steve jobs said “stay hungry. stay foolish.” and of course everyone is now attempting to be oh so hungry and oh so foolish.
out of hungriness and foolishness comes demand. who will feed these people? what do they desire to eat? what do they need to learn? as a creative you have the unique opportunity to supply their demand. i am sure you have what they want. and they will keep coming back for more since their condition is constant.
on the other hand mother teresa said, “there is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” perhaps the same thing you feed them can be the same thing you educate them about. love and appreciation.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” – Zig Ziglar
my friend alice posted this quote recently on facebook. this year has been about encouraging people to simply start! start on whatever it is you’ve been talking about starting. stop the talking and start doing!
at the beginning of the year i did the the start series, and i want to make note again that i nicely packaged it for you to download and easily read at your convenience. download the start series! free.
here is an image i created…just for you! it’s pinnable! :)
“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…” – Wilferd Peterson
1. “we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – native american proverb
i saw this quote the other day and thought i would make an image quote from it for earth day 2012. click on the image for the pdf of the quote.
2. in 2010 i designed a poster for earth day that you can also download over at creative bluebird. it’s of one of my all time favorite quotes, “in the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.” – baba dioum.
3. the hidden water we use by national geographic
love national geographic! i visit their site often at work for my students. this is an awesome look at how much water it takes to produce common items that we use everyday. for example, 1 gallon of tea requires 128 gallons of water. worth checking out.
happy earth day!
(also make sure to check out google’s doodle today)
“tough times don’t last…tough people do!” from panics are only growing pains by bruce barton
speak strength over your life
become a tough person. build up resilience. declare yourself strong. the world is beautiful but crazy. people can be unkind, but guard yourself from dream killers and joy destroyers. sometimes you don’t know what is going on, what to do, but know that through it all you have a purpose. know your power. know that you are capable of creating the life you so badly want. don’t break and walk away, stick it out. last. tough times give way to good times. and when it gets good you will be better than before. darling, just tough it out!
“to live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
- joseph chilton pearce
abandon perfection. you are not a machine. thankfully you are more complex than a machine, and because of your complexity you won’t always have it right. but that’s perfectly fine! don’t be afraid to live a creative life.
“…go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
- Kurt Vonnegut
lately i’ve been feeling a little uninspired/unmotivated and i came across this quote and it put things into perspective. as a creative i read so much stuff about marketing yourself and being so strategic with everything, but at the end of the day i just want my soul to grow. i want to create things with my life, and hopefully people will enjoy the things i create. but it doesn’t matter if one person is enjoying it or thousands as long as my soul is growing. when my soul grows i have more to offer to the world.
let your soul grow. you owe it to yourself to explore your creativity.
have a good friday!
“you can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. you have to go to them sometimes.” – winnie the pooh
in 2012 i am on a mission to meet new people, but not just random people. i want to meet people who are a Godsend. people who i can inspire and people who can inspire me. i am all about divine connections this year!
i believe God is going to connect me with inspiring people. however, i must do my part…i must get out of the corner of my forest even though i love being in my little corner. all the faces are familiar and everyone knows my name.
you can’t do it alone.
you can’t build rome
in a day or
find other people who are goal oriented, focused, and positive.
if you ever call my cellphone and get my voice mail you will hear one of my favorite words. i wish everyone an “awesome” day. everything is, like, you know, awesome! ;) and of course there is a great splendor of things simply filled with awesomeness. if you wish to know some of the things that i think are filled with awesomeness use the search on my site and search “awesomeness” and discover all the entries where i used the word.
the other day while flipping through my lastest O magazine i see this quote…
“i’m on a pursuit of awesomeness. excellence is the bare minimum.” – kanye west
so while i think kanye west is off his rocker (strategically so) my meter of dislike/like has tipped closer to like. i find myself in a “me too!” situation. i am also in a pursuit of awesomeness.
what is the bare minimum you are willing to accept from yourself? if what you are outputting is sub par consider raising your standards to excellence.