‘Even with an entire dictionary in one’s head, one eventually comes to the end of words’

“Every sentence is a wispy net, capturing a few flecks of meaning. The sun shines without vocabulary. The salmon has no name for the urge that drives it upstream. The newborn groping for the nipple knows hunger long before it knows a single word. Even with an entire dictionary in one’s head, one eventually comes […]

Admitting that you’re lost

Whether you’re stuck in a labyrinth or looping around the same racetrack, admitting you’re frustrated and lost is at least a starting point. The hard part is developing a plan to do something about it. If you want to go pro in any profession, you’re going to have to practice your beliefs and take calculated […]

Writing is the best app

I have a brain training app — it’s called writing and it’s the hardest thing I do. The code of writing is practice. You can’t possibly get writer’s block if you force yourself to publish something every day. “Writer’s block is a phony, made up, BS excuse for not doing your work.” Jerry Seinfeld, Reddit AMA […]

Creativity is a fancy version of productivity

People confuse busyness with productivity. Answering emails all day is mostly a waste of time, as is instant messaging co-workers. Doing something — typing into little boxes all day — fulfills the human desire to feel useful. Similarly, people often perceive what artists do is an unnecessary use of time. But creativity is a fancy […]

Tools for Titans

What’s the device that unlocks you? Is it the camera, a pen, or a paintbrush? Creativity is a passport to freedom. We combine divergent tools to strengthen the entire arsenal. The running conversation in your head is to focus on one thing — photographers speak through photos, writers only write, cartoonists draw, etc. “We become […]