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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] The RecommenderIf you’re an artist, photographer, writer, etc., I highly recommend creating your own blog and publishing something new every day (read my post on how to set up a FREE […]

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Productivity & Work Tech

‘Men have become the tools of their tools’

Technology is not neutral. FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) not only want to make all decisions for us, they want us to dissolve into all-consuming bots while the machines do all the thinking and making. Humans are meant to work, not to be hedonistic jobless throwaways. We seek meaning and identify ourselves through our labor. […]

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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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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 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, […]