creativity

The Secret to Being a Successful Entrepreneur:
Keep a Journal

How do you find your way, making decisions, coping with risk and uncertainty, muddling through, getting perspective, solving problems, and staying upbeat so you can achieve your business vision? One part of the answer—of course there isn’t just ONE secret to being a successful entrepreneur: keep a journal. Entrepreneurs–and, yes, we…

Improve Creativity by Keeping a Journal

In the New York Times, there’s an interesting debate about what fosters and squelches creativity.  One writer, Richard Florida, claims that cities are the source of creativity. I think that cities may at times cultivate creativity, but I don’t think that’s the key factor. One NYT reader, “was from Chicago”…

Improve Your Creativity with the Creativity Add-On

One of the most creative people ever known to the world is Leonardo Da Vinci. Scientist, artist, sculptor, inventor, mathematician, engineer, botanist, musician and writer, Da Vinci kept extensive journals for years, reportedly totaling about 13,000 pages! Creativity is a confluence of many things—focus, perspective, putting in your time, being…

Steve Jobs: Listen to Your Inner Voice

Steve Jobs was a giant in his time.  More than an inventor and an entrepreneur, he revolutionized our culture with beautifully designed music systems (iPods), smartphones (iPhones), and mini-computers (iPads). In his graduation speech at Stanford University in 2005, he said: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living…

Journaling is Risky Business

Guest post by Dr. Carla McElhaney As a pianist, teacher and coach, I’m in the business of making magic happen. I’m an alchemist of sorts, applying energy and devotion to whatever raw materials the day brings in order to transform what is into what could be. My work, whether it be…

A Secret to Journal Writing with Passion: Surrender!

Do you sometimes feel that you’re just going through the motions with your journal writing? Do you wish you could experience breakthroughs at every writing session? Dr. Carla McElhaney, avid journal writer, pianist, and coach (www.carlamcelhaney.com) offers this advice about how surrendering to the writing process helps bring creative and…

Gabriele Lusser Rico talks about the benefits of journaling

Gabriele Lusser Rico wrote in the early 1980s a seminal book called Writing the Natural Way.  It introduced a writing technique she developed called “clustering.”  Clustering is a non-linear brainstorming technique that uses the right brain, the non-linear, whole pattern, image-producing  part of your mind. The clustering technique brings the…

Journal Writing: A Remedy for Muddling Through Life

We all muddle through at times. In fact muddling is an inescapable place to be when you are finding your way in a new environment.  When you are working on a new job, learning new subject matter, or starting a new role in life, the way to begin is often…