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Calling Yourself an Artist

How important is it to identify yourself as an artist - to others, and especially to yourself?

What if you don’t get awards for your creative work? What if it isn’t even seen by others?

Are you still an artist if you are doing something else for survival?

Psychologist Robert Maurer has worked with many creative people and researches the dynamics of success. He comments:

“The people who love their craft and see themselves as artists, and...
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Self Care and Being Creative Part 2

[Continued from Part 1]

Musician Henry Rollins commented about being a performer and staying healthy on road tours:

“Eating well is becoming easier on the road as more places are health conscious. Gyms are easy to find anywhere there’s electricity and traffic.

"Time is the hard part. I do my best and I learned a long time ago that without recuperative sleep, good nutrition and constant exercise, this high stress lifestyle of traveling,...
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Self Care and Being Creative

Many people feel inspired to pursue creative projects, even multiple ones at the same time. One potential downside is physical and emotional burnout.

Good self-care is taking steps daily, even hourly, to stay replenished with the energy and positive attitude needed to be productively creative.

One way is to slow down or shift our thinking about having “too much to do.”

Entrepreneur coach Molly Gordon writes...
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Lisa Sonora Beam On Success As A Creative Entrepreneur

"The act of making something new makes us vulnerable."

That is a comment by artist and creative business consultant Lisa Sonora Beam, who writes in her book "The Creative Entrepreneur" about the variety of challenges that creative people face in developing a piece of artwork, a small business, or themselves as a writer or other artist - the central element of a creative endeavor.

She notes people may "experience a kind of...
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Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress To Be More Creative

Creativity coach, author and psychologist Eric Maisel, PhD, notes "Some people become doctors, lawyers, accountants, or marketing executives. Some people stay at home and raise a family.

"But millions of people make another sort of choice, maybe only as part-time employment if you count the money they earn but as their full-time identity: they become artists."

And, he adds, "they struggle."

[Quotes from his site ]

In one of the chapters...
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How To Be More Creative

This series of posts on "How To Be More Creative" offers articles, books and other resources on developing creative thinking and innovation, and enhancing our creative expression.

My other Creative Mind posts, hopefully, do that as well - but these...
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Being Bold Enough To Self-Publish

There are a number of examples of people bold enough and entrepreneurial enough to create and publish their own books, often leading to being traditionally published and marketed.

Christopher Paolini began writing "Eragon" at the age of 15 and his parents decided to self-publish the novel, which was re-published by Alfred A. Knopf.

"The Artist's Way" began as a collection of "tips and hints from different artists and authors" by Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan. After it...
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Creative Thinking

Tony Wagner on Encouraging New Innovators

How can parents, educators and business leaders support people to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurial?

"Innovation-minded parents encouraged their children’s play, passion and purpose."

Tony Wagner is currently the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and the founder and former co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The quote above is paraphrased from his article My View: Creating innovators, in which...
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Creative? Introverted? Then You’re Probably Not Seen As A Leader

"People often avoid the uncomfortable uncertainty of novel solutions regardless of potential benefit."
That quote comes from the Forbes magazine article Managing The Psychological Bias Against Creativity by Todd Essig, who notes the situation where "You come up with a great new idea at work, or at home.

"Or a political leader actually tries something 'new and different' when faced with a previously intractable problem. But then, rather than grateful acceptance, or even a...
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