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Is cutting through the facade of FINE the key to getting what you really want? A little tough love and common sense from Mel Robbins. My favorite line of this remarkable video? “If you’re in your head, you’re behind enemy lines.” Mel Robbins rocking the complacency of FINE. Definitely a TED talk worth 20 minutes of your time.

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Ok I admit it.  Creative people talking about how to do what they do gets on my nerves most of the time, and it pains me to be yet another one giving advice about how to try and sell books or music or artwork or services.  GAG.

So I woke up this morning wondering how I could just cut through the crap and write something useful, really useful.  I recently posted a video interview with writer Sid Fleischman, and something about it has been stuck in my craw ever since. This morning I got why.

Sid is telling people not to take his advice or learn from his experience.  Why? Because writing “experts” have been telling us for years how the writing process is supposed to happen.  Sid’s apologizing for doing it differently.  Huh?  The man is an award-winning writer who made his living with his methods.  They worked. So why did Sid devalue what he had to offer?

Somehow I think he bought into the hype about what we are taught that Sir Ken Robinson discusses in this funny TED talk.   Robinson says,  “We are educated out of creativity.”  Amen brother. And we are “advised” that what we think and experience and know isn’t as valuable as what the  “experts” think.

Today’s useful tip:   Don’t let the “experts” educate you our of your creativity. Value who you are.

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“We are the stories we tell ourselves,” says award-winning filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, (Elizabeth,The Four Feathers) who uses chaos and panic to spur his creativity.

My favorite gem of many from Kapur’s TED talk…  “The acceptance of contradiction is the telling of a story, not the resolution.”

What stories are you telling yourself about your work, your life today? Are you living a personal myth constructed and acted out by your inner storyteller and how does that impact your creative endeavors?

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