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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 & Over-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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10 Life Lessons Learned on Stage creativity personal development Apr 16, 2018

I've earned my living from playing music on stages large and small. Sometimes for festival audiences of thousands, sometimes to the sound of one fan clapping in a small club. Along the way, I learned a few lessons that inspire and inform other life endeavors. Here are my top 10 lessons learned...

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Everyone's a Creative. Are You Ready to Be an Artist? creativity personal development stoicism Mar 19, 2018

Do You Know That You’re Lying?

“Let’s start with a quick poll. Raise your hand if you’re a Creative. Great! If your hand is raised, put it back down. Now, raise your hand if you’re not a Creative. That's interesting. Keep your hand raised. Alright, if your hand is...

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The Perils of Creative Attachment creativity personal development Mar 17, 2018

I had the great privilege of speaking with Seth Godin for a second time on the Creative On Purpose Broadcast recently. He packed our short time together with a ton of knowledge and insight. But one of the most profound moments was what Seth said about the perils of attachment for...

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What Is the Work That You Are Meant to Do Now? creativity personal development Mar 03, 2018

Is the work you do deliberate, inspired, provocative, or significant?

Shouldn’t it be?

What “The Work You’re Meant to Do Now” Is NOT

The work you’re meant to do now is not “what you were born to do.” It’s not the one thing you’re put on the...

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Skills Vs. Talents creativity personal development Feb 24, 2018

Skills Are Acquired, Talents Are Accessed

“What Do You Do?”

“What you do” is not necessarily what you do for a living or what you’re employed to do. Too often your “job” employs only hard skills. These are skills you’ve been taught in school or...

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Purpose Vs Passion creativity personal development Feb 08, 2018

Are you feeling dissatisfied or frustrated with the work you do now? Feel like you’re not developing or engaging your full potential in whatever endeavor you’re employed? Not executing your full promise?

Maybe you’re wondering, “What’s next?” “What is the...

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“Here, I Made This. I Hope You Like It….” Feedback Vs. Criticism creativity personal development stoicism Jan 23, 2018

Creating is simply the act of making something new. However, simple doesn’t mean easy. The creative process can be lonely, intimidating, and fraught with self-doubt. Then comes the hard part...sharing what you made with others. 

Do I Have to Share?

That depends. We’re all...

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Beliefs Are Bogus creativity stoicism Nov 21, 2017

The Case for Values

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." - Epictetus

We are driven by our beliefs. We live by them and die for them. And far too often we cleave to them in the face of evidence that they are not absolutes or even true. We believe that our beliefs...

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The Day I Met Seth Godin (And How He Made Cry…)! creativity personal development stoicism Nov 15, 2017

If you have a minute, I’d like to tell you a quick story.

If you check out The Stoic Creativative on Amazon, you’ll probably take note of this 5-star review.

“Scott will open your eyes to a different way of doing work that matters. His generous, persistent, consistent belief in...

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