Free Your Mind. Become More Creative.

5 Ways to Embrace Your Inner Creative

“Our idea of relaxing is all too often to plop down in front of the television set and let its pandering idiocy liquefy our brains. Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery — it recharges by running.” — Bill Watterson

Food For Thought

5 Ways to Become More Creative and Free Your Mind

1. Create your OWN definition of creativity

What does creativity mean to you? Take some time to think about what sets you on fire. Do you want to bring new worlds into existence through words or images? Do you want to create art that expresses your feelings and life experience? Do you want to tell stories that will inspire others to pursue their dreams?

Once you articulate your vision, you’ll be able to find the path you need to follow and overcome the obstacles that stand in your way. The better you define your goal for what you’re seeking to create, the more you’ll find the focus and inspiration that will propel you forward.

2. Rebel against the real evil in the world

“I was born here and I’ll die here… against my will.” — Bob Dylan

Dylan captures the ultimate rebellion, that we’re all here against our will. But it’s easy to fall into the trap of rebelling by mindlessly rejecting everything. When you criticize everything, you stand for nothing, and you end up with clickbait, digital lynch mobs, and plotless stories. If you want to make your rebellion meaningful, you need to combat specific, well-defined evils. Focus on the suffering and injustice that others blindly accept, and let your anger fuel your creative energy. When you let your emotional fires burn, you can harness your rebellion into a powerful force that can lead to real social change.

3. Never stop reinventing yourself

“Personal change should not be accompanied by a wagging finger, because it’s blessing.” — Anne Lamott

If you want to keep your creativity alive, you must welcome change that leads to growth. It can be scary to abandon old habits and beliefs, especially when they formed part of your identity. But clinging to the past too strongly will leave you stagnant and stifle your creativity. Instead, always look for opportunities to admit you were wrong and reinvent yourself.

4. Reshape the stories you’re telling yourself

I used to think I couldn’t tell stories. I thought I’d never had any talent for it and assumed I never would. Then I realized that this self-defeating narrative was itself a story, one that was bringing me down and limiting my potential. The narrative you tell yourself about your life will usually become a self-fulfilling prophecy: believe that you’re a worthless failure, and you’ll probably become one. Believe that you’re a budding writer with a troubled past but limitless potential for a successful future, and you’ll see that story come true.

5. Realize that the world needs you

“It’s time to start speaking about the unspeakable, it’s time to articulate these options. It’s possible we’re going to sink into the quicksand of extinction with the answer clutched in our hands. That would be a tragedy too much to bear.” — Terrence McKenna

Right now humanity is facing a choice that will determine our future. We can either create the change that will save the world, or we can give up and let entropy take its course. When you’re surrounded by voices screaming that all is lost, mocking you for your privileged audacity to believe that you can still make a difference, you must cling to your hope for a better world and remember that your valiant effort is worth it, even if you only manage to help a few other people.

Each person who masters themselves, and awakens their creative potential possesses enormous power. Spread that energy and those good works. That ripple effect will reach others, and maybe you’ll change the world.

Deep Dive

More Ways To Boost Your Creativity

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” -Gustave Flaubert

The above are 5 points are pulled from a larger list of 18 ways to become more creative.

Check out the original article.

Further Reading

The War Of Art

“The artist and the mother are vehicles, not originators. They don’t create the new life, they only bear it. This is why birth is such a humbling experience. The new mom weeps in awe at the little miracle in her arms. She knows it came out of her but not from her, through her but not of her.” ―Steven Pressfield

Read: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Or, listen to our discussion and analysis of The War of Art.

The Journey

Comeback Kid With Tonio DeSorrento

Have you ever been so excited by an idea that you were blinded by it? Maybe the passion was so intense that you chased it without stopping to ask the important questions. You followed your instincts and impulses, believing that they could never lead you astray.

Plenty of entrepreneurs and businesses start out this way. From the outside, everything looks great. It’s working, and everyone is fueled by the same spark — the same wild hope: we’re doing it. Some of these sparks catch, igniting an idea into a full-on business.

…But some don’t.

Tonio DeSorrento is the CEO of Vemo Education, a highly successful company dedicated to expanding access to higher education. But he didn’t start there. In fact, his first business crashed and burned so hard, he left the world of entrepreneurship altogether.

Listen to Tonio’s journey and learn how he turned his initial failures into a major comeback.


What Did Poppa Tomato Say To Baby Tomato?

Ever wonder why there’s a “57” on Heinz Ketchup bottles?

Probably not, but we are going to tell you anyway.

According to Heinz’s trivia page, “while riding a train in New York City in 1896, Henry Heinz saw a sign advertising 21 styles of shoes, which he thought was clever. Although Heinz was manufacturing more than 60 products at the time, Henry thought 57 was a lucky number. So, he began using the slogan ’57 Varieties’ in all his advertising.”

How’s that for thoughtful marketing? 😂

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Happy Wednesday

It’s hump day! You are halfway through the week. Keep up the great work! 🤗

Catch you again tomorrow! ✌️

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