LEADING A CREATIVE LIFE OR SUCKING AIR

Are you leading a creative life or just sucking air?

If someone looked at you from the outside what would they say, “wow that dudes life sucks?”.  Maybe, just maybe it’s time to ditch this life for a sweet creative one? Think about it. And until then, check out this awesome guide to making your inner genius your greatest asset on the job by Jason Fiefer of Fast Company. You can Follow Jason Feifer @heyfeifer and @fastcompany on Twitter too!

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Now go and get your creative on!

 

ATTITUDE, AFTER ALL, IS EVERYTHING

You know those people who are always in a good mood and it never fails that they have something positive to say? What do you think of those people? Are you one of those people?

A couple of days ago my friend Mary sent me a story and I thought that it needed to be shared with others as a way to encourage people to choose their attitude daily. It’s a short read.

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’

He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, ‘I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?’

He replied, ‘Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or .. you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.’

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or… I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

‘Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,’ I protested.

‘Yes, it is,’ he said. ‘Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations.

You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.’

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How about you? 

What’s your attitude?

 

 

PEOPLE PAY FOR GREAT NOT GOOD

I was catching up with my good friend Jimmy Petrie today (who by the way is a marketing, business development, and entrepreneurial guru) about business, opportunities, and what we both have going on. We talked for a good while which lead into a great conversation about playing within our strengths and handing off our weaknesses.

I always enjoy having this conversation (It is one of my favorites) about strengths because it is just so perfectly fitting and I wished I had learned it allot sooner in my life – at least I’m living by it now!

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MEGA VISION

Do you have a mega vision? Or is your vision very micro and nothing of any worth? Might it be time to throw out your ridiculously small-minded vision and come up with a mega vision for yourself, maybe your company, our country, and our world?

Don’t settle for a small vision. Small visions don’t change the world. Small visions don’t get us or you out of challenging times. Small visions are pathetic and pathetic is something we need less of these days.

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POSITIVE RESULTS OF FAILURE

Have you ever failed? And after the failure, were you able to look beyond the failure and see all the positive results of those failures?

For me, I’ve always been very good at this, being that I was an athlete and I always had to look at failure as a way of winning. And If I looked at it any other way I would continue losing. It’s when you look at failure as a way to win, that you actually start failing to win – and this is what you want!

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SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO EVERYDAY WHEN JUST STARTING OUT

This is a guest post by Tamaryn Tobian, founder of Spectacle Creative Media in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can follow her tweets on Twitter. If you want to guest post on my blog, please, check out the guidelines here.

 In the last nine months or so, I’ve learned more things and experienced more life changes than I had pimples during puberty.  That’s what following your gut and jumping into risk with both feet does. Why so many life changes?  I started my own business – a creative communications company.

In truth, it seemed like a crazy idea. In this economy? Especially when I started to count how many other little creative agencies and studios there are in my city. There’s a lot of them. But, I did it anyway.

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SIX BENEFITS TO WEEKLY ACTION PLANNING AND REVIEW

Do your weeks ever just feel out of whack? Things keep popping up, people are asking to meet with you, and you feel like you can’t get anything done? Don’t feel bad if this is you, lots of people suffer from this. I like to call these weeks “dysfunctional weeks” – weeks where things aren’t operating as they should.

How should your weeks be operating? How about smooth, productive, and healthy? Think of it like a car, if your car is not operating as it should what do you do? You take the time to bring it into the shop to get fixed right? Now if your “week” is not operating as it should, shouldn’t you take the time to bring that into the shop to get fixed as well?

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FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS, FORGET ABOUT YOUR WEAKNESSES

This is a guest post by Joshua Leatherman, a former book buyer for Family Christian Stores, a small business owner, communications strategist. You can read more on his blog or follow him on Twitter or Facebook. If you want to guest post on my blog, please check out the guidelines here.

There seems to be a growing thought-pattern afoot that encourages individuals to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and then focus on strengthening those areas where they are weak so as to become “well-rounded”individuals. It’s not only a theory that encourages mediocrity but is also one that deters success.

Some context: Years ago Hospital Surgeons did not specialize in specific areas of medicine as they do today. Their studies were in general medicine and their education geared them toward becoming “well-rounded” surgeons so as to have some degree of knowledge for any affliction that they may be presented with.

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