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Beethoven drank buckets of black coffee – Creativity advice from 90 artists

It’s nice to have creative friends, especially when you hit a creative block. You can call them up and ask them for advice. That’s exactly what Alex Cornell did and he turned it into BreakThrough! 90 Ways to Spark Your Imagination.

Each one is a personal thought from an artist, writer, or musician – like the one below from Alexi Murdoch. Browse the book on Amazon or visit Brain Pickings for more quotes.

From Alexi Murdoch:

Beethoven drank buckets of strong, black coffee. Beethoven was creatively prodigious. (He also went deaf and, perhaps, mad.) Sound syllogism here? I’d like to think so.

The idea that creativity is some abundantly available resource waiting simply for the right application of ingenuity to extract, refine, and pipe it into the grid seems so axiomatic at this cultural juncture that the very distinction between creativity and productivity has been effectively erased.

And so it is that, when faced with a decreased flow in productivity, we ask not what it might be that’s interfering with our creative process, but rather what device might be quickly employed to raise production levels. This is standard, myopic, symptomatology-over-pathology response, typical of a pressurized environment of dislocated self-entitlement.

At the risk of going off brief here, can I just ask: What’s wrong with creative block? Might it not just be that periods — even extended ones — of productive hiatus are essential mechanisms of gestation designed to help us attain higher standards in our pursuit of creative excellence?

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Dr. Seuss quotes to live by (infograph)

1. Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you.

6. Think and wonder, wonder and think.

7. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.

9. Think! You can think any think that you wish…

13. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

14. It is better to know how to learn than to know.

24. Teeth are always in style.

26. Will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.

 

The full Infograph at Holy Kaw
 

Thx to Michele Weslander Quaid

The Dalai Lama is on Google+

The Dalai Lama is on Google+ and has a growing fan base of 1.3 million followers and frequently shares photos and nuggets of Buddhism.

“There is a saying in Tibetan that “at the door of the miserable rich man sleeps the contented beggar.” The point of this saying is not that poverty is a virtue, but that happiness does not come from wealth, but from setting limits to one’s desires, and living within those limits with satisfaction.”

“When each of us learns to appreciate the critical importance of ethics and makes inner values like compassion and patience an integral part of our basic outlook on life, the effects will be far-reaching.”

“Education and knowledge by themselves do not bring inner peace to individuals, families or the society in which they live. But education combined with warmheartedness, a sense of concern for the well-being of others, has much more positive results. If you have a great deal of knowledge, but you’re governed by negative emotions, then you tend to use your knowledge in negative ways. Therefore, while you are learning, don’t forget the importance of warmheartedness.”

 

Thx to Alex Howard

Depression: keep in mind that they can't "snap out of it"

Keep in mind that they can’t “snap out of it.” Remember that the other person has a real illness. Like someone with cancer, they can’t simply “get over it.” Try not to express your frustration or anger in ways you’ll regret, but don’t suppress your own feelings either. You can say for example, “I know that you can’t help feeling down, but I feel frustrated.”

If the person is an unrelenting pessimist, as so many people with depression are, try to point out the positive things that are happening. The negative childhood programming–the “inner saboteur”–will probably prevent them from seeing these for himself. The depressive illness has a vested interest in the lie that nothing will go right.

via Dr. Bob

The depressed mind…is curable, needs boundaries, and is often involved in a relationship
 
 
// photo by D Sharon Pruitt

Depression: keep in mind that they can’t “snap out of it”

Keep in mind that they can’t “snap out of it.” Remember that the other person has a real illness. Like someone with cancer, they can’t simply “get over it.” Try not to express your frustration or anger in ways you’ll regret, but don’t suppress your own feelings either. You can say for example, “I know that you can’t help feeling down, but I feel frustrated.”

If the person is an unrelenting pessimist, as so many people with depression are, try to point out the positive things that are happening. The negative childhood programming–the “inner saboteur”–will probably prevent them from seeing these for himself. The depressive illness has a vested interest in the lie that nothing will go right.

via Dr. Bob

The depressed mind…is curable, needs boundaries, and is often involved in a relationship
 
 
// photo by D Sharon Pruitt

Best Lines of Business Advice: Valentine's Day Tribute

Despite all my feminist rantings, I’ve had some awesome men and mentors in my life help shape my business/professional choices. So here is a Valentine’s Day tribute to the ones who stand out in my mind most:

Cal: The network is smarter than the expert.”

Dr. Carrier: Don’t fear snakes. A snake is predictable as long as you know s/he is a snake.”Dr. Carrier: Don’t fear opposition. If someone or something comes out swinging against you, it’s because you threaten them.” Sandy: Relationships carry far more weight in business and life then skills or expertise.”Deryle: There is no such thing as job security. The corporation/institution will get rid of you as soon as you don’t provide value. If you’re good, you’re good. If the corporation values you, so will others. Don’t be afraid to go out and do it on your own. Invest in yourself.”

Steve: You will find a million reasons not to do the thing you must do the most. Stop making excuses.”

Best Lines of Business Advice: Valentine’s Day Tribute

Despite all my feminist rantings, I’ve had some awesome men and mentors in my life help shape my business/professional choices. So here is a Valentine’s Day tribute to the ones who stand out in my mind most:

Cal: The network is smarter than the expert.”

Dr. Carrier: Don’t fear snakes. A snake is predictable as long as you know s/he is a snake.”Dr. Carrier: Don’t fear opposition. If someone or something comes out swinging against you, it’s because you threaten them.” Sandy: Relationships carry far more weight in business and life then skills or expertise.”Deryle: There is no such thing as job security. The corporation/institution will get rid of you as soon as you don’t provide value. If you’re good, you’re good. If the corporation values you, so will others. Don’t be afraid to go out and do it on your own. Invest in yourself.”

Steve: You will find a million reasons not to do the thing you must do the most. Stop making excuses.”