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.

The Problem-Solution Paradox of Creativity

To thrive as a creative means you must be an agile problem-solver. Consultant Jeffrey Davis explains how it's necessary to willingly track problems yet not over-focus when solving them.

5 Ways to Wander—First Draft Writing Advice

A first draft is a place to explore ideas, images, and premonitions. Later, you can go back to revision, revise, rewrite. Draft to discover. Craft to design.

The Art of Wandering for Writers, Part I

The uncertainty of starting a first draft drives some writers crazy. But uncertainty may mean you’re on the right path. Otherwise, you may be writing what you already know and, thus, what your readers already know, too.

Best Rest Practices for Optimal Productivity and Creativity

We know taking breaks optimizes work-and-create flow. But what are the best practices? And does your creativity benefit from a full nap or not?

Wonder and Delight Are at the Heart of Customer Experience

Wonder gestures are a new way of doing business drawn from an ancient way of making art. To finesse the power of surprise requires more than being gimmicky and manipulative.

The Creative Thinking Myth

The right-brained creativity myth isn't the only limited notion of what creativity is, what it requires, and how it happens. Again, let me be audacious enough to mention another one: the creative thinking myth. And you tell me what you think.

Myths of Right-Brained Creativity

Let me be audacious enough to try to dispel a big myth of creativity: the right-brain creativity myth.

Why Writing Trumps Positive Thinking Alone for Goal-Setting

Is there a science or an art to manifesting our dreams and achieving our goals? Is there something beyond wishful thinking and empty truisms that will up the chances that our wondrous best self will flourish in 2012? Yes. No. Sort of. Not exactly. Apparently. Possibly.

Conquer the Bugs of Distraction

Most creatives struggle with at least three kinds of distracting insects—life's fleas, society's gnats, and the mind's mosquitoes. Tools & resources can help you focus on doing your best work day-in, day-out.

Creative Vitality for the Midlife Body & Brain

Creatives age. Even by your late twenties if not sooner, the body creaks and falters. The mind's microprocessor slows down. And the physical energy that propels your sheer will and volition gets sapped. So you push through your work, knowing that you're not creating at your best but "good enough" and that faking it really well will have to suffice. What to do?

Vision + Mastery for No-Goals Creatives this New Year

Many creatives aren't goal-driven. At least not consciously. But maybe there's a way for us creatives to look toward the horizon without compromising the present.

Creativity & Time: 12 Riffs to Show Up & Shape Time

Instead of managing time like some begrudged worker, we can shape it. Think of yourself as a potter more than a manager. To show up and shape time as a creative has less to do with calendars and more to do with loving the mind. And the body.