Monthly Archives: January 2014

Safety Nets

We all crave safety.  It seems somehow “better”.  If we fall, something will catch us and we’ll be ok.  You’d think that would make us a little more willing to take risks, but perhaps it has another effect entirely. This … Continue reading

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Mugging the Inner Prodigy

I like the word “prodigy”, because we all have an inner prodigy – the young person with exceptional talents and abilities that represents our earlier, unselfconscious curiosity and imagination.  That child-like creative being resides within us all and when you … Continue reading

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Adding the Magic

I read something today, written by the ever-inspirational Seth Godin, asking who is in charge of putting the magic into your corporate project, or whatever it is you’re all working on together.  It’s a very good question.  Who, indeed? It … Continue reading

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What Do You Do?

This is becoming an increasingly difficult question to answer, these days.  In the old days, you answered with your job title.  I’m a designer, or a software developer, or a guitar player.  Your answer was about what you do, not … Continue reading

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Hard Decisions

This is something worth noticing.  Whenever you hear somebody talking about making difficult or hard decisions, what they often mean is that they had to make a decision that they knew, in their heart of hearts, was wrong. Sometimes, that’s … Continue reading

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What’s Smarter Than Working Smarter?

It’s January and as a consequence, the world is full of articles and advice telling you how to kick start your working life, and push on toward becoming a millionaire by next Christmas.  I have to say that, grumpy as … Continue reading

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The Limitations of Unlimited

Some of the best records ever made were recorded over the space of a few days.  There are masterpieces of the painter’s art that were knocked out in just a few hours, out in the open.  When you stop to … Continue reading

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Learning From Your Successes

Now there’s an interesting point.  We’re always told to learn from our failures, but how often are we encouraged to learn from our successes?  After all, there are important lessons and a lot to motivate you in examining what went … Continue reading

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Cognitive Consonance

Like all artists, I struggle with my artistic endeavours.  I don’t mean that I am engaged in some sort of all out war against myself resembling a fight to the death, but I do mean that some things just don’t … Continue reading

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Getting It Together

It turns out that your audience, whoever that turns out to be, is waiting for you to do only one thing. They’re waiting for you to get it together and produce your art.  That’s all they want from you. The … Continue reading

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