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10 Tips on How to Become a Spirit Junkie I've battled anxiety, eating disorders, and even drugs. Every day I turned to my journal and the pages were filled with self-loathing and self-doubt. Today my journal entries are much different. Today my journal is filled with joy and authenticity and I've beat my additions to fear, food, and drugs. I now consider myself a 'Spirit Junkie.' How did my transformation take place? How To Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 Buy the book: Amazon | B&N | More… Here’s what a few folks have said about it: “Brilliant and real and true.”

Amazing 3D Drawings Fredo’s artwork looks like it comes to life from a piece of paper. It is outstanding! See also: “Pencil Art: Turn on the Light.” Erica Diamond: 21 Ways to Stress-Free Living and De-Cluttering Your Mind I woke up at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, stomach in knots, and pretty anxiety-ridden. This upcoming week is a big one. Talent Development Resources : creativity and personal growth Being creative and realizing our talents involves a lot of self-awareness and respecting who we really are, including our unconscious depths. In an interview about her film “Flightplan,” Jodie Foster commented, “When you’re a dramatic actor you look for films that hit you in the gut, in this unconscious place that really moves you, and then you can’t help but make the movie because it’s something that you fear and you want to know more about it.” She added, “I think that every film that I do, even though it might not relate to me autobiographically, has some very personal pull in there and there are questions that I ask myself that I can’t really resolve any other way.”

Dear Jr Creative…Earn Your Place. You'll Be Better For It. — Thoughts on creativity Dear Jr Creative, I’m a firm believer in earning your keep, starting from the bottom, doing the less than desirable well, before moving up. Prove yourself on what seemingly matters little, and people will notice. I promise. At the very least, I promise I’ll notice. Because it’s the unorthodox grind of a route I took. SCHOPENHAUER'S 38 STRATAGEMS, OR 38 WAYS TO WIN AN ARGUMENT Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), was a brilliant German philosopher. These 38 Stratagems are excerpts from "The Art of Controversy", first translated into English and published in 1896. Carry your opponent's proposition beyond its natural limits; exaggerate it. The more general your opponent's statement becomes, the more objections you can find against it.

How do you craft an exceptional life? - Positive Thoughts How do you craft an exceptional life? Ultimately, life goes by in a blink. And too many people live the same year 80 times. To avoid getting to the end and feeling flooded with regret over a live half-lived, read (and then apply) these tips: How many will you try today? Make Something Cool Every Day I’ve seen a lot of designers take on a daily project of some sort lately. I think it’s a great idea—something to keep your creativity flowing, especially during downtime. And I’ve particularly enjoyed watching the progress Mark Weaver has made with his Make Something Cool Every Day project. I’m not sure what the thinking behind these pieces are, but I’m really drawn to his layering of photography, illustration, color and type. You can see everything he’s completed so far on Flickr or Bēhance.

Don't go to art school I’ve had it. I will no longer encourage aspiring artists to attend art school. I just won’t do it. Unless you’re given a full ride scholarship (or have parents with money to burn), attending art school is a waste of your money. Startup Advice: How Entrepeneurs Gain Credibility While talking with young founders in Europe and the US over the last couple months, I have been asked the same question repeatedly -- how can an entrepreneur just starting out gain the necessary credibility to attract capital? It is an important question because, at its heart, a startup investment is an investment in the entrepreneur. And the earlier stage the investment, the more so this is true. We all know the allure of the elusive "serial entrepreneur" -- the rare breed who has done it before (successfully) and will not fall victim to the same business pitfalls (he'll have to discover new ones). I have backed serial entrepreneurs before and will continue to back them.

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