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Innovators & Conservers: The Creative vs. the Practical Self
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Innovators & Conservers: The Creative vs. the Practical Self

According to Julia Cameron, author of smash hit The Artist’s Way, there are two kinds of people: innovators and conservers.  As artists, we are most often innovators: we create and invent, experiment and explore.   Those who work with our work-agents, managers, publishers, gallery owners, curators, producers- are conservers.  As Cameron maintains, “conservers focus not on the … Continue reading

Why Positive Thinking Isn’t Just Thinking
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Why Positive Thinking Isn’t Just Thinking

Many pragmatic, scientific people dismiss the power of positive thinking because they assume positive thinking means thinking only.  “So what, I’m just supposed to believe I’m the writer of a national bestseller and then I’ll magically become the writer of a national bestseller?” skeptics scoff, “I call bullshit.”  But visualizing what we most passionately yearn for … Continue reading

The Vita Activa & the Vita Contemplativa: 2 Paths to a Fulfilling Life
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The Vita Activa & the Vita Contemplativa: 2 Paths to a Fulfilling Life

According to brilliant psychologist and pioneer of the positive psychology movement Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the key to a leading a fulfilling life is striking a balance between action and contemplation: “Inner conflict is the result of competing claims on attention.  Too many desires, too many incompatible goals struggle to marshal psychic energy toward their own ends.  It … Continue reading

Jealousy is the Green-Eyed Monster
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Jealousy is the Green-Eyed Monster

Shakespeare originally coined the phrase “jealousy is a green-eyed monster” but it’s so widely circulated that today the expression has passed into common speech.  Why has this image endured for centuries?  What spared this characterization from fading into oblivion when so many others slipped into the dusty cracks of history?   I suspect it’s because no other writer … Continue reading