Telling Me “It’s Just Who I Am” Doesn’t Work

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Whenever I teach creative people, one of the most common responses I hear is “I can’t change because this is just who I am.” They’re trying to tell me they are wired a certain way and as a result, can’t learn to write a different way, change the way they express themselves, or look at a challenge from another perspective. I agree that each of us are “wired” with certain strengths and personality traits, but too often, we use the “It’s just the way I am” response as a

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The Secrets of Original Thinkers

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How do original thinkers think?  That’s a big question.  Adam Grant has done some fascinating research into the habits of original thinkers and recently shared his results at a TED Talk.  If you’re a creative, or know someone who is, please share this video presentation.  Every creative person in America needs to see it:

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Why Older Leaders Fight Change

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Fascinating new research provides more insight into why efforts at changing organizations usually meets with resistance from older leaders and employees. Up to now, most have attributed the resistance to the fact that older employees have invested in past ideas and aren’t interested in new ones. But the Wall Street Journal reports a new finding was discovered in an effort to track the progress of children who grow up too fast. Here’s what they found:

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Everything is Copy

Why You Need to Control Your Own Story

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There’s a fascinating documentary on HBO right now called “Everything is Copy.” It’s a film about the life of writer-director Nora Ephron, best known for her work on movies like “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Julie & Julia,” which all explore how men and women relate to each other. She died from leukemia in 2012 at age 71, and the film is

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The New Rules for Surviving in the Age of Clutter

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I have a friend who’s life is defined by “busy.” He doesn’t really accomplish much, and I think that’s why he’s embraced an identity of always being busy.  He can’t talk without complaining how busy he is, he starts most of his emails with “I’ve been so busy recently that…,” and he never seems to have time to read a book, reflect, or think. It’s another symptom of this disrupted culture we live in. So if you occasionally feel overwhelmed and can’t really define why, here’s a few new rules for living in the constant “on” culture:

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And You Complain About Finding Time to Create?

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I’ve heard every excuse under the sun that keeps people from writing, designing, composing, and otherwise creating great work. “I’m too busy and can’t find the time,” ranks right at the top, along with whining, “I get distracted,” or “I’m tired after working at my day job.” But recently I was reminded of the challenges Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes experienced, and suddenly, our feeble excuses don’t sound like much. Here’s the way writer David Wooton describes it:

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Just How Much Sleep (Or Lack Of It) Impacts Your Performance

Creative People: Are You Paying Attention?

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As usual, our perception about sleep is way off.  While most Americans say they need roughly 7 hours and 30 minutes of sleep to feel their best, we average 6 hours and 55 minutes on the typical weeknight. In fact, 43 percent of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights.  The bags under the eyes are bad enough, but it’s also costing our economy about $63 billion each year due to lost productivity. Quality sleep each and every night helps protect mental, physical, and immune health and improve quality of life.  Want to sleep better tonight? We’ve got the tips and tricks that’ll help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and re-energize every day:  

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Stop Calling Creative Work “Content”

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I hosted a national conference a few years ago, and interviewed actor Sean Astin from the stage. You’ll remember Sean as Samwise in the “Lord of the Rings,” Mikey in “The Goonies,” and the title character of the film “Rudy.” I interviewed Sean from the conference stage, and as we talked about the world of digital media, I made the big mistake of

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