Everybody’s a critic. Here’s two literary greats dishing it out. There’s a point to this - William Faulkner: Hemingway, he has no courage, has never crawled out on a limb. He has never been known to use a word that might cause the reader to check with a dictionary to see if it is properly … Continue reading Faulkner Vs. Hemingway (Literary Beefs)
Richard Pascale says in Surfing the Edge of Chaos, “Adults are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than to think their way into a new way of acting.” We want to think we’re smart. That we’re logical and rational and calculating. But that’s never it. It’s ever the … Continue reading You Act Your Way Into New Thinking, You Don’t Think Your Way Into It
This is a collection of recent posts, lightly edited and merged into essay format, on the topic of Authentic Creativity. It was largely inspired by my LifeDesign+ interview on YouTube with Justin Castelli. Justin’s unique ability is to help people organize and simplify their thinking down to the point of action. It’s on full display … Continue reading How To Be Authentically Creative (Essay)
A person comes to you for help. Maybe they need an ear. Or a friendly shoulder. Professionally or personally. We’ve all been there - so, what do you do? A good starting point is to figure out if they’re looking for advice or support. Author/therapist Lori Gottlieb distinguishes usefully between the two. As an advice-industry … Continue reading Are They Asking For Advice Or Support?
The metaphor about climbing the mountain always made sense to me. Both in the struggle to get higher to attain perspective, and in the essence of fighting against friggin’ gravity (the biggest force in our… lives?!). But so often in life, you get to the top and are left asking… Now what? The more midlife … Continue reading Don’t Look Up
So you’ve done the thing. You’re pretty good at it, or so you think, and the critics agree. When is it… enough? When do you feel like a master? Even if “they” are saying you are (but you aren’t believing them yet)? Twyla Tharp says she was 57 years old and had just completed her … Continue reading How Long Until You’re A Master? (Twyla Tharp Edition)
Creativity and habit don’t look like they belong in a sentence together. Imagine a bunch of creative people and habitual people at a party. They’re probably not intermingling much. But they ought to be. Creativity alone doesn’t mean anything. A creative streak, or better, a creative habit, is where the magic happens. Fool me once, … Continue reading The Creative Habit Paradox (Twyla Tharp)
Mozart was recognized as a musical genius at a young age. It didn’t hurt that his dad was an accomplished musician either. But from the age of 6 on, Wolfgang Amadeus was in the public eye, making music. By the age of 28, his hands were messed up. Turns out, all the practicing, performing, and … Continue reading The Sucky Part Of Habit (Mozart Edition)
You can be creative at any age, but it won’t be the same type of creativity. And that’s a good thing. Developmentally speaking at least - which brings us to Carl Jung and James Hollis. Inspired by Jung, Hollis says humans have 3 phases of life. Childhood is characterized by magical thinking - where wishes … Continue reading Can You Be Creative At Any Age?
Part of not feeling creative is feeling uninspired. "But I don't even know WHAT I would MAKE...!?" Close your eyes. Wait, don’t do that. You’re reading. Close your… third eye? I don’t know. Just, whatever, you know where I’m going. Parker Palmer says the tragic gap is the space between the world that we know … Continue reading The Tragic (Creative) Gap