Learn how to innovate in 5 easy steps

Learn practical, scientifically proven, and easy to use tools that will help you produce breakthrough innovation.

“If innovation is a priority for your business, then it is critical that you build the necessary skills in your people to help drive breakthrough thinking on your biggest business challenges. This course will provide you with a stack of practical innovation tools that have driven remarkable results in organisations such as Coca-Cola Amatil, Red Bull, LEGO, Deloitte, Heinz, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and many others.”

Online course by Dr Amantha Imber – an “innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of innovation consultancy Inventium.”

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Embrace the Ugly: How to Break Through What’s Holding You Back in Business

with Kim Werker

This class “is all about shedding light on the stuff you don’t want to say out loud and transforming your negative thoughts into creative catalysts that benefit your business.

“Through interactive lessons, Kim will help you identify and embrace the ugly parts of your business — You’ll learn tools that will help you:

Overcome self-doubt as an entrepreneur
Abolish professional perfectionism
Dismiss your fear of failure
Eliminate irksome business blocks
Conquer procrastination


Joanna Penn: You Wear Many Hats As An Author

“To be a successful indie author means wearing many different hats.”

In an article on her site, author Joanna Penn continues:

“Indeed, to be successful at anything involves wearing many hats! But sometimes, we can look up from the mountainous To Do list and wonder what the hell is going on!”

Penn gives specific suggestions that can be helpful to writer entrepreneurs and other creative entrepreneurs.

Also see video interview with her: “Beating Self-Censorship And How Embracing The Shadow Helps My Fiction”

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 What Causes Depression
What Causes Clinical Depression?

“In this online course, we look at the various risk factors associated with the mood disorders – particularly major depression… We range from biological and historical causes, through lifestyle and situational factors, to the often-neglected area of meaning. Along the way we look at the literature concerning diet, cognitive vulnerabilities, emotional tolerance, social isolation, exercise, and more.”

Instructor: Randy Paterson “is a psychologist in Vancouver Canada. He is the Director of Changeways Clinic, a private mental health center, and writes a blog called PsychologySalon. His work emphasizes the treatment of problems related to stress, anxiety, depression, and significant life change.”

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More resources :

You want to be an artist? Are you crazy?

Artists are depicted in movies and media in ways that often promote myths about what it takes to be a “real” singer, writer, actor, painter or other creator. One example is the movie “Art School Confidential” – source of this image. Buying in to the negative aspects of those depictions and myths of the “crazy […]

Mad To Live – the attitude and the foundation

This is by Kristin from the Candy Sandwich blog. See some related TalentDevelop links at the end. “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a […]

Sensory processing sensitivity: reading vinyl record grooves and smelling books

The term ’savant’ may be most often used for people such as Daniel Tammet, who is autistic and can recite more than 22,000 digits of pi from memory. The savant label seems to be mostly used for cognitive abilities like prodigious memory, such as Tammet’s. But what about other exceptional sensory processing abilities? In the […]

Jessica Chastain on being sensitive and a loner

Acclaimed for her performance in “Zero Dark Thirty” (she garnered an Academy Award nomination) as a CIA analyst named Maya who untiringly pursues Osama bin Laden, Jessica Chastain has talked about some aspects of her personal life that may have helped her create such powerful characters. In an interview on the Charley Rose Show, Jessica […]

On The Couch for More Creativity

Over the years since it was developed by Freud, psychoanalysis has been fodder for many jokes and dismissive ideas about the value of therapy and even psychology in general. But many writers and other artists choose the experience of analysis and other forms of therapy as a way to both become healthier and to better […]

Is a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent required?

Author Betty Edwards asks, “Why do we assume that a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent is required for drawing? We don’t make that assumption about other kinds of abilities. “If you can catch a baseball, thread a needle, or hold a pencil and write your name, you can learn to draw skillfully, artistically, and creatively.” […]

Hilda Huang on Bach and video games; Gina Trapani on multitasking

Creative expression involves many skills and cognitive abilities, which may be enhanced by activities such as video games. And creative performance can enhance skills outside of art. Hilda Huang, 14, is acclaimed for her piano performances of Bach. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall at age 11. This is from a recent interview: Question: […]


Creative In Many Ways

David Lynch has commented about being a creative polymath:

“I started out as a painter, and then painting led to cinema…Then cinema led to so many different areas…photography, music . . . Furniture is also a big love of mine…Then I got into lithography…And I’ve always been painting along the way, as well as doing drawings and watercolors…There are just so many things out there for us to do.”

Emilie Wapnick “helps multipotentialites integrate ALL of their interests into their lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law…”

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 Multi-Passionate Branding Class
Multi-Passionate Branding Class

Live classes start February 12. Classes are recorded.

Emilie Wapnick writes: “Branding is a HUGE topic, and one that is especially challenging for multipotentialites who want to convey, rather than limit, the breadth of who they are and what they do.

“Branding doesn’t have to be icky. It doesn’t have to be limiting or obnoxious. At its core, branding is about communication.”


Valerie Young on turning your interests into income

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

Career change coach Dr. Valerie Young leads her company Changing Course, providing resources to help people “discover their life mission and live it.”

She writes about examples of entrepreneurs “tapping into the best capital there is – their own intellectual capital.”

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More articles:

Novelist Clare Allen on “Poppy Shakespeare,” mental illness and creativity

By Cat Robson. The film Poppy Shakespeare, based on Clare Allen’s novel, takes us down a cinematic rabbit hole into north London’s fictional Dorothy Fish day hospital where the clearly ‘sane’ Poppy, played by Naomie Harris, has been mysteriously committed to a compulsory day-program for the mentally ill. In a psychiatric Catch 22, she must […]

It Can’t Be Done

By Morty Lefkoe “It can’t be done” is never the truth. What people really are saying when they utter these words is: “I don’t how how to do it.” Or, “it can’t be done the way we’ve always tried in the past.” Or, “it can’t be done according to the only way I can think […]

Pain and suffering and developing creativity

“I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?” Refrigerator magnet from stickergiant.com “Suffering is justified as soon as it becomes the raw material of beauty.” Jean-Paul Sartre The tortured artist mythology is an ancient and enduring notion: The idea that art depends on suffering, and artists are likely to be fraught with suffering and dark […]

Authentic happiness doesn’t necessarily mean “pleased”

Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. is author of Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life. Here is an excerpt from her ShrinkRapRadio.com podcast interview: Happiness has quite a specific meaning. It doesn’t necessarily mean “pleased.” We often, I think, equate “pleased” with “happy.” Things are going my way. I feel pleased, that’s good, I’m […]

Art Every Day Month

Lessons From Art Every Day Month Life and biz insights from keeping a regular creative practice By Jennifer Lee, Artizen Coaching – The Right-Brain Business Plan and more [From her newsletter] Sure, it may sound melodramatic when I say that doing Art Every Day Month in November 2007 really did change my life, but I do […]

Highly sensitive: singer Joss Stone on being a ‘little empath’

Singer Joss Stone talked about being highly sensitive: “I think I’m just very, very emotional. My mom used to call me her little empath. Which can be dangerous when you set yourself to be that open. “But in another way, it just makes your life fuller…”

Gifted students and competition: coping with fraud feelings and stress

By Cat Robson When I was a child, and even through graduate school, I thought people were going to find out I was a fraud. I thought other talented people were doing better, achieving more and having more fun doing it, and I still tend to compare myself unfavorably with others on a daily basis. In her […]