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  • Creativity Is A Way Of Life (Video)

    Creativity For Life
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    A little more than two years ago, Montreal/Toronto-based photographer Benjamin Wong was a mining engineer who took pictures on the side. In 2012, he quit his engineering career and threw himself into photography full time. He’s now an award-winning photographer admired for his “epic, surreal, fantasy storytelling.” “I am a self-taught artist who quit his […] The post Creativity Is A Way Of Life (Video) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Productive or Active?

    Idea Sandbox
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    This sticky note has been stuck to my computer monitor for a while. Now I have a smaller note that states “busy ≠ productive.” Often we’re merely active in what we’re doing. Activity feels busy. But it’s not necessarily productive. Are you keeping yourself busy to avoid a project? Or have you fallen into the trap of doing busy work and (if you were honest with yourself) unnecessary tasks to avoid what really needs to be accomplished. Being active doesn’t mean you’re being productive. The article Productive or Active? appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
  • November 25, 1963: Leonard Bernstein’s Moving Tribute to JFK and His Timeless Wisdom on the Only True Antidote to Violence

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    “This must be the mission of every man of goodwill: to insist, unflaggingly, at risk of becoming a repetitive bore, but to insist on the achievement of a world in which the mind will have triumphed over violence.” On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Three days later, as a devastated nation processed its shock and grief, the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York transformed its 25th annual fundraising gala, “Night of Stars,” into a memorial. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson had been scheduled to speak, but canceled. Instead, legendary composer…
  • Why Quitting Is OK

    Allison Stadd
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Bettina Tan Conventional wisdom holds that the higher echelons of any industry are populated by people who never quit. But writer and designer Sarah Kathleen Peck suggests that quitting is not only OK, it can be richly constructive. In a post on Medium, Peck describes what she learned from observing her enduring pattern of enthusiastically starting projects, pausing partway through, and beating herself up for failing to ship: What was happening? Why was I quitting? Life happened. Things got hard, they got rough: deadlines built up. Real work pulled me in. The need to take a run and take…
  • Making time to think about making time to think

    Creative Something
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Writing helps us to ground our ever-flowing thoughts. Walking is a great way to provoke insightful thinking. Doodling allows us the opportunity to visually explore thoughts as they come and go. What all of these acts have in common is that they allow us to think deeply. I say “allow” because it seems that there is hardly any opportunity to really think these days. We’re bombarded with communication, stress, and stimulation. We have the television or radio endlessly droning in cafes, the ever-building burden of responsibilities, and the incredible pressures to compete with everyone…
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    Brain Pickings

  • November 25, 1963: Leonard Bernstein’s Moving Tribute to JFK and His Timeless Wisdom on the Only True Antidote to Violence

    Maria Popova
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    “This must be the mission of every man of goodwill: to insist, unflaggingly, at risk of becoming a repetitive bore, but to insist on the achievement of a world in which the mind will have triumphed over violence.” On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Three days later, as a devastated nation processed its shock and grief, the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York transformed its 25th annual fundraising gala, “Night of Stars,” into a memorial. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson had been scheduled to speak, but canceled. Instead, legendary composer…
  • Eating Delancey: A Love Letter to Jewish Food and Its Iconic New York Bastions

    Maria Popova
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    A warm celebration of knishes, kasha, lox, and the people and places of which collective memory is woven. If it is true that we are what we eat and that telling stories is what makes us human, then at the intersection of these two adages lies an immutable truth about the stories we tell about the food we eat. That is why the greatest books of all time are full of memorable meals, why we find food so sensual, and why the best cookbooks tell the stories of their time and place. That’s what food photographer Aaron Rezny and magazine creative director Jordan Schaps explore in Eating…
  • Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art

    Maria Popova
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    A heartening homage to a courageous woman who fought superstition with science and love. While putting together the annual omnibus of the year’s best children’s books, I was reminded of how woefully rare inspired children’s books about science are in our culture — as rare, perhaps, as are homages to pioneering female scientists and celebrations of the intersection of art and science. The confluence of these three rarities is what makes Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian (public library | IndieBound) so wonderful. Writer Margarita Engle and artist Julie…
  • Anne Lamott on Grief, Gratitude, and Grace Amid Havoc

    Maria Popova
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    On the grace of redefining ourselves and redefining okayness when life throws us its merciless curveballs. “Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,” Joan Didion wrote in her magnificent meditation on the subject. But oftentimes, grief doesn’t exactly come — not with the single-mindedness and unity of action the word implies. Rather, it creeps up — through the backdoor of the psyche, slowly, in quiet baby steps, until it blindsides the heart with a giant’s stomp. And yet it is possible to find between the floorboards a soft light that…
  • Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Catalog of Beautiful Untranslatable Words from Around the World

    Maria Popova
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The euphoria experienced as you begin to fall in love, the pile of books bought but unread, the coffee “threefill,” and other lyrical linguistic delights. “Words belong to each other,” Virginia Woolf said in the only surviving recording of her voice, a magnificent meditation on the beauty of language. But what happens when words are kept apart by too much unbridgeable otherness? “Barring downright deceivers, mild imbeciles and impotent poets, there exist, roughly speaking, three types of translators,” Vladimir Nabokov opened his strongly worded opinion on…
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  • Why Quitting Is OK

    Allison Stadd
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Bettina Tan Conventional wisdom holds that the higher echelons of any industry are populated by people who never quit. But writer and designer Sarah Kathleen Peck suggests that quitting is not only OK, it can be richly constructive. In a post on Medium, Peck describes what she learned from observing her enduring pattern of enthusiastically starting projects, pausing partway through, and beating herself up for failing to ship: What was happening? Why was I quitting? Life happened. Things got hard, they got rough: deadlines built up. Real work pulled me in. The need to take a run and take…
  • WALL-E & Why You Should Embrace Creative Wandering

    Stephanie Kaptein
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    On the commentary track (around 5:11) for Pixar’s animated film, WALL-E, director and writer Andrew Stanton discusses how the creative process can sometimes lead you to unexpected places and hard decisions:    I always sort of always equate story development to an archaeological dig, in that you kind of know the dinosaur you want to dig up and where it is. You pick a piece on the ground and you start digging and you bring up bones and you start trying to piece together this dinosaur or the story you’re trying to find, but you just don’t have much say about which bones you’re going…
  • When Decision-Making Becomes Procrastination

    Stephanie Kaptein
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    xkcd Jason Norcross, executive creative director at advertising agency 72andSunny, knows that when you have too many ideas or options, it’s easy to overanalyze every option before making a decision. In an interview with Fast Company, he says the best option is just to pick one and see what happens: The best way to learn, create and move forward is to be decisive. It’s OK to be wrong, but make a decision because then you’ll learn. At least you’ll know you’re wrong and can move on. As opposed to just over-thinking and debating things… If it seems like it’s meeting the…
  • The Lost Art of Free Time

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    It was after midnight. I had just spent the day intensely focused on completing all of my book edits to return to my editor, the culmination of weeks of labor. Typically, I would be sound asleep when the clock strikes 12. But instead, due to the huge rush of excitement created by finishing such a major task, I found myself completely reorganizing a storage closet. The next day I was exhausted. But did I stop? Oh no. I instead inched myself forward by reading a book that I had wanted to get to—but hadn’t for a while, and then checked off another item on my list by responding to a lengthy…
  • Get to Inbox Zero: Email Like a Journalist

    Hamza Khan
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo by Herschell Hershey Lost productivity is costly. According to multiple research studies, the average person receives more than 304 business emails a week. The average worker checks their inbox 36 times in an hour, and then spends about 16 minutes refocusing after handling incoming email. The studies show that the annual productivity costs per employee are $1250 for spam emails, $1800 for unnecessary emails, and $2100-$4100 just for poorly written ones.  Founder, and the author of Work Simply, Carson Tate, explains: “We are all bogged down by the sheer volume of email we…
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    Creative Something

  • Making time to think about making time to think

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Writing helps us to ground our ever-flowing thoughts. Walking is a great way to provoke insightful thinking. Doodling allows us the opportunity to visually explore thoughts as they come and go. What all of these acts have in common is that they allow us to think deeply. I say “allow” because it seems that there is hardly any opportunity to really think these days. We’re bombarded with communication, stress, and stimulation. We have the television or radio endlessly droning in cafes, the ever-building burden of responsibilities, and the incredible pressures to compete with everyone…
  • Courage outweighs originality and perfection in creativity

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    You don’t have to be right, or best, or entirely original. But the myths we hear around those who are right, or who create the best or most unique work, are prominent enough to scare us into thinking we need to be those things in order to succeed. The telephone was not, for all its glory, an original idea. Nor was what Alexander Graham Bell created in his laboratory in 1876 the best possible solution for what the telephone could be, or would later become. We know this, of course, because we have remarkably more powerful telephones today. Telephones that can reach across the entire world…
  • "In many domains, such as the traditional fine arts, we can easily mistake domain-relevant skills for..."

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    “In many domains, such as the traditional fine arts, we can easily mistake domain-relevant skills for creativity itself. If we can’t imagine being as good as the composer, then we assume that the composer is more creative than us. What we typically don’t imagine is the years of deliberate practice required to gain such expertise.” - David Burkus in The Myths of Creativity
  • Using the immeasurable complexity of everything to generate ideas

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How our brains naturally group things together is great for sanity’s sake, but it does little to empower our creativity. That doesn’t mean our innate structuring of complex concepts can’t benefit our creative thinking however. Most notably is our natural ability to group things in terms of relationships and proximity. We see an automobile not as an object comprised of an engine, doors, tires, screws, and bolts, but as one larger whole: a car. Similarly, we encounter ideas as being unified wholes, even when the thing we claim to be an “idea” is actually comprised of many…
  • The pursuit of your ideal creative habits

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Don’t strive to be an artist, designer, writer, or dancer. Your energy is better spent developing the ideal behaviors and habits of those roles. Who is a writer but someone who writes, edits, and publishes? A dancer is someone who dances. An architect designs buildings. Yes, but the effort to fill those roles isn’t enough. And by approaching your passion as a means to an end (to become a writer, or an artist, or entrepreneur), the journey will be more challenging and ill-defined than if you focused on pursuing the habits of those roles. Rather than asking yourself: “Who do I…
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  • Playing with Psychosis in 'Birdman'

    Skip Dine Young, Ph.D.
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    In the movie 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton plays a former movie star who is trying to make a comeback on the New York stage. He also has super powers. Or does he? This movie pulls viewers inside the mind of a disturbed character and makes us ask questions not only about reality but also about what we want reality to more
  • The Insight Test

    Gary Klein, Ph.D.
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    Our ability to create insights is critical for innovation and adaptation. Otherwise we would remain stuck in mental ruts formed over our lifetime. Insights let us see things in new ways. Many people, however, have the wrong ideas about insights. Here is a short test, only 12 items, to assess your knowledge of insights. read more
  • How Exercise Improves Your Performance at Work

    Ron Friedman, Ph.D.
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Social scientists have collected some compelling evidence suggesting that exercise makes us smarter, happier, and even more more
  • How Yoga & Meditation Increase Creativity & Healthy Emotions

    Douglas LaBier, Ph.D.
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Research continues to demonstrate the power of meditation and yoga practices to transform our entire beings. These two new studies illustrate how creativity in increased from meditation; and that yoga diminishes stress and anxiety. They add to the growing body of knowledge of the impact of these practices upon our minds, emotions and more
  • How to Jump-Start Radical Change in Your Company

    Jeff DeGraff, Ph.D.
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Closure is overrated. Don't flip to end of the book right away. Understand that the messiness of the middle is the best part of the more
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    Creative Every Day

  • Day 25: inkblot art ladies

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Quick bit of inkblot Art today. A good option when I have guests and little time to spare. 
  • Art Every Day Month Day 25

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today is the 25th day of Art Every Day Month!  I usually post my art at the end of the day, but every morning there will be a check-in post like this one, where you can share your work whenever you're ready to do so. The box below is a widget that I provide each day as an optional place to share a direct link (blog post or flickr image) to that day's creation. If you don't have something to share today, don't worry about it! Share when you can. In the meantime, be sure to check out what other participants are creating! Check out the links from today's post and the…
  • Day 24: Winter Bird

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Today's art was inspired by all the little birds hopping around in our yard this rainy morning. They're so cute! 
  • 2015 Calendars

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I'm putting out a very limited run of 2015 calendars this year. If you're interested, order before 11/30 to get a drawing on your birthday in the calendar! They'll be shipping out in early December. Order here. New prints are in the shop too! 
  • Art Every Day Month Day 24

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today is the 24th day of Art Every Day Month!  I usually post my art at the end of the day, but every morning there will be a check-in post like this one, where you can share your work whenever you're ready to do so. The box below is a widget that I provide each day as an optional place to share a direct link (blog post or flickr image) to that day's creation. If you don't have something to share today, don't worry about it! Share when you can. In the meantime, be sure to check out what other participants are creating! Check out the links from today's post and the…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • How to Make the DMV a Happier Place: Dan Pink’s New “Crowd Control” Series

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You might remember Daniel Pink from his New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human, or from his hugely popular Ted Talk about motivation. Using behavioral science, Dan has done some really interesting things to show us why we do the things we do. His newest project is a series on National Geographic called Crowd Control: “a hidden camera series that uses high-tech and mechanical builds to manipulate bad behavior.” Here’s the synopsis: “What if we could make the DMV a happier place by adding a little laughter? Or curb America’s…
  • Remember to Earn Miles for Everyday Purchases (“AKA Shopping Online While At the Apple Store”)

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I went to the Apple Store to buy a new computer. I had already done my research and knew what I wanted. I just needed to verify a few things in person, which I did with the helpful associate. “OK, I’m ready,” I said—and then I logged on to a website from the in-store computer to make the purchase. The associate was a little confused. “I can ring you up right here, and for the same price.” “I know,” I said, “But this way I’ll earn more miles.” I bought the computer through the AA shopping mall and selected “In-store pickup.” For pickup time, I selected…
  • Recruiting an Army of Allies: Essay for “Making Your Mark”

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    I’m a big fan of 99U, an offshoot of Behance that exists to help people implement their great ideas instead of just brainstorming more and more ideas. Last week they published have a new book of collected essays, and I contributed one about “Recruiting an Army of Allies.” You can check out my essay below, or (even better) pick up a copy of the book for essays by much smarter people. Recruiting an Army of Allies by Chris Guillebeau *** The blog post asking for donations went up with no preamble. There was no launch campaign and no guilt trip, just a simple description of the…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XX

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. The Man Who Wrote 1,547 Books — Brazil’s most prolific author produces a new book every few days Ridiculously Clever Halloween Costume Ideas by Jean Jullien — My favorite is the “Pumpkin Spice Latte” costume. Be ready a year in advance for Halloween 2015! The Agency Moment — How “so many people” are searching for the ability to assert their desires and self-worth Graphic Novel Unfolds Exclusively on Instagram — It’s a corporate project, but I…
  • What If We Don’t Improve After a Difficult Experience?

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    “One of the unspeakable things that I think might even be the most unspeakable way of carrying on is this idea of not improving from an experience, not becoming a better person, not having a redemption. Our culture is so obsessed with the idea that you’re going to go through a crisis or some difficult event and come out the other side a changed or improved person and I just think that if you’re honest, that often does not happen, and in fact, it shouldn’t happen. Shouldn’t recovering from a crisis be measured in whether you stayed the same? I mean, I went through a horrible…
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  • Installing the Dallas show…

    Hugh MacLeod
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Yesterday Laura and I arrived at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, to hang the “Do Something That Matters” show for next week. Though we have over 80 pieces in the show (it’s a fairly large space, I’m happy to report), here are just a couple of photos just to give you a taste. ​DEC is an awesome space, Lots of natural light, ​and lots of cool businesses.  We’ll be running talks, cocktail events, etc. all week. The interesting thing is that most of the people attending those are from big companies. It’s always fascinating to see how the start-up vibe…
  • gapingvoid’s “Do Something That Matters” show in Dallas, November 10th-14th

    Hugh MacLeod
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
      [Details & RSVP here.] Gapingvoid is excited to announce that we are having our first show ever in Texas! We will be making our debut in Dallas, with our “Do Something That Matters” show, November 10-14th at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. An exhibit of nearly 100 thematic works will be on display, Hugh & Jason will speak about their two great loves: art and business transformation. Gapingvoid is hosting two evening events in partnership with our friends at Speakeasyand you’re invited! You can RSVP here. If you would like to meet with the gapingvoid team but…
  • New e-book: “What If PR Stood for People and Relationships?: A Manifesto For Building Relationships in the Digital Era”.

    Hugh MacLeod
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    “What If P.R. Stood For People And Relationships?: A Manifesto For Building Relationships in the Digital Era”. [You can get as a free Slideshare Deck.] That is the latest e-book/deck I just created with my old friend, the business author, consultant and #futureofwork ninja, Brian Solis. [Full disclosure: I just did the cartoons, Brian did the prose; both he and I had a lot of help from (A) my team and (B) from our sponsors, Vocus and Cision.] For those of you who don’t know Brian, he was one of the first people to understand how social media REALLY works in the business space, both as…
  • gapingvoid at Mailchimp

    Hugh MacLeod
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    [Me giving the talk at the Mailchimp offices in Atlanta, Friday morning.…] Last Friday, Jason and I were up in Atlanta, visiting the groovy cats at Mailchimp, the well-known Internet newsletter company. Our own Daily ​Cartoon runs on their platform; ​it is the centerpiece of how we talk to people.​ We had been invited to give a “Friday Coffee Morning Talk” to their staff. We chose the subject, “Why Art In Business Matters”. Afterwards we met a lot of the staff, and hung out with the CEO, Ben Chestnut, who I really clicked with. It was a great day out… Here are some thoughts…
  • “Surrounding people with ideas via Art, is how you get people to live them”

    Hugh MacLeod
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    [Like this cartoon? Buy the print here or sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon etc.] I drew this cartoon during an internal gapingvoid meeting a few years ago. Creating “Visceral encounters with important ideas” inside organizations, is pretty much the gapingvoid business model. And yes, it’s designed to be emotional, designed to hit hard in the right brain. Like Maya Angelou famously said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. Ideas aren’t only able to change a business, they are the glue that…
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  • If I Were Starting Over Today

    Naomi Dunford
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    When I was a kid, I moved a lot. I went to 13 schools before I finally dropped out. Whenever we went to a new place and I had trouble making friends, some adult would remind me, “If you want to make friends, you have to be friendly.” And I would say, “WAAAAAHHHH! But they’re not friendly back!” And the adult would say, “Of course they’re not. That’s why you have to keep trying.” And I would say, “Until when?” And the adult would say, “Until it works.” And I would say, “What if it doesn’t work?” And…
  • Freebie Friday #6! (Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers)

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check them out here: Getting Great Testimonials Training People To Be Trained By You Clear, Not Clever Titling Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the…
  • “No Advice, Please”

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    This post by request from Laurie. “How do I show my ittybiz to the people I care about without getting advice I’m not ready for yet? I’m almost ready to go live with my business and I want to show it to some people I care about. The problem is, every time I’ve tried, they say something “helpful” which is not helpful at all!” - Laurie Back when I was dating, I used to have a little catchphrase that I would repeat back in my head whenever I went through a particularly disastrous disaster. “I try to learn something from everyone I date, even if…
  • Universal Specificity, or How To Write Blog Posts Everyone Will Like

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Sharise asks, “I want to work with people on a variety of things. The basic goal is helping clients make progress on the goals and projects that are important to them, but this can be anything from writing a book, to finding a relationship, to starting a business. Does this mean I’m limited in what I can talk about because covering too many different areas is going to look scattered and unfocused?” This is what we call a very good question. Here is our answer. (We are writing this answer from the perspective of coaches, so if you’re not a coach, use your wonderful powers…
  • Should you jump? (Will the net appear?)

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This repost by request from Julie. Every now and again, you’ll hear the expression, “Jump, and the net will appear.” This is meant to mean that when you are in a situation where you want to make a big change and that big change involves a lot of (real or perceived) risk – such as jumping off a cliff – you should take the risk. While you cannot see a net now – and indeed, the net is not there now – it will “appear” when you take the jump. (Causality, while unstated, is implied.) For obvious reasons, some people have trouble with this advice. I was…
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  • What is a real missed opportunity? (Rajesh Setty)
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    One of my favorite quotes is actually an African proverb. It goes like this: When you want to go fast, go alone. When you want to go far, go together. It’s easy to understand and equally easy to forget, unfortunately. With that in the background, let’s get to answering the question we started with: What is a real missed opportunity? In short, the “real missed opportunity” is your inability to proactively help people in your network to accelerate the pursuit of their dreams. Let me explain… Let’s take an example of John. He is a member of your network and someone you have known for…
  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix (Rajesh Setty)
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix Jenny almost knocked off Rich as she rushed out of YMCA. She was on the phone, “Hey, sorry for the delay. I was with a client.” As Rich recovered, he found Jenny rushing back inside. She was still on the phone, “Oh you are going to YMCA…let’s talk later then.” Sometimes you are in a fix because you chose to be in one of them… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized Wisdom for…
  • Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang (Rajesh Setty)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang Tom and Jack were arguing about a bug in the program. The argument escalated as they vehemently disagreed with the approach to solve the problem. Jack was angry and said, “It doesn’t matter what you say next Tom because you will be wrong.” Tom smiled and said, “You are right.” Watch what you say – you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot. Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Mini Saga #132 – Banter (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mini Saga #132 – Banter At the end of the second over, the batsman walked aggressively towards the slip fielder. Andrew, the Umpire promptly gets him back. Batsman asked, “Why?” Andrew said, ‘Thou shall not get into a fight with the fielder!” Puzzled batsman replied, “But… I just asked him to tie my shoe laces!” Sometimes, we overdo our jobs (not intentionally, of course) Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
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    Belmont Club

  • The Wizards At War

    Richard Fernandez
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    For more than a decade some entities, identified by pundits as probably the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ, have been seeding “telecom operators, government institutions, multi-national political bodies, financial institutions, research institutions [and] individuals involved in advanced mathematical/cryptographical research” with malware called Regin. Regin can be thought of as the B-2 bomber of cyberware.  It was a vehicle for different kinds of payloads which dropped software components in the target systems.  These components constituted a secret library which could later be…
  • Hagel Gone

    Richard Fernandez
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    The New York Times characterizes Chuck Hagel’s departure as “the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises.” The article hints at an underlying conflict over policy and over Hagel’s “problems articulating his thoughts — or administration policy — in an effective manner”. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask…
  • The Next Gold Rush

    Richard Fernandez
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    While most space headlines have focused on Tourism or the major probes to the planets,  a potentially significant issue was making its way unnoticed underneath the fold. Wall Street OTC says reports on the formation of three asteroid mining organizations:  “The Asteroid Mining Company” (aka Planetary Resources), Deep Space Industries (DSI), and NASA.” In fact, the ill-fated Ares spacecraft which blew up at Wallops Island carried the Arkyd 3, “a space-testing platform dedicated to test Planetary Resources’ telescope systems for further space exploration.”  It was in…
  • Of Worms and Dragons

    Richard Fernandez
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Two articles illustrate two different attitudes.  The article which demonstrates valuing civility and fairness above all is presented by Peter Shuck’s New York Times  piece on why “The Impeachment of Obama on Immigration May Be Legal — But It’s Wrong”, referring to his amnesty of illegal aliens by executive order. Shuck says  Congress may have good grounds to file an impeachment but it would be impolite, cause discord, sow resentment and generally lead to unpleasantness.  Therefore don’t do it. Mr. Obama, a former constitutional law professor, once rejected…
  • Slow Motion Crisis

    Richard Fernandez
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    After the first massive clash of arms in during the Great War, combatants on both sides began to extend their trenches to either side until the Western Front became one continuous trenchline.  Without anyone being quite aware of it at first, a vast stage was set upon which a tragedy would be enacted. In a somewhat analogous manner, the zones of global conflict are spreading to distant corners of the globes from their initial centers of gravity. Peter Shinkman, writing in MSN says ‘ISIS [is] making deadly inroads in Libya, Pakistan and Afghanistan”.  Osama bin Laden’s plan…
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    Idea Sandbox

  • Better Problem Solving With Framing

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    When you’re looking to innovate, take advantage of an opportunity, or solve a problem… one of your first steps should be to define precisely or “frame” that opportunity or problem. Your frame is how you narrow and pinpoint what you choose to solve. Better framing leads to better solutions. Think of it like a picture frame, it has in the center what you want to feature. This old, wooden tugboat needs a lot of work. Among other things… an engine, new windows, paint… However, the priority is to fix the huge hole in the hull. That’s our frame. It…
  • Productive or Active?

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    This sticky note has been stuck to my computer monitor for a while. Now I have a smaller note that states “busy ≠ productive.” Often we’re merely active in what we’re doing. Activity feels busy. But it’s not necessarily productive. Are you keeping yourself busy to avoid a project? Or have you fallen into the trap of doing busy work and (if you were honest with yourself) unnecessary tasks to avoid what really needs to be accomplished. Being active doesn’t mean you’re being productive. The article Productive or Active? appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
  • More Scoops of Business Growth Ideas on Tidbitts

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    We are proud to be contributing to the new “direct to fan” platform, Tidbitts. They’ve pulled together a wide variety of expert contributors who provide a weekly bite-sized chunk of interesting content. Idea Sandbox is providing innovative business growth ideas exclusive to the Tidbitts site. Tidbitts Teaser Tidbitts uses a paid subscription model of 99¢ per month. Not expensive, and exclusive. You’ll find similar content on Tidbitts that you do on the Idea Sandbox site… All the content written for Tidbitts is exclusive to that site! Check it out! The article…
  • Creative Problem Solving To Be Innovative

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Whenever we have a challenge – a client problem, trying to generate a new idea, developing strategy – we rely on the key steps below to solve our problem, creatively. We use this creative problem solving process to create ideas that we hope become an innovation. Stay Informed -Stay Informed of your own business, of your customers, of your industry, of your competitors. Problem Recognition – Problem Recognition is critical. It is the ability to notice that change is about to take place. Problem Identification – Once you realize you’ve got a problem the next step is to…
  • Brand Differentiation with Storytelling: Sugar House Day Spa & Salon

    3 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    When it comes to Branding, there are many ways to differentiate your brand. One very authentic way is “Tell a story that defines you and is unique to you.” We recently experienced an example of storytelling at Sugar House Day Spa & Salon. Sugar House is located in the historic center of Alexandria, Virginia in a beautifully restored early 19th century home. The building was once part of a sugar refinery and now Sugar House leverages that story in what they do. Here are just some of the ways… Treatments Sugar House Scrub: A sweet full body exfoliating scrub using…
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  • Five Things I Learned In Five Years

    David Armano
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    According to the US Department of labor—the average tenure at at job for 2014 is 4.6 years. In less than a month, I'll be celebrating five years at Edelman, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect in what can be learned in five years, not just on the job but in life as well. I'm a big believer that looking back can help you look forward, so here are are a few things I've learned over the past five years. Mentorship Comes In Many FormsThe traditional image of a mentor is someone who takes you under their wing, puts time aside for you, and imparts wisdom—often a more senior person…
  • Responsive Brand: Chevrolet's #Technologyandstuff

    David Armano
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Responsive Brand In A Real Time Business Environment In Edelman’s Brandshare study of 15,0000 people worldwide—we asked consumers to tell us which brand behaviours were most important to them. The number one most important behaviour indicated was a brand’s ability to respond quickly to concerns and complaints with 78% of consumers saying it’s important but only 17% feeling brands do this well. But we think a brand’s responsiveness goes beyond replying to people’s concerns and also extends into all forms of communication and engagement in a real time context.  Recently,…
  • Societal: The Third Dimension Of Modern Day Brand Building

    David Armano
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I started writing this blog back in 2006 and the namesake was completely intentional. "Logic+Emotion" symbolizes the way we've been building brands for the past sixty plus years. Marketers have always known that they have to reach people emotionally in order to capture their attention. We're emotional beings by design and often times make decisions based on how we feel. Our emotions serve as clues that explain our behaviors. We buy clothes because we need them—but the styles and brands we choose have more to do with our psycology than the basic need we must fill. In the same breath we have…
  • Did Google Just Re-Invent E-mail With Inbox?

    David Armano
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    While Google Glass appears to be in its death throes, Google is quietly if not systematically re-inventing the digital work horse many of us have a love hate relationship with (mostly hate these days)—E-mail. I've been spending some time with Google's recently released app simply called "Inbox" and after five minutes of use the only thing that kept popping up in my head was this: Is it possible that Google is making e-mail enjoyable again? That's a lofty goal because right now for many of us, e-mail has become a second and third full time job. We use it so much at work that we're often…
  • Three Things Consumers Want From Brands Today: Responsiveness, Involvement and Conviction

    David Armano
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I'm doing a mini tour of Texas this week having just left Austin and tomorrow I present some of our findings from Edelman's 2014 global study, Brandshare, in Dallas (full report here). The last time I talked about Brandshare, I focused on the macro theme of the report—that consumers indicated brands aren't living up to their side of the relationship when it comes to the value exchange that exists (or doesn't) with brands. The important context here is that we are talking about the relationship beyond the transactions (consumer buys product or services and "consumes"—rinse and repeat). We…
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Use an Older Wii Remote with Smoothboard Software

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Back in August, I posted a three minute video of Matt Cooper, one of our new elementary teachers in Yukon, Oklahoma, demonstrating how to setup an interactive whiteboard in a classroom “on the cheap” using a Wii Remote and free Smoothboard Software. After I shared that post with our faculty, our music teacher decided she wanted to give it a try. She ordered the “IR Sabre” infrared pen for $17.95 from WiiTeachers along with a new Wii remote. In part due to our crazy schedules, we’ve had trouble connecting for me to help her with this setup, but today I finally got…
  • STEMseeds is BACK on Saturday – Join us!

    Wesley Fryer
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Join Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Saturday morning (Nov 22nd) for a Google Hangout conversation with Arizona science teacher Bethany Ligon, who was featured in the November 1, 2014 Classroom 2.0 Live show, “Technology Integration in Jr. High School.” Bethany has collected a variety of outstanding engineering design project lessons for her students, which she will discuss along with other practical ideas for engaging students in STEM learning. Please join us live if you can, but if you can’t we’ll archive the video and audio version of the show on…
  • New Snow Day iMovie Trailer Video

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Our youngest daughter, Rachel, is 11 years old and absolutely loves going sledding whenever we have snow (or even sleet!) in Oklahoma City. Today we went sledding in our 2.5 inches of snow that fell on Sunday and gave us all a “snow day” from school, and I created a new iMovie trailer of our adventures using the “Coming of Age” theme. Contrast that iMovie trailer with my February 2013 video, “Sleet Sledding,” created with the “Teen” iMovie trailer theme. Those are both very fun videos, and provided good excuses for me to “play” with…
  • Identity, Bias, Differences and Change

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    In his Velocity 2014 New York Ignite talk titled, “Unicorns and The Language of Otherness” Aneel Lakhani makes some thought provoking points about identity. At 4:04 of the video he states: We have to separate our identities, who we are and who we will be, from who we were, what we have done, and what we have been, so that when we encounter something different or see change or see change in others, that is not a threat to our identity and it doesn’t hurt so much to accept change and to do change. That is a tall order! It’s very challenging to “separate our…
  • Stopmotion Project Tips & Advice

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I received some questions from a middle school teacher in Connecticut this weekend about classroom StopMotion projects. He also specifically asked about the tripods we are using for our iPads. This may be helpful to others, so I am sharing my email reply in this post. Hi! We are using the Makayama iPad 2 tripod mount for our green screen station, but it will work for stopmotion too. It works well but if I was ordering another one today I would go for a less expensive clamp based mount that would work with multiple iPad versions. It cost around $70 when I ordered it a few years ago:…
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • Q+A: if this is what I’m meant to be doing, shouldn’t it be easier?

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    It’s a scary thought: If this is what I’m meant to be doing, shouldn’t it be easier? This is a question an impassioned, courageous, and a little bit scared young woman asked me recently. I’d just spoken at an event, where my main message to the audience was this: “If ever you feel like you’re stuck in a tunnel without a light at the end, if ever you are seeking some illumination to bring you clarity, illuminate the spark in you.” One spark. That’s all it takes. And then your entire world is illuminated. One spark. When we re-ignite the light…
  • tell your story. set yourself free. “I knew that my soul knew how to keep going, even in the darkest of dark.”

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Running fingers through long grass as it waves gently in the wind, feeling the breeze rustle in long hair, the scent of dew as it covers the earth, and cool, clean air floating on the breeze. Barefoot and running in the grass connecting with the energy of the earth, walking in the quiet company of the forest, placing a hand on the trunk of a tree and feeling its soul connect deep within. The electric surge of energy through the molecular structure of my very being and the purest bliss to breath in all that surrounds me. This is what it is to be alive, this is what it is to be free. What is my…
  • how to key into abundance by doing less

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    My latest class for the Entheos Academy for Optimal Living is up! Check out How to Key Into Abundance by Doing Less Here’s a taster of what’s included: To really receive abundance, we need to first be able to recognize it. I know so many people who are blind to the abundance in their life, because they’re focused only on how much they are being paid. They don’t see things like the free yoga classes or health or sailing club memberships they’re getting, the free mentorship and support from people who love them, the endless offers of help from friends, trips to family or…
  • we create our life in every moment

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The Power of Presence 21-Day Mindfulness Challenge has launched. Create your life in every moment. Go from reaction to creation, choosing from limited options to creating what’s ideal, and arrive in a state of powerful presence. Starts Nov. 7. Early bird ends tomorrow. Time is limited. Click for more info and registration. Let’s rise. Related posts: 21 day mindfulness challenge. you’re invited to The Power of Presence liberated life 2013. what will you create? [space is limited] Liberated Life 2013. What will you create? [registration…
  • spinning? 5 practices for getting back to your place of power

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    If you’re stuck in a spin, unable to access your personal power, don’t worry, there’s lots you can do. Try these 5 practices for getting back to your place of power. 1. Journal it out. Writing down your thoughts, especially the worry-based ones, can be a hilarious experience. A tiny moment can trigger a tidal wave of untruths. When we write down what’s going on in our mind as a result of one of those tiny moments, we see what we’re making something mean: “Because that one possibility didn’t work out, nothing is going to.” Or “Because that…
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    solar news wearejustcreative

  • Effects Of Clouds On A Solar Panel

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Solar panels hold a wealth of benefits, both for individuals and for the world at large. Economically, solar panels promise to lower the cost of electrical power. Environmentally, solar panels can give us cleaner power, sustainable power that will not require further damage to the environment. Solar power can reach remote areas. It can carry education, or urgently needed medical information. The effects of clouds on a solar panel, though, might diminish those and other promising benefits. The effects of clouds on a solar panel might make it far less efficient in certain parts of the world and…
  • Considering Going Solar? Read This Valuable Solar Energy Advice First!

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    You may want to use solar energy at work or home, but you might not know very much about it. Do some research on the topic, and find reliable professionals who can help you with this project. Continue reading to learn more about solar energy. Be sure the solar energy system you choose can efficiently and reliably store the energy it produces. You have two options here. You can either sell the excess power to the electric company to offset the costs during cloudy days, or you can get a bank of batteries that will allow you to get off the grid completely. You can have solar power even in a…
  • Check Out These Great Solar Energy Tips!

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Lately, solar energy has become extremely popular for homeowners and businesses alike. What are the reasons that have kept you from getting on-board with solar energy? If you are interested in finding out what solar power can do for you, keep reading. In this article, we will share information about solar energy. When using solar energy for the first time, it’s probably a good idea to start out small. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. Many different stores carry these, such as Walmart and Lowe’s. They are very easy to…
  • Advice To Learn About Using Solar Energy

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Your lack of knowledge on solar energy might be stopping you from installing a system. There are many things you need to know before you begin so that you’re able to get the full benefit of solar energy. Read the below article to expand your knowledge on the subject. Start small when you want to start using solar energy. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. You can find these at many retail establishments. Just insert them into the ground, and you’re good to go. Avoid technology which relies on the sun’s scheduling. More…
  • Learn Everything You Need To Know About Solar Energy

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Saving the environment while reducing the amount you spend on energy are both important. As time passes, electricity costs will rise, meaning you should look into solar energy. This article will tell you more about solar power. When you maintain it, your solar power set-up will last. Inspect and clean your panels on a regular basis. Taking care of your solar energy system yourself can save you some money; however, it may be well worthwhile to set up a maintenance schedule with your installer. It is important when installing your panels to remember that the position of the sun in the sky…
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  • New MD for Gloo CPT

    SA Creatives
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Gloo has appointed Paula Hulley as Managing Director of its Cape Town business. Paula was one of the first people to join Gloo in 2006 and has moved through the ranks to her current position, after working in the Account Management team. Her previous role was Deputy MD, which she held for 2 years. Pete Case comments, “Paula has been instrumental in Gloo Cape Town’s growth over the last 6 years. She epitomises our culture and values, and drives a perfect blend of operational know-how alongside leadership skills. I’m very excited that we’re able to keep growing her value inside the…
  • Malo finds the mother inside the men for Ace

    SA Creatives
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Frieze Films’ Malo 8 directed Expensive Girlfriend, TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris’s new commercial for Ace maize meal. The ad follows two men who turn into their mothers when they give a friend some relationship advice. “The mother’s love intervention was such a simple and strong idea,” says Malo. “I laughed when I read the brief, but there was also a fuzziness that came over me as I pictured the mother suddenly standing there and giving advice to one of the boys. As a director, I am well versed in creating warm, heartfelt stories; I also love doing quirky comedic pieces. But this was…
  • Heineken® igNITE, the first interactive beer bottle

    SA Creatives
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Heineken® introduces its first ever interactive ‘smart’ beer bottle that lights up when drinking, when toasting and in sync with the beat of the music. Heineken® is taking the party scene by storm with ‘igNITE’, a brand new interactive smart bottle that is guaranteed to draw attention at Heineken® events across the world. When you drink, when the right music is playing and when you “cheers” to celebrate, igNITE will glow with a beam of light through your beer bottle. With igNITE, Heineken® offers a fun and interactive way to put yourself in the spotlight. The South African…
  • A work of ‘GENiAS’

    SA Creatives
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    ‘GENiAS’ is the first feature film offering from KHINC STUDIOS, an exciting new local film, television and distribution firm, headed by writer, director and producer Khalid EL – Jelailati. GENiAS synopsis Three young friends, Rassi (Shelton Salie), CJ (Richard Lukunku) and Dylan (Danny Ross) with a serious desire to become famous musicians are thrown into the deep end. When Dylan proposes turning to crime to help their aspirations, they soon discover that they aren’t cut out for a life of criminality. This dark adventure thriller from Director/Writer/Producer, Khalid El-Jelailati…
  • willowlamp unveils two new award-winning designs – the Geometric Storm and Mandala No.2!

    SA Creatives
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Since its inception in 2005, willowlamp, with architect Adam Hoets at the reigns, has pioneered an innovative method of producing highly intricate and unique decorative lighting designs by attaching ball-chain to laser-cut steel frames, using geometry and nature’s ‘blueprint’ as inspiration. The result is a vast collection of lampshades, pendants and chandeliers that can today be seen suspended from the ceilings of globally renowned hospitality, retail and commercial sites. Perpetually inspired, Hoets is evolving not only his existing designs, but his vision for future designs…
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    The Creative Mind

  • Where Do You Get Creative Inspiration? – Part 2

    Douglas Eby
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    [Continued from Part 1.] “Before the dance of inspiration and perspiration can begin, there must be some raw material, some spark of inciting energy.” From the book The Soul of Creativity: Insights into the Creative Process by Tona Pearce Myers. Actor Rose McGowan relates an experience that may be common for many creative people: being inspired by seeing someone else’s artwork or other form of creative expression: “After saving my allowance for ten years, I flew to Paris when I was 15 years old. When I visited the Musée Rodin, I was profoundly inspired by the story…
  • Where Do We Get Creative Inspiration?

    Douglas Eby
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Where does creative inspiration come from? It may show up mysteriously, “out of the blue” – and for a good part of human history, it has been explained as a gift from a supernatural being, a Muse. At least some people still embrace that idea, or at least like to use the concept. Novelist and author Steven Pressfield writes in his book “The War of Art” about pulling in creative power when we are doing creative work: “Power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and…
  • Fear and Courage and Creating

    Douglas Eby
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    “The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse What fears and anxieties are holding you back from expressing yourself more creatively? Matisse and many other artists and psychologists note creative work requires courage or dealing with our fears. His quote is from the book Artist to Artist : Inspiration and Advice from Visual Artists Past & Present, edited by Clint Brown. Arianna Huffington notes fear can impact creative communities as well as individuals. She writes, “After all, it’s next to impossible…
  • Pushed to Excel – Part 2

    Douglas Eby
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    [Continued from Part 1] What does creative excellence take? In his article How to Win American Idol, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman refers to research by Rena Subotnik and Linda Jarvin, who “interviewed over 80 top students at different stages of their musical careers and identified the traits important to succeed at every stage on the way to the top. “The three abilities that were absolutely necessary as a baseline were intrinsic motivation, charisma, and musicality.” But for musicians at an “elite” level of talent, “technical proficiency mattered less…
  • Pushed to Excel

    Douglas Eby
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    “I push people beyond what’s expected of them. I believe that is an absolute necessity.” How much does forceful mentoring help students achieve excellence, and when does it become abusive? Those issues are part of the movie Whiplash, apparently named after the jazz standard by Hank Levy. The quote above is by acclaimed teacher Terence Fletcher (JK Simmons) at a music school reputed to be “one of the best in the country,” explaining his teaching approach to one of his star pupils, Andrew (Miles Teller), who idolizes jazz drummer Buddy Rich, and has aspirations to…
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  • Amazing Digital Art by Emanuel Mårdsjö

    Paul Viluda
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Emanuel Mårdsjö is a 24-year-old digital concept artist based in Skövde, Sweden. Below, you may scroll through several amazing artworks selected from his portfolio. Enjoy and get inspired guys! Read More
  • Brilliant Concept Art by Lindsey Look

    Paul Viluda
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    Lindsey Look aka LMessecar is a talented artist / illustrator based in Connecticut, United States. As you may see below, she specializes in science fiction and fantasy. Her work has appeared in multiple volumes of Spectrum: The Best in Fantastic Contemporary Art, and some of her clients include Wizards of the Coast, Penguin Books,, Smirk and Dagger Games, Applibot, and Science Fiction Book Club. Read More
  • Hot Digital Art by Katherine Cardona

    Paul Viluda
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Katherine Cardona aka Kazuo-Sama is a talented digital artist / illustrator based in Colombia. Below, you may scroll through several of her artworks. Enjoy! Read More
  • Female Portraits by Carlos Eduardo

    Paul Viluda
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Collection of cool digital female portrait illustrations by Carlos Eduardo aka Raichiyo, an artist from Canada. Enjoy and get inspired! Read More
  • Brilliant Digital Art by Larry Wilson

    Paul Viluda
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Larry Wilson aka MagicWax is a freelance illustrator living and working in the greater Los Angeles area. Let's take a look at some if his artworks. Read More
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    Tangible Development

  • Come see us at the summit!

    Vera Dordick
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    We hope you’re going to be at the Business Opportunities to Success Summit (BOSS) next week because it’s going to be jam-packed full of inspiration and ideas! More than 50 chief executive officers will share the hard lessons they learned growing their companies at the all-day session on on Nov. 122014 Sujata Chaudhry, a principal with Tangible Development LLC, will be one of the thought leaders from across the region to speak at the event. The second annual BOSS event will once again spotlight leaders from various industries throughout the region. Each will deliver 5-minute…
  • Life is Like a Salad Bowl

    Vera Dordick
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    I love that headline! This item from the Huffington Post is just one of the articles featured in this week’s Global Culture Report. Other topics this week include: the brain benefits of learning another language the mother and daughter-in-law conflict teaching a global mindset, and Latinos are Hawaii’s fastest growing ethnic group.   Glad we can help you catch up on the global culture news that affects your business!
  • Keeping up with global news

    Vera Dordick
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Even if you’re a news junkie, keeping up with the latest happenings can be time consuming. When you add global media and insights to the mix, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest reports, analysis and intelligence that can affect your business.  That’s why we’re happy to announce the Global Culture Report, our weekly compilation of news, features, blogs and studies about global business, attitudes and culture.  Subscribe to the updates and you’ll get insightful articles, blogs and analysis delivered straight to your inbox every week.  Don’t…
  • Power posing and global cultures

    Vera Dordick
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Most people know that often, body language can say more than words, so it’s no surprise that Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on “Power Poses” is one of the most watched ever. Before you start striking a power pose at your next team meeting, however, you might want to take into account the cultural background of your counterparts. Yesterday’s New York Times featured Cuddy and her research and talked about how organizations from Zappos to Feed to Facebook are learning about her theories and practices. While it’s fascinating stuff, it may not translate well. As Westerners, we…
  • Closing the deal with multicultural clients

    Vera Dordick
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Educating staff to communicate and negotiate effectively is a key goal when working with our real estate and property management clients.  We’re really excited to have the opportunity to share our expertise with professionals across the state by contributing an article to the New York Real Estate Journal. Check it out here:
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    Michael W. Roberts

  • Making Time to Learn from Story

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    When we realize that stories are more than mental escapes, we incorporate them into our lives as guideposts. I’ve been reading a comic book series called The Unwritten again. It’s been a while since I last read it, but whenever I do, it’s always so engaging. It’s a story about story. It’s a story about how we, as readers, imbue a tale with power and how authors / writers / creators can manipulate that power in the real world (along with more nefarious forces). It’s about belief. It delves into the history of the world’s stories, and it connects them with…
  • Creating Room to Breathe: Emotionally, Financially

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    All of us need planned buffer zones or slack to avoid the domino-like consequences of over-planning. Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar. You have an hour until you have to get to work. You woke up late, and now you need to get a shower, iron your clothes, double-check your project that is due today, and run by the drug store to pick up your prescription before the day starts. Of course, the water heater has been on the fritz, so your shower took a lot longer to warm up than you expected. Your clothes had a particularly resistant strain of wrinkle, and you’re missing the title page…
  • This Is Why I Bike 80 Miles a Week

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    My daughter has Crohn’s disease. If you’re not familiar with that particular ailment (I wasn’t), then you should know that the disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It can be a pretty severe disease, and it’s not something that just goes away. There are various methods of treating the disease, which I won’t dig into at the moment. The National Library of Medicine has a pretty good write-up about it if you want to know more. For my family, Crohn’s disease has meant a few things: My daughter Brenna (now 4 years old) has to deal with some…
  • The Power of Small Wins in Your Work

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    Goal-setting is a tricky thing. Half the “experts” out there will tell you to reach for the stars and come up with the biggest ideas you can possibly dream up, and the other half will tell you to start small. Kinda infuriating, right? Thankfully, there are alternative views to the all or nothing approach of big goals. You can still achieve big results in smaller increments, but it will take persistence and focus. In their book Rework, authors Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson say, “The longer something takes, the less likely it is that you’re going to finish…
  • How to Approach Uncertainty: Faith or Reason?

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    For many, the question of how to approach uncertainty is defined by either faith or reason. Not both. It’s one or the other. Do you go by faith, hoping that things will turn out due to whatever good fortune may come along? Or, do you use reason to discover your way out of the problem? This question extends to far more than just individual decisions. The approach of faith or reason weaves its way into our worldview, determining how we not only make decisions but also how we create our opinion of why things happen and how we teach our children. Our viewpoints, however, get a bit muddied…
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    Inspire Fusion - Art, Design & Inspiration Blog

  • Palestinian Woman Plants Flowers In Tear Gas Grenades

    Jahangir Agha
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    A Palestinian woman waters dozens of plants near her desert home, each growing from used tear gas canisters collected in years of clashes with Israeli soldiers. Her curious garden, photographed today, is in the village […] The post Palestinian Woman Plants Flowers In Tear Gas Grenades appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Lazy Driver Having Large Chunk of Snow On Its Top

    Jahangir Agha
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:57 pm
    A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, New York. There is nothing more dangerous than being blinded […] The post Lazy Driver Having Large Chunk of Snow On Its Top appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Incredible Embroidered Sculptures of Butterflies, Moths & Other Insects

    Jahangir Agha
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    These beautiful textile sculptures of months, butterflies, and other insects created by North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita with various textile and embroidery techniques. Each piece is inspired from realism of nature then manipulated into the […] The post Incredible Embroidered Sculptures of Butterflies, Moths & Other Insects appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Mischievous Fly Climbing All Over A Peaceful Lizard

    Jahangir Agha
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    A playful fly causes mischief by climbing all over a peaceful lizard while it relaxes on a branch. The confident little robber fly had no problems walking straight up to the green crested lizard and […] The post Mischievous Fly Climbing All Over A Peaceful Lizard appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Everyday Objects Turned Into Clever Photos

    Jahangir Agha
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Amazing artist from Tel Aviv, Dudi Ben Simon, creates fun optical illusions by blending two unrelated objects into one visually recognizable piece. He posts his clever photos on his Instagram account under the title “My […] The post Everyday Objects Turned Into Clever Photos appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
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    Farnam Street

  • Books for Schools That Need Them

    Shane Parrish
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This might surprise you but I was never a big reader as a kid. In fact, I wouldn’t be caught dead with a book. This lasted all the way to university. While never lazy, I was ignorant to the infinite possibility that books opened up. Once I realized what I’d been missing I made a point to never make money an issue when it came to reading (time to read on the other hand is harder to come by.) When I got a job, I offered to buy my brothers as many books as they wanted as long as they read them. Well my brothers are all grown up now. They can afford their own books but not everyone is…
  • Charles Darwin — Natural Selection was like Confessing a Murder

    Shane Parrish
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    On this day in 1859, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published. In Letters of Note we find an interesting letter from him to Joseph Hooker 15 years before what would later be called natural selection, he mentions his theory and likens it to “confessing a murder.” Down. Bromley Kent Thursday My dear Sir I must write to thank you for your last letter; I to tell you how much all your views and facts interest me.— I must be allowed to put my own interpretation on what you say of “not being a good arranger of extended views”— which is, that you do not…
  • Eight Ways to Say No With Grace and Style

    Shane Parrish
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.”  — Josh Billings In a world of more requests than we can possibly fulfill, learning to say no with grace and style is a skill we all need. We should be saying no more than we say yes, although the opposite is usually true. We say yes too quickly and no too slowly. To consistently say no with grace and clarity, we need a variety of responses. To some people this comes naturally. Others, however, offer noncommittal answers like “I’ll try to fit that in,” or…
  • How Do People Get New Ideas?

    Shane Parrish
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a previously unpublished 1959 essay, Isaac Asimov explores how people get new ideas. Echoing Einstein and Seneca, Asimov believes that new ideas come from combining things together. Steve Jobs thought the same thing. What if the same earth-shaking idea occurred to two men, simultaneously and independently? Perhaps, the common factors involved would be illuminating. Consider the theory of evolution by natural selection, independently created by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace. There is a great deal in common there. Both traveled to far places, observing strange species of plants and…
  • Simplify Your Life

    Shane Parrish
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    ​​“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need—a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink, for thirst is a dangerous thing.” — Jerome Klapka Jerome After realizing that she no longer wanted her life to be so complicated, Elaine St. James set out on a path to improve the quality of her life while decreasing the complexity. Simplify Your Life shares 100 of her tips to slow down and…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • Trond Fausa AurvågQuietly Standing Out From the Crowd

    Tod Hardin
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    We originally published this interview on Feb 26, 2014, and re-post it here to celebrate the debut of season 3 of Netflix’s first original series, Lilyhammer. “Hi mom, meet Torgeir, a cute ex ski jumper with half of his brain still functioning.” Trond Fausa Aurvåg Last week we had the pleasure of introducing many of you to Netflix’s first original series, Lilyhammer.  This quirky little show, which is actually produced by Norway’s Rubicon TV, has essentially flown under the radar here in the US, but it’s been renewed for a third season by Netflix, continues to be one of the…
  • Mike Nichols: A View of Life Continues

    Jordan Ancel
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    “All of life is Chekhov… It’s one big miss.” These words I have carried with me for more than twenty years, and they have been informing me on how I see the world and the people in it, and how I assess my life and the lives of others— with an honest tragi-comic sardonic humor. These words were spoken to me by my mentor, Mike Nichols, legendary director, comic genius, master storyteller. He passed away last night at the age of 83, and when I awoke to the news, the weight of it was immediate. It is the true end of an era. We know his accomplishments, I don’t need to recount them. We…
  • With Heavyweight Contender Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

    Sophia Stein
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    Foxcatcher is an arresting, thought-provoking, absurdist drama of timely import.  Once again, director Bennett Miller reimagines a true-life story as a basis to explore the complex and perverse psychology of its central players.  Moreover, Foxcatcher shines a bright light to expose dark truths in regards to the corruption of the American dream. Much has already been written about the formidable, head-turning physical-vocal-psychological transformations by actor Steve Carell, who has utterly and astonishingly morphed into John du Pont, wealthy heir to the family fortune.  Du Pont reinvented…
  • MK Chavez: Two Poems

    MK Chavez
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    MK Chavez is the author of Virgin Eyes (Zeitgeist Press), Visitation, Next Exit #9 (with John Sweet) and Pinnacle (Kendra Steiner Editions). You can find her recent and upcoming work in Generations, This is Poetry and Zone 3. She has been a fellow at Squaw Valley Writers Conference, Antioch Writers Workshop and VONA. She is co-founder and co-curator of the Berkeley-based monthly reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-organizer of the Berkeley Poetry Festival and she likes getting sticky whenever she gets the chance. I Married the Small Press It happened like the things that happen when you…
  • If At All: Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

    Sarah Elgart
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    Coming this week to LA’s Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, whose history alone is inspiring and moving as a testament to the power of human spirit. The company’s original founder, a woman by the name of Yehudit Arnon, who just passed away last year, was a Holocaust survivor. At the age of seventeen, her mother and she were taken to Auschwitz – which only she survived. She then went on to Birkenau where she shared her natural gifts for dance and movement with fellow inmates. Hearing of her talents, the Nazis ordered her to entertain…
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    FLIC Magazine

  • Cuaderno Brillante

    Pedro Gomez
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Some time ago Daniel, Emma and Alicia came up with an idea that is now taking root, an idea called Cuaderno Brillante (Shiny Notebook). This is an online guide of local production which aims to provide a bridge between designers and manufacturers. Its main objective is to ensure visibility to small factories and artisans. The initiative seeks to provide support to the national quality production. Cuaderno Brillante is constantly looking for small workshops, factories and artisans throughout Spain in order to create a production network as large as possible, easing the work of designers who…

    Editorial Team
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    JESSICA BARTHEL & STEPHANIE PFAENDER are 2 photographers from NEW YORK CITY & BERLIN (NYCBJS). They live in Berlin and New York, and their sights and ideas keep them close. They believe the language of friendship is meaning, not words. “This is our way of staying in touch with each other, and sharing our lives.” Enjoy! You’re invited to find out more about them here:
  • Crunchy toasted cacao & coconut muesli (gluten free)

    Jess Carey
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When I make muesli, I prefer to make a large batch – it keeps well in an air-tight plastic tub. The other great thing about this, and a fact that seems to be quite little known, is that oats actually are gluten free by nature, if they’re pure and processed on specialised equipment! Oats are also a great source of fibre and protein, and have also been shown to help lower cholesterol, heart disease, assist in weight management (by keeping you fuller for longer) and helps stabilise blood sugar and energy levels. They’re the ultimate super food, and my breakfast of choice, every morning!
  • Maccaroni

    Editorial Team
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Maccaroni is a small corner of the Borne neighbourhood in Barcelona where the Italian culinary tradition comes to life! A wide variety of dishes of homemade pasta combined with high-quality ingredients, seasonal, always fresh and authentic. It is clear that Maccaroni is an authentic pastificio. Every day they prepare fresh pasta (like Grandma’s) that you can buy and cook at home with the sauce you fancy. A novel concept where choosing the type of pasta and sauce becomes a feat. And if you are in a hurry, they also offer takeaway service. Che dici, mangiamo la pasta fatta in casa? Carrer…
  • I Origins

    Eva Vera
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The director of the successful low-budget film Another Earth (Grand Jury Prize and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Festival 2011) returns to the sci-fi genre with I Origins, the filmmaker’s second feature film, which combines drama, metaphysics, science and romance. The result could not be more satisfying. In the last Fantastic Film Festival of Sitges, I Origins won the Best Feature Length Film Award in the Fantastic Official Category in competition. Because, again, Mike Cahill has achieved his goal: a well-narrated, directed and acted film. The plot revolves around a…
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    Creativity Tech

  • A Tale of Two Countries for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Release

    Gordon Platt
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    This past weekend saw the release of the third film in the four-part trilogy (that’s Hollywood math!) of The Hunger Games series. At least it did in most major markets, with the glaring omission of China, whose censors pulled the plug on the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at the eleventh hour. For North America the movie represented another success for its studio Lionsgate, as the release surged to sales of $123 million in its opening weekend and caught plenty of attention for its creative promotional campaign. But in China the losses are already starting to mount and…
  • Aereo Writes Its Final Chapter

    Gordon Platt
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    Following its Supreme Court defeat in June, Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. A somber letter to customers on the Aereo homepage today confirms what we already knew: without its fallen business model the company is unable to make money as a legitimate service. While Aereo’s final fall from grace is delivered with some measure of it, there’s still a fundamental refusal to admit that some crucial tenets of intellectual property law prevailed. Instead, CEO Chet Kanojia (pictured above) chose to focus on the “significant challenges from the incumbent media…
  • YouTube Music Raises More Questions Than It Answers

    Gordon Platt
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    To paraphrase a familiar old adage ,”if you don’t like the music streaming solutions on offer wait a few minutes.” While Mark Twain’s original observation was about the weather in New England, the music streaming space is developing rapidly enough to be a replacement for the digital age. Just a couple of weeks ago we looked at the plans of various music platforms attempting to distinguish themselves from competitors. Then, just as things seemed to be settled for the rest of the year, last week Google finally unveiled details about the 800lb gorilla in the room:…
  • MPAA Launches

    Gordon Platt
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    The MPAA’s six member studios have just released, a search engine that makes it easier than ever before to find and watch your favorite movies and television shows online. The introduction of the site is as a powerful counter to pirate sites that claim they’re in business only because viewers have no legitimate means to access their favorite movies and television shows. In fact, today there are more than 100 legal online services delivering movie and television content in the United States films and 56 billion television episodes in 2013 alone.
  • 25 Years On, Germany Turns to Artists to Recall Berlin Wall

    Gordon Platt
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. In the case of the once-divided city of Berlin, former nexus of East and West Germany and the front line of the Cold War, the idea to temporarily retrace the path of the Berlin Wall proved deceptively complex. The “Border of Light” – eight miles of 8,000 luminescent balloons with a personal message on each – was set up last week following years of planning around the best possible way to commemorate Berlin’s historic reconnection 25 years ago. The Border of Light extending past the Bundestag | Image Credit: Mareike NL As…
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    Make Creativity Pay

  • Can’t Finish Your Creative Projects? Get More Done With These 3 Powerful Strategies

    Leanne Regalla
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    You can’t win if you don’t finish your creative projects. [This is a guest post by Bryan Collins.] Do you struggle to finish what you start? Do you have projects that have been sitting in a purgatory of incompletion for weeks, months, or years? That collection of stories that’s been hanging over your head, that sketchbook full of plans that mocks you from the corner of your desk, or those song bits that are still taking up space in your phone, perhaps. Maybe you’re waiting for a huge void to miraculously appear in your schedule, or inspiration to come down out of the sky and…
  • 03 – How To Blast Through Challenges to Grow Your Creative Business with Jon Morrow [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    [smart_track_player url=”″] Find the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes and leave a review to let me know what you think! Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these shows. Show Summary We all have difficulties in our efforts to build a successful business. It may simply(!) be a lack of confidence or it could be a physical or psychological condition that makes success an uphill battle. But what if you could only move your face? Can you be an entrepreneur under…
  • 02 – How Photographer David Molnar Grew His List By 12K in 3 Months (with Tips for You) [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    [smart_track_player url=”″] Find the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes and leave a review to let me know what you think! Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these shows. Show Summary Don’t miss this interview with photographer David Molnar who grew his opt-in email list by 12,000 subscribers in three months. No matter what field you’re in, the lessons David outlines are applicable and can help you grow your list of followers – and clients – too.
  • 01 – Welcome to the Make Creativity Pay Podcast

    Leanne Regalla
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    [smart_track_player url=”″] Find the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes and leave a review to let me know what you think!   Subscribe on Stitcher   Subscribe on iTunes   And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these shows.   Show Summary In this first, short episode of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, you’ll hear why I’m so passionate about helping you to make good money from your writing, music, photography, art, or whatever craft you’re obsessed with. You’ll…
  • 30 Warning Signs That Spell Failure for Your Creative Business

    Leanne Regalla
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    You’ve probably wondered if you have what it takes. Is your creative business doomed? You love creating, whether it’s plucking out a story or a song, producing a new show, capturing a sunrise to preserve a moment forever, or crafting that silver into wearable art. But when it comes to making good money at what you do? That’s a different story. There are so many things that you’re juggling, and they’re all important. It’s easy to let things the things you don’t like to do slide, to rationalize or make excuses, or to tell yourself you’ll get around to them someday. On top of…
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    Creativity 101

  • Side Projects Save Your Soul

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am
    The worst client I ever had pushed me to the limits of sanity. I’m not proud to say that I did reach a point where I was avoiding their phone calls. A cheap client who wanted everything for nothing and project creep was out of control. I reached a point where I just wanted to get the job finished, get the guy out of my hair and write it off as a bad experience, but it felt like it would never end. I found the client so demanding, difficult to work with and the project so soul destroying that I stopped building sites for clients for a few years after that. I have been through several…
  • In-Depth Guide To Creating Personas & Why They Help Produce Better Content

    2 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Jane Walker is 34 and lives in Manchester with her boyfriend of 5 years. They have a city centre apartment and one car. She works in a designer clothing store as a manager and loves the perks of discounted clothing. Her parents live an hour’s drive away and she sees them on average every two weeks. She has one sister who lives and works in London, but they are not very close. Jane works from 9.30am till 6pm and has to work every Saturday. She goes to the gym three evenings a week and meets her girlfriends for a drink every Friday night. Jane is internet savvy and uses email, facebook and…
  • The 12 Best Fonts For Design: Inspired by Massimo Vignelli

    1 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Celebrated Italian designer Massimo Vignelli controversially claimed “we use too many typefaces“. Depending on where you stand on typography/design will depend on whether you agree with the statement or not, I personally whole-heartedly agree with Vignelli and call for a greater degree of discipline in the usage of fonts. You can read an opposing article about this statement and listen to an interview with Vignelli here. Massimo Vignelli: © Gabriela Herman NYC photographer “There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence”. Massimo…
  • Prankvertising Halloween Viral Videos for Inspiration

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Maintaining creativity requires input of ingredients. You get out what you put in. A selection of material ranging from reading a diverse section of books, magazines and blogs; cultural stimulation from galleries, cinema and video; and keeping abreast of what others in the industry are producing is minimum requirement. Prankvertising is a relatively new viral genre for YouTube. Set-up a practical joke situation, film, edit and post. Big brands are investing heavily in ever more sophisticated viral videos to expand their reach. I love practical jokes. I am the girl who turns off the light when…
  • 2 Brands Using Pinterest Creatively (the right way)

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Being a creative type I have always been a visual hoarder. I would collect ideas, images, illustrations, ads, magazines, photos, leaflets, flyers. In fact anything that had a visual appeal to me would end up in one of my huge scrapbooks as a reference for when I wanted inspiration on a creative project. This led me to perfect the cough-and-rip technique for removing pages from magazines in public places such as libraries, waiting rooms and hairdressers. If I saw something that sparked an idea to me there was no way I was leaving without it or my creativity could potentially suffer a lifetime.
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    Megan Coxe

  • Popping up

    Megan Coxe
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    This week, .Bk, the ecommerce company I work with, is putting on a pop-up shop. We’ve worked weeks and hours to create a beautiful but temporary retail space in Williamsburg and it’s exciting to see this project come to fruition. Pop-ups can be a great way for businesses to generate buzz and create new customers. But as with any venture, there’s also the potential for a huge disappointment. Design by Sante Miceli Studio. Photography by Sam Purcell. Here are five things you should consider before you pop-up: What is your goal? Is your primary goal local sales? Increasing awareness of…
  • Love Web Design? You Could Win $7,500

    Megan Coxe
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    Who doesn’t love a good contest? I found out recently that the folks at JotForm launched a contest to celebrate their new Form Designer. And yeah, the grand prize is $7,500. You shouldn’t pass up this contest if you have an inkling of design skill. All you have to do is use the Form Designer to create an awesome web form, and you’ll be in the running. Even if you don’t win the grand prize, there are six other categories in which you can still win $500.   What’s the big deal with web forms? Says JotForm founder Aytekin Tank: Since the beginning of Internet, web forms have…
  • Grad School: To Go or Not to Go?

    Megan Coxe
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Should I get a Masters? This is a question I should have spent more time pondering before I got one – in Spanish Literature no less. The short answer: probably not. As others have pointed out, the costs of getting a graduate degree are generally very high, and in many cases, your salary afterwards doesn’t make up for that loss. Which has lead to the mantra, “the smart people are somewhere else.”   The big caveat is that if you want to teach, and certainly if you want to teach at the college level, you should get a Masters. Blogger and serial entrepreneur Penelope Trunk once…
  • Goal Setting and Loving What You Do

    Megan Coxe
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    “Do what you love!” the taxi driver proclaimed as he swerved around a car and just grazed two pedestrians when he took a left turn on a busy thoroughfare in Buenos Aires.  “I used to be an industrial designer, but the job made me sick. I was around so many chemicals, the hours were long, and it wasn’t making me happy. This I love,” he said caressing his taxi. “I talk to people from all over the world, like you. The hours are still long and the pay isn’t as great but I don’t regret it. Not for a second.” “Was he right?” I remember thinking as I stepped out of that cab.
  • Why Introverts Make Great Networkers

    Megan Coxe
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    You know those days when after work, you’re supposed to go an event filled with unknown and once-met business colleagues to do that thing where you shake hands with a slew of them and trade paper cards?  Many of you (myself included) would probably rather be at home reading a book, on Reddit, watching TV, or sharing a drink with a friend – or just doing anything else at all. The thought of one of these events might even cause you a bit of anxiety or a few nerves: the attempt to make an impression on strangers in a professional environment, the inane small talk, watching as others…
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    Creativity For Life

  • Super Easy Pumpkin Centerpiece (Tuesday Tutorial)

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s almost Thanksgiving Day – have you got your Thanksgiving centerpieces ready? If not, check out this great Tuesday Tutorial by Evette Rios and learn how to turn any pumpkin into a unique vase for any Fall tabletop!   Thanks to Evette for this week’s tutorial! Evette spent years as contributing design expert and “buddy” […] The post Super Easy Pumpkin Centerpiece (Tuesday Tutorial) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • To Have A Great Idea…

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    To Have A Great Idea, Have A Lot Of Ideas!      The post To Have A Great Idea… appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Creative Thanksgiving Ideas – Unique Hand Turkeys, Turkey Face Painting, Thanksgiving Turkey Cake & More!

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Happy Creative Thanksgiving! Hello, hello my Creativity Cohorts! For those of us in the United States, this Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving. So – Welcome to Creativity Round-Up “Thanksgiving Edition!”   The 80 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes The Cooking Channel shares their recipes for their 80 (!) best creative Thanksgiving side dishes. Eighty!? The 80 Best […] The post Creative Thanksgiving Ideas – Unique Hand Turkeys, Turkey Face Painting, Thanksgiving Turkey Cake & More! appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Thanksgiving Place Mats

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the fall, you can find all sorts of seasonal table decorations at any home décor or discount store. There are lots of nice designs to choose from, but wouldn’t you rather have something that fits your style perfectly? You can make your own Thanksgiving place mats quickly, easily, and inexpensively, and they can brighten […] The post Thanksgiving Place Mats appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Creativity Is A Way Of Life (Video)

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    A little more than two years ago, Montreal/Toronto-based photographer Benjamin Wong was a mining engineer who took pictures on the side. In 2012, he quit his engineering career and threw himself into photography full time. He’s now an award-winning photographer admired for his “epic, surreal, fantasy storytelling.” “I am a self-taught artist who quit his […] The post Creativity Is A Way Of Life (Video) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
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    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader


    Donald Rattner
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    "I can’t tell you how important it is to draw," says Sunni Brown, whose creative consultancy Sunni Brown Ink, teaches "applied visual thinking"— a.k.a doodling—to coders, designers, and even journalists. "It gets the neurons to fire and expands the mind." Just why and how this happens is the topic of Brown's recent book, The Doodle Revolution. Here, she shares her doodling "dos" and explains how this so-called time waster is really a creative launch-pad. WHY DOODLE Studies have shown that doodling can free up short- and long-term memory, improve content retention and increase…

    Donald Rattner
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Cooking is one of the most creative activities experienced in the home. And doodling is one of the most creative activities you can do anywhere. Why not combine these two quintessentially creative acts with food you can doodle on? Enter Eleni's playfully unique Color Me! cookie sets. Delivered in delightfully decorated tins and in a variety of shapes and sizes, the sugar frosted cookies make for a perfect creative canvas for your inner artist. You just have to remember to use the special edible ink markers you'll get with your tin and not the ones in your office drawer! Perfect for the…

    Donald Rattner
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    With the discussion of creative thinking and innovation growing in volume on a daily basis, there is an ever accumulating collection of books on the subject awaiting those who want to be part of that conversation. That's the good news, and the mostly good news. For as this repository of information grows, so does the challenge of figuring out which tomes are worth reading, and which are better left on the shelf. Fortunately there are smart people out there who can help people sort out the must reads from the less must reads. One of the most credible authorities on creativity we…

    Donald Rattner
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    One of the proven methods for achieving innovation in design is to engage in what we call creative de-construction. By that we mean taking an object, "exploding" it into its constituent parts, and then re-constituting it by re-joining the parts using connections that are now flexible rather than fixed. Examples of products that have been re-imagined using this method include a candle holder, a knapsack, a clock, and toy cars. In each case what had been a monolithic object now becomes a mutable, modular one. The benefits of this deconstructive process are many. For one, users become…

    Donald Rattner
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The subject of creativity has re-entered the public discourse with renewed importance in the course of the past decade. In part this resurgence of interest can be traced to economic factors, such as the competition among businesses vying for dominance in a global or contested marketplace that rewards the creators of innovative, ground-breaking products and services. To succeed in this environment individuals and companies recognize they must have the skills needed to exercise what is commonly referred to as creative thinking. For others the motivation is more personal and less material,…
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