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Do not touch the red metal imp door knocker. It will bite. You and your children will delight in following these Instructions, says Don “The Idea Guy” Snyder.  It’s great work from the team that created amazing Sandman comics and a gorgeous version of the story, Stardust. 

hugwire:

Do not touch the red metal imp door knocker. It will bite. You and your children will delight in following these Instructions, says Don “The Idea Guy” Snyder.  It’s great work from the team that created amazing Sandman comics and a gorgeous version of the story, Stardust


Be Your Own Genie

Be Your Own Genie

genie-lampIf you had three wishes, what would you wish for…
Fame?
Fortune?
A vacation in Hawaii?

Many people spend hours and hours (amounting to years of their life) wishing for their ideal situation.  Think of the time spent wishing for more money, a better job, to be an artist, an actor, an author. Wishing they could find the perfect mate (or escape a bad relationship.)  Wishing they were more fit,…

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When The Student is Ready The Teacher Disappears

When The Student is Ready The Teacher Disappears

appleI followed a “recent articles” link from Steven Pressfield‘s wonderful blog and email newsletter (First Look Access) — I really enjoy his “Writing Wednesdays” category — and came across a short essay on his friend Liam who applied for one of Seth Godin‘s rare and coveted (and generous) week long seminars (I think it qualifies more as an apprenticeship).  Seth announces one of these every few…

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Blogging Down Barriers

FreedomisBlogginginYourUnderwearI’m a big fan of blogging. I’ve been doing it since people still knew the word was an amalgam of “web log”. Blogger.com launched in 1999 and I think I used that as my own launching point for blogging (up until then I was posting static articles on websites and sharing ideas in online groups and bulletin boards.)

My own article archive on this site goes back to 2002. I did by best to import all my…

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Trying to be more creative? Give up!

Trying to be more creative? Give up!

Have you been trying to be more creative?
Reading a lot of books on how to come up with “big ideas”?
Checking out websites for tips on how to facilitate brainstorms?
Scribbling down your thoughts in a hip Moleskine notebook?
Are you constantly trying to corral co-workers into a conference room and bounce ideas off the wall?

I’ve got one thing to say that will help you in your creative efforts.

Giv…

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Empty Tank Full Mind

Empty Tank Full Mind

full-tank03Recently a professional speaker posed this question to a group of her peers: “How far are you willing to travel to a 3-hour workshop that meets your needs?”

First, let’s ignore the whole “meets your needs” limitation. That’s entire article unto itself. “Meets your needs” smacks of “customer satisfaction” and we all know how worthless that is.

As is frequently the case, the wrong question leads to…

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My morning anthem… Good Morning Haters!


More of the new work area in process…

More of the new work area in process…


Productivity Shaming

Candy_CrushI’m sure you’ve heard of pet shaming photos by now. People take pictures of their pet along with a (usually handwritten) sign that explains the dastardly deed for which they should be ashamed of themselves. You’ve probably even shared a few of those photos on Twitter or Facebook yourself.

As much as we tend to humanize our furry friends, I think the effort to inflict shame upon them is lost. My…

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You’ve heard of pet-shaming? How about a little productivity shaming?

You’ve heard of pet-shaming? How about a little productivity shaming?