Navigating Uncertainty for Entrepreneurs & Creatives

I hold space for vast amounts of uncertainty in my life – creatively, entrepreneurially, existentially. My closest teammates, friends, and family know this.

But not everyone is temperamentally disposed to invite uncertainty. I respect that. So, I also train clients to navigate uncertainty in ways that work for them when branding, rebranding, and advancing next endeavors with far-future horizons.
I use a framework called Fertile Confusion. It’s a process I use to convert confusion into innovation and break-throughs.

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Best in Brand & Innovation from August

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Every month we bring you the best articles we’ve found in brand and innovation.

This month’s list is full of branding lessons that range from community building and cohesion in your messaging to the pitfalls of being too positive. We also look at how the time of day dictates your creativity and how boredom aids it. Read more

Embracing Challenges for Growth

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There are problems, there are challenges, and there are obstacles. They’re not the same.

Harrison Ford got sick on the set of Steven Spielberg’s film Raiders of the Lost Ark.

One morning, scheduled for an intense sword fight scene with a formidable foe, Ford didn’t feel up to the task. So, he asked Spielberg to make a change. Spielberg agreed. Out of sheer necessity, Ford made a creative choice, a choice that would make for arguably the film’s most memorable scene.

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Do Your Best Work, Not Someone Else’s

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Are you telling yourself playing small and safe is your best decision?

Archie had made up his mind.

He told his two friends he just couldn’t risk starting his own animated studio. “It’s a stupid fantasy.” Benjy and Sahib sat silent and stunned. Read more

A Ripe Time for Introverted Creatives & Entrepreneurs

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There’s never been a better time for you to share your message and creative brilliance with the world.

Imagine if Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine, but cowered at the prospect of receiving publicity or criticism or of appearing vain by drawing attention to himself so he decided to keep the discovery to himself, that would be irresponsible, wouldn’t it?

And yet a few of us creatives somehow think it’s okay if we keep what we create to ourselves or that the world has conspired against us if it’s not showing up at our studio or shed doors begging to see and buy the antidotes to their suffering that we’ve created. Read more

Break the Isolation & Find Your Creative Pack

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Most creatives I know and work with struggle with how to get optimal doses of solitude and of social interaction. I call it the Solitude – Social Conundrum.

Last week we gathered with a group of creatives and entrepreneurs from around the globe to discuss the epidemic of isolation and introduce people to how they can break that trend and find support through collaborative alliances in our Business Artist Alliance.

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Where Creatives Find Know-How, Community, & Affirmation

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In this Age of Convenient Information Access and ready-made persona formation, why invest time and money in any training?

It was a warm sunny morning in Taos, New Mexico when I guided fifteen writers through a meditative yoga flow. When I asked them to check in with questions such as, “What am I here for?” and “What am I writing for?” a couple of them got watery eyes. Read more

Why DIY is a Lie for Entrepreneurs & Creatives

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Now perhaps more than ever creatives & entrepreneurs have access to more knowledge, resources, and apps that empower us to take things into our own hands. But it’s also where we often get trapped.

Maybe we think that because we can kind of sort of figure things out on our own that we should do it on our own and that we’re skilled “enough” to figure it out on our own. Read more

Tapping into Creative Collaboration

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Collaboration, it turns out, is essential for creative productivity and innovation.

The New York socialite Mabel Dodge knew something about putting talented, engaging people from different backgrounds and creative media in the same room. With the right atmosphere and combination of people, ideas could ignite that might inspire creative action (including even, a few love affairs). Read more