I’m sitting here in my apartment drinking a cup one of my favourite teas reflecting on my twenties and what I’ve learned up until now.
I originally intended this to be a journal entry but decided that insights and ideas should be shared. Why? Because so many of the things that I’ve learned came from great conversations, or things I read or an inspiring video. So I tasked myself with writing a list of 30 things I learned before turning 30 with a time limit of 30 minutes. This list is not meant to be a guideline or advice for anyone. Think of it more as some personal anecdotes that I’ve gathered over the years on the topics of creativity, business, friends, family, love, personal development, spirituality and community. Some of these thoughts are cheesy. Others are common among any basic book on personal development. Continue reading →
A friend of mine recommended this really inspiring TED Talk presented by Amanda Palmer, a musician and highly successful crowd sourcer.
In this short 13 minute video, Amanda talks about how creating a connection with your community or crowd can create amazing things for yourself and your projects. To give you a quick background, Amanda’s band was signed with a record label as their popularity grew. After selling just 25,000 records, the label dropped the band and they were forced to go back to the drawing board. Amanda decided to give the music away for free and start one of the most successful music kickstarter campaigns. Initially asking for $100,000, the campaign quickly grew to over $1.1 million. Amanda attributes this success to the ideal that people genuinely want to help each other and if you aren’t afraid to ask, then you will be amazed at the results.
Great ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s what you do with that idea that matters.
Lot’s of people get stuck thinking that they need to find their life purpose or have their business idea solid before they can make the leap. You don’t necessarily need to have everything ready to go at once. You just need to take incremental steps forward to making your dream, business or idea a reality.
It’s easy to get stuck thinking that your conditions have to change or that you’re too busy with life to move towards your goals and dreams.
I had the opportunity to go to a fantastic event at the Vancouver Art Gallery last week. The event was organized by a group called Arts Scene Vancouver who organizes events for artists, business people and creative types.
At this event, I happened to meet Dr. Ray Hsu who happens to have a TEDx Talk called “How to Live a Creative Life”. Dr. Ray Hsu is a writer, teacher and artist who frequently lectures on the topic of creativity.
Check out his video! I watched the the video last week and it is fantastic. It is packed with some great ideas on creativity and education. (Click on the link below as I couldn’t find a way to embed the video)
On the same vein as Ray’s talk on living a creative life, check out this fantastic book on creativity called “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life” by Twylla Tharp. I just started reading this book this morning and I already love it! I’ll be posting a book review once I finish.