Here is one of the biggest challenges creative people face -- finding the right balance between spontaneity and planning.
Spontaneity, while a huge part of the creative process, can also be a huge curse. The intoxicating nature of spontaneity -- and the likelihood that it will lead to more projects -- has a tendency to sidetrack. It's sparkly. It's fascinating. And it's fun. But it can also be a massive distraction. The result? Many creative people have more projects "on the table" than they can execute. And while this often makes for good cocktail party conversation, it also makes for overwhelm, stress, and eventual self-loathing. Months go by (sometimes years) and the big, hairy, audacious goal remains just that -- a goal -- not a completion. The antidote? A renewed vision of what success looks like. Focus. Priorities. A game plan. A support team. And the day-by-day effort required to work the plan.
Follow Your Muse
There are so many clichés around innovation but the one that causes me the most grief is this idea of “thinking outside the box”. ‘Ever asked someone to show you how you actually go about thinking outside the box? I have...More times than not, they’re not really sure what to do with it.
After 28 years of being an "innovation provocateur" for hundreds of forward thinking organizations around the world, one thing has become very clear to me: most people with BIG IDEAS usually end up derailed somewhere along the way.
Simply put, they lose steam, lose heart, and lose their way. The result? No result.
This is why I have launched "Being a Creator on Planet Earth" -- a new Facebook group designed to help aspiring innovators, from every walk of life, manifest their big, bold, beautiful ideas. The content? Inspired quotes by creative icons, innovation-sparking articles, mind-opening videos, stories, best practices, and a sprinkling of tips, tools, and techniques. Juicy. Engaging. Fun.
Three minutes a day is all it takes. Sometimes, less than 60 seconds.
The Facebook Group
The creator of the Facebook Group
50 quotes on possibility
This is bleeping brilliant. Not only WHAT its says, but HOW it's presented. Two minutes on what it takes to really do creative work. Inspiring. Truthful. And in your face like a fresh arctic wind off a lake you've been waiting too long to sail on...
Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.
It took me four years to write this book