[Video] Working Daily for Creatives – Part 1

This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this blog post has also been turned into a video. So…you can read this post below or you may watch the video version at You Tube, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Today we’re going…

The Calling of the Cave Man

I’m on the constant search to find what motivates us to act and what keeps us moving forward. Especially important are motivators that are not far from us when we are anything but motivated. The most enduring I have seen so far, is calling: call•ing n.…

A Clear, Condensed View of Creative Obstacles

Thank goodness for movies, teaching tales, analogies, symbols, illustrations, and whatever else we can hold in our hand and explore in detail.  These are condensed representations of fast-paced, ever flowing, and complex reality. Condensation slows time, simplifies and reduces details, and freezes processes to a small…

[Video] Get Your Resolutions On Target

This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this blog post has also been turned into a video. So…you can read this post below or you may watch the video version at You Tube, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. This coming year,…

[Video] Get on the Creative Road Fast – Pack Light

This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Read this post below or watch the video above for the same info     Starting Starting comes from taking small energetic steps, daily. One step, then another step, and then another step. Starting can be simple but many…

[Video] Tomato Timer for The Stuck Creative

This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this blog post has also been turned into a video. So…you can read this post below or you may watch the video version at You Tube, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Welcome to the…

The Curse of the Too Early Opportunity

Obviously, I have nothing against people getting opportunities.  However, let me caution you about a type of opportunity that you might want to pass up. There is a type of opportunity that we have to carefully consider and approach.  It is an opportunity that is way…

Don’t Watch Limitless

Your eyes won’t explode but the effect is worse.  Limitless, a 2011 semi-mystery movie, will explode your: will, focus, expectations, and set back your maturity. Limitless is a perfect expression of our base fantasy: Without work we can achieve great things; without work, our trapped genius…

Do It Now (or at least very soon)

Within procrastination research there is an awareness that we overestimate our future.  We assume we will and can do something later because our future will have perfect or at least fine conditions for our creative work. But how can we be so sure? -our health can…

Dedication not Discipline

Discipline, in the sense of having set boundaries in time, behavior, or quality is fine. It is the Yang of the tao of creative productivity. We need this to give us something to push against and to aim for. It gives a particular shape to something…

Jerry Seinfeld and Bizarro Jerry on Don’t Break the Chain

Jerry Seinfeld gets credit for a simple tool. The story goes something like this: Jerry had reached a level of fame and a new comic went up to Jerry and asked him for any secrets Seinfeld knew for getting better as a comic. “Don’t break the…

Keeping Boundaries the Disney Way

Robert Dilts, expert in hypnosis and its recent variants, has made a study of the working mindsets of all sorts of people, of the very past and the recent past. He found that Walt Disney had a distinctive way of keeping hard boundaries between stages of…

Getting to Your Best-Fit Pace

To do any sustained work, a pace has to be selected. A pace can be very light, say: “I will work on my project on Saturday afternoons from 1 until 5.” Or it can be quite dense: “I will work every day from 10 am till…

Who in You Doesn’t Want to Do Creative Work?

Centuries of introspection has shown that we, for all practical purposes, are made of many “parts.” You know, part of me wants to go to the family event and part of me wants to do anything but that. Part of me sits on my right shoulder…

Darwin’s Regret

Building a Regret “My mind has changed during the last twenty or thirty years… Now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry… I have also almost lost any taste for pictures or music… My mind seems to have become a kind…