Initiative is one of the scarcest resources in the business world today. The resources needed to achieve a vision are most likely cheap and easy to acquire, but the initiative to actually start something is what so many struggle with. Continue reading The Scarcity of Initiative
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
To live is to make mistakes. Running scared from any situation that could lead to a mistake is to run scared from life. As the writer William George Jordan once wrote “An oyster never makes a mistake—it has not the mind that would permit it to forsake an instinct.”
Here is how mistakes can help grow creativity. Continue reading It’s Okay to Make Mistakes
Highly-motivated professionals will climb the corporate ladder by being connected via email and text 24/7. But overloading the brain with so much stimuli can prohibit original thoughts.
Creativity requires thinking, and thinking requires silence. Continue reading Don’t Overload Your Mind
More often than not, the best way to learn something is by actually doing it. Jumping in head-first is a scary thing, but it’s one of the best teachers we can have. I learned to ski on advance trails, and although it was scary, I learned fast. As 2020 begins, I will be jumping into a new project and learning how to do it as I go along. Continue reading Learning Through Doing
The time we spend commuting from work can be used to reflect on who we want to be. When done for just 10 minutes during the morning commute, it will give us a north start to follow during the day, and can lead to creative breakthroughs. Continue reading Using Wasted Time
Books are only of value if you read them; and in order to read them, you have to make the time first. Continue reading Books for Christmas
The habit of reading is a common trait among the most successful people in history. Yet it’s something that can easily be tossed aside for more important tasks. What I have found is that, if I don’t get my reading done first thing in the morning, I won’t read at all during the day. But this morning ritual of reading helps to set the tone for the rest of my day and gives my brain the boost it needs to handle unknown tasks that always seem to come along. Continue reading Why I Read Every Morning
A balance of work and relaxation is important, but giving out attention to whichever one we are currently doing is even more so. In the months following my college graduation, I began to notice a difference between actively and passively working and relaxing. I then realized that the best way to do both is to follow the example of the Roosevelts (Teddy and FDR) and the hobbits. Continue reading Work Like a Roosevelt; Relax Like a Hobbit
It would cost a few dollars and many hours to pour through all the motivational self-help books Amazon has to offer. But often, the greatest pieces of wisdom and advice come from fairy tales. Disney’s latest feature, Frozen 2, sums up the best teachings from all of these motivational books, in one Disney princess song. Continue reading Do The Next Right Think