Talent & Skill

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. There is a big difference between talent and skill. Anyone can develop a skill, but not everyone is blessed with talent. Often we…

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I root for disaster

Photo Props I root for disaster. Disaster happens when things fall apart, get destroyed, and fail miserably – all things we are usually afraid to embrace. The truth is, however, if we are going to have magnificent successes, we have to be willing to risk disastrous failures. Choosing to avoid disaster forces us to live…

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Monday

Monday inspiration slightly delayed by a tired server. Even technology needs to be inspired on Monday. What did you find, hear, see, or experience this week that inspired you?

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Creating A Dream Team

Photo Props Some people work best when they’re alone. But, even the loners need a sounding board from time to time. The more time we spend with teams, the more we realize that great art gets better when the right team is built. When we couple a great team with talent, vision, and hustle, there…

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Evaluation.

The hustle of church is intense. There is always something to be created for someone – videos, stickers, brochures, marketing plans, announcements, songs, set lists. It can be tiring just writing all these things out. In the middle of all of the chaos, there’s something we should always remember to do in order to make…

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Breaking Down

Working out and developing muscles takes hard work, pain and often hurts miserably. The same is true for our creative muscles. Creativity is a muscle that the more we use, the better it gets. But, much like pizza for breakfast before hitting the gym, there are some things that we need to find ways of…

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FedEx Days

Have you ever noticed that our best creative work often is inspired when we break our normal patterns or routines? In his book DRIVE, Danile Pink explains a new program that a lot of organizations have started to adopt. This program – called Fed-Ex Days – and its concept were developed by the team that…

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4 Pains Of Creativity

photo props Innovation & Creativity can be very painful processes. If there was not a pain or a cost to being creative, everyone would do it…so, the cost has to be substantial enough to find those who are committed to excelling at their daily art. Max McKeown is an author and innovator. In his new…

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Monday

Everyone needs a little inspiration on Monday. Being down a couple weeks gives us a lot of content. Let us know what inspired you this past week. The Pursuit Of Cool: SAVOIA THE TAILOR from R+I creative on Vimeo. 8 Hours in Brooklyn from Next Level Pictures on Vimeo.

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The Game Of Comparison

The scariest game a creative person can play is the game of comparisons. It’s especially scary on Sundays. We work hard to prepare for Sunday. We put in a lot of hours to create our best work. Then, thanks to twitter, FB, Instagram or whatever social stream we are rocking, we sit back and have…

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Becoming a character

Photo Props Story is paramount. Without a story, our products, services, organization and vision get lost in an endless ocean of facts. Good organizations realize this new concept. A few years ago, The Body Shop wanted to roll out a new product line called “Natures Way To Beautiful.” They told stories about their products and…

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Making Imagination Turn Into Creativity

photo props It has been said that the difference between creativity and imagination is action. Action is more than talking about our creativity or idea. Action is putting our creativity into motion. We have to build solid habits that help us move our creative ideas from the imaginary to the activated. What are some of…

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