Welcome to Productive Flourishing!

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

We help Creative Giants thrive in life and business.

What’s a Creative Giant, you ask?

Creative Giants are talented Renaissance Souls with a compassion-fueled bias towards action. They are functionally delusional enough to think they can create a better world, and tenacious, capable, and courageous enough to actually do it. This, of course, naturally makes them Giants among men – but it’s pretty awkward, vulnerable, and lonely to be an outlier, so they’ve learned to hide their gianthood. Read more about the 12 characteristics of Creative Giants here.

If this sounds like you, know this: you do not have to hide here. We challenge you to stand tall and be as amazing as you are. The taller you stand, the taller we can as well.

We get Creative Giants because we are Creative Giants. We’re figuring this out together.

We focus on the Be-Know-Do of mastering yourself and the world. You have to BE a person of character. You have to KNOW the skills and expertise that power your craft and body of work. And you’ve got to DO the work and continually start finishing the stuff that matters.

Where Do I Start?

There’s a lot of content here, but we’ll give two main routes to go: click the orange button to focus on your own productivity and effectiveness; click the blue button to focus on content that can help you grow your small business.

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Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure about you. – Marianne Williamson

Stand Tall, Creative Giant!

About Team PF

Charlie GilkeyCharlie Gilkey | Author – Speaker – Business Advisor

Champion and Catalyst for Creative Giants. Best-selling author. Ph.D. Candidate (Philosophy). Former Army Logistics Officer. Wakes up in the morning to figure out how to help Creative Giants be their best selves in the world. If you’d like to learn more about Charlie, check out his longer bio.

Angela WheelerAngela Wheeler, Ph.D. | Author – Speaker – Community Engagement Manager
In addition to being a speaker, author, and consultant, Angela is the Co-Founder of PF and our Community Engagement Manager. With a Ph.D. in sociology and her experience at PF, the best way to describe Angela is as a catalyst for positive change in life and business. She’s passionate about working as a wayfinder for women tapping into their inner power, bringing the female voice of business to light, and creating and navigating business relationships that support the thriving of the whole person. Read more here.

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  1. says

    Hello Charlie,

    I hope you are having a great month so far! I wanted to touch base to let you know that we featured your blog in list of The Top 50 Productivity Blogs Of The Year

    You can check out the full list at: http://www.evancarmichael.com/Tools/Top-50-Productivity-Blogs-2009.htm

    We always appreciate posts / tweets / or diggs if you feel it’s an interesting and useful page!

    More on us:

    EvanCarmichael.com is the Internet’s #1 resource for small business motivation and strategies. With over 385,000 monthly visitors, 4,000 contributing authors, and 65,000 pages of content no website shares more profiles of famous entrepreneurs and inspires more small business owners than EvanCarmichael.com.

    Thank you and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!


    Kevin Lee
    [email protected]

  2. Carol Haralson says

    Wow! I am so very impressed with your site. I found it through IttyBiz.com
    What you have to say in your “about” section makes me feel like we’ve met and your describing me! (description: I’m a teacher…etc.) I would add artist to that list for myself.

    Just yesterday I whined (actually shed a few tears) to a friend that I just did not understand why all my lessons are learned the hard way (ie: Oh, that’s how NOT TO DO IT so this must be the right way – NOW! Then I go on to share that with friends, family, foes and strangers so they can get it right from the beginning). She told me it was just who I was and how I was made. Okaaaaay…. I feel so much better today after reading your blog. Have a great weekend!

    Carol Haralson

  3. Charlie says

    @Carol: Thanks for your kind words. I now wonder whether I should add “artist” or something, too – as it’s what I’m naturally disposed to do.

    It’s unfortunate that sometimes it’s hard to see what our gifts are – because all too often we see them as disadvantages. The fact that a) you’re willing to experience so many things and b) you’re capable of sharing lessons learned is a beautiful thing; so few people can do it, and we need more people helping us in this strange and wonderful journey.

    I’m so glad this blog helped you feel better and I hope you’ll continue to check in.

  4. says

    Hey Charlie, I just discovered your blog last week and I am very impressed at the uniqueness and clarity of the content. I will definitely be stopping by more in the near future. Keep up the good work and keep life meaningful!

  5. says

    I literally stumbled onto your site but am a great believer in “the teacher appears when the student is ready” or however that goes. Wow, I lived for 10 yrs in Lincoln, NE until we left 2yrs ago due to work. Good to know. Hope to sign up for some coaching very soon. Cheers and thank you for all the free information. Very helpful!

    • says

      Funny how that happens. I think it’s kind of like when you buy a new car and all of a sudden you see that car everywhere. When we start asking ourselves the right questions, we’re able to find better solutions.

      If I can help with some of your questions, I’d be delighted.

  6. says

    Hi Charlie. Nice to meet you. In case you’re wondering, I found you on the 50 best productivity blogs page. You’re a kindred spirit it seems– I too am a polymath, old soul (apparently), and have never gotten along with my peers. My husband is even 11 years older than I am!
    You shall see me clicking around here regularly, probably. I like to comment.

  7. says

    Just discovered you via a friend of a firend on FB. Thanks for sharing your awesome planning lists. I have been playing around with lists for years but yours are even better than mine !

  8. says

    Peace ;),

    Stumbled on your site while looking for blogging advice >> just wanted to say THANKS…I’ve just recently started a series on productivity (it’s called “Conquer Yourself”) and I’m looking to expand my reader base.

    You’re work is really an inspiration for me. I plan on checking your stuff out more as things continue on.

    Thanks Charlie,

  9. says

    Hi Charlie,

    Just came across your via twitter.

    Looking forward to learning from you…with you.

    FYI, I’m a UNL grad (history & classical Greek). Had a few philosophy classes in Old Father.

    Keep creating,

  10. says

    Charlie, I really resonated with the post:

    “I’ve always gotten along better with people 5-20 years older than me than with people my own age.”

    I am in exactly the same boat as you are. I am 17, and I get along best with people who are 30-40 years old. I don’t know why, but it seems like I have much more to share with people that age.

    I think it’s because when you get older, you start to see life a different way. People my age are usually drinking and partying, not thinking about making a better contribution to society. So I have a tougher time connecting.

    Thanks Charlie!
    Josh Lipovetsky.

  11. says

    Charlie you help people do big things through small steps. Now that is a byline up with the best. Love that! Good look in making big through small

  12. says

    Just yesterday I whined (actually shed a few tears) to a friend that I just did not understand why all my lessons are learned the hard way (ie: Oh, that’s how NOT TO DO IT so this must be the right way – NOW! Then I go on to share that with friends, family, foes and strangers so they can get it right from the beginning). She told me it was just who I was and how I was made. Okaaaaay…. I feel so much better today after reading your blog. Have a great weekend!

  13. says

    hi Charlie. This page , the way you crafted it helps new visitors get instantly hooked with you :)

    You mentioned…

    “I often remember passages and facts from books I read 15 years ago.”

    What is the secret? Do you consider yourself born with a great memory, or did you boost its power overtime… how? :)

    • says

      Part of it is that I’ve always had a good memory. I figured that out young and have done a lot to boost its power, too.

      The real trick isn’t just remembering stuff, though – it’s remembering it when it’s relevant. :)

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