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 »

  • May 13, 2013
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    Work worth doing

    There’s a story of a very successful businessman who is on vacation in Mexico and encounters a single fishing boat docked at the pier with a large catch of fish. When the businessman asked the fisher how long it had taken to catch so many fish, he told him that it had only taken a… Read more »

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  • May 10, 2013
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    Knowing where to look

    We’re often drawn to the thing that makes the most noise or moves sporadically or flashes on and off. It’s in our nature to look when something like this happens, because that’s where danger or benefit often come from. When you’re browsing around the Internet and something bright and animated comes into view you’re going… Read more »

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  • May 9, 2013
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    The easiest way to get unstuck

    It’s hard to move on anything when you don’t know which direction you’re heading in. So we wait until the path becomes clearer, until a lightning bolt of inspiration strikes us and we know which direction to take. That reason alone is a big one when addressing why we’re stuck: because we’re waiting for something… Read more »

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  • May 8, 2013

    How expectations hinder and help creativity

    When you go into a project (or start working on something) with any expectation of how it will turn out, you’re limiting your potential. Creativity thrives in the unknown. Expecting anything (good or bad) as an outcome of your efforts is locking you into those expectations. Rather than thinking about how you could try something… Read more »

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  • May 8, 2013
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    The best ideas you’ll ever have are the ones you’ve already had

    Because the only ideas you can have are founded on what you already know. You can’t dream up things that don’t exist if you don’t already know about the pieces required to make them up. This explains why ideas rely on a certain state of culture and readily-available resources to come to fruition. The Internet… Read more »

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  • May 2, 2013
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    Fear of the critical finish line

    I’m always afraid of finishing anything. Hours or days or sometimes even weeks go into a project and, when I’m there at the end where the big picture is starting to seem a lot clearer and I’m only making small changes, I’ll start to get scared. Like a runner who sees the finish line but… Read more »

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  • May 1, 2013

    What to do when you get createstipated

    Sometimes I get really fueled up to create something, but don’t know what to make. Usually it’s after I see something else that leaves me inspired. Like an episode of A Show by Ze Frank or something from a post by Tina Roth Eisenberg. But I won’t know what to make yet. It feels like… Read more »

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  • April 30, 2013

    Will you take this short creative success survey?

    Are you a creative person? Of course you are. If you do creative work (either for a living or as a student) hep us in gathering responses to a confidential survey looking at what it takes to become a successful creative. Submissions are open for the next few weeks, so get your input now and… Read more »

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  • April 29, 2013
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    Do something already

    We are our greatest creative enemies. When it comes to finding what we’re passionate about, becoming what we dream of, combating our demons, or doing any sort of work, the one thing that really stands in our way is ourselves. Let’s say you want to become a writer, what do you do first? Some people… Read more »

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  • April 24, 2013
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    How to do almost anything

    Too often we restrict ourselves from doing what needs to be done, but the process for creative work is almost never as complicated as we make it out to be in our heads. People typically fall into two categories when it comes to creative work: Not knowing what they want to do. Knowing, but not… Read more »

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