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 »

  • June 3, 2013

    Facing fears, doing work, and a single serving of life

    After the brain surgery, laying in one of those single-spaced hospital beds while wearing one of those white and blue-dotted hospital gowns which seemed to be made from a single sheet of hospital bedding, my good friend S. was unaware of the rapid rate at which death was approaching him. We all were. His mother,… Read more »

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  • May 31, 2013
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    Where creativity lies

    We want to believe that creativity is regularly awe-inspiring. It’s not though. As I was sitting in a bookstore the other day I noticed a woman commenting on a feature story of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. She was speaking to her friend when she said: “I’m amazed at how creative this guy is,… Read more »

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  • May 29, 2013

    Why we get stuck

    If you’re creatively stuck then you’re not working. That’s all there is too it. No matter the type of creative block you’re suffering from – writer’s block, artist’s block, thinking block, etc. – the reason your stuck is either because you’re exhausted (in which case you need to take a break) or because you’re not… Read more »

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  • May 28, 2013
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    Create your life

    Why create? Because you’re the only person who can do it with your style, based on your perspective, with your abilities. Creating changes your life, by allowing you to share your stories with others, inspiring and defining yourself as you go. But you can’t create simply because you read it on a poster (or a… Read more »

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  • May 23, 2013

    Why not now?

    Today is the biggest opportunity for you as a creative. To create and sell your art, to become a professional photographer, to make that documentary, or to quit your job and write a best-selling novel. The revolution has come, and with it the standard day job and the once too big to fail industries have… Read more »

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  • May 21, 2013
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    Want to win the latest book from 99u?

    “Stop doing busywork. Start doing your best work.” That’s what the latest book from creative powerhouse 99u, Manage Your Day-to-Day, promises. This book was just released today, and is a creative toolbox for doing exactly what it says on the cover: managing your day-to-day. Featuring insights and wisdom from creative greats like Dan Ariely, Leo… Read more »

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  • May 20, 2013
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    Tools are only as good as our reasons and methods for using them

    Yahoo! has acquired Tumblr (the blogging platform used to power Creative Something, and the platform more than 60,000 of you use to read this blog daily). If you’re using Tumblr to blog than this news is either exciting or terrifying. When a new company buys such a large tool there are (more often than not)… Read more »

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  • May 20, 2013
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    Tools are only as good as our reasons and methods for using them

    Yahoo! has acquired Tumblr (the blogging platform used to power Creative Something, and the platform more than 60,000 of you use to read this blog daily). If you’re using Tumblr to blog than this news is either exciting or terrifying. When a new company buys such a large tool there are (more often than not)… Read more »

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  • May 15, 2013
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    Nine must-have books for corporate creatives

    Working for any medium to large sized business as a creative type can be challenging. Ideas have to be evaluated before they can be explored. There’s red tape covering most of everything. If there’s not enough money to fund an idea, it gets put on the back burner or ignored altogether. And, most importantly, innovation… Read more »

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  • May 14, 2013
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    The best thing vs the thing that matters

    Those that get past creative blocks often aren’t the ones who necessarily have the capacity for more creativity. Nor are they consistently the ones with the right tools or more resources. No, those that excel when it comes to ideation, to getting past the creative block, who find solutions that work, are typically the people… Read more »

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