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Creative Joy, Entrepreneurship

How to Generate Creative Ideas

September 21, 2016
Do you struggle to generate creative ideas? Keep reading for eight ways to inspire your creative spark and turn you into an idea machine.

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.”
—Steve Jobs

As a writer (and someone with an interest in creativity in general), I’m deeply curious about how we come up with creative ideas. This isn’t just an idle curiosity: with two blogs, several books on the go, and a business that relies on me to come up with new content and ideas each week, generating ideas is a necessary part of me being able to do what I do. Here are some of the things I’ve found most helpful for generating creative ideas:  Continue Reading…

Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurial Mindset: 5 Strategies for Embodying Your Full Potential

September 8, 2015
Discover how to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset with this free video class

Do you ever feel like you’ve taken all the courses, read all the books, studied all the blogs, and you’re still not making the progress you’d like? Do you feel like you know all the things you should be doing, but that you just don’t seem to have the right kind of entrepreneurial mindset? It’s totally frustrating to know deep down that you’re capable, skilled, and raring to go, but also to feel s.t.u.c.k.

This was my experience during the first year of my business and it felt horrible. At the end of that year, I realised the biggest problem wasn’t my website, my social media skills, or similar, it was me—namely, the stories I was telling myself about myself and about my business.

That first year I had been super focused on the question “What do I need to do to run a thriving business?” After realising the problem wasn’t work ethic or lack of know-how, I shifted that focus and started asking “Who do I need to become to run a thriving business?

As part of my quest, I interviewed 24 entrepreneurs, coaches and authors about this question and, in partnership with En*theos, created an interview series around it called “The Entrepreneur’s Inner World.”

It was a huge learning curve and totally transformed the way I think about my business.

On Wednesday, I’m sharing five of my biggest takeaways from these interviews in a free workshop. It’s going to be interactive (with worksheet!) so you can start figuring out how to apply these principles to your business right now.

Earlier this year, I shared this workshop with attendees at the Alive in Berlin conference to standing room only. It was incredible to see the number of insights and a-ha moments people experienced during and after, and it confirmed that so many of the obstacles that stand between us and the things we want to create aren’t a question of know-how or skill.

They’re a question of self-concept and personal identity.

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Action & Momentum, Creative Joy, Entrepreneurship

How to Ask for What You Want (without Feeling Awkward)

August 12, 2015

Practically every opportunity that has come about in my business has done so as a result of asking.

When I first started Becoming Who You Are in 2010, I thought that if I just hung around these things would magically fall into my lap. Heh 🙂 Continue Reading…

Action & Momentum, Creative Joy, Entrepreneurship, Writing

Too Many Ideas? How to Decide What to Focus on First.

July 22, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about overcoming analysis paralysis and today I’m following up with another decision-based post: what to do when you have too many ideas and don’t know which one to choose.

I love coming up with new ideas—so many, that executing them all is impossible. Over the last few years, I’ve started to become more discerning about which ideas I see through, which ideas I save for later, and which I trash entirely.This is still very a much a work in progress, but along the way I’ve developed a set of criteria I find helpful for deciding which ideas to focus on first. Continue Reading…

Creative Joy, Entrepreneurship, Writing

Starting a new blog? Here’s how to rock that awkward first post…

June 24, 2015

So you’re starting a new blog. The site is up and it’s time to write your very first post. The post that’s going to introduce you to the world. The first thing people are going to see when they land on your new blog. The post that is going to leave people wanting more or ensure they never come back.

#pressure

The first couple of posts on any new blog can feel mighty awkward. Even if you’re an experienced blogger with several previous projects under your belt, starting a new site can leave you feeling like a beginner all over again. Despite the fact I’ve been blogging since 2010 and wasn’t expecting to feel like a fumbling newbie with this site, I found myself a little stumped when faced with the single “Hello, World!” post.

I realised that I needed to find a way to get around this feeling if I was going to create momentum, and I needed to find a way ASAP. Here’s what I came up with:

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