Creativity Explored – Where does it come from?

This is probably the most frequent question that writers, innovators, and creative people get asked.  One of the most popular answers is ‘From Life’.  Some other answers are: dreams, television, conversations, walks, daydreaming, music, reading, and a whole lot more. So this page addresses Creativity Explored – Where does it come from? The answer varies from writer to writer and basically comes down to: From Life.

Mine come in dreams some of the time.  These ones are always interesting because I’ll find myself having a marathon of dreams for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.  Serial dreams, where the dream I had last night will pick up tonight as soon as I hit the dream realm.  One dream after another until the entire story-movie has been played out and I’ve jotted it down in my journal.

I don’t always recognize a dream as a story idea right away.  Sometimes it takes a couple of nights and a little pondering over my dream journal to figure it out.  Once it hits me, though, I’m off on a marathon and the clarity of the dream becomes technicolor with surround sound.  Pretty awesome.

Employee to Entrepreneur – the New Career Way

Working for yourself, from employee to entrepreneur is the end goal of a new career. But the transition from employee to entrepreneur is like climbing over a wall.

Got the Guts To Be an Entrepreneur?

Remember the Berlin Wall? During the Cold War when East and West were separated by that infamous wall, many freedom-seekers risked being shot by border guards while attempting to climb over that wall.

If you choose the parallel career way to be an entrepreneur, you are as brave as those freedom-seekers. You are willing to take risks (calculated ones though), make changes and set goals for your future.

Create Your First Info Product Before The Hangover Even Wears Off

63592750462675948133989820_careersIf you want to make real money online, spread your brand and build trust with your audience, you need a product.

No matter how small your operation might be, creating your own product is the best way to gain clients and customers, spread your message and, let’s face it – make money!

My friend is now taking GMAT classes and applying to an MBA program and all she talks is how every small business is missing the boat because they are afraid to create their own product. I understand this fear. For us, entrepreneurs,  product creation can be intimidating the first time, which is why she and I got your back with a free MBA inspired report.

When you download your copy of this free report (see bottom), I’ll show you how to simplify the process of product creation and roll out your first money maker in one weekend.

That’s right, starting Friday night, you can be selling by Monday morning, with plenty of time to play in between. And if you think yourself about getting an MBA degree check this website for MBA courses that don’t require the GMAT.

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What An Amazing Week!

939b8c7b4ccd4b9abf3e9a4e87a38893In case you’ve been living under a rock, or don’t read my blog, you’ll probably know that on Monday I started my new job as manager of a lovely little Spar just down the road from my house. Since Monday I don’t think that my feet have hit the ground at all. I’ve been off for one day, and even then I ended up in the shop so that I could transfer stock down to my old shop to get rid of it.

It’s been an eye-opener. It’s a fantastic little shop and the sheer volume of customers and sales is shockingly high. I can’t believe so much stock can move off the shelves that quickly. It’s certainly going to be a challenge improving on what’s already a fantastic little store, but I’m sure I will manage it.

Holy Awkwardness

Saturday is my sister’s bachelorette party. I have been planning for weeks. I have a pre-fixe menu at a really nice restaurant for an amazing price. We are going clubbing/dancing afterward. And I am going to the hairdresser on Saturday so I don’t have to worry about styling my hair!

Back up about 18 months to my bachelorette party. As my sister and I get out of our car to go into the restaurant we run into my cousins going to a restaurant next door. They ask why we are there and my sister says it’s for my bachelorette party. She then opens the gift bag she was carrying and shows them (I can’t see) some of the “stuff” she bought for the party in my honor. Stuff to make me wear during the party.

The Best Thing Ever

As luck would have it, two kids – Neighbor Boy, eight and Neighbor Girl, five – live just down the road from us. They’ve come over several times to play and on Friday, Julia went over to their house for the first time. I stood at the gate and watched her dash excitedly across the driveway and into their yard while my emotions went to battle.

The proud parent in me was swelling, all, “My little girl, playing at someone else’s house for the first time…a childhood rite of passage. She’s growing up!” The rest of me, however, was screaming, “This growing up business is happening too f**** fast! Stop growing up, dammit!”

6 Ways to Financially Deal with Job Loss

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There is no doubt that losing your job would have a significant effect on you and your family emotionally, and you want to be able to deal with your feelings and look at the situation to find a way to recover professionally and get back to work, and you can’t do that if you are also worried about money. Therefore, it is smart to have an emergency plan in place in case the worst does happen, and make sure you know the steps to take to financially deal with a job loss.

Continue Education. Even if you have a job now but you are aware that your professional skills can be polished don’t hesitate to sign up for educational courses. For example, my friend Alice had a good job even though she didn’t have a high school diploma. She learned about the website Covcell.com that provides free GED courses online and decided to use them. She got her GED certificate, however, these online classes are not for everybody, and some people will not benefit from them. It took her in all 6 months, and then she applied to college.  When she lost her job she was in the position to find another one because she took care of her education.

Help a Reporter Out, a Simple Microbusiness

Peter Shankman, a PR and media guy, has created an elegant, profitable business called Help a Reporter Out, or HARO. It’s a newsletter that connects journalists with sources.

Here’s how it works. When a journalist is writing a story and needs a source for the article, they submit a request to Peter. Peter compiles the requests and emails them to his contact list 3 times per day. You can become a contact by signing up at helpareporter.com. If you can help a reporter out, you do, either because you’re a nice guy, or because you want to get yourself or your business mentioned in the journalist’s write up.

So how does Peter make money? He runs a small text-only advertisement at the top of each email. These bring in around $3,000 per day for a couple hours’ work. That’s 800k per year — not too shabby.

This is a great example of adding value by connecting people together.

Five Essential Product Traits

Copyblogger has a good list of 5 essential traits your product should have if you want it to sell.

1. It must solve a problem.
2. It must have mass appeal.
3. It must be unique.
4. It must offer instant gratification.
5. It must be demonstrable.

They call this the “Billy Mays 5-Step Guide to Selling”, though they give no proof that the legendary pitchman endorses this list. I still think it’s a good one though.

What is Crapensta and other stuff

New York City neighborhoods are often named using acronyms. For example, there’s Tribeca (Triangle Below Canal Street) and SoHo (South of Houston Street).

New on the scene is Crapensta, or the Crap Around Penn Station. When you’re in Crapensta, you’ll know it.

Check out Crapensta twitter for more information about this neighborhood. They seem to have coined the term Crapensta. Brilliant. I think they should create and sell an illustrated map that helps people who live or work in Crapensta find decent places to eat or chill. It could be something whimsical along the lines of Nancy Chandler’s map of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Buying a Used Car Seems Less Daunting

The idea of buying a used car is daunting to me. Because I live in New York, I have never bought a car. If I were going to buy one, I’d probably look for a used car, but I would have no idea how to evaluate one in a savvy manner. The whole process seems daunting.