The time TED lied… and forgot a step

Ok maybe lie is a bit harsh. ideas.TED.com had a clever article I stumbled on today. 6 Ideas From Creative Thinkers to Shake up Your Work Routine. Yes, it is a mouthful for a title but in true TED style they had it formatted seamlessly.

These tips were;

  1. Keep a schedule
  2. Take a walk
  3. Seek inspiration
  4. Stop while you’re ahead
  5. Take a mini sabbatical
  6. … they really only listed 5… So, there is that. Maybe they took a mini sabbatical to find some inspiration for #6. That clearly worked.

Isn’t that just beautiful and simple? I mean, how did I never think of this? OH! Because I am not Ernest Hemingway or Henry David Thoreau. I can’t sit out by my lake at my cabin in the woods drinking whiskey.

Here is the real, down and dirty, painfully true way that I find my inspiration.

  1. Wake up in the morning– after waking up in the biological sense this requires waking up in the much more real mental sense that requires highly processed foods and a coffee IV.
  2. Sit at the computer with a purpose– sit down ready to roll with every intent of being awesome and writing the great American novel… after checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest for three hours, and have three Clash of Clans battles.
  3. Start letting the words flow unashamed– start writing words. Whatever words happen to come out. My writing usually starts with “so how about this writing thing. Bound for success. Clearly writing is going to be the most productive thing ever. EVER.”
  4. Die a little inside– this requires laying on the futon in a puddle of  Cheese-it crumbs and MadMen for at least 6 episodes. 8 is advised.
  5. Have the right foods for creativity– I personally live on caesar salads, pasta, and vanilla soy lattes. Mostly vanilla soy lattes. And by pasta I mean Ramen Noodles.
  6. Read– read whatever you want. Not what you have to. If something is calling you to get out of your own head then listen. It is like when you crave bananas because you are low on potassium. You crave books and articles because you are low on words.

Writing is hard and scary. It is putting your art out into the world for others to see what you really feel. Writing is grabbing a piece of your soul and dragging it out into the sunlight for everyone to see.  It isn’t easy. It never will be. But that is what makes it the greatest thing in the world.

Video

Miss America Misleading America?

Happy hump day to all! Here is what every Wednesday needs; humor, fact-finding, and an honest comment from Donald Trump thrown in there that you can’t really terribly mad about because you already knew the truth.  At least he didn’t hide it. For the record, I’m not anti pageant, if that is what you want to do with your life then go for it and make the most of it!

This is more about the convoluted steps an organization has gone through to create the numbers they want, knowing the wording is misleading to the majority of viewers.  I am getting a degree in public relations. We study how to craft the best messages for our cause, and I didn’t catch the wording either.  Congratulations Miss America public relations department, way to keep it above-board and transparent with those numbers, you charitable organization you.

Call it what it is people, that is all I am saying. You all weigh the  numbers and the facts and go out and check facts decide for yourself.  I love reading comments and responses so let me know what you think!

Here is the link to the “John Oliver: Miss America Pageant” video, it will open in a new window. If you would like the link to paste into your browser it is at the bottom.

Disclaimer: there is some language, majority of which is edited out. The video is worth watching and hilariously unsettling all at once.