Quotes from Die Empty

One of the books by Todd Henry.

Take a look at the preview pages in Goodreads.

My favorite points:

  • “Cultivating a love of the process is the key to making a lasting contribution.”
  • “Don’t be a mirror, passively reflecting the priorities of others.”
  • “You possess a one-of-a-kind combination of passions, skills, and experiences; there is something that you bring to your work that no one else could. If you relinquish that power, then it will never see the light of day and you will always wonder ‘what if?’ The price of regret is incalculable.”

For our purposes, let’s clarify the word ‘work’. While Todd might be directing the last quote toward the working world, it also applies to those creating for themselves.

Which leads to Srini Rao’s Audience of One. This book’s subtitle says it all:

Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake

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Thanks for reading.

And keep creating. And trying ‘new stuff’. [Any little change counts–a new ingredient to a recipe, a new walking route, a new restaurant. Anything that shakes your day, adds interest to your waking hours, even just a little.]

If you hear yourself uttering the words, “I’ve always wanted to try…”, well, that’s a sign.

diverging paths in snow

I’m in the middle of a self-imposed month-long ‘sketch-a-day’ challenge.

What for? It pushes my observational skills, for one. And it’s contributing to this project.

Sail the 7 Cs Course Title
Honestly, while there is a price tag attached, it really is an ongoing work directed toward that ever-present ‘audience of one’. Take a look at the items available for free preview and if you know any teachers, feel free to pass along the URL.

I also posted this yesterday: Finish Your Words and Then You Can Feed Me!

More creative reinvention tips for July 5

idea-cartoon guy

More suggestions from this list that I’ve shared on my Word Inventions blog .

From Leo Babauta of Zen Habits
[Note: The Zen Habits link alone should carry you through years of creative reinvention.]

  1. Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.

  2. Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.

  3. Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.

Do you have any tips to share?

A few creative reinvention tips for July 3

I’ve shared selections from this list on my Word Inventions blog .

Let’s see if any of these resonate with you.

From Jody Cleghorn of Write Anything. [This site is now closed, but the content remains online as an archive.]

  1. Make up the rules for what you want to produce.

  2. Try to write every day, even if just for a few minutes. [Substitute ‘paint’, ‘sculpt’, ‘cook’, for ‘write’.]

  3. Work on several projects. This keeps you energized and working creatively even when one project isn’t firing. [Good advice, but I’m guilty of taking this a little too far. Make it manageable.]

Retirees: Pep talk 4–7 Commandments of the Unmistakable Creative

stone tablet
of the Unmistakable Creative

Creatives: I am once again deferring to the wisdom of Srini Rao, whose latest post 7 Commandments of the Unmistakable Creative delivers the message better than I can.

Those commandments are:

  1. Reality is malleable.

  2. Your Resources are Limited, But Your Imagination and Creativity Are Not.

  3. Your Temporary Circumstances Don’t Have to Become Your Permanent Reality [I say, we don’t have time to allow for ‘permanent realities’.]

  4. The Status Quo is Meant to be Challenged. 

  5. Adversity Leads to Growth. [We also don’t have time to shy away from adversity. I really need to heed this commandment.]

  6. Only Is Better Than Best [A key theme of his first book **, Unmistakable]

  7. What You Create for An Audience of One is Much More Likely to Reach an Audience of Millions. 

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Any book suggestions? Journal writing tips? Methods you use to explore your interests?  Let us know in the comments box.

Thanks for reading.

 

** A. Not affiliate links.

Creative Retirees: Find your allies.

Boo Retire closer up with arrow

…no matter the species.

Seek those who support this next stage and your willingness to try your hand at creative pursuits, no matter how surprising they might be.

And those allies just might be strangers who share your interests.  Senior Planet has both a Facebook presence and a website.

Also, take a look at Creativity in Retirement: A Myth or a Possibility?.

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Any book suggestions? Journal writing tips? Methods you use to explore your interests?  Let us know in the comments box.

Thanks for reading.

 

Retirees: Pep talk, Part III

 

Nurture your most important audience: You.

Today’s ‘guest speaker’ is Srinivas Rao, author of An Audience of One.

Quote: “We tend to undervalue creating only for ourselves and overvalue creating for a huge audience. But your audience of one will be there every day when you wake up…By not sharing everything I make, I have freedom to play, to experiment, and to fail.”

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Any book suggestions? Journal writing tips? Methods you use to explore your interests?  Let us know in the comments box.

Thanks for reading.

 

** A. Not an affiliate link.

Retirees: Pep talk, Part II

silhouette against sunset, arms stretched

Let’s get to it, retirees. [I’m sorry, that just sounds so forced to me. ‘Employees’, I can live with that. But words like ‘tutees’…’assignees’…naah. The obsession continues.]

Nudge #2:

“Most of us spend most of our lives wondering what if. We imagine. We dream. We hope. And a week turns into a month turns into a year. The stage stays empty. The mic stays quiet. The chair won’t spin around because no one is singing. In moments like this, the goal doesn’t disappear. We think that perhaps the sands of time will cover it up and we will forget all about it, but we don’t. A goal unfulfilled may grow dim, but it never goes dark.”

― from “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done” by Jon Acuff **

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Any book suggestions? Journal writing tips? Methods you use to explore your interests?  Let us know in the comments box.

Thanks for reading.

 

** A. Not an affiliate link.       B. You’re going to love this. Thinking it would lead me to the Amazon listing, I clicked on the ‘Buy Now with 1-Click for $4.99’ link. I already owned it after all. Nope. I was logged into a second Amazon account and I’m now the proud owner of a second copy of the book. Sometimes, I’m such a dweeb.