The Personal Brand

Just as the most important part of a picture is the frame, so too is the most important part of a business person the personal brand. The frame is how the world views an artist’s picture; the personal brand is how the world views the efforts of a person. And yet so many neglect theirs everyday.

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How Fear can Sabotage Creativity

The fear of failure is toxic because it holds us back from doing great things. If you want to think creatively, you must get past this fear. The fear of failing often causes failure itself; it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Pride and the Work of Others

Envy is the enemy of creativity. When a person lets himself be consumed by envy, he becomes afraid to think up and share creative ideas. This envy starts with pride in oneself and ends in corporate failure. Luckily, there are steps we can all take to keep envy at bay and recognize the creative ideas of others.

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How Artists Lose Their Way

The story of an artist lulled into complacency, only to die before he can finish his work, is one of the saddest I have ever read. What would happen if you wanted to write that book; record that album; perform that show; only to die before you could do any of that?

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Why You Should Take Pride in Your Work

Being afraid to take pride in your work will ultimately hold you back from sharing it with others. This is the biggest mistake any of us can make, and one that I’ve made countless times. Creative ideas --- whether in business or in art --- should be shared with others because the sharing of such ideas makes the community a better place.

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Promoting Art on Social Media

You have an idea for a short story. You grab your notebook and pen, outline your idea, and write it down. Once you manage to squeeze out a first draft, you begin editing it and really make it something magical. At the end, you have an amazing short piece of literature that you want to share with the world.

So you log on to your blog and put your story on the front page. You even make a nice graphic to add as the cover art for your story and catch eyes. Now that it’s up and public on your blog, you share it on your one to three chosen social media channels.

You’ve done everything by the book, but somehow no one visits your site to read your blog. It’s not even getting many likes on social media.

This is because, despite doing everything else right, there’s a lot of noise on social media from other creatives doing the exact same thing. So in order to get your work noticed, you need to promote it.

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How I Improved Through Networking

Ideas die inside of a vacuum. In order to let ideas and creativity flourish, we need to share them with others and learn from their feedback. This requires a network of creatives. I learned this through years of losing magic competitions, but it was one of the most valuable lessons I ever learned.

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Spread Your Work

Art isn’t good or bad. It’s subjective and depends on the person who is experiencing it. However, art that doesn’t come from inside is hardly art at all.

If you create unique, original art, then the rest of the world wants to see it! That is what people love, and that is what we crave when we listen to music, watch a movie, or read a book.

No one is going to see it, though, if you don’t share it. Thankfully, social media and the internet of things has made this possible for creatives at every level.

Spreading your work online can place it in front of millions of eyes who want to see it. It can be challenging to navigate the waters of social media, blogging, and vlogging. But with a bit of practice, it will pay off big time.

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Developing Your Creative Confidence

One of the most sought after traits in CEOs is creativity. This is because it's so rare to find someone who is not only truly creative, but who has the confidence to share it.

Think of your favorite celebrity CEOs: Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson. These executives aren't just businesses geniuses, they're prime examples of how powerful confidence is.

In order to develop creativity, confidence has to also be built up.

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Always Improve your Work

Perfection is impossible to obtain, but that should’t stop us from getting as close as we can. In business, we call this approach Six Sigma. In creativity, it’s just as important. Constantly analyzing your work and improving it little by little is the road to your best possible creation.

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Break Free of Traditional Thinking

When everyone is taught to think the same way, there are no new ideas. This is deadly in both art and business. Without a new, fresh perspective, we will continue down the road we’re already on and watch the world progress around us. Thankfully, there are a few easy things we can do to change our perspective and think creatively.

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Finding Inspiration

A lack of inspiration can discourage even the most seasoned of creatives. In art and in business, inspiration is the key to creativity. Waiting around for it to strike will lead to a lot of wasted time. I’ve struggled with this and have experimented with different ways of finding new ideas. Here are some ideas that you can use to inspire inspiration!

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Embracing Imperfection

Too many people are in a state of paralysis because they are afraid of being imperfect. They are afraid to take that first step because they won’t be as good as the one who has been doing it for decades. The liberating truth is that we are all terrible when we first start something! Embracing this imperfection can give us the freedom to try new things.

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A Class of Your Own

Trying to be the best in a crowded field is a hard fight to win. But being in a class of your own guarantees that you will be the best! The problem is that most people are content being grouped together with everyone else, whether it be in magic or in the office.

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Narrowing your Focus

Having options is always good, having too many can hurt your project. Similarly, having too many goals could result in none getting done.

Narrowing your focus to the handful of items that are most important will not only help you accomplish them, but also help you determine what is really important.

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Overcoming Indecisiveness

In 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, America elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt. During the first 100 days in office, FDR initiated several major changes that turned the economy around. A few years later, World War II broke out. An ailing FDR once again had to make major decisions on the world stage to keep America from crumbling.

How could he make such important decision and remain so calm for his “Fireside Talks”?

President Roosevelt wouldn’t let the fear of being wrong keep him from making decisions. Instead, he would craft his plan of action to be flexible and adapt with any issues that pop up. This allowed him to move forward with decisions and not let indecision to slow the process.

This is a lesson managers and executives can take to heart. Instead of worrying about coming up with the perfect decision, craft a plan that can evolve with the uncertain future. Creativity is your map for creating such a plan as FDR used to make effective decisions during some of America’s darkest hours.

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