Being in the Flow Versus Discipline

There is a fine balance between being inspired and exercising the discipline to maintain consistent habits. It’s easy to fall into a slump and do nothing, waiting for moments of inspiration to come on their own. On the other hand, it’s equally easy to fall into forced routines, where art begins to feel like a […]

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5 Habits for Staying Motivated When Money is Tight

One conundrum that every entrepreneur faces, sooner or later, is the constant battle between doing what we have to do, and doing what we want to do. It is important to do both every day, though not necessarily in equal amounts. We’re all artists. We have raw undeveloped talent inside of us. The development of […]

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The Key to Unlocking Creativity

I hear people say the phrase, “I’m not a creative person” all the time. The other variation I hear is “I don’t have a creative bone in my body” or “My sister got the creative genes in our family.” The misconception is that some people are born creative and some are not. The only difference […]

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Business Spotlight: carolyncrowndesigns

Over the years, I’ve met a number of creative artists who fall into one of two traps: I think of them as the pride trap and the cynicism trap. Avoiding both of these traps is akin to walking on a balance beam. It requires a combination of disciplines that many fail to put in place. […]

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Nightmare Clients and How to Avoid Them

This week, I interviewed my long-time personal friend and business ally, Alice Osborn. The video is at the end of this blog post, where Alice shares some of the things that she has learned about weeding out the wrong clients and attracting more of the right ones. She also wrote her own blog post on the […]

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Pain and Conscious Evolution

One question I have been asking myself, as I notice the pain in my upper back slowly beginning to subside: why is it that things have to become a crisis before they get my attention, and what will it take to interrupt this pattern? Most of the time, opportunity does not wait. The situation with […]

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Integrating the Spirit of Christmas as a Year-Round Discipline

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with traditions. Sometimes, I have looked forward to them. Other times, I have dreaded them and look forward to getting them over with. I have long since decided to stop looking for meanings in things (e.g. the meaning of Christmas) and instead look for new and helpful ways to […]

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The Key to Preventing Stall-Out

I’m a huge believer in doing things strategically. At the same time, I’ve come to recognize over the years that this tendency of mine is just as much a liability as it is an asset. I have learned that when I become obsessed with strategy, my tendency is to do nothing at all. I start […]

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Resist the Temptation to Re-Launch

As I close out the year, I reflect on the fact that my writing stalled out in 2016. This is not the first time this has happened. Since 2007, the year that I decided to make my writing the focus of my professional efforts, I have experienced several ups and downs with my writing practice. […]

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My First Sales Job—14 Years Later

It’s been 14 long, hot summers since I first cut my teeth in my first “real” sales job (unless count my days as a nine-year-old kid pushing a wagon down the street peddling overpriced crap to my neighbors while I still had a couple years of cuteness to exploit for commercial purposes). I was a […]

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