I have the book "The Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp very near me in my office at all times. This book has offered me inspiration on several occasions. Mostly, it has provided me with specific actions to take to help me transform my way of thinking and being, allowing me to step away from doing things the way I always do them. It opened up my mind to try something new. These actions have helped me get through proposals to potential clients, problem solving marketing issues for current clients, and even coming up with ideas for growing my own business. Because I have found this book to be an invaluable resource over the years, I am compelled to share with you one of my favorite passages form this book and I challenge you to "Give Yourself a Little Challenge."
On page 114, the section numbered 14 is titled "Give Yourself a Little Challenge" and it reads: "George Harrison once decided, as a game, to write a song based on the first book he saw at his mother's house. Picking up at random, he opened it and saw this phrase 'gently weeps,' whereupon he promptly wrote his first great song, 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.' You can give yourself the same kind of challenge whatever medium you work in: paint only in shades of green; write a story without using the verb 'to be'; film a ten-minute scene nonstop with one camera. Giving yourself a handicap to overcome will force you to think in a new and slightly different way which is the prime goal of scratching." For Twyla Scratching is where creativity begins and she puts it " the moment where your ideas first take flight and begin to defy gravity."
I strongly urge you to take on this challenge. Let it help you relieve the grip of the mundane and elevate you to a place of curiosity and creativity. Help it to finish that project you started and can't seem to finish. Let it inspire action or provoke the urge to serve in your community. Let it move you out of stagnation and propel you to new heights.
To learn more about Twyla Tharp's creative habit, I encourage you to get the book.
Finally, if you try this challenge, please share your story here. I'd love to hear from everyone on what they did and how it worked out for them.
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Young Women Entrepreneurs Circle
Are you a young woman that has started or is contemplating starting her own small business? Firefly Innovation Group is developing The Young Women Entrepreneurs Circle (The Circle). The Circle is an exclusive membership based group that will meet on a monthly basis as a method to help empower, build community, and build our economy one woman owned business at a time.
The group will consist of a variety of young women entrepreneurs with a varied backgrounds that serve as resources for each other. Specific topics that The Circle will learn and share upon will include business development tools, developing your marketing strategy, managing your business finances, learning how to give back to the community, how to achieve work-life balance, and much more .Another goal of the group will be to serve as mentors to other women and girls in the community. A strong principle of The Circle is the idea of sharing what we learn and to help others succeed as well! Given that, part of the "curriculum" for members of The Circle will be mentorship and leadership development. Fir
Each month Firefly Innovation Group will plan, coordinate, and facilitate these meetings at a determined location and snacks and drinks will be provided. If you are interested in applying or know someone that is, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.