Gratitude: How to surf on the waves of life

Gratitude

We try to be faster, smarter and stronger. We plan and prepare, strive and reach. We do this in an effort to stay ahead of the ‘game’ and other people. Unfortunately, no one can win or beat life, things happen that are out of our control all the time. However; If we practice gratitude; I believe that we can ride the turbulence of life with grace. And, maybe we’ll actually enjoy the journey.   

There’s nothing wrong with trying to be better. Everyone should try to be a little bit better than they were yesterday. We start to run into problems when we place personal achievement at the pinnacle of our lives. When we do this, we end up entitled and discontent with what we have, and; most concerningly; with who we are.

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How to hack your creativity – Part 2: Steal and collaborate

Steal

What’s the point trying to hack your creativity when every idea under the
sun has already been thought of? 

It’s true that no fundamentally new ideas exist. Every ‘new’ idea is based on the thinking of the previous era. This means that when we have ‘new ideas’, they are really just mashups of previous ideas. 

“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism” – William Ralph Inge 

So, why bother creating anything if we can’t do anything original?

a) I don’t know, creativity makes us feel good?

b) Enter deep philosophical answer…

I would say that it has something to do with art being a reflection of life. When an artist paints, they do so within the context of how they were raised, their beliefs, their insecurities, their physical attributes, their influences and so much more. So, while there is nothing new under the sun, each individual can still contribute to the pool of creativity with their own interpretations. Continue reading “How to hack your creativity – Part 2: Steal and collaborate”

How to hack your creativity – Part 1: Schedule it

How to hack your creativity - schedule it

“Creativity scares us. There is so much uncertainty about it that we often reject it in favour of predictability and conventionality” – Bruce Nassbaum

If you’re a creative person and you are making money from your craft; congratulations, you’re an entrepreneur! However, as many creative entrepreneurs quickly find out, there is a constant barrage of admin tasks that need to be done in order to keep the money rolling in. 

The stress piles up when your days are full of these tasks, and you end up with little energy and time to fulfil your creative needs. Here is how to hack your creativity by using scheduling. 

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January: Book of the Month – 6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd

For the first ever Book of the Month, I want to provide a concise foundation that will help you all get set up for 2018. Peter Voogd’s book; 6 Months to 6 Figures, is a great reminder that personal development is key on our journey to success. He provides 6 key meta-skills that we can implement straight away.

Whether we choose to implement them in our workplace, business or in our own life – that is up to us.

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Learning from 2017: Why we should use self-reflection to audit our year

Selfreflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the
willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence.

The key message here, is to regularly engage in self-reflection regarding where you are at in your life; how did you get there, are you happy, are you getting closer to your goals?

My self-reflection process involves:

  • Regularly journaling
  • Constantly revising my goals
  • Asking myself if what I’m doing now will get me to where I need to go
  • What did I engage in that did not work?
  • What worked well?
  • Am I happy? do my close friends and family think I’m happy?
  • What did I accomplish that I’m proud of?
  • What can I change now that will provide me with the greatest advantage?

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