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  • Finishing

    I grew up in love with the game of basketball. I was the short white kid who couldn't shoot. Doesn't sound like these hoop dreams are headed for success right? Well regardless of what my future held playing the game, I loved it. I still do. I spent hours every night as a kid and teen playing on any court I could find. I was a natural passer, ball handler, defender and leader; a classic point guard. As I developed my weaker areas like shooting and rebounding, there was one hurdle I couldn't get over...finishing. I would use incredible technique dribbling (I mean, And1 baller wanna be at its best) and making it to the basket only to watch the ball clank off the rim one more time. I couldn't finish. It was the death of me. Everything was perfect until the ball didn't go in. I soon found out this flaw was wrapped up in much more than basketball.

    As a creative I find myself surrounded by people a lot like me. People who have big dreams, big opinions, a good heart and an inability to finish. So what must the creative develop in order to finish projects, pieces, and dreams?

    3 Keys for the Creative Person to be a Productive Person

      1. A hatred for unfinished projects and a passion for follow thru. Nothing changes unless something changes. This mindset=step one. 

      2. A "get it done right now" attitude. I don't believe myself when I say I'll do it tomorrow. Half of what gets done every day doesn't make it to the to do list.

      3. An intense system for life organization. The only reason I'm effective at anything is that I organize and track projects. I have to follow up on myself because I usually don't finish tasks like I want to. I'm not near as good as I think I am. This is quality control for my life.

    Here's the amazing news- finishing feels great. I've learned to finish now. Still probably can't on the court, but in life, when it matters, I do. The idea of rolling the boulder 75% up the hill every day only to let it roll back down again is the epitome of frustration, self doubt, and hopelessness. So here's to finishing. Here's to success and realized dreams.
    Let's go finish something!

  • You're an art critic and you didn't know it

    "Those uniforms on that team look ridiculous!"

    "The paint on these walls looks too dark."

    "What do you mean you hate this shirt? This is my favorite shirt!"

    "This guy is too boring to listen to."

    You see, you are an art critic and didn't know it.

    We are surrounded by art. Some generic. Some bad. Some original. Some provocative. Some boring and some inspiring.

    Clothing. Color. Communication. These are all arts that should join the traditional gamut of music, movies, and "museum art".

    You may disagree but creativity (or lack thereof) has even gone into developing the names of the colors on your wall. And most importantly, it matters.

    It effects the way you feel, the way you think, the way you buy.

    Your stress level, your creativity, and your motivation all have been effected either positively or negatively by the art that surrounds you.

    You know how you feel in your favorite outfit? Confident. Its Art. From creative thought to expression, development, marketing, purchasing, and finally you wearing it and feeling confident.

    So what's the point in this unrequested "defining art" symposium?

    Own it. Don't let the word ART scare you. Just because you don't consider yourself creative or an artistic doesn't mean you can't be or shouldn't be.

    Art should be less about the commercial appeal, or what the critics say, and more about what you release, learn about yourself and share with the world in the process.

    But just because you are producing it doesn't mean its worthy to be shared in public forum. Be very careful before you launch your art to the world. Be prepared to not be received, to be criticized, and be laughed at. Know that there is a great risk/reward relationship in expressing art. Its the hand that feeds you and can strangle the life out of you too.

    Own it for yourself first before inviting others to enjoy it.