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Mindsets

Fixed dispositions that determine your response to creative situations

Approaches

Procedures for addressing or accomplishing your creative work

Behaviors

Act or conduct yourself in specific ways yielding prolificacy

Assets

Use these specific things to produce value along the creative process

# 207

I wish I could go viral and have fortunate things happen to me like they do for others

Lucking Up
A specific set of strategic moves that have to happen after a fortunate incident in order to carry the momentum forward
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# 208

I know I’m good at my work, but I need to communicate it a way that compels people and organizations to hire me

Reappraisal
Pinpointing the vehicle of your creative uniqueness through reflective inquiry
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# 209

I’m new and young, and want to improve my skills and become a master at my creative craft

Apprenticing
Finding opportunities to build your emotional and physical calluses
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# 210

I want to do this project, but I keep getting overwhelmed

Depressurizing
Consciously respond to panic a way that serves your creative efforts
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# 211

I don’t know if this is a good idea or a great one

Offspringing
Filtering the quality of new ideas by their ability to breed other ideas
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# 212

I need to do things I dislike to support my creative practice

Stacking
Layering value on top of existing creative habits to make them more enjoyable, rewarding and sustainable
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# 213

I have to pay bills otherwise I will have to move back in with my parents

Hacquisitioning
Making a list of everyone you ever served in the past and asking them to buy this new thing you just made
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# 214

I am not confident in my work yet, and I need people who can encourage me

Borrowed Hope
Trusted voices to compensate for your low confidence in the beginning of a creative journey
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# 215

I have this big meeting coming up about my work, and I’m freaking out

Priming
Reminding yourself of your accumulated track record to build faith in your creative capabilities
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# 216

I want to publish this new piece of work, but I’m afraid of how it’s going to be received

Reality Waterfall
A chain of logic that reduces the probability of something negative happening to such a degree that it seems ridiculous
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# 217

I am bored, there is nothing to do, and I’m going crazy

Crop Rotation
Regularly changing and invigorating your creative ground in order to stay fertile over the long arc of your career
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# 218

I am a new, young team member and want to get noticed for doing great work

Value Continuum
An employee contribution framework for tracking ideas, tools, connections and opportunities
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# 219

I work in volatile, disorganized environment where people are overlooking valuable opportunities

Campgrounding
Leaving things at your company more organized than when you found them
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# 220

I am feeling apathetic and foolish, since ideas get ignored, shelved or barely supported

Long Gaming
The willing to initiate risky projects and be misunderstood for extended periods of time
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# 181

I want to make a difference on my team and ensure job security

Sniffing
The practice of converting your curiosity into everyone else's utility
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# 182

I am frustrated and dissatisfied with where I’ve ended up in my career, I think I can do more

Continuum Of Potential
A visual breakdown of the relationship between raw talent versus learned skills
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# 183

I never have enough time in the day to do my work, I waste too much time

Operating Temperature
Making devices of your body and mind suitable for creative application
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# 184

I work so hard for so long that my body just gives out from exhaustion or stress

Macro Pacing
Giving yourself permission to work at your own healthy tempo, velocity and trajectory
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# 185

I can’t follow my passion and make money, but I can’t do things that don’t excite me

Passion Inversion
The intention of not following your passion, but finding ways to bring it with you everywhere you go
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# 186

I think too much and my brain is overloaded, so there’s no room for creative ideas

Sanity Tax
Paying a minor cost for something that is disproportionate to the massive value you get in return for having it
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# 187

I am working a lot more now, and I forget to take care of myself sometimes

Off Buttoning
Deepening your personal recovery to match your professional intensity
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# 188

I want a land a new gig that has the highest probability of fulfillment for me and success for the company

Fresh Powder
Professional opportunities where you can write your own ticket and set the standard, not just comply with it
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# 189

I keep messing up when I’m trying to produce a final version of something

Red Lighting
Making a different choice about how we experience our creative failures
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# 190

I want to produce more work, but need some kind of external force to move things along for our team

Sunlighting
Using the forcing function of public accountability to bring a creative work into existence
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# 191

I have this task, project or experience that I know will be stressful, chaotic and emotionally volatile

Frontloading
Maximize the potential for success by putting a greater proportion of the activity at the beginning of the process
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# 192

I want to spread the word about my work, but it’s expensive and people are busy

Sugardaddying
Constantly thinking about potential collaborations that can reduce your financial burden and reduce labor intensity
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# 193

I work in a high stress environment, and everyone around me is having a breakdown

Downstreaming
Treating energy as the measurement of how much change might occur in a system
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# 194

I work with a new team and people are trying to shoot down my confidence

Baselining
Figuring out where you're already been trusted for a history of delivering quality, and use that to your advantage.
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# 195

I am in a new creative roll at my job, and I want do make a good first impression

Bittersweet Spotting
Focusing on doing the things that nobody can do but you, and focusing on doing the things that anybody can do, but won’t
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# 196

I am so inundated with all these noisy messages coming in, and I can’t clear my head to create

Cornering
Creating positive predicaments for yourself in which only having a few or no outcomes was a forcing function for the better
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# 197

I am only reaching a small fraction of my potential market with my current strategy

Replication
Doubling down on what’s working to create new revenue opportunities in the future
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# 198

I just got screwed by reality, and it’s forcing me to change creatively

Repackaging
Forcing yourself to appraise negative circumstances in a forward thinking way
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# 199

I want to have job security by becoming someone everyone needs, and increase demand for my work

Relative Time Value
Using a burst of generosity to save your team hours of work and tons of stress
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# 200

I don’t have time to do all these things on my list, and I’m overwhelmed

Intention Framing
Put boring but necessary tasks into the wider context of your cherished, personal priorities
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# 167

I am thinking of taking a day job to support myself, but I’m afraid I won’t have time or energy to do my art

Dual Citizenship
Securing a professional work opportunity that finances the rest of your artistic projects
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# 163

I am not going to get up earlier, so I need another time to sneak in creativity in my day

Wait Loss
Find, focus and leverage the pockets of freedom you already have
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# 170

I can’t create with all these distractions my workplace

Downheading
Using the placebo power of a focus filter in the face of distractions to get your work done
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# 168

I make all this stuff but it’s not connecting with people

Content Branding
Building, protecting and nurturing the symbolic, social and emotion capital around your work
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# 164

I don’t have anything left to say, and I’m spending all my time working not living

Subordination
Make living a normal life job number one, so your art gets done as a matter of course
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# 162

I just want to make the same thing over and over again

Motifing
Engaging in guilt free creative projects that are uniquely appealing to you
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# 166

I want to create but my brain is overwhelmed or disorganized

Cognitive Unloading
Outsource as many mental tasks as possible to other people, things and processes
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# 169

I am disappointmented about things in my artistic life

Creative Pragmatism
Focusing on the concrete, positive difference art making has in your actual experience of life
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# 165

I don’t know when a new project is the right one to take on

Actionstorming
Finding creative opportunities by getting out of your goddamn head and actually trying things
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# 161

I’m a high achiever and it’s hard to relax and enjoy myself

Joy Triggers
Embrace a diverse set of activities that form a complete identity.
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# 173

I am always proving myself, and it’s exhausting

Upgrading
Loving our creative work without relying on interpersonal or organizational approval
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# 174

I have lots of good expertise, but it exists in my head

Gold Minin
Immortalizing key learnings that would otherwise just live inside one team member’s brain
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# 175

I want to do this project, but I don’t really know how to do it

Minimum Viable Knowledge
The lowest amount of information you need to know about a subject to operate effectively
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# 176

I can’t afford new equipment, supplies or inspiration, but I want to make new things

Adaptive Opportunism
Creatively combining what you already have to make new things
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# 178

I want to move the ball down the field this project, but everyone has an opinion

Input Embargo
Setting limits on the level and frequency of team feedback during the creative process
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# 179

I know what my problem is, but I don’t know how to solve it, or there are too many options to solve it

The Toolkit
A robust arsenal of solutions custom fit for your unique personality, value system and life situation
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