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 10, 2017
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    Three simple steps for building a daily creative habit

    What’s the single best habit you can build in order to be more creative? A lot of possible answers almost immediately come to mind; daily meditation, journaling or writing every day, creating something (no matter how small) every day, trying new things, trying to see things from a different perspective, or simply taking more chances…. Read more »

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  • January 9, 2017

    “Not relying on other people for anything you really care about is arguably the great-grandaddy of…”

    “Not relying on other people for anything you really care about is arguably the great-grandaddy of every useful productivity, creativity, or self-help pattern.” – Thanks Merlin Mann! Source:: Creative Inspiration

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  • January 9, 2017

    Ideas as colors of the mind

    Every new idea is built on pre-existing ones. We cannot imagine, let alone build off, what we do not know, or what we cannot comprehend on some basic level. A painter can make almost any painting with only three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. She can use red and yellow to create orange, blue… Read more »

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  • January 8, 2017
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    Everyday creativity is your warm-up creativity

    The little things you can do often to think or act creatively are what prime you for the opportunities to do big, creative things. If you wanted to write a novel but had never written a paragraph or two before, you’d probably have a hard time doing it. Of course nobody goes to the major… Read more »

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  • January 7, 2017

    Creativity means change, and that’s the reason it matters

    Whenever I think of change I feel a little bit afraid and a little bit excited. Change often brings with it uncertainty, risk, chance, and hope. Change means different, and no matter how you cut it: different is often scary. It’s not what our lives and minds are really cut out to handle very well…. Read more »

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  • January 5, 2017
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    Want to have better ideas? Read this

    Have you ever read something in a book—or have maybe you read an entire book—then found yourself almost immediately having forgotten what you read the moment you put the book down? It can feel like a wasted effort, to invest any amount of time to learning something new, only to feel like you learned nothing… Read more »

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  • January 4, 2017
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    Why creatives should consider the pillow problem

    Any artist who had believed the world of art had plateaued by the early 1900s was undoubtedly surprised by the invention of cubism in 1910. When the first wireless phones were invented, people thought that was it for communication. The technology couldn’t get any better. What more could you possibly want than to go anywhere… Read more »

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  • January 3, 2017
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    Destroy your work in order to fully explore it

    I don’t write to preserve my thoughts or ideas. I write so I can destroy the ideas I produce in their entirety and see what happens as a result. Artist Oliver Jeffers chooses to “destroy” his beautiful paintings by dipping them in paint in an effort to purposefully hide parts of the artwork beneath a… Read more »

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  • January 3, 2017
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    Ideas love constraints

    The painter must create within the boundaries of her canvas (or exhibit) using the tools and supplies she has available to her. The inventor works within the laws of time and space and motion. The architect designs within the realm of physics. The writer, the constraints of language and a static page. It’s far too… Read more »

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  • January 1, 2017
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    Creativity is often a means of understanding the world

    Why do we make art? Why do we write, or dance, or sing, or generally pursue creating something from nothing? How do these drives propel or hinder our ability to think creatively? In a 2011 interview, New York artist Chrissy Angliker explains one reason she paints is to make sense of the world: “Making art… Read more »

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