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  4. 4. The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People<br />In order to be open to <br />creativity, one must have the<br />capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.Rollo May<br />Get <br />in <br />the <br />alone <br />zone. <br />Interruption <br />is not collaboration. <br />-Rework<br />more on be<br />
  5. 5. Overcome <br />the fear <br />of <br />being <br />alone…<br />embrace being weird, standing out.<br />click to play<br />
  6. 6. With self-possession, all other things become possible. <br />-James Bach<br />
  7. 7. Most people are other people.<br />Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. - Oscar Wilde<br />
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  11. 11. Funny – noticing has to be the most basic skill that all of us possess. It is probably the most taken for granted, the most outsourced, and the most potent of all skills. <br />Noticings determine action. <br />Learning how to notice is key to making the world a better place.<br />One of the best gifts we can share with each other, is how to notice.<br />Listen … with whatever means you have.. to what’s going on around you.<br />more on notice<br />
  12. 12. There’s a new reality. <br />Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few bucks or even free. <br />Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is simple today.<br />-Rework<br />click to read: How to do What You Love,Paul Graham<br />
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  15. 15. I have no special talent. <br />I am only passionately curious. <br /> -Albert Einstein<br />click to play<br />Curiosity isn’t about money or education. It’s about desire.<br />It’s easy to underestimate how difficult it is to be curious.<br />
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  17. 17. It really is true that everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten—because that's when you had innate confidence in your own creative power. <br />The problem? <br />Figuring out how to get it back as an adult, tap into the power of that creative spirit, and harness it so you can innovate your way to personal and professional success.<br />-Dave Kelley<br />click to play<br />
  18. 18. click for wisdom from Keri Smith<br />
  19. 19. Passion is certainly not <br />the same as happiness, <br />unless we move beyond <br />the transitory happiness <br />of the moment <br />and seek out a much <br />deeper happiness that <br />ultimately comes from <br />achieving our potential. <br />Passion comes from the Latin word “pati”,  meaning suffering or enduring.  <br />We forego a lot when we pursue our passions; significant sacrifice is often required.  <br />- John Hagel<br />Bucket lists<br />
  20. 20. Life should be about doing what you love even it fit’s difficult. That’s the only thing that makes life worthwhile.<br />This is the last fiber of me, trying to be myself.<br />There a power with art where if you create something, you’re more than just a person.<br />Quotes from The Philosopher Kings.<br />Wisdom is found in the most unlikely places  <br />click to play<br />A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study. - Chinese Proverb<br />Let me embrace the sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course. -William Shakespeare<br />
  21. 21. It is a natural consequence of desiring something so deeply <br />that we are motivated to confront any obstacle, <br />no matter how challenging, <br />and persist until we find a way over, around or under it. <br />- John Hagel<br />
  22. 22. Constraints are advantages in disguise. <br />Limited resources force you to make do with what you’ve got. <br />There’s no room for waste. <br />And that forces you to be creative. <br />-Rework<br />click to play<br />
  23. 23. Passion is about discipline – self-imposed discipline that drives passionate people to persist <br />and not get discouraged <br />in the face of <br />enormous <br />obstacles.  <br />- John Hagel<br />click to play<br />
  24. 24. Passion is not predictable.  <br />It comes from within and drives people to embrace unexpected opportunities and explore uncharted territories, it does not deal well with prescribed routines and scripts.  <br />It is pursued in the moment and engages with unexpected encounters in ways that may lead to unforeseen twists and turns.  <br />Passion is also about urgency – passionate people have limited patience. They are driven to move forward, regardless of the obstacles put in their way.  <br />- John Hagel<br />
  25. 25. Everyone has a little voice inside of their head that’s angry and afraid. <br />That voice is the resistance – <br />your <br />lizard brain <br />and it wants you <br />to be <br />average <br />and <br />safe.<br />-Linchpin<br />
  26. 26. Where do you put the fear?<br />What separates a linchpin from an ordinary person is the answer to this question. <br />Most of us feel the fear and react to it. We stop doing what is making us afraid. Then the fear goes away. <br />-Linchpin<br />click to play<br />
  27. 27. The linchpin feels the fear, acknowledges it, then proceeds, this is a prerequisite for success.<br />Art is the product of emotional labor. If it’s easy and risk free. It’s unlikely that it’s art.<br />-Linchpin<br />click to play<br />
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  30. 30. You have to believe in something. You need to have backbone. You need to know what you’re willing to fight for. <br />-Rework<br />
  31. 31. If we are not passionately engaged in a particular domain, it is unlikely that we will invest the effort and energy <br />required to achieve mastery and distinctiveness. <br />- John Hagel<br />click to play<br />
  32. 32. You don’t need an MBA, a certificate, a fancy suit, a briefcase, or an above-average tolerance for risk. <br />You just need an idea, a touch of confidence, and a push to get started . <br />-Rework<br />
  33. 33. Less what do you want to be when you grow up, but what are you doing now.<br />There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats it’s children. <br /> -Nelson Mandela<br />Brilliant and spot on. <br />click to play<br />
  34. 34. Passion is about authenticity.  <br />Passionate people have little patience with pretense.  They present themselves as they really are because they intuitively understand that is the only way to explore and discover.  <br />They develop a unique voice. <br />Their identity is not about consumption; it is about shared creation.<br />- John Hagel<br />click to play<br />
  35. 35. Successful people are successful for one reason… <br />they think about failure <br />differently.<br />You become a winner because you’re good at losing. <br />The hard part about losing is that you might permit it to give strength to the resistance, <br />that you might believe that you don’t deserve to win, <br />that you might in some dark corner of your soul, give up. <br />Don’t.<br />-Linchpin<br />click to play<br />
  36. 36. What, I messed up? It didn’t work? They didn’t like it? <br />usefully ignorant<br />…what can I learn from that?<br />Carol Dweck - growth Mindset<br />
  37. 37. Passion <br />diminishes perceptions <br />of risk <br />and <br />amplifies perceptions <br />of reward.  <br />In a curious way, risk becomes reward ...  <br />They see that risk is the only way to discover new things and explore new territories. <br />- John Hagel<br />
  38. 38. Passion brings with it a willingness to fail repeatedly <br />in the quest for performance improvement. <br />- John Hagel<br />click to play<br />
  39. 39. Passionate people see that progression demands failure.<br />If we are not failing, <br />we are not taking enough risk and learning fast enough. <br />- John Hagel<br />http://kerismith.com/<br />usefully ignorant<br />Erica McWilliams: usefully igornant<br />Richard Saul Wurman<br />embrace your stupidity ---read/seen that article? – uh huh.. we do that… how many kids do that….prestige in knowing things... ironically blocks learning about things that matter<br />
  40. 40. Perhaps <br />it’s our assumption <br />that we’ll be here tomorrow that keeps us from our capacity to… <br />live.<br />-Nic Askew films <br />click to play<br />
  41. 41. Achieving full potential has little meaning to passionate people.<br />They see that their potential is constantly being expanded <br />by new possibilities.  <br />Explorers are very adept at discovering <br />new ways <br />to test themselves <br />and discovering new possibilities <br />along the journey. <br />- John Hagel<br />
  42. 42. People pursuing their passion …have demanding expectations about themselves in terms of performance.  <br />Passion is ultimately driven by intrinsic motivation rather than extrinsic rewards.  <br />- John Hagel<br />click to play<br />
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  46. 46. Passionate people thrive in times of high uncertainty and disruption. <br />Passionate people tend to come together on various edges of our society and business environment – peripheries that are rich in unmet needs and unexploited opportunities.<br />Passionate people <br />embrace the edge <br />in order to get an edge <br />on their <br />performance.<br />- John Hagel<br />
  47. 47. Don’t let yourself off the hook with excuses. <br />It’s entirely your responsibility to make your dreams come true. <br />The perfect time never arrives.<br />-Rework<br />click to play<br />Or is it now?..<br />
  48. 48. Don’t sit around and wait for someone else to make the change you want to see. <br />And don’t think it takes a huge team to make that difference either. <br />-Rework<br />click to play<br />
  49. 49. We intuitively understand that the best way for us to advance is to connect with and learn from others. <br />Passionate people often seek to connect with others in related domains in a quest for insight that they can bring back into their own domains. <br />Big wave surfers who also wind surf or skate board in an effort to understand techniques and technology that can improve their performance on big waves.<br />- John Hagel<br />
  50. 50. The competitive advantage: <br />someone more human, <br />connected, <br />mature. <br />Someone with passion,<br />energy, ..<br />flexible in the face of <br />change, <br />resilient in the face of confusion. <br />All of these attributes are choices, <br />not talents, <br />and all of them <br />are available <br />to <br />you.<br />-Linchpin<br />click to play<br />
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  52. 52. Negative reactions are almost always louder and more passionate than positive ones. <br />You may hear only negative voices even when the majority like what you’re doing.<br />And when you do, you add to the rich pool of… <br />adjacent possibilities.<br />
  53. 53. Passion is caring enough about your art that you will do almost anything to give it away, to make it a gift, to change people.<br />-Linchpin<br />click to play<br />
  54. 54. 2003: South Korea bans American beef imports – mad cows disease.<br />2008: Korean President Lee Myung-bak lifts ban.<br />Korean citizens stage Korea’s first family-friendly protest. It lasts over a month.<br />Over half the protesters are teenage girls.<br />Why? <br />DBSK, a boy band. <br />DBSK’s online site, with nearly a million users, provided these girls with an opportunity to discuss whatever they wanted, including politics. <br />Massed together, frightened and angry that Lee’s government had agreed to what seemed a national humiliation and a threat to public health, the girls decided to do something about it.<br />- Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus<br />
  55. 55. When kids who are too young to vote are out in the street protesting policies, it can shake governments used to a high degree of freedom from public oversight.<br />When teenage girls can help organize events that unnerve national governments, without needing professional organization or organizers to get the ball rolling, we are in new territory. As Mimi Ito describes the protesters,<br />Their participation in the protests was grounded less in the concrete conditions of their everyday lives, and more in their solidarity with a shared media fandom… Although so much of what kids are doing online may look trivial and frivolous, what they are doing is building the capacity to connect, to communicate, and ultimately, to mobilize. <br />.. What’s distinctive about this historical moment and today’s rising generation is not only a distinct form of media expression, but how this expression is tied to social action.<br /> - Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus<br />
  56. 56. The benefit to the artist is that you changed in some way,<br />not that you will repay him.<br />-Linchpin<br />click to play<br />
  57. 57. click to play<br />Passion comes from within each of us, <br />it cannot be imposed or mandated from outside. <br />
  58. 58. At the same time, <br />passion compels us to move outside, <br />to engage <br />with the world around us. <br />- John Hagel<br />click to hear Ben speak on this<br />
  59. 59. What might define a life <br />fully lived? <br />It’s a question many of us probably mean to ask ourselves.<br />But never do. <br />-Nic Askew films<br />click to play<br />
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  61. 61. (does it matter, is it awesome)<br />If it’s your art, <br />you will do <br />almost anything <br />to give it away. <br />-Linchpin<br />more on do<br />
  62. 62. You want to feel that if you stopped doing what you do, <br />people would notice. <br />-Linchpin<br />
  63. 63. Of course you can do something that matters. <br />The question is… <br />do you want to? <br />-Rework<br />click to play<br />
  64. 64. Ideas are cheap and plentiful. The important thing is to begin. <br />Until you start making/doing something, your brilliant ideas is just that, an idea.<br />What you do matters, not what you think or say or plan. <br />-Rework<br />
  65. 65. You should feel an urgency about this too. <br />You don’t have forever. <br />-Linchpin<br />
  66. 66. I was going to <br />practice…<br />then I thought.. <br />naw.<br /> - Armando<br />I’ve been waiting <br />on this all my life. <br />These dreams keep <br />me up at night.<br />Do what you can’t not do.<br />click to play<br />
  67. 67. If you’re thinking, I don’t know what to do..<br />That’s fine. <br />No one actually knows what to do. <br />Sometimes we have a hunch, or a good idea, but we’re never sure. <br />The art of challenging the resistance is doing something when you’re not certain it’s going to work.<br />Getting things done could actually help you get things done. <br />Done <br />is the <br />engine of more.<br />Accept that everything is a draft. <br />It helps to get it done.<br />-Linchpin<br />
  68. 68. brilliant read….<br />Also read his : the opportunity cost of class<br />
  69. 69. click to play<br />Tim’s blog.<br />
  70. 70. Emotional labor – work you do with your feelings, not your body.<br />It’s the hard work of making art, producing generosity, and exposing creativity. <br />Working without <br />a map involves <br />both vision and the <br />willingness to do <br />something about <br />what you see. <br />One of the most <br />difficult types of <br />emotional labor is <br />staring into the <br />abyss of choice <br />and picking <br />a path.<br />-Linchpin<br />
  71. 71. When you impose <br />a deadline, you gain clarity. <br />Ship. Then edit.<br />The best way to get there is <br />through iterations. <br />Stop imagining what’s going <br />to work. Find out for real. <br />click for more<br />Use whatever you’ve got already or <br />can afford cheaply. Then go.<br />It’s not the gear that matters. It’s playing what you’ve got as well as you can. <br />Your tone is in your fingers. <br />-Rework<br />
  72. 72. Generosity is <br />the <br />very <br />best strategy.<br />-Linchpin<br />click to play<br />
  73. 73. Decisions are progress. Swap “let’s think about it for let’s decide on it. The problem comes when you postpone decisions in the hope that a perfect answer will come to you later.<br />What can we easily do right now that’s good enough?<br />A big part of this: you don’t have to live w/a decision forever. If you make a mistake, you can correct it later. <br />It doesn’t matter how much you plan, you’ll still get some stuff wrong. Don’t make things worse by overanalyzing and delaying before you even get going. <br />Make the call, make progress, and get something out now.<br />-Rework<br />
  74. 74. Illusions of agreement. <br />We litter ourselves with dead documents.<br />If you need to explain something, try getting real with it. <br />Instead of describing what something lookes like, draw it. <br />Instead of explaining what something sounds like, hum it. <br />Do everything you can to remove layers of abstraction.<br />Reports and documents create illusions of agreement. <br />A hundred people can read the same words, but in their heads, <br />they’re imagining a <br />hundred <br />different <br />things.<br />That’s why you want to get something real right away. <br />That’s when you get true understanding. <br />-Rework<br />
  75. 75. When <br />something <br />becomes<br /> too <br />polished, <br />it loses <br />its <br />soul. <br />Show the latest version of what you’re working on, even if you’re not done yet. You might not seem as professional, <br />but you will seem a lot more <br />genuine. <br />-Rework<br />
  76. 76. Just deliver.<br />Don’t document unless the document is going to add value. <br />We often think we need documentation to cover our backs, prove we have been doing things. Well – if you’re doing things, especially if you’re doing your best, no back to cover. If you’re accountable, you’re accountable.<br /> -Sahana Chattopadhyay<br />
  77. 77. It’s the stuff you leave out that matters. So constantly look for things to remove, simplify and streamline. Be a curator. 80<br />When things aren’t working, the natural inclination is to throw more at the problem. More people, time and money. All that ends up doing is making the problem bigger.<br />Instead.. Cut back. <br />-Rework<br />Seth on procrastination & daydreaming<br />
  78. 78. Linchpins are able to embrace the lack of structure, and find a new path, one that works.<br />We spend our time and energy trying to perfect our craft, but we don’t focus on the skills and interactions that will allow us to stand out and become indispensable.<br />Emotional labor is the work most of us are suited to do. It may be exhausting, but it’s valuable.<br />-Linchpin<br />click to play<br />
  79. 79. If <br />you’re <br />going to <br />do <br />something, <br />do something that matters.<br />-Rework<br />click to play<br />Bucket lists<br />
  80. 80. Make/do something that you want to make/do.<br />You’ll know the problem and the value of it’s solution intimately. <br />There’s no substitute for that.<br />-Rework<br />minimalism – 15 things I own<br />Revolution Southward<br />
  81. 81. It’s easy to put your head down and just work on what you think needs to be done. It’s a lot harder to pull your head up and ask <br /> .<br />Why are you doing this? <br />Cool wears off.<br />Useful never does. <br />-Rework<br />
  82. 82. Maturity, soul, personal strength, and doing it for the right reasons.<br />Don’t wait for instructions, figure out what to do next. <br />Stop asking what’s in it for you and start giving gifts that change people.<br />-Linchpin<br />click for a green message about people<br />being answered as @ahumanright does the impossible<br />
  83. 83. define, research, ideation, prototype, objectives, implement, learn<br />click to read more<br />It’s not about what you are born with, it’s about what you do.<br />Take the risk that you might make someone upset with your initiative, innovation and insight – it turns out that you’ll probably delight them instead.<br />-Linchpin<br />
  84. 84. What is your best motivator:<br />Dan Pink – progress.<br />Simon Sinek – momentum.<br />Rework - Momentum fuels motivation. It keeps you going. It drives you. <br />If you’re not motivated by what you’re working on, it won’t be very good.<br />Excitement comes from doing something and letting others have at it.<br />What can we do in 2 weeks? <br />Do it. Get it out there and let people use it, taste it, play it, or whatever. <br />As Eric Hoffer very aptly says:<br />We can never really be prepared for that which is wholly new. We have to adjust ourselves, and every radical adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem: we undergo a test, we have to prove ourselves. It needs subordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without inner trembling. <br />
  85. 85. “a mind like water” by David Allen. Paraphrasing from Getting Things Done  <br />Water neither flinches nor ignores the impact when a huge boulder hits its surface. It welcomes a boulder just like it would a pebble. The ripples it generates are in direct proportion to the size and impact—neither more nor less. Water neither underreacts nor overreacts. And very soon, water goes back to its natural state—open and clear—ready for the next impact. <br />
  86. 86. No one knows who you are right now and that’s just fine. <br />Being obscure is a great position to be in. <br />Be happy you’re in the shadows. <br />Use this time to make mistakes without the whole world hearing about them.<br />Keep tweaking. Work out the kinks. Test random ideas. Try new things. Obscurity helps protect your ego and preserve your confidence.<br />-Rework<br />
  87. 87. jump in…the water’s fine<br />
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  89. 89. seemingly<br />click to hear the inspiration for this slideshare<br />Care to help?<br />Click to share your insight on..<br />
  90. 90. Sharing in the energy of others.. we believe stories make us strong.<br />Below find people(s) doing the seemingly impossible:<br />Hans<br />Lucas<br />Morgan<br />Gus<br />Cristian<br />Kosta<br />Kate<br />Jason<br />Seth<br />John<br />Keri<br />Google<br />IDEO<br />Cameron<br />Mark<br />Anya<br />Lucy<br />Scott<br />Saul<br />Doug<br />Jacqueline<br />Lisa<br />….<br />and you.<br />Please note: This list is ridiculously shallow, seeing as how <br />everyone can/should be on it, no? I have a hard time with lists of attribution <br />and thank you’s. Where do you start? Where do you stop?<br /> Please click below to add a seemingly i’m possible story:<br />
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