Ideas without execution are a hobby and I’m not in the hobby business. ~Phil McKinney Innovating is the practice of executing on ideas. It’s also a discipline I’ve been studying most of my life. That’s why I was so excited to read Luis Perez-Brava‘s book Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling […]
I’m a margin writer. A highlighter. An underliner. A dog-ear bender. It’s one of the main reasons that I still prefer physical books to e-readers. It helps me absorb what I’m reading, and to find the key lessons again later. I’ve learned that there’s an even better way to truly retain and understand what I’ve […]
Creativity is like a muscle that needs regular exercise to get strong and stay strong, but its also like a muscle in that it needs to be fed to work. Just like you can’t starve yourself and expect to get stronger (no matter how much you work out), your idea muscle needs to be nourished […]
I’ve obviously been thinking a lot about creativity lately. Specifically about how to strengthen the “creative muscles” in order to be more innovative in all aspects of life. In this process of research, introspection, and exploration, I recently realized that a primary source of my creative energy is conversation. Not meaningless chit chat or idle […]
The first (often overlooked) step to becoming “successful” is defining success. We must set our coordinates accurately so that we can someday reach our intended destination.
I have been writing recently about various ways to spark or spur creativity in yourself. I have become fascinated with the idea of creativity and its broad meaning and applications. Innovation is a creative pursuit, as is all art and most successful entrepreneurship. In fact, creativity may well be the basis of a new, emerging […]
One of my favorite ways to spark creativity is through exploration. Exploring exposes you to new things. New things are inspiring.
You can’t force creativity. One of the most vital skills required to be productively creative is knowing how and when to let go.
The nice thing about creativity is that it really is like a muscle; the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Creative writing especially targets those often hard to focus idea muscles. This post provides some creative writing exercises to push your brain and get those cogs turning.