Don’t Settle

Don’t Settle. As creative people, we know when things are good – it’s an instinct. But as time progresses, we start to settle. With each passing day, the timelines, work loads, pressures, and opinions pose the risk of taking over our instincts. Excuses tempt us to settle for less than our best. With each passing…

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20/20/20

Photo Props I think that we all love creating art. Often, our passion for what we do can easily drift into unbalance as we work towards our goals. Everyone knows the adrenaline of starting – that feeling is intoxicating. The clarity of perspective we have as we approach a project can be some of our…

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To Honor & Serve

Photo Props Do you ever go to work and hope that no one figures out that you have no clue what you’re doing? Ever wanted the day to end so you could go home without being caught for making it up as you go? These special feelings force us to do the work necessary to…

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15 tricks to get ourselves back on track creatively.

As members of a creative teams, what happens when we run out of creativity, ideas, or time? How do we refill the tank quickly without getting on a plane and going to a conference…or a beach…or a foreign country? Here are a few ideas that have worked for the creative teams I have worked with:…

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Create Art & History

Our team is adopting a new philosophy that we feel is very audacious: “Every Day is a Chance to Create Art & History”. Sunday does not happen on Sunday, it happens Monday through Saturday. We create and work every day for the chance to share our art on Sunday. A chance to help communicate a…

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7 Good Things To Do With Bad Ideas

Photo Props No one has ONLY good ideas. Stop buying that lie. We all have ideas; some of them are good and some are bad – that’s life. Accept it. We must avoid the temptation to become “idea snobs”. Even bad ideas have potential and a place in our creative process. Every idea deserves the…

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  Who does not love a start? Starts are full of energy, ideas, hope and optimism. Starting is invigorating. But, what happens when we lose the adrenaline from the start? For ideas to be successful, we have to not only be great starters, but effective finishers. Finishing ideas takes longevity. Longevity is birthed out of…

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Ideas Need Conviction

What are you convictions? An interesting article has emerged via CNN about the necessity of conviction in the creative process. Creativity without conviction rarely is successful. As a creative class, we are full of ideas and wonder. We love the challenge of creating. But, how much conviction do we feel about seeing our ideas come…

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Open

Be Open. Every Sunday, people are coming and looking for a connection. In order to make that connection, we have to be open. Open to differences. Open to people who don’t think like us. Open to people who don’t look like us. Open to people who don’t sound like us. Open to a great day….

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The Dance. The Need For Failure In Our Creativity

Photo Props Corporations/organizations are desperate for truly creative people to step forward and inspire innovation. Corporations and organizations are desperate for truly creative people to step forward and inspire innovation. The WSJ recently ran a post journaling the ways innovation is being embraced in corporate America. For all the creative space corporate America is yielding,…

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The Cost Of Loving Comfort

In his book “The Accidental Creative”, Todd Henry is quoted as saying: “The Love Of Comfort Is Frequently The Enemy Of Greatness.” I could not agree more. Comfort allows us to get lazy. When we are comfortable, it makes it very hard for us to find that hunger that once drove us. A major part…

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