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“Here, I Made This. I Hope You Like It….” Feedback Vs. Criticism

Creating is simply the act of making something new. However, simple doesn’t mean easy. The creative process can be lonely, intimidating, and fraught with self-doubt. Then comes the hard part...sharing what you made with others. 

Do I Have to Share?

That depends. We’re all creatives. We make things, right? We make conversation. We make plans. We make promises, and we make babies. We have absolutely no problem making or sharing these creations. However, when we intentionally create something that will evoke a reaction or even a transformation in others, when we start acting like artists, things change.

Therein lies the rub. All artists are creatives, but not all creatives are artists. Artists create with intention and motivation. They put their creation out into the world. They ship and they deliver the goods.

Artists must share their creations. That's the only way they will get the feedback required to develop and improve their art. Aspiring and advancing artists must...

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Beliefs Are Bogus

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The Case for Values

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." - Epictetus

We are driven by our beliefs. We live by them and die for them. And far too often we cleave to them in the face of evidence that they are not absolutes or even true. We believe that our beliefs define who we are and seek out those who believe what we believe and turn up our nose at, or even rail against, those who do not. But here's the thing...,

beliefs are bogus.

Not always, of course, but far more often than we care to admit. Sadly, these bogus beliefs are usually the ones we cling to most desperately. And this dynamic is doing immense harm to our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It's destroying our relationships and, indeed, the planet on which we live.

What to do? It's time we seek out what really defines us. Our values speak to who we truly are. 

What's the Difference?

Beliefs are nothing more than opinion or conviction. An internal feeling that...

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The Day I Met Seth Godin (And How He Made Cry…)!

If you have a minute, I’d like to tell you a quick story.

If you check out The Stoic Creativative on Amazon, you’ll probably take note of this 5-star review.

“Scott will open your eyes to a different way of doing work that matters. His generous, persistent, consistent belief in our ability to level up and contribute comes through. This is time well spent.” Seth Godin

Yes, that review came from the Seth Godin. Seth is the best-selling author of Purple Cow and 17 other books, the creator of the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar, and the longest-running and most read blogger I know.

He’s also one of my heroes.

“How Did You Get Seth Godin to Review Your Handbook?”

I get this question a lot!

The truth is, I didn’t “get” Seth to do anything! I never even asked him to look at my Handbook!

A Bit of Back Story

I am an altMBA6 graduate and was invited by Seth to participate in the first run of The Marketing Seminar in the summer of...

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Simplification Is the Ultimate Expression of Sophistication

Doing Better Work By Doing Less

Yes, I know you’re terribly busy. So much to do and so little time. There are not enough hours in the day.

Are you buying this BS?

Time is not the issue. It’s taste. Where and how are you spending your most valuable resource? What are you spending time on and with whom?

Is it the important stuff like developing your craft? Creating connection? Sharing value with those who need you to show up and deliver the goods?

Take a minute and reflect on what is important to you and what your good at. Who shares your values and needs your talents? What is the one thing you could do or make that would impact these people?

Go. Do or make that. Do it now.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. It shouldn’t be big and complicated. It mustn’t require a long explanation.

Keep it simple. Try it out. Watch the reaction. Listen to the response. Think it over. Iterate. Then try again.

It’s simple. But simple isn’t easy. 

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