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Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses – Amy Whitaker

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Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses – Amy Whitaker

"If you are making a work of art in any field, you aren't going from point A to point B. You are inventing point B."

Amy Whitaker draws on art, psychology, science, business, and technology to help you generate new ideas in the practical world. She proposes using a mindset she calls "art thinking" to harness the joy and creative thought of making art with the structure and organiza…

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Step Into The Lab: Experiment Your Way to A New Life

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I can still remember my experience of being a pre-med student playing with expensive equipment, running experiments to test hypotheses, and seeing what I could discover. What I discovered was that I was more drawn to business, so I switched my major.

When I think about experiments now, I think about them from a completely different perspective. Our lives are our own personal research laboratory, and we need to continue to do more research until we figure out what is working and what isn't…

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Wayfinding

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Are you a Wayfinder? It took me most of my life to realize that I was a Wayfinder. 

A choice point came in my career where I trusted something inside myself over what everyone else said was the right direction, and it led me to discover a whole new quality of life and career.  

One example of a classic Wayfinder would be an ancient sailor who traversed the oceans, not by using maps but by noticing the subtleties of the world around them. 

They would pay careful attention to the wind, the temp…

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Getting Where You Want To Be With Ozan Varol

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Most of the time, we search for happiness in all the wrong places, and when we get there, we want to acquire more in life to believe that we have achieved success. Tony Martignetti talks with Ozan Varol about making the small moments count, making pivots when needed, and getting where you really want to be. Ozan is a former rocket scientist, turned award-winning professor, successful blogger, and the author of the number one bestselling book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist. In this episode, he sh…

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Make It A Masterpiece

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How is your life like your favorite painting? How is it different?

I have been thinking a lot about the creative process lately.  And how in the day-to-day rush to get things accomplished, we separate our creativity from the way we live our lives.  Maybe that works if we are going for robot-like productivity. But it's terrible for our deepest, truest selves.  

That's because we are all wired for creativity. And when we leave that out, we are leaving out a big part of who we are. We are leaving…

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Bruce Lee Paradox

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As you could imagine, I'm often mistaken for Bruce Lee. Now, I know what you're thinking, Bruce Lee was not a bald man. But when it comes to leadership in the corporate arena, I have a particular methodology I call the Bruce Lee Paradox.

You see, most people think that the way to accomplish something great is with extreme force. But in reality, intention is far more powerful than force. 

Bruce talked about the one-inch punch. The power of it didn't come from the force, however. The power of it…

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Art on Fire

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Have you ever seen art on fire? I just watched a documentary on the Burning Man Festival called "Art on Fire." Wow!  Think what you want about Burning Man, but the concept of building truly massive, epic pieces of art in the middle of the desert has always captivated me. People show up, collaborate, create bold, inspiring artistic statements against a desert backdrop of incredible beauty for one week. Then it's burned - and within a few days, the entire festival is gone without a trace. It can n…

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Mushrooms and Your Past

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Have you ever looked back at your past and were totally ashamed or embarrassed by who you used to be?

It is interesting, and a bit humbling, how we can look back and realize we had it completely wrong. I just finished reading a fascinating book about fungi and the mycelium network called "The Entangled Life." Growing up, fungi or mushrooms were just these gross little things growing up out of the dirt. However, they operate as a massive network, like an underground nervous system with vast capa…

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What Does Inspired Purpose Mean?

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Someone recently asked me, "What does it mean to live and lead with Inspired Purpose?"

Here is what inspired purpose doesn't look like; A 15-year-old begrudgingly cleaning up his room because his parents tell him it's a mess, and he's going to get grounded if he doesn't do it. 

Here's what inspired purpose does look like; A 15-year-old cleaning, vacuuming, and rearranging his room because a girl he has a HUGE crush on is coming over for a study session. 

Can you feel the difference? In the un…

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Allowing Yourself To Be Vulnerable With Rob Salafia

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We have all been used to doing things our way, but we must learn how to adapt to certain changes. During the pandemic, we were being sequestered in our homes for months. Join Tony Martignetti and Rob Salafia as they describe how you have to be vulnerable to truly express yourself and work on your shortcomings. He discusses what our learned gifts are and what leaders should do to become better with relationships. Rob Salafia is the CEO of Protagonist Consulting Group, an organization that aims to…

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