The creativity misconception

I’ve always viewed creativity in light of expression. Musical interpretation. Songwriting. Writing a book. Painting. Sculpting. Sketching. Taking pictures. If I wasn’t doing something artistic, I wasn’t being creative.

I now realize that I could not have been more wrong. Yes, artistic expression that creates something that didn’t exist an hour ago is creative…if it’s not just a copy of something else…but creativity also comes in other forms. It solves problems. Creativity can be technical, functional, messy, improvisational, or precise.

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A true story of laziness

My wife and I were having a conversation earlier this week about remembering certain events from our teenage years. My wife has an amazing memory for things like that. I, on the other hand, am horrible about remembering details from things that happened twenty years ago…or even last month.

I told Sarah that I think her memory is better because she has journaled more than I have over time. If you write it down, you’re more likely to remember it.

I admitted that I’ve tried to journal in the past but it never lasts.

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Intentionally putting myself out there more

The past year has been a time of stepping back a little bit. I’ve barely blogged. I officially stopped updating AnywhereMan.  Brian Casel and I decided to end our Freelance Jam podcast early last year. I haven’t participated in as many of the conversations or events that are part of my profession (WordPress, design, etc.). I’m still tweeting, instagramming, etc, but my foot has been off of the gas pedal.

One reason is I’ve just been really busy with client work and the day-to-day of running my own business. But even when I’m busy, I usually find time to do the things I want to be doing. I’ve intentionally given myself a chance to examine what I’ve put out there publicly in the past.

You know what? I need to get back to putting myself out there more again. And not just with things that relate to my professional life, but with a lot more of the personal stuff, especially hobbies.

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The importance of being challenged

One of the things I love about what I do is that no two client projects are ever the same. I learn so much with each one.

Sometimes that can be super challenging and I’ve said “I have no idea how to do this but I know it can be done” on an almost daily basis. After more than ten years of continually figuring out the “how” side of that statement, I feel like my skills toolbox is in good shape and my brain has stayed relatively sharp (though tired at times!).

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Yank On: The Fixer’s Manifesto

The Fixer's Manifesto

My wife recently sent me a link to a post on Design Sponge regarding “The Fixer’s Manifesto,” written by the makers of Sugru (more about Sugru shortly…). She knows that I am a die-hard try-everything-you-can-to-fix-something-before-you-throw-it-away individual, and this list struck a chord with me.

I have a hard time throwing things away. I have no problem giving things away if they’re useful to someone else, but to accept that something is no longer useful and simply put it in the trash is hard for me.

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