I Failed Massively And It Was Good!

About 6 weeks ago I was having a conversation with the team I work on at Cross Point. We were grinding and developing plans for upcoming series and artwork. During our talk we discovered that we had slipped into the habit of playing it safe so I challenged all of us that between now and the…

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What Is Talent Worth?

Talent is potential that has not yet been developed. Talent alone is not all that special. Everyone has some. The question is what are we going to do with it? When we take talent, allow it to be developed, then add passion & hustle, we distance ourselves from the masses. Talent is raw. For it…

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I have to fight the status quo and so do you.

I honestly freak out when I feel that someone cares more about my “stuff” than I do. The reality is, it is usually not true, but often the pace we run creates opportunity for our attention to get thin. When we have thin attention we are forced to count on the status quo, which is never…

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Stop Asking For Permission To Create

You don’t need permission to create. The fact you were hired, invited, or asked to do what you do is all the permission you need. A funny thing happens, as a creative person you inevitably at times have shuttered in fear and hid behind “permission” in order to protect you from the criticism or failure that comes…

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Do You Think Creativity Is A Habit?

Do you think that your creativity is a habit? I have never thought about creativity as a habit, but could it be? Habits are things that we do repeatedly that become a pattern in our lives. Not like taking the same route to work but the things that become so much part of who we…

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Where are your ideas?

Photo Props: You have the permission to be creative.  The truth is that it is probably more of a responsibility than it is permission. I know that I have to get up and remind myself of this from time to time. Creative work is work that will at times leave you feeling a little empty….

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What If It Is You?

As people who have been designed to create we often believe we are misunderstood. The truth is, very often we are misunderstood. If you look back over your life I would venture to say that as you take the inventory of your life you have had very few moments where people truly understood you. You…

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Don’t Lose Equity! 10 traps that cost the creative class

Equity in an organization is so important. Creative teams can create all day long but if the rest of the organization does not trust them it does not matter. Further, when equity erodes, it creates a barrier between creators and the products they are creating. Without a distribution source creative ideas and products become creations…

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Can You Focus?

Focus is where attention and work meet to create momentum. The mind of a creative person shifts and changes based on the intake of data and scenery. Focus can be hard to find sometimes. Alexander Graham Bell once said: “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until…

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