Category Archives: Innovation

The Last Post: Closing One Door, Opening a Window

It’s been eight months since I started this blog and I’m very proud of the work I’ve done. But more importantly, I’ve immensely grateful for everything I’ve learned in the process. I’ve found tools to enhance my creativity and productivity. I have rekindled my passion for writing. I’ve developed a routine that harnesses my imagination. And because of that, I’m dedicating myself to living in a way that best serves my creative goals.

What does that mean? It means that there may come a day where the right company offers me the right position behind a desk with hours that range from 9 to 5. And when I say “right” I mean a company that produces the content I wish to produce and a position that will allow me to grow and build with a team of storytellers. But for today, right now, I’m going to strive to live and work outside of a cubicle, outside of the 9 to 5.

To achieve that I must put on my “indie” writing hat, or should I say “hoodie” and get to work. So I won’t have much time for Creatives Culture anymore. Should you come across this posting many moons after its original publishing, I highly recommend reading two works that changed my life. First check out a commencement speech by J.C. Herz and then check out The Accidental Creative. Between those two you will find everything you need to survive in corporate America and/or be a creative individual.

If you are looking for me, you can find me on Twitter @dubysquared to see what’s engaging me, on Tumblr at wandaweithers.tumblr.com to see what is inspiring me or see what I’m writing at writtenbywanda.com–my online portfolio. I leave you with the famed 2005 Standford Commencement speech by Steve Jobs. Rest in Peace.

Wanda
Living with no plan b!

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011: The Web Remembers

I join the rest of the in mourning the loss of Steve Jobs. I had an iBook in 2000, when there were no software programs that worked on both PC and Mac computers. Steve’s dedication to Pixar in the early years is what creative entrepreneurs dream of. I actually shed some tears for this amazing innovator whom I never met but changed my life.

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011: The Web Remembers.

Steve Jobs' Ten Commandments

Creative Challenge: Bill Cosby and Sandman Simms showed us the way

The majority of books that profess to teach you how to increase your creativity, are all preaching the same sermon: New and different ideas are the result of new and different thinking. It all begins in the mind.

Imagine your mind is a car driving down a road. After time, because age, comfort or sheer laziness, we tend to travel down the same roads. Those individuals that we admire as being inventive and innovative intentionally steer their cars down different roads, paths not usually taken or even apparent.

It’s a skill that anyone can learn. Sure some people have a natural gift for it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t re-train your mind to navigate through the uncharted territory of your imagination or environment. So where to begin?

With small, simple but entertaining and engaging tasks, start taking your mind down a different road. Give yourself permission to do a familiar task in an unfamiliar way. Then, allow yourself to experience people, places and things that are completely new to you. These two actions will build your creative muscle.

The goal is that over time your mind will naturally bring you ideas, thoughts, solutions and perspectives that are increasingly original and alternate to the norm because it’s in the habit–and quite comfortable and confident–of thinking outside the norm.

Does this really work? Is this the secret behind folks like Steve Jobs and the like? Will come up with awesome ideas in meetings and solve problems in new and amazing ways? Well, there is only one way to find out.

Of course, I’ll share my adventures and please feel free to share yours. Every new challenge and any follow-ups will be a post first, but then archived on the Creative Challenges page. In case you forgot how good a healthy artistic challenge can be, here is Bill Cosby and Sandman Simms to remind you. Challenge!