Creativity in Compressed Time

Busyness feels not great for creative practice. Most forms of creative output really do take time: to write something down, to fully explore an idea, to make anything. Daniel recently got hooked on speed chess- three minute games. This is a good metaphor for how to deal with creative practice when you are too busy…

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Solving Problems

If you ask ten people to help you solve a problem, at least one of them will respond and help you. This is a truth: ask for a solution, and keep clarifying the question or request until someone is able to answer you. The hard part is often figuring out the question.

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A Yearly Calendar of Creative Phases

As I get older, I notice the rhythmic nature of the year more. New projects emerge, get planned, develop, and so forth during different seasons.  Here’s a quick sketch of hour my creative cycle plays out across a typically year.   Note: I read Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg this weekend.  I really enjoy…

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Intuition

Life as an entrepreneur, or an artist, is always keeping an eye or ear or sixth sense open to that next thing. Then discovering how to incorporate that next thing into your already full life.  And thus expanding the capacity to do more. But really, there are so many interesting things to do in life!…

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Imagination

Can you imagine things in a way that is crisper? clearer? more refined? How exactly does one do this sort of thinking if the end-goal isn’t clear?  When the goal isn’t to “win” in some quantifiable way, but instead it is undefined- how do you apply what you know about achievement and ‘winning’ to an…

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Condensation

There are days that I’ll do several hours of research or writing, and just not be able to get it to snap into focus, despite feeling like there are all these fascinating threads just sitting there waiting to condense. Daniel’s response was some classic wisdom for creative process: It’s liquid until the exact temperature that makes…

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Hurry Up and Wait

“I don’t want to just be chauffeur and scheduler for my corporeal conveyance.” -As said Daniel so poetically while we were reflecting on how we want to direct our lives. Return from vacation tends to prompt this sort of conversation, as we try to bring back those free and open thinking patterns and wonder how to…

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Growth

Why is it that personal growth is hard, but the growth and expansion of a project or business is fun, even if challenging? How does the same word even get used for these two experiences? Or is “personal growth” really just a euphemism and “character development” a more accurate phrase?  Though even development has that positive and…

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Habit Types

I’m interested in the connection between thought habits and physical habits.  Most of research on habits is done with physical habits: smoking, drinking, and eating, because they are easy to measure.  Changing physical habits also requires changing thought habits, but the process is assisted by that nice clean measuring stick: it’s black or white as to whether you’ve…

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