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Quote Of The Day

 “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

~ Thomas Edison
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As always, thanks so much for stopping by today. What ideas do you have?

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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

As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a wonderful day!

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Do You Want To Be Successful? Tips To Help You On Your Journey To Success

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“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life–think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” 

–Swami Vivekananda

Everyone wants to succeed on some level. Whether your dreams are big or small, they require commitment and hard work to achieve.

Before you start working on your plan, do a self-assessment. Determine what the driving force is for your idea. What do you consider success? Are you in it for the money, or do you want to do it because you feel passionate about it? If you love what you would be doing, and are passionate about succeeding, you chances of being effective are much higher.

Develop a strategic plan. You may have an idea for what you want to accomplish. But to be successful it is necessary to do some work. Do the research and see if others are working in the same arena. How is your idea different? If there is already a large group doing the same thing, you may want to re-think your approach. Is yours different? Does it offer an additional benefit? In what way is it better?

Once you are satisfied with your idea, it is time to make a solid business plan. A business plan is a formal written document containing business goals, the methods on how these goals can be attained, and the time frame within which these goals need to be achieved. Wikipedia Look on the internet, and you will find many options such as this one from Entrepreneur.com “Business Plans: A Step-By-Step Guide. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247574

It is necessary to write your plan down and prioritize based on your abilities, time, and cost factors. When you have your first draft, start making adjustments until you have a plan that will work for you.

Commit to your plan. Once you have developed your plan, be sure you are ready to put forth your best effort. Invest your time and all your abilities to be successful. Be proactive by continually evaluating and making adjustments when necessary. Make lists, keep notes, and always have daily goals to accomplish.

Don’t be afraid of failure. When you make mistakes, it does not mean you are a failure, or that you have to give up. Ask anyone who runs a business; they will tell you that there are always risks and setbacks. Take some time and evaluate what happened. Look at what went wrong with open eyes, do not try to sugar coat it. What can you do to fix it? Can it be corrected, or do you need to start over? Don’t let your fear of failure keep you from moving on. Having something go wrong is an opportunity to learn. Instead of giving up, keep working and make it better.

Believe in yourself and your ability to succeed. Some people will doubt you and your abilities. Only you know your skill level and your actual capacity for success. Do not let other people’s opinions interfere with your dreams. Put forth your absolute best effort in everything you do.

Do not give up. You have to realize upfront there might be setbacks. Something does not get done on schedule; a client wants some changes; the project is more expensive than estimated. Do not stop. Make the necessary adjustments, look for less costly options, and keep pushing.

If you have a team you are working with, support them, and delegate as much to them as you can. Value each individual, and they will help and support you in your efforts. Develop a good team from the start of your business. Your team and their abilities are an essential part of you becoming successful in business.

Have high expectations and push your self every day to be successful. You will learn that you are capable of doing more than you realized. Whether you are starting your own new business, or have a high-level position for another company, it will be a challenge of your determination, mental and emotional strength.

At the same time, reward yourself. Take the time to congratulate your team for a job well done, but also include yourself. Smile, relax, and take good care of yourself.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

—Norman Vincent Peale

As always, thank you for reading my blog today. Make a good plan!

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Quote Of The Day

Some things cannot be explained. This is part of the magic of life. There cannot be a word or an idea or a definition attached to everything.

~ Jim James
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Quote Of The Day

“We can only generate ideas when you put pencil to paper, brush to canvas…when you actually do something physical”

#Quote #Creative #Skills

-Twyla Tharp
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A Blank Page – What Am I Going To Write About Today? – Where To Look For Inspiration

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“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.

That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

― Octavia E. Butler

Today I am being persistent. I am writing this with hesitation because I really do not want to write today. I am tired and feeling a bit funky and just off.

I have this massive amount of outside work to do. That is what I did this weekend and so today I am overtired. I also have nothing to post. Woe is me!

So what do I do? Right now I am looking for inspiration. I do have a few ideas I want to work on but they are just that ideas. They need more time then I have today. So I am going to write about finding inspiration.

When I woke up this morning an idea was just there waiting. So if you are lucky that will happen often. I won’t be writing about that particular idea today though, that is waiting for another time.

So where do I normally find inspiration? Here are a few ideas that work for me.

  • Quotes. I love quotes. First they offer inspiration for so many things. They just make me feel good. They also offer great ideas for writing. I often find them on Twitter and you can always do a search online.
  • Reading. I always try to read other blogs and articles. I recently read an article written by John Pa, https://johnpa.com/2019/06/08/770/ who also blogs on Word Press. His article inspired me and gave me the idea for an article I wrote for Medium.com. We had similar life experiences and I had never thought to write about it before. So thank you John.
  • Life experiences. We all have experiences that we can write about. There are so many that we can share. Funny, sad and in between. Write about your kids and what they say and do.
  • Work. I have written most of my blog posts about my work experience. Work experiences offer so many possibilities for writing. Again they can be funny, sad or anywhere in between.
  • Pets. I love animals and they have always been a part of my life. We once raised Texas Longhorn cattle. I know I have a story or two to share about my experiences with them. Do you have a cat or a dog? Write about them.
  • Exercise/sports. Huge topic and very popular. Are you a fan of a particular team? Write about them. Do you have a funny story about going to a game. Were you lucky enough to meet your favorite player? Write about that.
  • Music. Do you have a passion for a particular style of music or a particular artist? Do you have a lot of knowledge about either? Many songs are inspirational. Do you have a favorite feel good song? Write about it
  • T-Shirts. Yes t-shirts. I have found them online with great sayings and I have used them for blog posts. Sometimes great images as well.
  • Things you randomly see and hear. You could be at a movie, the grocery store or at the park. It is funny how a simple overheard comment may turn into a light bulb moment. You know you can write about it.
  • How about a TED presentation? There has to be inspiration found there.
  • Dreams. I normally do not dream or at least I do not remember them. My husband on the other hand has some whoppers, I mean really bizarre. I am sure I could find a blog post or two in there somewhere.
  • Relationships. Oh My…of course there are inspirational posts available from our interactions and from their life experiences. My husband is retired law enforcement and he also worked in the private sectors as well. He has traveled extensively. Many possibilities there.
  • Notebook. One thing I do is keep a notebook handy so I can write down ideas so I do not forget them. I keep a notebook on my desk by my computer and keep it by my side if we watch TV at night. That is usually when I read and make lists.
  • Recorder. I would really like to carry a small recorder. I will think of things and write title lines or sentences in my head. That happened this morning when I woke up and it happens when I am outside, on the tread mill or driving in the car. I still have the general idea in my head but I lose some of it. I hate when that happens.

What do you do everyday? What hobbies do you have? What kind of makeup do you use? Do you use natural products or make them yourself? Do you have a passion for fashion? Do you write poetry?

Inspiration is everywhere. We just have to look and listen and we will find it. Writing this today has been beneficial to me because in thinking about possibilities to share with you, I also shared them with myself. I have not thought of some of these possibilities before.

I hope some of my ideas for finding inspiration help you. Ideas are really everywhere, we just have to open our minds to them.

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If you would like to read my article published at Medium.com which was inspired by the writing of John Pa you can find it here: https://medium.com/@lindalatt/panic-in-the-er-the-fear-and-terror-of-the-unknown-722513da811a?source=friends_link&sk=76b202b949769d8c145cc1c7692021e8

As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a wonderful day!

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How To Become A Better Writer. 11 Steps To Take To Improve Your Writing Skill.

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So you want to be a writer or you want to improve your writing? Me Too! Here are some tips I hope will help you on your journey!

After writing my last blog post I realized how much there is to learn as a writer and also what I have already learned. When I started my blog I considered myself to be a fairly competent writer, but not a “writer”. Competent, meaning I took writing in college and really enjoyed it and did well. I did a massive amount of writing to complete an accelerated college degree. My job required a certain amount of proficient writing.

Does that make me a writer? No, I still have so much to learn and I am eager to continue. I have read so many articles on blogs and writing. Articles on how to write title lines, how to be descriptive, why it is important to find your focus,

Here are some of the things you can do to become a better writer.

  • When you start writing it is important to pick a lane. At least for blogging. What do you want to write about? What are your interests? Do you want to write about fashion or art? Do you have expertise in a certain field that will potentially help others? Write about something you enjoy or is meaningful to you.
  • Write something. You have to start somewhere. It’s okay, you will look back later and (hopefully) see how far you have come and how much you have learned.
  • Edit. Don’t just write and hit the publish button. Read it, edit it, read it again and edit it again. Look for spelling errors, grammar errors and sentence structure. Do your sentences make sense or do they need to be rewritten. I read my blog posts over and over and I know I still make mistakes. I found I would be typing as I was thinking and sentences made sense to me. After rereading a few times I knew they might not make any sense to someone else.
  • Be concise. You can write something and use 20 words or say the same thing using 10 words. Which sounds better? Sometimes less is more.
  • Be descriptive. Write so that your content is engaging and brings the reader into the story. Your writing should draw them in and make them want to keep reading.
  • Title lines are really important because that is what a reader sees first. Write them so they are concise, interesting and offer the reader a benefit for reading.
  • The beginning of your blog or story should be powerful. Spend more time here than anywhere else. Write it in such a way that the reader wants more. Leave them hanging so they have to continue reading to find out what happens.
  • Read. Since starting my blog I am reading more and more. I read to learn and I read for my enjoyment. You will find so many different styles of writing. You will find you are drawn to certain writers. What is their style? How do they structure their writing? You will be influenced by many and from them, you will develop your own style.
  • Ideas. When I first thought about the possibility of writing a blog I took a notebook and started writing down ideas. Then I researched and made adjustments. Keep a small notebook and a pen with you all the time. When something pops into your head write it down immediately. Ideas will come to you at the strangest times like when you are exercising, mowing the lawn or taking a shower.
  • Scheduling a time and a place to write. This may not work for everyone and there does need to be some flexibility. Some people like to write early in the day and others prefer night time. It is truly beneficial to have a place to write where it is quiet and there are few distractions.
  • Feedback. Look for someone you trust to read your writing and hear their thoughts. Ask for suggestions, what was good, bad or indifferent?  Did they enjoy reading it? I know when I first started I was really hesitant about reactions but that is counterproductive now isn’t it?.

These are some of the things that I am doing or in the process of learning how to do better.  I am not an established blogger (this is my 5th month) nor am I an established writer.  I believe I have included some goods tips to follow for any type of writing. 

My advice is to do all of these things but to also research and look for more.  There is a multitude of articles some of which are really good and some not as much.  Look for the people with the most expertise and success. 

If you want to write, do it. Take a Journey. Start and see where it leads you. 

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