You already have all the tools for creative work

“The tone is in the fingers.” – Jason Fried, Founder of 37signals and author of Rework. Too often impostor syndrome creeps up on us and begins a conversation that can prevent us from doing our best work. We’re reminded of our past failures or short-comings, the negative or unfair criticisms we’ve encountered along our way,… Read more »

“The people who have said there is nothing new left to do in the world have been wrong every time….”

“The people who have said there is nothing new left to do in the world have been wrong every time. Don’t let their lack of imagination hold you back.” – Sam Altman Source:: Creative Inspiration

How to turn your creative passion into something more

There are about 12,000,000 books sold on Amazon, the oldest of which was published in the 1700s. Google Books now has an estimated 129,000,000 books archived for searching from anywhere in the world. If you search hard enough you can find books published from the years 300-600. It’s clear that for thousands and thousands of… Read more »

A quote from author Steven Pressfield on how we discover…

A quote from author Steven Pressfield on how we discover ourselves through our work. Source:: Creative Inspiration

Less is more in creative work, but consistency is key

Doing any type of ideas-based work is similar to the physical work done by sculptors or stone cutters. The work requires consistent pressure, just the right amount of force, in order to chip away everything non-essential. Too much force and things can break, too little force and you’ll be working for a tremendous amount of… Read more »

Two Physical Hacks for Recharging Your Creativity

In the past we’ve written about the link between depression and creativity. Creative thinkers are more exposed to depression and anxiety possibly more than regular folk because of the tendency to ruminate more, or so the theory goes. Often, as creative individuals, we’ll use frustration or otherwise negative emotions to fuel the drive into finding… Read more »

Building Systems for Staying Creative and Not Burning Out

Creative work happens between the birth of an idea and seeing the idea come to fruition. The result of the work is something useful, something to be experienced, something from nothing. Of course, your milage may vary. To the general observer the creative process looks simple, even easy: idea, action, success. To those only seeing… Read more »

Why companies measure creativity with impossible interview questions

We often avoid thinking about failure and, as a result, distract ourselves from the benefits it can give us. Problems aren’t always unexpected in life or work, of course. We can often know about problems before they happen and ignore them in favor of being safe, secure, and content. Being content with where we’re at… Read more »

“Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer…”

“Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. It hits your mind and bounces right off. You have to ask the question — you have to want to know — in order to open up the space for the answer to fit.” – Clayton Christensen, via… Read more »

Four of my top Inc articles on creativity

I’ve been writing a lot lately over on Inc.com, if you haven’t been following my writing on creativity, innovation, and productivity over there here’s what you’ve missed: 5 ways the most successful CEOs build creative confidence. What do Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Ariana Huffington do to stay cool and confident under so… Read more »