The Virtue of Silence

The Virtue of Silence

“The Sound of Silence” was a hit song for Simon and Garfunkel decades ago. Recently, the rock band Disturbed had success with a cover of the song.

But what does silence sound like? It may sound like an oxymoron, but the truth is that it’s so hard to identify silence in today’s world.

Silence isn’t just the absence of audible noise; it’s the absence of all noise, including information bombarding our eyes.

There’s no better way to see this than social media. Apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are platforms for people to talk non-stop, always throwing noise around. It turns us all into town criers. Except most of the noise on these sites is nonessential.

Silence is so important in today’s world because it gives us a chance to turn away from all of this noise — the relentless town criers — and turn our attention inward.

This in and of itself is perhaps the reason why silence is so hard to achieve. We are forced to look at ourselves without any distractions. Continue reading The Virtue of Silence

How to Write a Letter

How to Write a Letter

In an era of instant communication, writing letters can seem archaic. However, letters have proven to withstand the test of time, while emails and text messages are ephemeral.

A handwritten letter is an incredibly personal gesture that the recipient can cherish for a lifetime.

Writing letters comes with plenty of amazing benefits that surpass any form of digital communication.

To help you master this writing form, here is everything you need to know to write a meaningful letter that will leave lasting impressions. Continue reading How to Write a Letter

A Hasty Retreat

A Hasty Retreat

Retreating can be seen as a sign of weakness, but some of the greatest leaders in history have used it to great advantage.

On the battlefield, it can save hundreds of lives that will live to fight another day. In your own personal life, it can help you gather your thoughts and take a much-needed breath of fresh air. Continue reading A Hasty Retreat

Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

Every single employee out there right now is motivated by something. But what that motivating factor is plays a big role in how creatively those employees with think and how invested in their work they are.

We can break these motivating factors up into two groups: extrinsic and intrinsic. The former is what is most common in corporate America, but is is the latter that best fosters creative thinking. Continue reading Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

5 Ways to Think Creatively in the Office

5 Ways to Think Creatively in the Office

Creative thinking is a lot like running: if you want to hit your mile time, you need to put in the effort through training. Training in the gym allows a runner to bring those skills to the track. Similarly, training your creative mind outside of work will help you bring new ideas to your team.

I’ve read a lot of blog articles and books about this, and there are a ton of things that can help with creative thinking! Almost so much, in fact, that it can be overwhelming.

Here are the 5 things that have worked for me, and that will certainly allow you to bring creative thinking to your team and see the results. Continue reading 5 Ways to Think Creatively in the Office

The Virtue of Action

The Virtue of Action

So many people — myself included — will hesitate in doing something because we believe we aren’t good enough. No where else is this more true than creative thinking; it’s easy to tell ourselves that we aren’t creatives.

Yet those who we consider exceptionally creative in business and art — such as Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and Ernest Hemingway — all had their flaws and were far from perfect.

The one thing that these creatives had that made up for their shortcomings was a love of action. Continue reading The Virtue of Action