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The Discipline of Delight by Design personal development storytelling Jul 26, 2021

What the heck does delight have to do with making a difference?

Plenty.

Human beings are hardwired to be attracted by and embrace delight. Unexpected pleasure or joy is what makes moments memorable, even mundane or challenging ones. 

Ever had an especially great server at a restaurant? My...

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Choose Your Story... personal development storytelling Jul 12, 2021

Human beings have always made sense of themselves, their circumstances, and each other through narrative. I'm telling myself a story about myself, about what's going on around me, about you, and even telling myself a story about the story you're telling yourself about me.

It all gets...

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In media res storytelling Jun 28, 2021

In media res, Latin for “in the middle of things” is a literary device employed by storytellers across time and genres. An early example is Homer’s The Iliad, which begins in the thick of the Trojan War. A more recent example is Martin Scorsese’s film, ...

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Why I run at the Cemetery personal development stoicism storytelling Jun 17, 2021
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Bernadette Jiwa - Telling Better Stories storytelling tips from podcast guests Jun 11, 2021

Insight and inspiration for flying higher in the difference only you can make from guests who have appeared on Creative on Purpose Live.

This week's wisdom comes from bestselling author and creator of the Story Skills Workshop, Bernadette Jiwa.

[Scott] "Tell us just a couple of ideas or...

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The Truth as It Is Told personal development storytelling Jun 09, 2021

During my career as a blues guitarist, I experienced the privilege of meeting many of my musical heroes. It happened with enough frequency that some of my musician friends call me the Forrest Gump of the blues.

I think they mean that good-naturedly...

Anyway, during a festival...

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Rhetorically Speaking personal development stoicism storytelling Jun 07, 2021

In the ancient western world, the art of persuasion and influence was taught through rhetoric and was most often employed in political discourse and philosophical debate. Today we still see rhetoric used in marketing and mass media.

The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, developed three types...

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The stories we tell... personal development storytelling May 19, 2021

Trauma can break a person. It can also break you open to possibility. It took such a moment for me to realize that I was complicit in creating my own suffering. Negative narratives I crafted about myself, my experiences, and how I measured up (or more often...

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Do stories really matter? personal development storytelling May 13, 2021

Do stories really matter?

The question is, of course, rhetorical. If you want to make a difference, you have to tell stories. And if you're going to make a bigger difference, chances are you need to tell better stories.

Having a great idea or a cause worth investing in is not enough. If...

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Rethinking Authority personal development stoicism storytelling May 12, 2021

For good reason, many are questioning authority these days. For far too long, authority has been unfairly and unjustly distributed.

We should, and we must, cease this historical pattern and work together to extend privilege and opportunity to everyone, starting with those from whom it has been...

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Why do you do what you do? personal development storytelling Apr 12, 2021

Do you ever wonder if you could show up more fully in your life and make a bigger difference?

Me too.

The fear of dying with the difference only I can make still inside became very real to me when I nearly got run over while jogging across a crosswalk during my daily run to the cemetery and back....

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Origin Story personal development storytelling Apr 05, 2021

Origin stories are often told as if they were well-planned road trips. The truth is, most meaningful endeavors are born of chaos, confusion, challenge, or crisis.

The epiphany that ended my odyssey to define what and who Creative on Purpose is for came thanks to a misstep that almost...

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