October 30, 2009
Eerie timing. Just as Halloween approaches, a quick article on Yahoo! Finance provided by the NY Times is here to scare the pants off of us. Eleven Easy Ways to Destroy Your Company will leave you feeling creepy crawlies — not thrills — going up your leg!
October 23, 2009
Ken is a writer. He doesn’t always know that. He says he wants to be a writer, and that he is establishing the habits of a writer by writing or at least doing something creative every day. But I have no doubt. Ken is a writer. Read this snippet and see that I’m right. While you’re at his Ken and Paper blog, leave him a comment.
Then click over to Mildly Creative and see how diverse Ken is as a writer. In addition to having a gift for storytelling and poetry (also to be found at Ken and Paper), he is compiling a book to serve as a guide to people wanting to express their creativity. In the style of his open-to-the-public working studio, he is posting sections as he completes them. It’s part of his process of evaluating his writing and deciding how to polish it. Start here with the first section and then follow the links at the end to the next one.
October 15, 2009
Barbara Winter is on Twitter at JoblessMuse. If you’re on Twitter, follow her and you’ll like Twitter much more. If you’re not on Twitter, it’s worth signing up to get Barbara’s twirps.
Like this one. She pointed us to a poem about clutter. Clutter resonates with me, because I am constantly behind the curve clearing it out. And, like the poet, I believe there’s a lot of meaning under all that clutter.
Check out “What Lies Beneath”.
October 13, 2009
Another theme I’m focusing on as I prepare for the three-call series on amplifying vision, defining goals, and breaking them into steps is the point of the third call: Do what you can.
Ken Robert, who is sharing his own creative journey with all its stops and starts, detours, and distractions, is a fantastic inspiration for anyone trying to take charge of his or her life. If you’re stuck on the question What should I do first?, read When You’re Short On Big Ideas, Think Small.
October 12, 2009
Lately I have been pulling together information and ideas for a series of three calls I will offer along with Lisa Tarrant for people in the Outside the Job Box Career Design Consultant program offered by Valerie Young at ChangingCourse.com. In Valerie’s program people learn the approach she has used for years as a creative career and small business design consultant.
The purpose of the calls will be to help the self-study participants get very clear about their vision for the future, specifically what they want their work to look like as a creative career consultant. Then we’re going to talk about how to define specific goals to reach the vision, and break the goals into achievable steps. I want the participants to stay focused on their plans so they can establish and grow their businesses.
Since I’m gathering resources to offer the consultants in training, I was thrilled, but not surprised, to see a recent post by Jobless Muse Barbara Winter titled Building a Hothouse for Your Dreams. Barbara is gifted at nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit. She knows the key to growing small businesses is to grow small business owners. Here she offers eight keys entrepreneurs can use for lifelong growth.