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Living into Your Dream creativity personal development Jan 18, 2021

Creativity is a basic human impulse we all employ whenever we want to make a difference or make change happen.

 

Creativity is always a collaborative act. Even when you engage in creative enterprise alone, you employ knowledge and resources that come...

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Creative Leadership creativity personal development Aug 10, 2020

Creativity is an inherent human instinct used to solve interesting, difficult, and even wicked problems.

Leadership is the practical skill of influencing or guiding others in a common pursuit.

More than ever, the world needs creative leadership.

Authority, title, or permission are not...

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Make America Create Again creativity Mar 17, 2020

Disclaimer - This isn't about politics. It's about coming together to make things better.

The Situation

Too many of us deny or have lost touch with our creative drive and instinct. This is sad, and this is wrong. It's time we all reclaim and reconnect with our creative capacity to build...

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Creativity in Times of Crisis creativity personal development Mar 12, 2020

Crisis hijacks the healthier impulses we need to leverage when things go sideways.

"What am I to do when [INSERT CURRENT CRISIS HERE]?!"

Let's start by contextualizing the situation at hand. Yes, the current crisis is new and now, but novelty and proximity don't have...

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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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The Books That Built Me - How I Became Creative On Purpose book recommendations creativity personal development Mar 25, 2019

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"Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind."  - James...

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The Fine Art of Blundering creativity personal development Mar 25, 2019

Want to develop your potential? Awaken the giant within? Achieve excellence in an endeavor worthy of your time and talents?

Some say it takes guts, grit, and grind. Others say it requires planning, purpose, and perseverance. Perhaps it's merely up to fate, faith, and fortune.

Regardless of...

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Stoicism Basics for Creatives & Other Human Beings creativity personal development stoicism Feb 11, 2019

I assert that "stoicism is stupid."

To be clear, what I mean is, common English usage, lower case "s" stoicism is a pretty poor strategy for cultivating happiness while building a life worth living.

Meaningful living and work, without question, involves challenges, misfortunes, and invitations...

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Creatives Break Things creativity personal development Jan 21, 2019

Creatives break things. It comes with the job. Things are as they are, and then the creative brings forth something new. Suddenly what was is no longer what is.

It so often happens at the micro level that you simply stop taking note. But sometimes the change is so profound that ...

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The Downside of a Sure Thing creativity personal development Aug 27, 2018

Is a sure thing worth pursuing?

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential...

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The Perils of Certainty & Confidence creativity personal development Aug 08, 2018

Certainty and confidence are over-rated and the enemies of creativity. I take some flak for asserting this, but I stand by that assertion.

Here's the deal. Creativity is about change. Creativity is about innovation. Creativity is about risk. Creativity is an act of faith driven by an...

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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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