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Secrets From The Brains Of 13 Creative Geniuses

Fast Company | Jane Porter | Posted 07.11.2014 | World

In 1963, Nancy Andreasen was the first female tenure-tracked English professor at the University of Iowa. Soon after, her first book about the poet Jo...

The Power of 'Yes'

Jennifer McDermott | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Jennifer McDermott

The Power of "Yes" I have been the mother of three capable boys for the past 19 years. Ever-evolving, they are all works in progress. I also work in...

10 Fool-Proof Keys to Creative Flow

Melissa Dinwiddie | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Dinwiddie

Creative taps never permanently dry up; they just get rusty from disuse. The secret to opening the flow is simply to do something.

In Your Future, What Will You Be Grateful For?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Say thank you to what's on its way to you. Go meet it halfway.

When Do You Choose Quality? When Do You Choose Cheap?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Now, let's be clear, there are two types of "easy" when you're choosing to take the Creative Genius "easy way". There's Quality easy and cheap easy. W...

What Would Your Life Be Like If You Only Did What Was Easy?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Genius is the ability to receive from the universe. --The I Ching It's almost unsettling to go there, isn't it? When I try to answer that question fo...

Why Are You Afraid?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth w...

The All About You Interview

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Most of us rarely have the opportunity to be the subject of a focused interview. Having the honor of being in that hot seat can be incredibly illuminating, and it's an effective way to clarify your driving force and Creative Genius. You just gotta ask.

A Visualization For Creation

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

When I say be creative, I don't mean you should all go and become great painters and great poets. I simply mean let your life be a painting, let your ...

What Business Are You Really In?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

You may be an event planner who is really in the business of stress management or trend spotting. Some doctors are more in the business of data dispensing than caretaking. The best hairstylists I know are actually in the healing and empowerment industry, and some of the best receptionists are in the same business as bodyguards-- they're protective ninjas. Some project managers exist to motivate. Yoga studios are community builders. Waiters sell charm, residential real-estate agents sell comfort, and we all know that bartenders are really in the therapy business.

What's Your Most Common Emotion Around Money?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

When you can create positive emotions around money, you raise your "frequency". Your inner vibration starts to hum to the same tune as your creative power. A healthy relationship to prosperity makes for more free-flowing Creative Genius.

What's Your Purpose For Money?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

You are the economist of what matters most to you. In terms of physical existence, there are two kinds of having: the material and the experiential...

What Does Your Perfect 12 Hours Look Like?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Fill your day with Creative Genius-inducing environments and actions. Imagine it. The whole point of this "perfect twelve exercise" is to actually create those ideal twelve hours -- or as close to it, even if it's just fifteen minutes, as frequently as possible until that idealism is the fabric of your everyday reality and lifestyle. Day to day makes up a lifetime. Make each day your work of art.

How Much Money Would You Like To Be Making?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

It doesn't matter what you do for a living or from where your money flows; declaring how much money you want to earn, attract, and throw down is mighty empowering. Ideally, what you do for a living has something to do with your Creative Genius. It's always good to have your muse and your money in the same room.

When Does Your Muse Visit You?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Call it what you want: the zone, the flow, the magical gap, the illuminating silence . . . there is a place in space and time where we tend to think and feel most clearly. And in that place is where muses love to get your Creative Genius all fired up.

If You Knew That Your Art Would Support Your Life, How Would You Live?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

I attended a teleseminar of Patti Digh's (author of Life Is A Verb) in which she posed this question: If you knew that your art would support your lif...

What Do People Thank You For Most Often?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

The gratitude you receive from others is a reflection of your genius. Create a habit of noticing where and when appreciation comes to you in your lif...

What's Your Worldview?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Take stock: Who's on your bus-- who are you co-creating with? And how do they see the world? Now let's turn that around to get to your genius place:...

Who Do You Admire?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Your aspirations show up in your admiration. Mother Teresa's mystical devotion, Obama's steady character, Angelina's boldness, your grandparent's inte...

What's Chronic, Repetitive Or Inflamed In Your Life?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Muscles get inflamed and choked from repetitive overuse. And it takes just one overtaxed muscle to stifle an entire limb, which then throws off the al...

What Matters Most In Your Beingness?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 06.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

How many mornings do we choose email over meditation, or let deadlines pull rank on stretching, cuddling, or a glass of water swallowed slowly and app...

What's Your Relationship To Time?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 06.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

In the name of the Fire, The Flame And the Light; Praise the pure presence of fire That burns from within Without thought of time. --John O'Donohue S...

What's On Your Stop Doing List?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 06.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

If you're going to realize your intentions, what you stop doing is just as important as what you start and continue to do. This is where "quitting" crosses over into enlightenment. Stopping = the white space. Stopping = room to run free and create from the deepest place of being without restraint or compromise. Stopping = more time for what matters most. You know how to go, go, go. Stopping, however, is the stuff of smiling Zen masters with all the time in the world. Stopping what's distracting, draining, or aggravating doesn't require any heavy lifting or extra stamina--just love and self-respect.

What Will You Approach As New?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Ask any athlete or elite performer, writer, salesperson, speaker, very big project manager, or wide-awake lover: A track record can dull your senses. Success can make you lazy. Each win has got to be a new win, earned with intense focus and an open heart.

What's Your Favorite Failure?

Danielle LaPorte | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle LaPorte

Failure only turns into a lesson if it shifted your perspective or the way that you behave. It's not a gift unless it transforms you.