Category: Emotions & Thoughts

  • Top artists reveal how to find creative inspiration

    Top artists reveal how to find creative inspiration

    For fear of making us sound like the Waltons, my band [Elbow] are a huge source of inspiration for me. They’re my peers, my family; when they come up with something impressive, it inspires me to come up with something equally impressive. Spending time in your own head is important. When I was a boy, I…

  • Stop Waiting For Creative Inspiration

    Stop Waiting For Creative Inspiration

    There are times when you really have to be creative. In many of these situations, you may feel stuck. Nothing is coming to mind. Every time you think about the problem, you get frustrated. And since frustration is painful, you procrastinate. Time ticks by. The deadline creeps closer. Still, inspiration eludes you while the anxiety…

  • Kickstart your creativity

    Kickstart your creativity

    Out of fresh ideas? These inspiring talks offer the kick-in-the-pants you need to unleash your creative spirit. Is your school or workplace divided between the “creatives” versus the practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own…

  • Six Ways to Find Creative Inspiration

    Six Ways to Find Creative Inspiration

    As a creative agency, we’d be pretty doomed if we gave up every time we were blocked. Luckily, we’ve learned how to deal with it. We asked a few of the leading creative minds around the agency for strategies they use to move beyond the dreaded block. Their answers ranged from starting with the data…

  • Creativity Requires A Quiet Ego

    Creativity Requires A Quiet Ego

    “Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle.You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment,…

  • Creativity Works: Lose that giant ego

    Creativity Works: Lose that giant ego

    Of all the bad traits that have the potential to damage your career or prevent you from earning respect from your peers, a giant ego could be the worst. Just to be clear, I’m not talking about confidence here, I’m talking about an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Confidence says, “I’m valuable,” while ego says, “I’m…

  • At the Intersection of Ego and Creativity

    At the Intersection of Ego and Creativity

    Trust me. This article addresses the role of ego in creativity. But before I get into the heart of that discussion, let’s pretend this is Psychology 101. Had that class already? Alright then, consider this a refresher course. Dr. Sigmund Freud came to conclusions that forever altered our understanding of the mind, conscious and unconscious. Love…

  • Why the Creative Process is threatening to your Ego

    Why the Creative Process is threatening to your Ego

    Steven Pressfield explained remarkably well why a life of distraction and hedonism is so appealing and easy. The creative “has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He has to know how to be miserable because this is war and war is hell.” Being original and creative daily comes with its fair share…

  • Why Ego is The Greatest Opponent to Your Creativity

    Why Ego is The Greatest Opponent to Your Creativity

    We all have goals: We want to matter. We want to be important. We want to have freedom and power to pursue our creative work. We want respect from our peers and recognition for our accomplishments. Not out of vanity or selfishness, but of an earnest desire to fulfill our personal potential. While we hold…

  • Why Quieting the Ego Strengthens Your Best Self

    Why Quieting the Ego Strengthens Your Best Self

    We live in some times. On the one hand, things are better than they’ve ever been. Overall rates of violence, poverty, and disease are down. There have been substantial increases in education, longevity, leisure time, and safety. On the other hand… We are more divided than ever as a species. Tribalism and identity politics are…