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The #1 way to be more creative instantly:

Switch ‘storm’ to ‘shit’.

That’s it.

Brainstorms sound so epic! If you’re in one then great, zap away! But every person I talk to that feels like they don’t have ideas often enough – I talk to myself every day about this – feels they have bad ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

very pleased with the first google image for ‘bulshitter’s delight’

I’ve never seen this poem before in my life, but I wrote it. The thing that is so fun about poetry is I temporarily lose my mind. The pen just moves and I have no idea what’s happening on the paper. So I don’t have a great memory for a lot of the poems. When compiling the book this morning I came across this one and it struck me as a ‘welcome to the world this morning!’ message. So – welcome to the world this morning! So many infinities of things are happening right now as you read this. Then go back to Facebook. So many things happening that could kill you or promote you or love you. More things that you’ll never know about.


there is no need

to make it mean

or make it need

or make it neat

just make it real

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It feels so good to get naked so I set up a website where I put snapshots of my nakedness. Three in the morning and three at night – every and all nights. I didn’t have the balls, or wiener, to post pictures of my bare body so instead I’m posting snapshots of my soul. MY NAKED SOUL! Poems, fucking weird collections of words that my soul puked up at some point in time. By stripping down the soul we are going to get So Fucking Zen!

So many nudeynakeys!

Their are all sorts of pukings – inspiring, digging soulward, finding The Who, perception. The only Read the rest of this entry »

life is the universal default

I was laying on the floor in my mother’s apartment with bloodshot eyes when the answer to life hit me: just kill myself! It made perfect sense logically – life is terrible, so just stop doing it. (Oh the raging hormones of a depressed twenty-something!) I laid there with the inescapable Answer but it didn’t feel quite right. I knew something was askew. I was depressed and everything was terrible and the last nice thing I thought to myself was, “Good job, you took a shower today!” That had been three days prior.

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. – Albert Camus

It seems like the answer to that question is in every breath taken, meal eaten.

Sometimes life fails us and we need to end it. End the experience.

Here’s the secret: You don’t kill your whole self. Read the rest of this entry »

My Dearest Friends and Fucks,

I accidentally wrote a book of poems. I sat down one day writing ideas for businesses. Then ideas for business names. Then ideas for stories. Then a story. Then a poem-story. It’s good to write ideas. It makes my head hurt because I tear my idea-muscle. It’s a good sore. Not like a Snooki lip-sore but like a “The Situation” tummy sore. A tear that builds back bigger and badder. But what an odd turn to take – poetry?.

I wrote my first poem. Then my cousin Brook filmed me saying it.

That was number one. Bad but not the worst. I took a road trip and what better thing to do in the middle of a desert than write a poem? So I wrote one and became an addict of word-vomiting. I kept doing it. Without realizing it I wrote a few hundred of these little word-pukes. They sat in a journal stinking in their own stink.

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Ken Robinson’s ideas are the kind that make me ashamed for not assuming. The gist of the talk is that (1) you need to be okay with being wrong to innovate and (2) intelligence is diverse, dynamic, and distinct.

Robinson provides context to create an interesting perspective when looking at our system of education. It was created in it’s current form around the time of the industrial revolution and to serve that revolution. This means that the most ‘useful’ subjects are given priority and that academic ability is the only form of intelligence we recognize in most people.

There’s a problem with our definition of ‘useful’ now. We don’t need as many people who are willing to follow directions perfectly now. Math and science are important, but creativity trumps them every time. Nowadays people are less likely to be rewarded for being a good computer programmer than they are to have a creative idea. More now than ever, the people who win are those who can solve problems.

The thing about problem solving and creative thinking is that it requires that you be wrong often enough to come to a solution. We go through school learning that mistakes, not knowing, and being wrong in general is unacceptable. We’re tested to measure how well we can remember what they told us and regurgitate it in a specific way. If you don’t do well, if you can’t concentrate on exactly what want you to, in the way they want you to, then process it in their specified way, you’re not intelligent. You get thrown on a medication so you can win their game. You may have been a brilliant artist or a hyperactive, manic-depressive serial entrepreneur, but now you’re focused on long division. And that’s worth something, right?

It’s widely recognized that there are serious problems with our system of education and there’s a lot of great talk about how to fix it. What I don’t understand is why so many parents and kids realize this and still submit to themselves to it. It’s tough to get around the system in place up until high school graduation. Then there is a question to be asked, one that I don’t think is considered a legitimate question often enough, “should I go to college, and should I do it now?”.

Tina Seelig, director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, put together a list of things she wish she knew when she was going to college for her son- who was going to college.  The book is a mix of practical advice on how to be more creative, how to create more ‘luck’, and just good life advice in general.  Below are some of my favorite points:

  • Problem solving should be used daily.  Problems are opportunities.  The more practice we get at problem solving the better we get.  The amount of problems we solve correlates directly with the amount of opportunities we are able to solve.
  • There is a tiny switch between doing something and doing nothing. Seelig demonstrates this with Do Bands.  These are just rubber bands that are a reminder to do something, after you complete your objective you can record it on the Do Bands website.  Just having a band on your arm can be the difference between acting and not.
  • One way to find opportunities is to take an item and list all your assumptions about it, then write all the opposites.  This is how Cirque de Soleil was created- expensive tickets, one act, small tent, no animals, etc.
  • Big objectives can often be obtain easier than mid-size goals.  This is because they are less specific (more ways to win) and are given more resources.
  • Rules= the lowest common denominator.
  • It’s better to know the few things that are really against the rules.  Don’t ask for the things you CAN do.
  • Opportunities aren’t offered up to you.
  • Growth mindsets are shown to be most successful in and out of organizations.  Constantly try to learn more.
  • Problems are everywhere and are easy to uncover.  Seelig uses the example of your wallet- everyone has complaints about their wallets.
  • The amount of successes you have is directly correlated with the number of failures you experience.
  • There are five types of risk: physical, social, emotional, financial, and intellectual.
  • Passion is not enough to make a successful career at something- you also need talent and you need to know how the world values that talent.
  • Ultimate goal: no line between work and play.
  • A better outlook makes ‘luck’.  You need to be observant, open-minded, friendly, optimistic.  The more extreme you take these the better your luck.
  • Always act like you’re in a foreign country.  Be acutely aware of your surroundings.  Meet people everywhere you go, take interest in all people and things.
  • Turn school/work projects into bigger opportunity.  A director used to use school projects to meet other famous/successful people in film business.  Always went beyond what was needed to make the A.
  • When making difficult decision ask “how do I want to tell this story later?”
  • When negotiating, both parties usually have parallel goals.  It’s not always about competition.  Find winwin.
  • Rule of 3- focus on three core objectives at once.  Do not stretch farther than that or you will suck at them.  Idea is that you can do whatever you want, just not at the same time.
  • “Never miss opportunity to be excellent”
  • Life is not a dress rehearsal, there is not a second chance.  Always go beyond what is expected.
  • Trying is a cop-out (ie NOT doing).  Doing means 100% commitment.
  • Your emotional state determines your perspective on things around you.  Be mindful of it.
  • Don’t define yourself by your current situation.

Most important points: Creativity can be learned.  Luck is made.  You only live once, so kick ass all the time.

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