Category: Be More Creative

Be More Creative

How To Be Creative: 6 Secrets Backed By Research

ether it's at work or in our free time, many of us would love to learn how to be creative. Coming up with great ideas and new perspectives is a blast. But "thinking different" is not something we really get taught in school. So how do you become an innovator? I called an expert to find out. Scott Barry Kaufman is the scientific director of the Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He's also the co-author of the…


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How To Improve Your Writing: 5 Secrets From Hollywood

anks to the internet, people are reading and writing more than ever. But is it me, or does it seem like the quality of that writing has gotten worse? However, this can be a good thing. These days, solid writing really stands out. It can be a competitive advantage in anything you do. Want to know how to improve your writing? Or have you ever thought about crafting the next great novel or screenplay? Want to know how to write like a pro? Me, too. So I called…


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Be A Great Communicator

A Special Forces Officer Teaches You 5 Secrets To Overcoming Adversity

fe can be really difficult sometimes. We all deal with it. But how do top performers overcome challenges? And what can we learn from them? I figured I'd call an expert. Who knows about overcoming adversity? Special Forces. So I called Mike Kenny. Mike's a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel with 22 years of service under his belt. For most of his career he was an 18 Alpha (Special Forces Officer) and is currently the Special Operations Forces liaison to the School of Advanced Military Studies. Most…


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How To Be Successful: 6 New Shortcuts Backed By Research

all want success. And we'd like it fast. But we can only work so long and so hard. The more-more-more ethos only goes so far. What to do? I decided to ask someone who knows about this stuff: Shane Snow. Shane's the bestselling author of Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. He did the research and looked at how people and companies achieve success quickly by trying new things, breaking the rules and taking shortcuts -- or, as Shane calls them, smartcuts.…


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How Poor Planning And Being Impulsive Can Lead To Big Wins In Life

ve posted a ton of research about how conscientiousness may be the most important personality trait out there. What's conscientiousness? Having your act together. Neat and tidy. Organized and on time. Success, health, happy marriages -- they're all tied to it. Which can be really depressing because, frankly, I'm not all that conscientious. But this begs the question: are there benefits to not being conscientious? Yes, as a matter of fact, there are. My Spaghetti Abilities Are Unstoppable Peter Skillman created a design exercise called…


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The System That All Creative Geniuses Use To Develop Their Ideas

ter Sims is the bestselling author of Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries. It was one of the best books I read in 2012 and I’ve posted about it numerous times (here, here, here and here.) Peter and I discussed Pixar's secret to collaboration, the creative process shared by world class architects and comedians, and the single most important thing everyone needs to be doing to have breakthroughs of their own. My conversation with Peter was quite…


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Creativity At Work: 6 Ways To Encourage Innovative Ideas

rvard's Teresa Amabile, author of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work, says there are three components to creativity at work: Expertise (People who aren't any good at physics rarely come up with relativity theory.) Creative thinking skills (Are you even trying to think outside the box?) Motivation (Personal interest like curiosity beats monetary bonuses.) Her research produced 6 things that companies and managers can do to support and inspire creative work:  …


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Creative Thinking Exercises: 8 Steps To Workplace Creativity

while back I rounded up a lot of the research and posted my four fundamental rules for increasing creativity. But those aren't all easy to do at the office. The list includes getting drunk, taking naps and showers, and other stuff that could lead to a visit from the HR Hitman. What are some research-backed creative thinking exercises that address the challenges of the modern workplace? Here are 8. They're unconventional, but they work.   #1) Hide From The Boss Yeah, you heard…


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