that matters. Acts done with intention and done to enhance the lives of others. Art is music, painting, and fiction for sure. But art is...
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Where Empathy Begins personal development Apr 23, 2018

Of all the lessons I’ve learned (and continue to learn), the biggest have intersected with my struggle with understanding and employing empathy. A struggle I only began coming to terms with when I added a chapter on it to The Stoic Creative Handbook.

The punchline, or rather the truth as I...

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