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 20, 2017
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    Here’s an idea

    Just start and the ideas will follow. Of course it’s not quite that easy, but when you “just start” surprising things can happen. That’s because the hardest thing about writing a draft isn’t coming up with the words. The hardest thing is sitting down to actually do it, to start. If you can sit down… Read more »

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  • January 19, 2017

    Ideas simply want a place to fit

    The only thing ideas want is to fit. Ideas are out there in the world, 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… Read more »

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  • January 18, 2017
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    We are the bakers, not the makers, of ideas

    The way you make a cake is by collecting a bunch of ingredients, mixing them together in the right order, then putting it all into an oven to bake. The process of creativity is a lot like baking a cake, in that it entails the gathering of ingredients—or knowledge—then mixing it up and allowing it… Read more »

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  • January 17, 2017
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    Creativity in the coming age of artificial intelligence

    I’m excited for the day our creativity is benefited by automated technology, more so than it is today. If creativity is our ability to enact change driven by new and valuable ideas, then the addition of technology for determining and drawing-out those ideas is something modern machines are certainly capable of doing. We already have… Read more »

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  • January 16, 2017
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    Two methods for asking better questions

    A favorite quote of mine from Socrates goes: “Understanding a question is half an answer.” Famous American inventor William Edwards Deming echoed Socrates by stating: “If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” The importance of both these quotes cannot be overstated, however both what Socrates and Deming’s say… Read more »

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  • January 15, 2017
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    It’s not enough to have ideas, you have to learn how to bridge them too

    Yesterday I had the chance to be reminded of the fact that not all ideas have the possibility of being victories. I’ve been on a roll lately with writing daily and posting to this blog, and over the last two weeks I’ve watched as certain ideas I’ve shared reach more people or have more of… Read more »

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  • January 14, 2017
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    To come up with a lot of ideas, go narrow to broad

    A great way to come up with ideas on-the-fly is going narrow in order to go broad. Focusing briefly before going wide, then focusing back in again and repeating as necessary. The technique works like this: simplify by focusing-in on or asking questions about what you already know, then use those questions to go broad… Read more »

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  • January 12, 2017
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    Taking time to reflect on your creative genius

    By the time you work through an idea, it will have lost its original intent. The most compelling ideas are often the ones that seem inevitable, like they were of course going to occur. Creating the iPhone seems like common sense for Apple to have some back in 2007. The invention of microwaveable food seems… Read more »

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  • January 12, 2017

    Your creativity is limited to what you know

    A problem many people face when it comes to thinking creatively is that the possibilities seem infinite. There’s so much that might be that it becomes paralyzingly to try and imagine what could be. Anything that can be dreamed can be a solution to a problem. In our imagination, anything goes. But that’s not how… Read more »

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  • January 11, 2017
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    One trick for coming up with creative ideas

    A classic trick creative thinkers will use—one that isn’t really a trick at all—is to look at what people are doing elsewhere and mimic it. If a student sees a community forming around local artists, what’s to stop her from creating a Facebook group for the artists in her school?. A teacher who sees a… Read more »

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