• Be More Creative: What Is Your Self Concept?

    Be More Creative: What Is Your Self Concept?

    One reason for discounting our creative abilities is comparing ourselves to other people, especially well-known and successful artists [such as Dean Koontz and Lady Gaga]. And myths about artists being “crazy” or “starving” may also influence how much we may be motivated to live a creative life. View “Be More Creative: What Is Your Self […]

  • Why Self-Help Often Doesn’t Work

    Why Self-Help Often Doesn’t Work

    By Morty Lefkoe How many times have you attended a personal growth workshop, or listened to a self-help audio course, or viewed a set of DVDs designed to change your life?  Given the type of people who usually read my blog, probably most of you. And how many times did you get a high when […]

  • Getting Over Stage Fright

    Getting Over Stage Fright

    By Janet Esposito, MSW It seems like quite a stretch to think that our fear of public speaking and performing can actually be a blessing in our lives. That sounds like a big dose of positive thinking—an attempt to be the eternal optimist trying to find the silver lining in a difficult and often painful […]

  • Eric Maisel on emotional mastery

    Eric Maisel on emotional mastery

    Psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel comments: “Mindfulness includes minding your emotions. If you know it will rile you to re-read that curt email from that literary agent, delete it. What are you saving it for? Become someone who is able to mind her emotions… “You get angry, you get envious, you get depressed. You […]

  • Miss Aniela: Bringing Dreams to Life With Fashion Photography

    Miss Aniela: Bringing Dreams to Life With Fashion Photography

    “Optimum creativity is a birth: it needs a plan and foreknowledge, but it needs time, no pressure and an unexplainable force of nature.” Natalie Dybisz is a fashion photographer based in London, working under the name Miss Aniela. Her quote comes from this video – “The Best Environment for Creativity” – a clip from her […]

  • Developing Creativity With Patience

    Developing Creativity With Patience

    “And still it is not enough to have memories. One must be able to forget them when they are many, and one must have the great patience to wait until they come again. For it is not yet the memories themselves. Not until they have turned to blood within us, to glance, to gesture, nameless […]


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  • Katie Freiling: Unleash Your Creative Genius

    Katie Freiling: Unleash Your Creative Genius

    Entrepreneur Katie Freiling notes, “Your business is your art… And you are the artist, the creator. “Everything you do as an entrepreneur, whether it’s writing, speaking, coming up with innovative ideas, etc… is sourced from your creativity. “Unfortunately, many of us have lost our connection to this infinite source of creativity within us… and it’s […]

  • Failure and personal growth development

    Failure and personal growth development

    When something happens to us or we do something that can be called a failure, there are often ideas and feelings we attach to that experience, such as thinking we are lacking or insufficient, or have lost personal power or strength, or we call ourselves a person who does not succeed. So we may think […]

  • Coaching Business Secrets

    Coaching Business Secrets

    Ali Brown on her free Coaching Business Secrets report: “I’ve included a ton of specific information in this report…from my years of becoming a successful coach, and from the hard lessons I learned on my way to building my multimillion-dollar business. “In the report, you’ll learn: the most POPULAR types of coaching programs that are […]

  • The Renaissance Business system for the Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur

    The Renaissance Business system for the Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur

    This is a program I discovered after reading some very stimulating posts by the author on being a “multipotentialite.” Here are some comments by the author Emilie Wapnick: Turn All of Your Interests into One Business Imagine having a business that allows you to focus on many of your interests and use all of your […]

  • Kathryn Bigelow on the job of artists & the criticism of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    Kathryn Bigelow on the job of artists & the criticism of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    “Depiction is not endorsement. If it was, no artist would be able to paint inhumane practices.” More excerpts from her statement: First of all: I support every American’s 1st Amendment right to create works of art and speak their conscience without government interference or harassment. As a lifelong pacifist, I support all protests against the […]

  • Alexander McQueen: genius, drugs, suicide

    Alexander McQueen: genius, drugs, suicide

    Alexander McQueen was praised by many for his fashion design talents. He took his life by hanging in 2010. The title of a Daily Mail [UK] article by Jane Fryer was “A life in fashion: Alexander McQueen was the hooligan of the catwalk who loved to shock – but nothing could take away from his […]

  • Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

    Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

    Her portrayal of the icon is earning praise from many reviewers. Claudia Puig writes in USA TODAY about Williams’ “bravura performance.” Roger Ebert thinks “What happens during the famous week [in the movie] hardly matters. What matters is the performance by Michelle Williams.” A number of those reviewers refer to her exceptional performance as “channeling […]

  • Distracting ourselves from creative work

    Distracting ourselves from creative work

    “To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think…” That is writer ‘Charlie Kaufman’ [played by Nicolas Cage] in the movie “Adaptation” – written by the real screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. It’s a great film about the kinds of insecurities, anxieties and distractions that can so often beset creative […]

  • Forging Your Path As An Entrepreneur

    Forging Your Path As An Entrepreneur

    Pamela Slim is the author of books including “Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur,” and is a coach and author with experience as a consultant to large corporations. She writes about some of the inner, emotional aspects of following our entrepreneurial passions: “Trying to wait until you have enough courage to start […]

  • Developing creativity and being better at noticing subtle details

    Developing creativity and being better at noticing subtle details

    This image is “Tom’s Diner” – a watercolor by Ralph Goings. Along with other forms of creative expression, photorealist painting demands meticulous attention to detail. A recent CNN article on “sensory processing sensitivity” reports that people with this trait “tended to have more brain activity in the high-order visual processing regions.” The article – Ultra-sensitive? […]

  • Harvard research: We can think ourselves younger and healthier

    Harvard research: We can think ourselves younger and healthier

    Harvard Professor Ellen Langer and colleague Alia Crum reported that they took 84 hotel workers and told one group that “the work they do (cleaning hotel rooms) is good exercise and satisfies the Surgeon General’s recommendations for an active lifestyle.” Langer and Crum told the control group nothing. Four weeks later, the control group hadn’t […]

  • Filling your time with meaning

    Filling your time with meaning

    “Drawing is sort of therapy for me. I draw in between film shooting sessions, I draw while flying on airplanes, and sometimes when I have days off.” Actor Jane Seymour [from the page Painting 2] Actively making a life of meaning beyond work can help keep us emotionally healthy and creatively dynamic. Gabriel Byrne notes […]


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