Another gem from Chase Jarvis Live. In this episode, Chase interviews the brilliant author of books like "POWER," "WAR" and "SEDUCTION," Robert Greene, to discuss the principles outlined in his latest book "MASTERY."
MASTERY is a beautifully written piece of non-fiction, exploring the lives of historical and present day masters from Leonardo Divinci to Temple Grandin, Albert Einstein to V.S. Ramachandran, and Mozart to Yoky Matsuoka, while providing practical advice on how to chart your own personal path to mastery.
In this interview, Greene and Jarvis explore these principles as they relate to creative professionals striving to realize their fullest potential.
Close your eyes and envision your future-self telling the story of your life and the skills you possess. What are those skills? Who are the masters you can learn from? What can they learn from you?
Great people unite.
Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is the father of Enterprise Facilitation® at his namesake non-profit The Sirolli Institute. He is an expert in the field of sustainable economic development, and one of my personal heroes.
In this November 2012 Ted Talk, Dr. Sirolli charmingly explains, what I feel, is the purest approach to consulting. In short:
Dr. Sirolli goes on to stress that every entrepreneurial venture must possess:
In closing, identify your strengths, look to your community for resources to help compensate for your weaknesses, and seek counsel from those willing to shut-up, listen and help.
-Great people unite.
Creativity is a currency, and by applying fundamental business tactics to the process of sharing your "art," you can dramatically enhance its impact. Click the image on the left to hear author and business guru Ramit Sethi and photographer/entrepreneur Chase Jarvis discuss this and more on his self-titled show, Chase Jarvis Live. Here are a few nuggets of wisdom from their conversation:
We know our mind changes our bodies, but can our bodies change our minds? As individuals developing our passions and building our communities, our conscious awareness affects our reality.
Take a look at how posture, non-verbal gestures, and body language affects the way we are perceived by others and, more importantly, the people we are becoming.
Great people unite.
Remember that blissful excuse to roll down a grassy hill or draw to your hearts content, for no objective reason other than enjoyment?
How powerful those moments were in our development as artists and creative thinkers. How quickly it seems they were replaced by the “responsibilities” of our professional lives.
How can we bring back play time? More importantly, how can we bring the spirit of playtime into our work?
As Jessica Walsh, of the World famous design firm Sagmeister & Walsh, elegantly quoted "The heart of creative work is purposeful play. Play is really a flow state, where we’re reaching this optimal balance of opportunity and challenge given our skill sets. It is the ideal human state, completely absorbed in the activity at hand."
Check out Jessica's full interview, plus an intimate look into her irreverent and insightful business partner Stefan Sagmeister at The Creative Business blog PSFK.com (A rich source of artfully entrepreneurial treats).
In closing, be free to play. To bring bad ideas to the table. To laugh at yourself. To get lost in the engrossing experience of the task at hand, as only you can.
Play time is now.
Great people unite,
P.S. If you are in New York City next Thursday April 4th, and are interested in seeing some purposeful play in action, visit www.artbattlesu.com to RSVP for an evening of unfiltered creative energy.
An inspiring Ted Talk on the creative process from "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert.
How can we manage the inherent emotional risks of creativity?
Separate your self from "the divine attendant spirits of creativity."
Show up and do the work.
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo Picasso
-Great people unite.