Creativity

Personal development

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~ George Bernhard Shaw

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Unleash Your Creative Potential

Creativity is intelligence having fun. ~ Albert Einstein

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Creativity is the Essence of Humanity

 

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Source, spirit, or what you prefer calling the Creator, gave humanity the gift of creativity. We were all born with the gift of creativity. Creativity is a seed planted within us, human beings, and it is within our personal will, and power, to make use of that creativity in beneficial ways… it takes a lifetime for most humans to tap into their personal creativity, and to become the best version of themselves. It is also up to ourselves to discover creativity within us, and to be capable of transforming that creativity into beauty… Creativity will never cease existing, it just changes and emerges in countless ways, expressed by human beings from all areas of life.

Every day, creation and creativity lives in us. It is all around us, like love, beauty, fantasy, imagination… everywhere we go, wherever you go, you will discover creativity… in architecture, in nature, in design, in art, in construction, in poetry, in theater, in literature, in cooking, in business, in marketing, in innovation, in music, in science, in research…creativity is the ability of transforming vision into reality through inspiration, effort, and hard work…in essence, just remember to create beauty around you, but never be afraid of being eccentric, or different, because finding your unique style and your unique way of expression is part of the footprint that you leave, and the impression you make in people´s minds…

It may take a lifetime to be capable of pressing and squeezing the creative juice out of your soul, but being aesthetic and creative in a unique way is part of your journey upon Earth. Remember to be creative in a way that benefits, helps, inspires, and/or develops both yourself and people around you – after all, we all love to be encouraged, and we love to sense creative passion both in ourselves and in others. So yes, dare to be creative, dare to be yourself, dare to be passionate, dare to be different, dare to be brave! Dare to dream, dare to learn, dare to explore, dare to discover, both within yourself, within the depths of your soul, and in other souls…

Never cease to admire all the creativity around you… it is a gift from Spirit, and from the Universe, a gift of senses that has been given to us all… even those who lack a certain sense, will have a heightened capability of sensing in other ways… we all have senses, and the more use we make of  a special sense in our everyday lives, the more a certain sense will be strengthened. If you, for some reason, lack a specific sense, like the capability of seeing, or hearing, you will certainly have a heightened sense of feeling, or maybe of tasting…

Sometimes, your creativity won´t be recognized until after your life upon Earth has come to an end… nevertheless, the art of creation will continue living through your soul, in people´s minds… like many great artists, who already passed and stepped into another dimension, yet whose life work still lives in peoples´s minds, since they made a difference and left a footprint in people´s hearts…

Never be afraid of transforming your fears into brave and courageous actions, your anxiety into a form of creative art, or your doubts into a (personal) reality. Being truly creative is sometimes an action of being a trendsetter, eccentric, different… like Salvador Dali, perhaps the greatest surrealist of all times… Even Salvador Dali had his critics, and his opponents, yet, he never gave up – he had a vision, despite of probable opponents… We cannot all be salvador dali´s, yet, we are, and we can be, our unique selves, dreaming and daring, giving a s* about what others think about us, creating beauty and making a difference in our lives, perhaps also for some, or for many, people around us… because true creators aim to make a difference through some act of beauty expressed to serve and to help society to evolve in a way that benefits us all…

With these words about creativity, I would humbly like to wish you all a creative Christmas, and a creative year 2017. May all your creativity flourish into something beautiful in your personal lives, and in the lives of people around you. May Creator & Spirit bless you. A humble thank you for reading… XOXO.

 

Logic can take you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere. ~Albert Einstein.

Creative people do not see things for what they are – they see them for what they can be. ~Julie Israel

Have no fear of perfection, you will never reach it. ~Salvador Dali

You cannot use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. ~Maya Angelou

Every child is an artist. The challenge is staying an artist when you grow up. ~Pablo Picasso.

A man may die. Nations may rise and fall. But an idea lives on. ~John F. Kennedy

You were born an original. Don´t die a copy. ~John Mason

Do not be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. ~Rumi

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. ~Dr. Edwin Land

We are all creative beings. ~Maya Fiennes

Business has only two functions. Marketing and innovation. ~Milan Kundera

 

 

 

Leadership is no Rocket Science – Or is it?

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. (Edward Teller)

As an avid leadership enthusiast, curious by nature, always eager to learn and to explore the known, and, the unknown, creative, intelligent, exploring, enthusiastic, developing, evolving, analytical and deep-thinking you may have learned that leadership is no rocket science, but in fact something that every single individual can develop within herself, or within himself.

Leadership skills can be learned and developed within any individual, but it requires more than repetition to become a leader. If you already make progress in your personal life and career through developing leadership skills within yourself, the effort is worthwhile. Not everyone has to, or wants to, become the next Prime Minister of his/her country, or an exceptionally well-known, difference-making leader. But, as long as you are capable of developing leadership skills in order to improve your life, expanding your knowledge, personal development is always in place, and useful.

I have written much about general leadership skills and qualities, but instead of repeating these over and over again, I would like to emphasize some leadership qualities that are not so commonly discussed in leadership reviews/ articles/ literature.

Although leadership, and being a leader (at least in your personal life), is no rocket science, you may want to tap into your personal leadership potential keeping in mind following potential facts:

– True Leaders Dare to be Extravagant

Be brave enough to explore, create, and make use of your extravagant ideas and thoughts. Many people will probably try to convince you the opposite, but do not listen to conservatives if you personally do believe in your concept, and the thing you would like to create, manifest, and materialize. Our world is full of conservatives who never like to try out anything new, so creativity and extravagant actions are more than welcome. A very good example is the multi-talented artist Lady Gaga, probably not accepted by everyone due to her extravagant style, but yet millions and millions of people do admire her, and do love her brave, creative style. And, did Pablo Picasso ask people what they thought about his paintings? This creative, artistic genius listened to his inner voice, developed as an artist throughout his career and created some of the most magnificent paintings mankind so far, has seen.

– True Leaders do not only think out of the box. They think like there is no box.

If, and when, we spend year after year working for a salary in a neat organization, fulfilling everyone else´s dreams but the one´s we have in our minds (regarding our personal lives), we in fact look for security instead of creating ourselves the way we truly want to. If this is the way you want to lead yourself and your life, OK, but is there not much more to life than fulfilling the needs of others, and living your life according to the expectations of others, including your employer? This is especially true if you are working in poor conditions, and if your personal input is not valued by your employer. Taking ownership and leading your own life is not always simple, especially if you are used to working for others. Nevertheless, taking ownership of your own life and your personal career signifies that you will have to rethink, re-evaluate, and reorganize your professional life in a way that suits you, and gives you the opportunity to create a whole new life, without any boxes or restrictions.

– True Leaders think, and act, into the future

Every day, try to find at least one hour, or even twenty minutes to meditate in order to create an empty space within your mind. In your meditation, focus upon forgetting everything that you were, what you currently are, and what kind of society you are living in. Give yourself this empty space every day, and notice how your thoughts and feelings start shifting, allowing for you to tap into new creative potential. Emptiness is the source of new creations, and in order to innovate yourself and the society you live in, you will have to learn how to unlearn useless patterns and behaviors of your life.

– True Leaders Expand their personal horizons by learning something new every day

Promise yourself to become, or to stay, curious in your life. Do not accept things as they come to you, especially if and when you notice that this specific something is draining your energies rather than adding value to your life. Instead, do something new every day, no matter how small or how insignificant this may seem. Creativity, and personal leadership, requires the ability to tap into new possibilities and to unlearn certain patterns and behaviors in your current life.

THINK: A Forum on the Future of Leadership:

Thank you for reading, commenting, liking, sharing, and for unlearning certain behaviors and patterns that may not serve your personal growth and development as an individual and professional.

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How Can You Expand & and Express Your Creativity?

You cannot use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. (Maya Angelou)

Creativity is one of the most sought after commodity not only in business today, but also in employees. Yet, a major part of organizations fail to draw out, or inspire their employees to their fullest potential within the context of creativity. The reasons behind this vary, starting from the fact that tantalizing creativity requires actions that stretch far beyond from simply fulfilling basic human needs through employment, such as generating a secure income in order to pay for essential living costs. Many creative individuals also do value independence, freedom of expression and creativity, a possibility to live out their passions higher than just receiving a steady paycheck month in, and month out. Unfortunately, many organizational roles today leave only little, if any, space for creative expression and development.

There are many forms of creativity, not limited to traditional creative professions such as acting, music, poetry, creative art, and teaching among many other creative professions. The technological advancement has made it easier for individuals, and organizations, to express their creativity in a number of ways. Various online media and social networks are a good example of how creativity can be, and has been, made possible, accessible, and more easily expressed to majority of individuals.

How can you tap into, live out, and express, your personal creativity? As it comes to creation, and creativity, there are no simple rules or guidelines to live by, but creativity does require:

– The capability of working alone. However social human beings are, the majority of truly creative stars in history and contemporary are well-known for their capability of tireless work, often in solitude. Perhaps the most well-known example of tireless self-belief and exhaustive work in solitude is Albert Einstein who spent years working upon his relativity theory before making it public. It may be worthwhile to learn more about Albert Einstein Method.

– The need of overcoming fears, restrictions, and being willing to go the extra mile in order to reach your full potential as an evolving individual. Human beings are constantly learning, and developing, at least as long as we allow ourselves to expand and grow spiritually (in addition to developing physically). It takes courage to believe in oneself, no matter what other people may think or whatever kind of feedback one receives for creative work. Be willing to listen to, and take feedback, but also keep in mind that you are the master of your creativity, and in creative expression there are no limits, or rights or wrongs, as long as your work is morally correct, and ethical.

– Do not limit yourself. Creativity may sometimes require extravagant action/behavior. Study and learn more about creative geniuses in history and in contemporary, individuals such as Pablo Picasso and Lady Gaga, who have taken risks and lived out their extravagant characteristics. Do not other people limit you either, as long as you keep within legal frameworks, and perhaps cultural acceptance?

– Detox your life, meditate, work upon activating your pineal gland, listen to, and follow your intuition.

Listen, and watch the following video where David Kelley speaks about how to build your creative confidence:

Spend time with people, and surround yourself with people who accept and tolerate your creativity. If possible, get rid of circumstances and people who restrict you expressing, and living, your creative potential.

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. (Joseph Chichon Pearce)

Being creative is not a hobby – it is a way of life. 

Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination (creativity) will take you anywhere. 

The creative adult is the child who survived. 

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. 

Creativity changes the world. Use your creativity for the benefit of humanity, and the Universe. 

Every person is creative. Discovering that becomes the challenge. Nurture your creativity today! 

Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint you can on it (Danny Kaye)

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play (Henri Matisse)

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation (Herman Melville) 

Listen to and watch another excellent video about creativity: 

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius: 

Thank you for reading, commenting, and learning. 

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The Vulnerable Leader

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“Super Hero”. Artist: Jeroen Van Oostrom/Freedigitalphotos.net. ID: 100125802.

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength” (Criss Jami)

Regardless of whether you are a newly selected leader or a senior leader with years of experience, perhaps one of the most crucial elements to your success as a leader will be the capability of being vulnerable, and knowing how to best express and communicate that vulnerability. Being a vulnerable leader is not equal to running around crying or being out of balance in general, although a tear spread every now and then for a reason only does demonstrate that you are humane.

From a scientific perspective, the act of crying is defined as a complex secretomotorphenomenon characterized by the shedding of tears from the lacrimal apparatus. In some cultures, crying is regarded selfish while others tend to show more acceptance towards this, as with expressing emotions in general.

However, vulnerability has not necessarily much to do with how well an individual can express his/her emotions, but rather in what manner the individual does express these, and how he/she deals with the emotions of other individuals/coworkers.

Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. (Brene Brown)

It takes courage to express vulnerability. To be sensitive, but strong, at the same time.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. (Saint Francis de Sales)

Every leader knows that he/she is a social being, dependent upon other individuals.

No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee…. (John Donne, original from year 1624)

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges for an empathetic leader is to learn how to set boundaries. As a leader you have to realize that you cannot help everyone. And, you have to help yourself first – if you are too vulnerable, you will end up helping others to the point that you feel completely drained of energy. Thus, to develop healthy vulnerability is the ability of setting boundaries, being centered, focused and balanced. Rather than doing everything for others, teach them how to help themselves. Rather than doing everything by yourself, learn how to involve people, and let others help you too.

Always be yourself, keep growing, and surround yourself with people and circumstances that support your growth. Spend time with different people and learn from them, but also remember to take some time out for yourself and engage in activities which allow you to stay connected with your intuition, and your true nature.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The difference between successful and really successful people is this: really successful people say no to almost everything. (Warren Buffet)

Think about individuals from your own circles, or celebrities, who have become truly successful through vulnerability. What can you possibly learn from these people?

 

You Are The Magician of Your Own Life

“As a magician, you must think about chaos and order. Those are the two forces that control the universe”. (Rick Riordan).

During my entire life I have had the pleasure and opportunity to encounter countless people, individuals, and professionals who have not only become my mentors, teachers, friends, business contacts, and much more than I could ever have imagined. The lessons I have learned through experiences, observation, analysis and open-mindedness expand much farther than I could ever have imagined.

My fears in the past have been huge, perhaps the most important reason why I so eagerly want to help other people in overcoming their fears, and using their fears as a stepping stone towards manifesting true greatness. I am fearful, but I am also very courageous, because it takes a lot of courage to be capable of admitting that you actually are fearful. We all have fears, but only when overcoming those fears can we truly become capable of manifesting the most magical things in life, and business.

We are all creative individuals with the ability to create, and develop, the most wonderful things and circumstances. The moment we, or you, realize your true potential, you become a magician to whom nothing is impossible.

Many times creativity is undervalued, mainly due to narrow-mindedness, legal restrictions and so forth. But true creativity, when fully expressed, knows no limits.

Children are naturally creative. Until they have to adjust to the general rules of life, being restricted and limited to express themselves in a creative, and expected to behave in a certain manner. Why is creativity so strongly being suppressed in a world that so strongly longs for increased creativity?

The world needs creativity, and creation. Just think about it for a moment. If you had no limits to what you want to create, and how you want to see planet Earth develop in the coming decades, what would you do? What would you create? How would you create it?

In your creative endeavors, forget about money. Too many individuals think in terms of money, and restrict themselves due to monetary issues. If money were no issue, what would you do? What would you create?

Individuals who are accustomed to creativity do not put money on top of their list of priorities. Needless to say, we all know that this list includes e.g. creative artists, but also entrepreneurs from all possible industries.

What I have learned from truly successful entrepreneurs is their capability of taking risks, being ready to invest their time and effort for something they believe in rather than working in a “secure” 9 to 5 job, investing in building relationships, networking, and utilizing their creativity to a full potential.

YOU, my friend, are a creative magician, blessed with many talents and capabilities of creating a future world of your dreams. Your creative ideas and actions are valuable. You may have ideas that can change the course of many people’s lives, leading to the Golden Age to which the Universe is guiding us with the help of creativity, creative expression, and creative actions.

Stop waiting for magic to happen in your life. Get out there and make it happen with your mad magician skills. (Chris Cade).

The most important thing in life is to stop saying “I wish”, and start saying, I will. (David Copperfield).

Nature is like a magician. You should watch it attentively and carefully. (statusmind.com)

Some people think it is impossible to change the future, but in reality, the future is only what you make it. (Dynamo Magician)

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. (Walt Disney)

Yesterday ́s fairy tale is today ́s fact. The magician is only one step ahead of his audience. (Anne Morrow Lindbergh).