• Building Self-confidence and Changing Limiting Beliefs

    Building Self-confidence and Changing Limiting Beliefs

    Playing most of his screen characters, Will Smith exudes assurance and confidence. But he admits: “I still doubt myself every single day. What people believe is my self-confidence is actually my reaction to fear.” [From my article Talented, But Insecure.] In his article I work to build self-confidence in myself and others, entrepreneur Stephen Pierce […]

  • Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

    Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

    The idea of the mad artist is supported to some extent by research, and the experiences of mental illness for many creative people. What do psychologists say? Here is a video on the topic: “Connecting strength and vulnerability of the creative brain” – PBS, July 25, 2014. “Why have so many creative minds suffered from […]

  • The Seduction of Cognitive Enhancement

    The Seduction of Cognitive Enhancement

    “It is estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of the brain’s capacity. Imagine if we could access 100 percent; interesting things begin to happen.” That is a comment by Morgan Freeman, delivered in his compelling baritone voice, in a trailer for the movie “Lucy.” This Italian poster reads: “Una persona in media usa il […]

  • Crazy Artists; Mothers Can’t Be Artists, and Other Myths

    Crazy Artists; Mothers Can’t Be Artists, and Other Myths

    There are many distorted ideas about creators – including these: “Artists must be poor and sacrifice their well-being for their art.” “Artists are ‘bad’ at marketing.” “Artists should accept the solitary life and find solutions on their own.” “You can’t be a mother and a successful artist.” “Artists are right-brained and aren’t very good at […]

  • 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 […]


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  • Anxiety can strike anyone

    Here is a brief excerpt from the article Anxiety and Panic Attacks Can Strike Anyone!, by Bertil Hjert. He thought it was just stress, he had a huge presentation to prepare for but that was last month and he was still ill tempered even though his responsibilities were not as demanding currently. His girlfriend teased […]

  • Can stress and bad moods spur creativity?

    Can stress and bad moods spur creativity?

    According to research by professor Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School and colleagues, negative mood-triggering situations and stress can in some ways enhance creative expression. An article on the research asks, “Where does creativity come from, and how can it be harnessed? “The answer may be a dark one, says Professor Modupe Akinola, whose research […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Telling ourselves stories - true and not so true

    Telling ourselves stories – true and not so true

    “When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened.” – Mark Twain One of the most basic ways we deal with life and find meaning is to create […]

  • 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 […]

  • Maggie Taylor: Making Images That Invite Reverie

    Maggie Taylor: Making Images That Invite Reverie

    Artist Maggie Taylor creates richly surreal and evocative images, often with themes of inner states and unusual realities. The Photoshop site describes her work: “The dreamlike world of narrative photomontages – Alchemist. Weaver of narrative collages. Image magician. Maggie Taylor and her work defy traditional labels. “Taylor…using her point-and-click camera, flatbed scanners, and Adobe® Photoshop® software, creates collaged […]

  • 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 […]

  • 27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person

    27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person

    In her article, 27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person, Andrea Runyan discusses how sensitive students can manage the stresses of housing, emotional life, parties, eating, studying, professors and friends. “College is a crucial time in life and doing well, both in classes and in general life, can have large ramifications for […]

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hitRECord and collective creation

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hitRECord and collective creation

    “That’s why we use the Internet and we put these projects that we do online, and anybody can contribute to them. I’m there directing, participating, curating, and editing, and we make things together.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt Well-known as an actor (movies: “Inception,” “50/50″ etc), Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also the founder and director of hitRECord.org, an online […]

  • 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 […]


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