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May 03, 2019

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20 Books To Spark Creativity (Because You Actually Can Force It)

I thought one day my brilliant idea would come. In the meantime, I’d work really hard to be skilled enough to put that idea in action when it came. It wasn’t until I was at university that I realized the idea wouldn’t come, I would have to create it.

Creativity is cultivated. In fact, it’s a skill that can be developed. So here are books written by twenty professional creators to instruct you to develop that skill.

Steal Like An Artist – Austin Kleon

“Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.”

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

Manage Your Day-To-Day – Jocelyn K. Glei

“If you want to create something worthwhile with your life, you need to draw a line between the world’s demands and your own ambitions.”

 

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

“No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.”

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All – Tom Kelley

“You are not limited to only what you have been able to do before.”

Imagine – Jonah Lehrer

“We need to be willing to risk embarrassment, ask silly questions, surround ourselves with people who don’t know what we’re talking about. We need to leave behind the safety of our expertise.”

What It Is – Lynda Barry

“No matter what, expect the unexpected. And whenever possible BE the unexpected.”

Creativity Inc. – Ed Carmull

“If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it.”

 

Every Tool’s a Hammer – Adam Savage

“I reject your reality and substitute my own.”

The Immoralist – Andre Gide

“I have always thought that great artists were those who dared to confer the right of beauty on things so natural that people say on seeing them: ‘Why did I never realize before that that was beautiful too?’”

 

Catching the Big Fish – David Lynch

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”

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Damn Good Advice – George Lois

“If a man does not work passionately – even furiously – at being the best in the world at what he does, he fails his talent, his destiny, and his God.”

 

Orbiting the Giant Hairball – Gordon MacKenzie

“You have a masterpiece inside you, you know. One unlike any that has ever been created, or ever will be. If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you.

Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity – Hugh MacLeod

“If you’re creative, if you can think independently, if you can articulate passion, if you can override the fear of being wrong, then your company needs you more than it ever did. And now your company can no longer afford to pretend that isn’t the case. So dust off your horn and start tooting.”

Making Ideas Happen – Scott Belsky

“A surplus of ideas is as dangerous as a drought. The tendency to jump from idea to idea to idea spreads your energy horizontally rather than vertically. As a result, you’ll struggle to make progress.”

Where Good Ideas Come From – Steven Johnson

“Being right keeps you in place. Being wrong forces you to explore.”

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are – Danny Gregory

“It’s ironic that people speak of artists as dreamers. I think they are the most grounded people around. Conscious and present. As an artist, you really see life, connect with its beauty, and create something that shares those observations with others. You notice things.”

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

“You’re not required to save the world with your creativity. Your art not only doesn’t have to be original, in other words, it also doesn’t have to be important.”

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'Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.' . If you feel the need for a creative boost then I highly recommend my current read, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I first bought this book when I was struggling with my writing a few years ago and it was the perfect tonic. For Gilbert, creativity is not about comparison or achievement, it's about unlocking ideas and following your muse/genius wherever she may lead you _ something I've done a lot since being on Instagram! This lighthearted guide encourages experimentation without fear so if you're looking for permission to stretch yourself, this could provide the spark you've been waiting for. . And while we're on the subject of leap-taking, I've posted an update about life after quitting the day job on my blog today (link in profile). So far it's been as fun and exciting as I imagined but there's still some way to go… . . . #bookcover #bookphotography #currentread #bigmagic #elizabethgilbert #makemagiceveryday #creativelifehappy #booklover #inspirecreateshare #colormyworld #booksofinsta #booksbooksbooks #bigmagicbook #myeverydaymagic #neverstopcreating #booksofig #bookworm_insta #bookstagrammer #selfhelpbook #inspireme

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The Accidental Creative – Todd Henry

“Don’t go to the grave with your best work still inside of you. Die empty.”

 

Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity – Keith Sawyer

“Successful creators engage in an ongoing dialogue with their work. They put what’s in their head on paper long before it’s fully formed, and they watch and listen to what they’ve recorded, zigging and zagging until the right idea emerges.”

 

May 03, 2019

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Out Of 100 Millionaires, The Majority Say These 7 Books Taught Them How To Get Rich

Personal finance blogger John (who doesn’t share his last name online) has interviewed over 100 millionaires. He’s gotten in the habit of asking his interviewees what top three money books made a difference for them. Believe it or not, there are the seven books that came up over and over again. Here they are:

The Millionaire Next Door

Most of the truly wealthy don’t live in Beverly Hills or overlooking Central Park. Most of them just live next door. Thomas J. Stanley’s book identifies common traits among people who successfully accumulate wealth, so you too can become the millionaire next door.

 

Your Money or Your Life

Vicki Robin’s book is intended to transform your relationship with money. More than just about your earning, spending, savings, and debt, it’s about your connection to people and the planet.

 

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

This classic finance book destroys the idea that you need a high income to be rich. Robert T. Kiyosaki teaches the difference between working for your money and having your money work for you. 

 

The Automatic Millionaire

David Bach’s book starts with the story of a couple whose joint income never exceeded $55,000 a year, but still managed to own two homes without debt, put two kids through college and retire at 55 with more than one million dollars in savings. The key: paying yourself before paying your bills.

The Richest Man in Babylon

A classic in the world of personal finance, George S. Clason’s book presents a collection of parables set in Babylon. These parables reveal truths about personal finance that have been changing people’s lives for years.

 

The Simple Path to Wealth

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Mostly about how to successfully invest, The Simple Path to Wealth, is an easy read that outlines step-by-step about how to make your money grow.

Think and Grow Rich

 

Napoleon Hill uses the stories of Andrew Carnegie, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, and other millionaires to teach how to build wealth. He spent “a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort” to develop this “Law of Success” philosophy.

Want to learn more ways to be successful? The NOMATIC planner gives weekly tips and guides you to plan and accomplish your goals in an easy-to-use format. Buy it here.

 

 

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Best Tips for Organizing a Small Business

December 15, 2017

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Best Tips for Organizing a Small Business

Organization can be a deal-breaker when you’re running a business, especially in the early stages. Everybody has the same 24-hours in a day, but how you spend those hours makes all the difference in your success. Staying organized is crucial to allowing you time to focus on what’s important and what will really help your business grow and succeed. Here are some tips to help with your small business organization.

Stay goal-oriented

It may sound cliche, but always reaching your goals will make it easy to prioritize your time and stay organized. Have a goal board that you see every day. Keep a simple Nomatic notebook with your list of goals with you, and always start your day by reading your list of goals. This will help you easily sort your tasks by importance, and let you easily add to it as your entrepreneurial mind flexes.

Designate space for everything

Minutes spent looking for things every day turns into hours over the months and years, so take the time to find a home for everything you have or acquire. Efficient office organization becomes increasingly important as you try to run a small business. Invest in storage solutions that will keep paperwork, supplies, and equipment organized and easy-to-find.

Delegate

Failure to delegate can often mean the failure of your business. Letting go of tasks you extremely dislike, are not your area of expertise, or could be handled better by someone else can allow your business to flourish and ultimately increase your cash flow. Freeing up your time also lets you worry about the more important tasks: travel, networking, professional development, etc.


Organize your office space and your life to help you on your path to success. Buy your Nomatic Notebook to get started on prioritizing your time and goals for your small business.