Why Excellence Is Not a Privilege

It’s a birthright. It’s in part what we human beings are here for.

How a Coaching Habit Can Lead to Greater Leadership Success

How does infusing curiosity and a coaching habit into your daily life lead to more focused, self-sufficient teams and more great work?

Combating Distractions for a Morning Routine That Works

Most attempts to establish morning routines fail. Why? Because of .2 seconds. And an elephant.

How the Science of Creative Mindfulness Helps

If anxiety stalls your best work, consider these simple ways to redirect your attention.

Why Entrepreneurs Burn Out (And What To Do About It)

What causes burnout among entrepreneurs vs. employees? How can it be avoided?

From Masochism to Mastery in Creative Fields

Whether you excel in a creative field has largely to do with problems. Namely, how you respond to them. Every big idea begets a series of challenges and problems.

Creativity Is Not About Amateurs or Academies

We have big problems causing big divides. We have a huge global class divide that is becoming canyon-wide and deep. We have people resurrecting primal fears and prejudices and hatreds.

Is Obsessive Genius Your Model for Mastery?

Obsession has promise. Obsession is in part what advances our cultures of art-making, solution-making, life-making. But must our risking excellence come at the cost of our humanity?

Is Obsessive Genius Your Model for Mastery?

Obsession has promise. Obsession is in part what advances our cultures of art-making, solution-making, life-making. But must our risking excellence come at the cost of our humanity?

Creative Mind Breaks for Productive Loafing

Oh, the spaces a day makes if we stand and stare.

'The Eureka Factor' and Your Creative Brain

A creative insight can be as small as landing on an angle for a blog post or as big as discovering a fresh angle for a new book or business launch. The moment you gain such an insight flashes like lightning – and vanishes like lightning. Can you become aware of such moments? And can you replicate them?

Why We Procrastinate at Bedtime

No external boss means we must self-monitor sleep habits.

Less Labor Works Better: The Value of Mind-Wandering

The amateur lets the mind wander vagrantly. The over-worked expert demands the mind work 17 hours a day. Somewhere between is the business artistry talent of deliberate daydreaming.

How to Live the Brave Story You Must Write

Buzzing stories tell you that you have no choice. The voice of your Brave Story reminds you that you have choices to be brave with your time every single day. If you can see the choices you daily make in responding to circumstances, maybe you can start to make more intentional choices to write the Brave Story you must tell.

5 Foundations to Flourish?

What distinguishes creatives and business artists who flourish has less to do with wealth, ease, or freedom from challenge. Creativity consultant Jeffrey Davis breaks down his own case studies and compares them to the literature on human flourishing.

Artful Stupidity, Curiosity's Wiser Cousin

Curiosity is a hungry emotion that can get satiated. Left to its own devices, the curious writer or innovator could become an information-bloated blow-hard. What to do? How to tame curiosity’s desire to know without squelching its necessary drive?

The Art of Prioritizing Projects

When working on multiple projects, at least one key difference exists between those creatives and business artists who flounder and those who flourish. Their ability to learn to discern.

Give & Take with Wise Failure

Marketing befuddles lots of well-intending, creative-minded people. Creativity consultant Jeffrey Davis offers reframes and ideas on "Wise Failure."

A Ripe Time for Introverted Creatives

Imagine if Jonas Salk had at last discovered the polio vaccine and kept it to himself. That would be irresponsible, wouldn't it?

Why We Have More Courage to Create in the Middle Years

Why are more people in their 40s, 50, and 60s in the early 21st century rising to their creative calling and producing valuable work? The answer might have to do with the very factors that make taking the leap challenging to begin with.

Can You Feel the Most Contagious Emotion?

Jonah Berger's dazzling new book Contagious sheds light on how highly shared content evokes especially one emotion. What the book doesn't offer is why we need that emotion and how we can evoke it in our content without being manipulative.

The 48-Hour Sulk Rule & the Creative’s Occupational Hazard

Between bolstering up and ranting, there might be a middle way when responding to criticism: the 48-hour sulk rule. Find out how.

The Psychology of Rejection & Criticism with Mark McGuinness

Criticism paralyzes some potentially creative people, but developing resilience in the face of rejection can help people realize their creative aspirations.

A Call to Wonder in an Age of Disruption

We’re in an age of disruption. We’re in a state of wonder. No surprise. With quick perspective on our own times of radical change, we also can consider what to do creatively.

The Science of Creative Insight & Yoga

Yoga aids creativity? At first pass, that claim might seem a New Age stretch. But correlations between studies in yoga and studies in creativity suggest that the Stings and Russell Simmonses of the world are onto something.

Science of Creativity Moves Into the Body

Five thinkers pave the way to understanding how the body helps us learn and create.

Something Startling This Way Comes

Wonder's roles in crisis can inform today's storytellers and business artists.

Wonder with a Thousand Faces Part 1

Wonder has many more faces and varieties than the wide-eyed one. If we want to tell, design, and live out enduring stories that matter - about ourselves, the adult world, the future, or fictional places - we would do well to track wonder in all of its forms. Story strategist and creativity consultant Jeffrey Davis gives a tour.

A Job as Creative Quest

To change a mindset incrementally requires a creative cognitive reframe and practical cognitive tools. For some despondent or near-burnt out workers, a quest might be the thing to change their channel.

Tracking Wonder & Making More Time to Create

Awe expands time, and busy people can actually gain time by priming their creative mind.