If you've ever thought about the creative process, you may have wondered how we go from idly musing about something one day to having an epiphany many days later in a completely different context. Creative accretion is one type of catalytic activity that helps us understand what's going … [Read more...] about How Creative Accretion Leads to Epiphanies
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. - William James Many creatives actually love the creative work they do. It's what they'd do for free if they didn't have to worry about the trivialities of bills. Yet many of them are stressed about their … [Read more...] about Choice Limits the Stress of Creative Work
We're deep into the work for the course I'm currently teaching and we're reaching the point I'm all too familiar with: some students are reaching the confusion point that happens right before the deep insights emerge. I shared a few learning strategies with my students and figured they'd be … [Read more...] about 3 Things to Do When You Just Don’t Get an Idea
Editor’s note: I recorded this as a podcast for Productive Flourishing long after I originally published this post. I hope you enjoy it, and if you’d like to hear more episodes of the podcast, you’ll find them in the show’s archives. Have you ever been near the end of a project … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Get Through the Creative Red Zone
When was the last time you played? I’m talking about the letting your hair down, singing at the top of your lungs, dancing like a maniac kind of play. Making mud pies, dancing in the rain, rolling around in paint kind of play. Nothing held back; just because it feels good. Throughout most of my … [Read more...] about Are You Giving Yourself the Gift of Play?
Do you have one of those ideas that's clamoring at your soul to work on? Novice creative knowledge-workers and creatives have the curse of too many ideas without enough experience to know what it takes to see an idea through. Every creative project in its infancy seems so easy and bright and fun. … [Read more...] about Is It Time to Get an Idea out of Your System?
One of our Lift Off alums recently asked how to deal with copycats and idea thieves. She's been rocking it, getting great press, and things are taking off for her - and, as it always happens, copycats and idea thieves have started showing up and taking her work and phrases as their own. One of the … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Deal with Copycats and Idea Thieves
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Todd Henry of Accidental Creative. Several years ago my media consumption habits were turned upside down when a friend introduced me to the wonders of the DVR. Though it seems almost laughable now, up to that point if I wanted to watch a television show, movie … [Read more...] about The Power Of Pause
Editor's Note: This is Seth Godin's contribution to our month-long core conversations on "Great Connections Lead to Great Ideas." Seth's thinking and work has had a profound impact on my own and I consider him a mentor-from-afar. His contribution is insightful and edge-working as … [Read more...] about The Magic is in the Space Between Conversations
Be careful about how much power you give to the concept of "Resistance." I appreciate how Steven Pressfield writes about it and uses it, but an overuse sets up the situation in which anytime we don't want to do something, it's Resistance at fault. Understanding Resistance as an external force … [Read more...] about Are You the Root of Your Own Resistance?
I posted this as a Facebook note yesterday: I'm currently thinking a lot about the suggestion that "blogs are dead." It's coming at a time in which I'm considering the direction I want to take Productive Flourishing with regards to the type of content engine I want it to be. (Don't worry, I'm not … [Read more...] about On Blogs Being Dead
One of the first biggest hurdles for creatives is becoming relevant to a given audience. A lot of effort goes into getting to the point where people find what you're saying useful, relevant, and worth paying attention to. While it's hard to get to that point, it's easy to get to that point and … [Read more...] about The Two Legs of the Relevancy Journey
One of the chief competitive advantages of small creative businesses is that we can quickly create new business opportunities and innovations. We can turn on a dime and accelerate to 60 in seconds, as opposed to much larger business that get stuck in managerial bloat, review processes, and … [Read more...] about Don't Let Your Hyper-Creativity Stifle Your Business
In a recent post, Jonathan Fields asked whether Twitter was the ultimate creation killer. It can be. One of the things I learned during the Oregon Trail Chronicles was that I was doing a surprising number of things that actually prevented me from doing the things that I'm best at. I'm a maven, in … [Read more...] about Don’t Tweet Away Your Best Ideas
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Marissa Bracke. Just because people are buying your stuff doesn't mean your tactics are effective. Sometimes it's just a lack of alternatives. As an (admittedly oversimplified) example of this idea, look at the airline industry. The airlines make a lot of … [Read more...] about Successful Launches In The Past Don’t Make You Innovative Today
"I was thinking about my product roadmap and got a bit discouraged. When I looked at what I was doing, I saw how many other people were doing the same thing." That's what one of the coolest, most unique, and talented people I know just said on a Lift Off implementation call. I felt what she was … [Read more...] about It’s All Been Done Before. So What?
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Cath Duncan from Creative Grief Studio and Remembering For Good. Every project is also a change on some level. The phenomenon of change within individuals and bigger systems has been studied widely, and it's been found that change isn't as chaotic and … [Read more...] about How to Be Creative and Productive in Every Stage of a Project
If you listen to the stories artists tell about their careers, you'll often hear them admit that their hits were something they never saw coming. This cuts across artistic endeavors. I tweeted yesterday that How To Flourish: 17 Quotes on Living, Being, and Doing was going viral yet again with near … [Read more...] about You Won’t See Your Big Hit Ahead of Time