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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
April 4, 2013
How to pursue a creative life without a lot of time or energy
On a day in the late 1990s, Michael Nobbs was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It’s this debilitating illness where he suffers from “severe fatigue, pain in his muscles and joins, disordered sleep, and more.” Despite his passion for art and drawing, the illness makes it hard for Michael to find much time for… Read more »
April 2, 2013
How to move towards creative work today
If you dream of being a full-time artist, or a musician, or getting paid to be a poet, or to make your living by writing a novel: there has never been a better time in the history to make that happen than now. Harvard Education Specialist Tony Wagner touches on why in his New York… Read more »
April 1, 2013
Five stages of finding your passions.
There are five stages to finding something you’re truly passionate about. The first stage is a type of initial interest. You have to find things others are doing – by watching YouTube, reading blogs or books, or people-watching (and listening) in coffee shops, for example – then see if there’s any strong, internal interest for… Read more »
March 29, 2013
Six ways to find more time for the work you love
Schedule it in. Some days you may not get any time to do work on your craft, but there’s certainly a hole somewhere in your week where you can squeeze in 30 or 10 or even 5 minutes. Find that time and make it a priority to do the work. Focus on what needs to… Read more »
March 28, 2013
The quickest way to solve any problem
I believe it was Charles Kettering who famously said something along the lines of: “A problem well-stated is a problem half-solved.” That’s power, no matter what problem you’re working on right now. Too often we get stuck trying to figure out a creative problem that we just can’t work through. How do I make money… Read more »
March 27, 2013
Your brain only works with what you’ve got.
Creativity comes from everything you already know. Your brain comes up with original ideas by evaluating existing ones. So, always remember, you get out of it what you put into it. This has been a creativity PSA from Creative Something. …read more Via: Creative News
March 27, 2013
Mastering creativity through repetition.
In college there was a class on advanced painting, where students who had pursued a life in professional artistry or design came to set their path in stone with the help of a world renown painter. Most of those in the class were already making a living off of their artwork. They had procured full-time… Read more »
March 25, 2013
Want to be more confident with your creativity?
Ever hear the phrase: “I’m just not the creative type?” Or ever get the feeling that you might not be as creative as you’d like? That’s a sign of low creative confidence. Creative confidence matters in the process, almost more than talents or abilities. As engineer and entrepreneur David Kelley explains in his TED talk… Read more »
March 25, 2013
Asking the right questions to invoke creativity.
To invoke creative thought you often have to ask the right types of questions. Questions that will stir up new connections between concepts in your brain, or questions that will lead to other questions. But what are the right types of questions? In his book Beyond the Obvious, Phil McKinney explores from a top-level perspective:… Read more »
March 25, 2013
How to evaluate the value of a creative idea.
In the mid-1800s a French man by the name of Louis Ducos du Hauron had an idea for developing color photographs. At the time it was incredibly difficult – if not entirely impossible – to develop colored photographs due to an insensitivity on the plates used to develop red and green colors in the photographs…. Read more »