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Personal development

How to fear less by practicing poverty

I have been reading stoic philosophy recently after listening to various Tim Ferriss podcasts. One of the things, among many, that I have learnt, is that Stoics used to practice poverty, even when they had plenty of money. There were several reasons for this, but the ones that resonated with me were first; to remove…

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Personal development, Productivity

Three creative ways to beat negativity and keep your focus

In any industry, creative or otherwise, negativity can become a barrier to success. Whether it’s a harsh inner critic, a loss of direction, or unwanted pessimistic opinions from those around you, negativity all too easily creeps in unnoticed, and puts a drag on your creative output. While some types of negative emotions, such as sadness,…

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Technology

The future of art

We live in an exciting time, one of the most exciting times in history in fact. We are right at the beginning of real technological advancement. Because technology has been increasing at an exponential rate (see Moore’s Law) we are going to start noticing these leaps as we hit the upward curve. Although you may…

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Personal development, Productivity

5 ways to double your creative output

We are all familiar with writer’s block, the times when you just can’t seem to generate any ideas and your creative output dries up. It should really be called creative block because it’s certainly not exclusive to writing. Despite this we know people who never seem to run out of creative juice and are always…

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Personal development

How to foster creativity and innovation by making time for art

In 2010, the American magazine Newsweek reported that creativity scores in America have been declining since 1990—especially in children. Why? The amount of time kids spend watching television or playing videogames is one possibility, the article explains; insufficiently developing creativity in schools is another. Fortunately, the creative process can be taught, argue Michele and Robert…

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Personal development

How to stand out as an artist

I recently published a video with three  tips for earning a living from doing work you love. The last tip was about how to stand out as an artist and make yourself different. I read the classic book by Victor Frankl “man’s search for meaning” this weekend from cover to cover. I always knew the…