Tag Archives: Creativity

How Do You Keep Work Interesting?

June 6, 2016

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“When you’re in a rut, you have to question everything except your ability to get out of it.” – Twyla Tharp Do you ever stop and think about the sheer volume of creativity around you? Consider the music you’ve heard, the engineering in your phone, the design of your car, the marketing you’ve seen, the […]

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Being a Curiosity Rookie

May 19, 2016

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“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”     Voltaire I like to think I’m a curious person. I think the world is an interesting place, and I believe that most people have interesting stories.   One of my strengths  is “Input,” which means that I routinely pay attention to new things.  I dig […]

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Cooking with Banana Man: Burrito Night

May 15, 2016

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“It’s very hard to have ideas. It’s very hard to put yourself out there, it’s very hard to be vulnerable, but those people who do that are the dreamers, the thinkers and the creators. They are the magic people of the world.” Amy Poehler A couple of weeks ago Josh was doing a decimal project […]

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Book Review: Ignore Everybody

May 13, 2016

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“Nobody can tell you if what you’re doing is good, meaningful, or worthwhile. The more compelling the path, the more lonely it is. ” Hugh MacLeod When you work in a creative field, it’s easy to lose sight of the “wins” – easy to think of validation as a function of income, recognition, or praise.  […]

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What’s old is new.

April 26, 2016

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“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer If you pull out the thesaurus and look up “invention,” you’ll find “innovation” is listed as a synonym. I can see how the words are related, but […]

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Sticking with your projects

March 9, 2016

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People are amazing. I don’t know what gets into them to create radical new things, but I find the lengths to which individuals travel to express themselves awe-inspiring. Take the Swedes behind the Wintergatan project and what it took to make this musical machine. I spent FAR too much time trolling through the Wintergatan website […]

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Book Review: Funny

February 19, 2016

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Creativity is a messy, messy endeavor. One of my favorite books on the process is about Pixar (Creativity Inc.) which tells the story of how creativity thrives in a corporate environment. If you’ve ever worked in a corporate setting, this feels like a ridiculously miraculous feat. Like parting-the-Red-Sea miraculous. And so, when I saw the […]

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Don’t Go With Idea #1

January 26, 2016

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I spend a good bit of time interacting with blank things. Blank pages. Blank whiteboards. Blank thoughts. I chalk it up to the “creative process,” and most of the time I enjoy filling up the blankness with ideas.  However, I’ve also noticed the strongest ideas are never what comes out first. In her book, The […]

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Another reason we need to welcome messes

January 21, 2016

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Would you rather hang out with three friends or two friends and a stranger? Is it more fun to read Helvetica font or Comic Sans? If you had to perform onstage, would you ever do so knowing your instrument would be out of tune? I don’t know any reasonable person who enjoys the awkwardness these […]

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What do you do when you’re waiting for permission?

January 20, 2016

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“You don’t have to be good to start … you just have to start to be good!” ― Joe Sabah I have a dear friend who is flailing from working under a mediocre leader, but he can’t ever garner enough courage to suggest changes. I know another person who is making plans to do great […]

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