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Quote Of The Day

“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”

~ Warren Buffett
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Quote Of The Day

“The Perfect Day – Going to bed with a dream, waking up with a purpose.”

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Quote Of The Day

Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Many people are simply busy being busy.

~ Robin S. Sharma
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Quote Of The Day

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

~ Paul J. Meyer

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Quote Of The Day

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.”

Ray Kroc
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“Why It Is Important To Explore Creativity – 4 Ways To Be Creative And Add Fun To Your Work”

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Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

Albert Einstein

What is creativity? According to Lexico, powered by the Oxford dictionary, it is “The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.”

When I think of being creative, I think of someone like my granddaughter, who loves and excels at the creation of art. I also think of myself when I was working for an organization. And in my employee reviews, my creativity was always mentioned as one of my top assets.

There are many forms of creativity. The act of creating a drawing, a porcelain bird, a piece of art you hold in your hand, or what seems like an opposing form, an idea for creating a new product and the promotion of that product, or a new way to solve a problem.

Creativity is thinking outside the box. Someone can look at items and events with a different lens and find patterns and connections that no one else can see. It is taking those patterns and connections and creating a solution to a problem or creating a new product or theory.

“Creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our ‘inner’ pool of resources – knowledge, insight, information, inspiration and all the fragments populating our minds – that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world and to combine them in extraordinary new ways.”

— Maria Popova, Brainpickings

Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematical genius, said that the insight for his work came to him in his dreams.

Albert Einstein had the extraordinary scientific achievement, the discovery of the principle of relativity, after having a vivid dream.

Niels Bohr, whose dreams lead him to the discovery of the Atom 

 “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” 

— Mary Lou Cook

Creativity is a skill. It is a skill which is becoming more and more valuable.

When you look at the ever-changing world we live in; creativity is necessary to create new jobs and also new and better ways to change the way we look at existing industries.

One problem we have right now is climate change. When you list the causes of climate change, you will find many areas where creativity will be required to create innovative new systems.

Many people worry about the loss of jobs, but jobs will be created to replace those outdated industries and systems.

We are all born with natural creative talents, but quite often, those talents are not utilized and become dim. Some of us will be more naturally talented than others.

It is possible to increase our creativity just as we are able to learn any new skill. It is necessary to learn techniques to build creative skills.

To develop a creative mindset, you have to be able to challenge existing assumptions, be open to new ideas and possibilities. As with learning any new skill, you have to step outside your comfort zone and experiment and consistently ask questions.

Dr. Robert Epstein, a psychologist and creativity researcher, has identified four core competencies that enhance our ability to think creatively and generate novel ideas. https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/can-learn-creative/

  • Capture new ideas

Find an effective way to preserve novel ideas as they occur, without judging them or editing them. Carry a notebook and write down your ideas or use a voice recorder.

I use a notebook to write down ideas for my blog and articles published on Medium.com.

  • Seek out challenges

Stop avoiding challenging problems or projects. Think about the possible ways to generate new ideas and solutions. Seeking challenges may lead to failures, but accepting failure is a necessary part of being creative.

With any project we do while learning any new skill, we face failure. It is part of life. When we fail, we learn the most.

  • Broaden your knowledge and skills

Whenever we acquire knowledge and skill that is outside of our current area of expertise, we expand our abilities. With more diverse knowledge, we will be able to make interconnections between what we know and something we had never considered previously.

  • Manage your surroundings

When you work in the same surroundings all the time, there is nothing to stimulate new thoughts. When you think of a classroom or your office, it is always the same. But if you introduce something out of the ordinary, it can stimulate you to think in a different way.

Change your environment by going outside, go to an exhibit unrelated to anything you usually do or have an interest in.

Read books about subjects unrelated to what you do or how you think. Listen to different music, go to an art class, or enroll in a college class you would never have considered before.

Diversity will help you move out of your comfort zone and stimulate your brain. Your thinking will change, and you will become more creative.

“Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” –

– Edward de Bono

Creativity is becoming more important and more valued by employers.

Your ability to think outside the box and be creative will be essential in all aspects of your life.

Some of the skills you will need are effective communication skills and your ability to interact well with a diverse group of people.

Critical thinking, such as dissecting a problem and logical reasoning, is an ability you should work to develop. Employers value people who are self-directed, self-disciplined, and self-monitored.

You should look for classes, webinars, and written material to gain as much knowledge and skill in this area as possible. It will serve you well at work and in any area of your life.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.”

— Maya Angelou

 I believe that you add fun and happiness to your life when you add creativity.

By being creative, our life is more exciting and stimulating. We are more relaxed and live more in the moment, and we become more confident. We are more fun to be around.

Every time we open ourselves up to something new through creativity, we become less afraid. Because of learning, it’s okay to challenge ourselves; we are more likely to continue and open our world to endless possibilities.

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” 

— Kurt Vonnegut

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Why You Should Stop Trying To Live Up To Perceived Expectations Both Theirs And Yours

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“Stop trying to live up to assumptions and perceived expectations that may or may not be rooted in reality and just start doing things out of a whole and honest place. Be that. Do that. Share that.”

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It is normal to want to do the very best we can and to do as much as we can.

As a result, we set high goals, and with that, we also have high expectations. We get wound up in the excitement of it all; and all the possibilities.

We want to be perfect, and that is a good thing. We should always strive to do the best possible job. The keyword is possible. It is not realistic to believe we can be perfect. It is possible to do our best.

It is easy to lose track. Sure, we pay attention, but we are so focused on our goals that we may not give ourselves time to take a step back and look at the whole picture.

Are you doing too much? Have you taken on more than you can do? You are doing a great job, you have built a client base, and you have other requests for doing another project. Yes, you say, I can do that.

You push yourself to take on one more project, then another and another. Then you begin to realize you are overtired, you are stressed, and you are no longer happy. What you are doing is no longer inspiring. It is work, overwhelmingly hard work.

It is time to stop. Step back and take a break. You need to sit down and analyze where you are.

What do you want to do? Do you need to hire help? Do you want to grow larger, or do you want to dial it back a notch or two? What will make you happy?

Sometimes we become so busy we do lose track of what we started to do in the first place. It is also possible that something has changed and you need, or want, to do something different.

You started with a certain expectation, but you became sidetracked either by yourself as outlined above or by someone else and their influence.

You will be influenced by other people’s opinions when you first start your business.

It can be a family member, a close friend, a mentor, or perhaps your banker. Everyone will have opinions, and some will want to live their dream through you.

Some of the information they share will be beneficial, and some will have no value and could be detrimental. Either way, it is easy to say yes to their suggestions. Some you may feel obligated to do or at least try.

It is easy to lose control or lose sight of what your objective is. At some point, you will come to realize that you cannot be effective, and you cannot fulfill their expectations or your own.

You have to speak up. That is so hard to do, but it is necessary. From an early age, I always tried to meet the expectations of my parents, my teachers, my friends. The truth is, you can’t do that and be happy or be productive.

Make a plan and talk to anyone who is expecting a particular outcome, or a specific way of you doing something. Explain that you have realized that to be successful, this is what you will be doing moving forward.

Thank them for the ideas or suggestions they have made and that you appreciate their help. You may experience some push back but hold your ground. If you do not impose limits, they will continue to try to influence you to do it their way.

No one knows you like you do, and no one is responsible for your success or happiness. You are. Understand what you want to achieve and set limits for yourself and for those that want to influence you.

Honouring your own boundaries is the clearest message to others to honor them, too.

― Gina Greenlee

Now it is time to do a re-set. Eliminate the expectations and move forward. Make the needed adjustments to your plan and do what you love. Be happy and be inspired. Never lose the essence of you and what you want to accomplish.

Always be excited! Go get ’em!

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