AHA! I’M A ‘COMBINER’.

AHA! I‘M A ‘COMBINER’   com·bine1 verb gerund or present participle: combining kəmˈbīn/ synonyms:amalgamate, integrate, incorporate, merge, mix, fuse,blend; More synonyms:co-operate, collaborate, join forces, get together, unite, team up, throw in one’s lot; I’ve  always been a creative person and I just discovered that I’ve always loved COMBINATIONS of things. I groove on COMBINING things that others might not see. Putting things together and making a new ‘thing’ has always excited me. It dawned on me today that I am happiest in my life when COMBINING elements together which is why I’m in such a groove now designing my new shoes for my ARTISTIC SHOE business! Back when I wrote songs it was fun COMBINING lyrics with music. When I produced or sang in concert it was always fun to me to COMBINE different songs together in medleys. (I always loved medleys a lot). When I spent many years making…

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SQUARE PEGS DON’T FIT IN ROUND HOLES

Michelle Monet I write stuff! My daily blog 365 BLOGS in 365 DAYS challenge www.michellemonet.com/blog Write me at michelle@michellemonet.com Apr 9 SQUARE PEGS DON’T FIT IN ROUND HOLES. When Atari hired Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to develop a video game in 1976, Wozniak had to build the actual product. Jobs didn’t know how. Woz was the digital designer, and Steve Jobs was the businessman. Jobs could barely code or program. He knew just enough to know who should be on his technical team. Everyone is not good at everything. Mark Cuban, business expert and co host of ‘Shark Tank’ said today on a YouTube video something very similar when he said: ‘Self awareness is probably one of the most important skill set that anyone can have… ‘…Know what you’re GOOD at, what you are MARGINAL at and what you SUCK at…and then find people who complement your skills.’ I love this!…

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EINSTEIN RARELY CHANGED HIS PANTS

EINSTEIN RARELY CHANGED HIS PANTS Far too much effort. I’ve read a few articles recently about successful people who don’t want to bother with clothing choices. I could relate. Lately, I have been in an art frenzied focused mood and have no real desire to get dressed. (Too busy creating) Sometimes my boyfriend screams at me ‘Hey, are you gonna shower this week?’ when I am deeply enthralled by a creative project. (lol) In the article, The Science Of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day I found this. Have you ever thought about how much time you likely waste deciding what to wear in the morning? It’s probably made you late to school or work more times than you can count. We waste so many precious moments concerning ourselves with frivolous details. An outfit will not change the world, it probably won’t even change your day. Obama…

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STOP PLANNING. START DOING!

STOP PLANNING, START DOING   So many of us are in a perpetual cycle of planning rather than doing. DOING is what matters. I’m not suggesting you do no planning. What I am suggesting is you do way less planning. The planning is the thing that can act as a crutch. Motion but no progress. If you waste your time on social media or TedTalks (which I do sometimes) but dont actually get to taking any action than it’s not helpful. Just go DO IT! DO the creative project, take the time to do the work. Be productive. Whats the ratio of strategy to doing? According to Chase Jarvis of ‘Creative live’, If you’re not operating in a 90% doing, 10% strategy world you’re doing it wrong. You need to be about execution. Great ideas don’t matter. They are a dime and dozen. Cheap and abundant — but mean nothing unless they…

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IF YOU HAVE 19 MINUTES THIS COMMENCEMENT SPEECH MIGHT CHANGE YOU!

IF YOU HAVE 19 MINUTES THIS COMMENCEMENT SPEECH MIGHT CHANGE YOU! It did me. I was listening to a YouTube talk today on “Creative Live’ a show I watch often for great creative inspiration. I was about to turn it off when the guy being interviewed was asked: ‘What do you recommend to people who might be in a creative rut?’ He answered: ‘I know most people say commencement speeches are dull and can be boring but this one is the exception: ‘NEIL GAIMANS commencement speech is what I recommend most.’ OMG. This is the exact speech that I stumbled upon a month or so ago and felt the same way about it! If you have 19 minutes I highly recommend watching this to the end. Afterwards, I’d love to hear your thoughts. HAPPY CREATING and THANKS FOR READING!

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8 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT LIZ GILBERT’S BOOK ‘BIG MAGIC’.

8 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT LIZ GILBERTs BOOK ‘BIG MAGIC’ My notes on this wonderful book on creativity   I truly love Liz Gilbert and her inspiration for creative people. I watch her YouTubes often and her TedTalks are some of the most inspiring I’ve seen! Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes. Liz Gilbert writes often about: The elusive mystery of creativity… It is elusive and it is mysterious. Isn’t it? I thought I’d share some of my favorite notes from the book ‘BIG MAGIC’ with you:   1. The real reason we don’t move ahead…

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GREAT MINDS DISCUSS IDEAS.

‘Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.’  I’ve always loved this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt and I believe it to be true. ‘Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.’ Lately I am not interested in idle gossip or talk about neighbors or why so and so did this to so and so. Talking about other people to me is wasteful and useless. Other people are into their own thing. Dealing with their own crap. Everyone has their own shit on their plate. I don’ need to concern myself with other people’s drama or talk to others about it. Talking about what other people do or dont do does seem futile unless its about how they inspire us or how much their ideas have helped us discover something. I like discovering stuff. Talking about events (like the weather or political stuff…

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I’D RATHER HAVE 4 GOOD FRIENDS THAN 1,458 FACEBOOK FRIENDS.

I’D RATHER HAVE 4 GOOD FRIENDS THAN 1,458 FACEBOOK FRIENDS. This is true.   I noticed that my Facebook life has grown stale and dull. I have felt this for a long time. Maybe I don’t have the energy for it and don’t want to do it. I just don’t get much out of it anymore. Like many people, I have considered deleting my account and just keeping messenger to correspond with friends. I’m just not fond of FaceBook scrolling. I’m not fond of the feeling of confusion with so much input distracting my brain when I scroll. I’m just not inspired by much on FaceBook. I’d prefer to live without it totally but every time I think I will finally delete my account I realize there are a few groups I still get value from. A few groups keep me staying on FaceBook for their content, which I do like.…

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Bob and I are both super sick. Spent most of the day with chills, hot flash vomiting etc.FUN!!?. We just got back from spending a few days visiting his family in Louisville, KY. We went out to a few restaurants while we were there but we think we might have caught this ‘virus’ (food poisoning type thing) from his mom and sister who said they were super sick recently; throwing up etc. SO I’m too damn weak to type. Instead, I’ll share a great recent article from  Zatmer Rana about Albert Einstein. ENJOY! View story at Medium.com View story at Medium.com

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