Dec 27, 2018
Today we are going to talk about how you can get better results
in life and business by activating your creativity.
I first became aware of this concept when my book ON FIRE made a must read list by The
Business Journals along side the book of today's guest,
Natalie's book is called Strategic Strategic Design
Thinking. Today, you'll learn how this concept will
help you live more inspired.
- We don't understand creativity; that's why we don't use
- Be curious. Humble yourself to ask for help: "How would you
- Using the phrase "How might we?" shifts the onus of
expertise. It is inclusive, focusing on a process,
- Natalie referenced Warren Burger's book A More Beautiful
- Asking questions does not = ignorance. Cultivate an environment
where you can ask questions - at the dinner table, etc. - lead by
- See Natalie's Ted Talk on the 7 Ways to Improvise at work
- Embrace mistakes + errors. In jazz there
is no such thing as a mistake, if you accidentally play the wrong
key you figure out in the moment how to build on that - how to make
- Convert an "error" into something new. Don't
dwell on it or make it larger than it needs to be.
- Check out Natalie's essays on Inc.com here.
- Get better at accepting failure. Have a practice that is
unrelated to your work, where you are constantly having to
- What can you do to become more
creative? Be curious. Creativity is grounded in
- Creativity starts with asking better questions.
- What if?
- How could we do it / put it into action?
- Rigor cannot be sustained without wonder.
NATALIE NIXON'S LIVE INSPIRED
1. What is the best book you’ve ever
read? In Search of Satisfaction
and A More Beautiful
2. What is a characteristic or trait that you
possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited
today? Audacity and day-dreamy-ness.
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and
people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one
item. What would it be? An old black + white
photograph of my parents in a photo booth. They're so
beautiful and young and when I see that picture I
just see the beginnings of me.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a
gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long
conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
Harriet Tubman, my grandmother who I was never able to meet, people
who are long gone.
5. What is the best advice you've ever
received? Keep on keeping on, persevere... from my
dad. And also, "please and thank you" will set you apart one
7. It’s been said that all great people can have
their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
read? She was brave before she was masterful.
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