Posts Tagged ‘creativity’



Creativity Isn’t About Inspiration, It’s About Rituals

I love the quote by painter Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Real creative professionals know that creativity isn’t about a spark, or inspired moment. Sure those things happen, but they’re rare and can’t be counted on. What can be counted on is showing up.  One writer described the writing process as simply Read the full article »

Christians: Is It Time to Cut Artists Some Slack?

Just when I thought we’d made some progress in this area, my posts about the movie Noah have brought back the venom. It’s fascinating to me that God chose to introduce Himself to us in the first chapter of Genesis as a “creator.” But even though we are made in his image, so many Christians literally fear creativity. Pastor,  filmmaker, and author or The Artisan SoulErwin McManus says, Read the full article »

Would You Give 5 Hours a Day to Achieve Greatness?

One of my favorite books from last year was Mason Curry’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.  In the book he details the daily schedule of 161 artists, writers painters, thinkers, inventors, and all-around creative people. It features their quirks (Ben Franklin liked to be naked, Maya Angelou can only write in motels, and more). It’s a fascinating read, and will definitely impact your own daily creative schedule. While there’s a wealth of information in the book (I highly recommend it), here’s two critically important things I learned: Read the full article »

Multi-Camera Video Directors in Church – Why It Shouldn’t Be a Volunteer

There are many churches today that are shooting their worship services, concerts, and other events with multiple cameras. Whether you have a broadcast media ministry or not, it’s not unusual to use multiple cameras and switch them live for the IMAG screens, DVD sales, or eventual TV broadcasts. But in more and more churches and ministries, I’m seeing a disturbing trend that devalues the multi-camera director. Sometimes it’s the Read the full article »

10 Important Tips For Leaders

Writer Fay Vincent shared 10 Tips for New Executives in the Wall Street Journal recently. While they were designed for new CEO’s taking over high profile positions, when I looked at the list I realized that these were powerful insights that every leader needs to consider. I’d encourage you to read the entire article, but for a brief synopsis, here’s the 10 tips: Read the full article »

Free Speech on College Campus: A Thing of the Past?

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has reported that nearly 60% of college campuses in 2013 substantially abridged the First Amendment free speech rights of faculty and students. Traditionally, we’ve thought of college as the place where young people can explore new ideas, express themselves freely, and wrestle with tough questions. But the price of a politically correct society is Read the full article »

The Destructive Power of Bubbles and Why You Need to Break Out

Every group has bubbles. Hollywood, the Church, media elites, politicians, athletes, the gay community, and hundreds more. Bubbles happen when you create a world where you spend most of your time, and then assume everyone thinks like you.  I work in Hollywood and know people who can’t imagine why anyone could possibly be Read the full article »

The Apps That Help Me The Most

From time to time people ask me about the apps I use to navigate my life. From writing, speaking, producing, and leading our media production and consulting company Cooke Pictures, I’m a bit of an experimenter. But I’m not a geek and keep going back to simple and easy. Where my brilliant friend Michael Hyatt uses five apps, I use one, so my list will be a lot shorter than his. I’ve tried a lot of things over the years, and here’s a list of some of the key apps that make my life work better: Read the full article »

Artists and Creatives: Should You Quit Your Day Job?

Most creative people dream of the day they can quit their day job and focus on their real passion. Writers want to write, painters paint, designers design, filmmakers make movies – all full time without having to work somewhere else to pay the bills. You have no idea how often I’ve dreamed of having the financial resources just to write books. But my banker and mortgage company don’t agree. They want me to keep doing my day job as well. But then, I started seeing plenty of evidence that Read the full article »

The Difference Between Promise and Performance

As we start 2014 focusing on execution, it’s good to remember that great execution means the difference between “promise” and “performance.”  The world is filled with promises from politicians, business leaders, teachers, even religious leaders. But when it comes to actual performance – as the TV commercials say, “results my vary.”  So how do we close the gap? How do we make sure we deliver on our promises? Here’s a few important keys to make it happen for you: Read the full article »


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