Helping Creative People Create

From the monthly archives:

June 2010

It’s tough to feel like even your best work is destined to become nothing but a chip wrapper. via The 7 Essential Steps to Creating Your Content Masterpiece | Copyblogger.

The Glass House served as Johnson’s weekend retreat — during the week, he lived in an apartment above New York’s Museum of Modern Art — and according to our tour guide, when he arrived, he would empty the contents of his pockets into the box so as not to lose track of anything. Not a ...

This may be the most powerful force in the movie, and one of the reasons the Toy Story franchise has made billions. The sole ambition of the group of protagonists was that they love each other, and that they get back to the service of the one who loved them and whom they loved in ...

1) Writers are not normal. E.L. Doctorow calls writing “a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” What he means is that artists and entrepreneurs are a little crazy. They hear music that the rest of us don’t. And sometimes the pursuit of that music carries them apart from their kinder, gentler selves. We must exercise great ...

And… the point! The golden minute! When a new fan arrives, there is about a minute when they will do whatever you ask. Not every visitor, no. But every potential fan. They are stoked. They want you. Badly. They are hungry and desperate and a little bit breathless with excitement. They have Found! Something! Awesome! ...

But here’s the difference between my current spending and my former profligate ways: I can afford everything I’m buying, and when I do buy, it’s a conscious decision. I’m not financing my lifestyle on debt, and I’m not buying things just to “keep up with the Joneses” or out of habit. My spending now reflects ...

Incredible example of a guy embraces what comes most naturally to him, and loves every minute of it. And when asked the question on most people’s minds—what in the world drives him to do, and eat, these crazy things?—Grylls’ answer is a simple one, devoid of pride or self-congratulations: “It’s what I love. It’s what ...

Show me yer rig! (Evernote + Instapaper edition) on Vimeo on Vimeo I use something similar…

YouTube – RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us.

In a 2009 study, Canadian researchers Joudrey and Wallace reported that “active” leisure pursuits (such as golf!) and taking vacations helped to buffer or ameliorate the job stress among a sample of almost 900 lawyers. British researcher Scott McCabe noted that vacations’ ”personal benefits have been found to include: rest and recuperation from work; provision of new ...

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