All ideas want is to fit

Ideas are out there waiting to be captured or imagined. They travel around us in all different sorts of ways: from communication to entertainment to dreams. All ideas want is to find a place to fit, to exist. There may be ideas that have been trying to fit for a very long time, only when… Read more »

What to do when there’s no time for creativity

Every morning it seems as though a hundred things are clawing for my attention. Maybe you can relate to the feeling. When I first wake up there are emails which have piled up during the night, dozens of notifications on social media, and the increasingly heavy pressure to start the day and get to work…. Read more »

To think creatively you merely need to look closer at things

Creativity really stems from being able to understand the characteristics or behaviors of any thing, its circumstance, or the relationship between it and other things. When you begin to explore and understand those things, you can change them, or imagine what the world would be like if any of those details were to change. And… Read more »

Two ways to improve how you personally have ideas

“Do not try to change yourself, you are unlikely to succeed. Instead: work hard to improve the way you already perform.” — Peter Drucker If you aren’t aware of how you generate ideas, you’ll always struggle to come up with new ones when you need them most. As much as we may want to believe… Read more »

“Everybody says I’m burning the candle on both ends, and I always worry about that. What’s going to…”

“Everybody says I’m burning the candle on both ends, and I always worry about that. What’s going to happen when you age and things slow down and your body just doesn’t work as well? The idea that the energy would slow down kind of freaks me out, so maybe that’s where the urgency comes from…. Read more »

Quick update

I’ve been slowly, manually, moving this blog to a new site. There was a little bit of time when I lost track of the purpose, but I’m diving back into it in the coming weeks. My goal has always been to help others better understand and do more with their creativity. So that’s what I’m… Read more »

A creative life means opening a lot of small doors

Photo by Marietta Varga. “Art is the big door, but real life is a lot of small doors that you must pass through to create something new.” — Jean Giraud To be creative is to be open to the idea your ideas—your way of understanding the world—are limited by what you have experienced. A simple… Read more »

If you do nothing, nothing happens

If you want to be creative: you’re better off doing things than waiting around for inspiration to strike. Too many people say they want to think more creatively—they want to have ideas for making money, turning their art into their livelihood, or how to have an impact—but end up doing little to nothing because they… Read more »

Limit what’s possible and you’ll have more ideas

The painter always sits down with the tools he has available to him, in front of a canvas with a set size, knowing what his abilities will enable him to create. A chef comes to the table prepared with ingredients and supplies at the ready. It doesn’t matter what the specifics of the constraints are… Read more »

Creativity isn’t just what you think, it’s what you do with what you think

My life changed when I realized just how powerful simply showing up and trying things can be. I remember one time coming into the office and, upon hearing how I liked to dabble with web design during the weekends, my boss asking if I could create a little project for the office. The deal was… Read more »

  • January 30, 2017
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    What a laugh says about your ideas

    My favorite reaction to anything creative I do is a laugh. If what I show someone—whether it’s something I’ve written or painted or programmed—can evoke a laugh, I know I’m onto something worthwhile. It’s easy to look at something creative and respond with a less than moved reaction. Having someone say “that’s clever” or getting… Read more »

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  • January 29, 2017

    What separates your creative heroes from everyone else

    When you’re surrounded by people who inspire you, what does that feel like? What do you immediately think of when you think of those who spark your creativity or curiosities? Are they creators or makers? How do you imagine they spend their time? Where do they invest their energies and how do they expose their… Read more »

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  • January 28, 2017
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    What does this remind you of and why does this remind you of it?

    A book without words can still have meaning as a book. If I were to hand you a book with no words anywhere on or in it, you’d still probably know what to do with it. In the time of the ancient Egyptians books were common, but they held no words you or I would… Read more »

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  • January 27, 2017

    To be creative is to engage with ideas, not merely have them

    To be creative is to be engaged. You can’t have creative ideas if you’re not paying attention to the world around you or engaging with the ideas you come up with. The requirement of engaging, or taking some action, with ideas is why it’s so easy to conflate creativity with the arts. The artist creates… Read more »

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  • January 26, 2017
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    What to do on the days you feel uninspired

    First, remember that feeling creatively uninspired is a lot like feeling you had too much to eat for your last meal. The feeling will undoubtedly subside and you’ll find yourself hungry for new ideas again. So don’t beat yourself up. Albert Einstein would often have bouts of procrastination. Earnest Hemingway was notorious for battling feelings… Read more »

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  • January 25, 2017
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    Important reminders of your creative abilities

    The awards a movie actor displays in his studio are just as much for himself to admire as they are for friends or visitors. When you walk into a Michelin Star restaurant and see the number of stars proudly on display, that’s just as much for you as it is for the restaurant staff. Or… Read more »

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  • January 24, 2017
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    How to put creativity on your resume

    How do you demonstrate creative ability on something like a resume or portfolio? The same way you demonstrate anything: show your work. What problems did you approach with creativity and what were you able to accomplish as a result? If ideas are worthless, what we do with them is where the value is. People are… Read more »

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  • January 23, 2017

    The practice of asking creative questions

    I’ve written on the importance of questions before, even going so far as to outline a combinatorial equation for asking better questions. But questions remain a complex and otherwise difficult problem to work around for creative thinkers. Questions—particularly when they’re investigatory in nature rather than fact-finding—keep our thinking open. They create spaces for ideas to… Read more »

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  • January 21, 2017
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    The struggle with creativity

    There’s always been a struggle with pursuing creativity. Routine just comes too easy. Even if things aren’t as great as they could be, habits at least assure predictability, and there’s comfort in that. For as long as there’s been recorded history, it’s clear that the pursuit of creativity has eluded more people than it has… Read more »

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  • January 21, 2017

    Failing to see things differently

    When you’re looking upside down it’s easy to see things in a refreshing way. You almost don’t have to try, things just appear in ways you hadn’t thought of seeing them before. Suddenly parts of the ceiling architecture appear that you hadn’t realized exited because you’re now seeing them from a the perspective of being… Read more »

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