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Advancing Dreams

Advancing Dreams

advancing dreams

The world is full of people who long for something more. Everyone has a dream to fulfill. For some it is an experience, something on their bucket list. For others advancing dreams, means advancing their career to where they are free to be their natural self and to be rewarded appropriately for their unique contribution.

Idea Generation - Initiating Creativity

Idea Generation - Initiating Creativity

idea generation

The first step in creating something, is to work out what it is you want to create. We've talked through this blog about the obstacle of the blank page. There are techniques to help you shake out a lot of potential ideas. Once you get good at idea generation, when you need them you will be able to have plenty of viable ideas to choose from.

Self-expression, Being Creative for Me or for Thee?

Self-expression, Being Creative for Me or for Thee?

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Creating a work that is your own self-expression. Or being hired to do creative work for others. What is the balance to keep our creative energy flowing? I've heard art teachers over the years, who themselves were professional artists expressing that they felt like they were prostituting their own talents when they do work for hire.

Creative Editing, Hard Stuff Makes Us Better

Creative Editing, Hard Stuff Makes Us Better

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This is a quick Memorial Day post extending from a thought-provoking message I heard over the weekend. The speaker was making a point that hardships, challenges, failures and pain are like the chisel cuts of the master sculptor shaping you into the masterpiece he wants you to be. What causes frustration or hurts, is often creative editing, pruning or refinement being performed on our lives.

Pondering Creation

Pondering Creation

pondering creation

I think the best source of creative inspiration is to consider the original creator, God. God created everything and we are made in His image. Let's explore how absolutely everything was created by examining Genesis and pondering creation. I love studying the opening of Genesis and exploring how everything was created. Many people have difficulty reconciling popular modern scientific theories with scripture. I believe the Bible,

Helpful Constraints - Define Your Playground

Helpful Constraints - Define Your Playground

helpful constraints

I talk a lot about the obstacle of a blank, plain white piece of paper. Freedom is generally a good thing, but when faced with infinite possibilities, many of us freeze up with indecision. Are we not going to choose the right thing? (This is buyer's remorse with a little opportunity cost thrown in.) Do we have too many ideas and we can't settle on one?

Many Creative Definitions

Many Creative Definitions

many creative definitions

There is creative potential in everyone. Because there are so many creative definitions, you must find the right angle to unlock your own creativity. There is no one definition of creative. For example, I've been planning and building this blog for several months. I had never heard of any blog specifically geared toward "creativity."

Creatively Managing Rejection

Creatively Managing Rejection

creatively managing rejection

Rejection hurts. When you put yourself out there, offering your time, energy and gifts for hire, one can't help feeling pain when the customer or prospect keeps on walking and selects another option. The majority of the time this is what happens, and we SHOULD be able to look at it objectively.