Creativity is Not Benign

"Pick up the pen." No response, I wait, hold my breath. Tell myself again, "pick up the pen." Still, nothing happens. With a sigh - is that disappointment, or is it relief? - I reluctantly curl back into my ball of misery, resolving myself to self-pity. I am unhappy because I am not writing, and …

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Do It For The Thrill

"I am furious at inspiration!"                                                                                         So exclaimed a woman once to …

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Perfect is the Enemy of Done

          “If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”                                                                                       …

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Welcome to the Doldrums

"Hi there, how may I help you?" "Hi, I'd like one kick-in-the-butt, please." "Okay, how would you like that delivered? Hard, medium-hard, soft..?" "I'll take a medium-hard. I was looking pretty good at the beginning of the week, working pretty well, but then things just started slipping, you know?" Embarrassed smile. Gives me a knowing …

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I’m a Workhorse, Not a Racehorse

It is said that youth is wasted on the young, but tell that to Evan Spiegel, co-founder of Snapchat, who at the tender age of 25 is valued at a personal net worth of 2.1 billion dollars this year. And with legions more following in that same direction –according to what our media and society …

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Working for the Muse, not the Man

Well, I did it again. I didn’t go to work. Again. I could have left this part out, hid it like I hid myself from my office. I could have maintained the validity of the positive note that ended my last post, excusing my truancy as just another blip in the road. But this wouldn’t …

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Today is a (No Good, Very Bad) Sick Day.

This is what the conversation in my head sounded like this morning: Me: "I can't come in." [faux coughs] "I'm sick." Also Me: "Boo, you whore!" Mean Girls reference aside, here is the current situation - I have called in a fabricated sick day to my very real boss, me. Now in any given work situation …

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Urgent vs. Important

"The things that are urgent are seldom important and the things that are important are seldom urgent." Accredited to Dwight D. Eisenhower  Easier said than done, Mr. President. Whatever you say about urgent, it looks damn good. Instant satisfaction, you do it and the results are in. No courtship here, just a hey, how you doin', 3 …

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Resistance is futile. Get to work.

I am writing a book. Well, future tense, I will be writing a book, once I get to the actual writing part of writing a book. I am in the beginning stages see, the planning part where I clear my desk, put all my pencils in a row, boot up my laptop, dust off my new desk calendar, decide I …

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How to Get Anything Done.

1. Clear your desk. Cleanse your mind, your body, your work space. Everything in it's right place. 2.  Gather information. Research is the most important aspect to any finished product. It is the bulk of your work and the foundation for your ideas, so do it well, do it in detail, and do not feel …

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