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Creativity Writing

Thoreau: ‘How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live’

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” — Henry David Thoreau, [easyazon_link identifier=”1451529791″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″ cart=”y” popups=”y”]Walking[/easyazon_link]

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Productivity & Work

Do heart-work

“Those who work much do not work hard,” wrote Henry David Thoreau in The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837–1861 (Amazon). Hard work pays off. Much of what we achieve in life is the result of persistence. That’s why everyone encourages each other never to give up.  But on the flip side, work can also be […]

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Creativity Video Writing

The fascinating history of the pencil ✏️

“The pencil is a very perfect object,” says pencil obsessed Caroline Weaver in this TED video where she explains the history of the pencil.  The origin of the pencil goes back to the innovative applications of graphite. Farmers and shepherds used graphite sticks wrapped in sheepskin and paper to mark their animals.  In 1795, French painter Nicolas-Jacques […]

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Creativity Science

‘Grab a leash and take your thoughts for a walk.’

Said Henry David Thoreau, “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” Walking boosts creativity. If you ever get stuck in a creative rut, science shows that you should go for a stroll to get your endorphins moving. As learning scientist Marily Oppezzo notes in her TED presentation below, […]

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Productivity & Work

Accept compliments but do not inhale

When it comes to compliments, you accept them but you do not inhale. Kudos is as ephemeral as a Facebook like. Congratulations acknowledge your existence and provide a dopamine boost. But they can also turn the ego into an enemy. Praise takes no responsibility for the passion and head work at play. Like Darwin’s finches, […]

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Productivity & Work

How to keep the good, going

What goes up must come down. Complacency eventually turns into panic. Once the stream of contentedness kicks in, progress stymies. The will to compete and improve wanes. Expectations which set the tone of achievement, fall at the wayside. Motivation is a wonder drug. As Brian Eno said, “Everything good comes from enthusiasm.” The urge to […]