Archives For Creativity

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The Crossroads

September 3, 2015 — Leave a comment

I get in such a rush in my head.
It’s hard to slow down and stop.
What if I just pull-over, shut-off the car and sit there and listen?
I can hear the wind blow.
Cars and pickup trucks on Highway 9 drive by me.
I can see and hear cars going east and west on Highway 24.

I just got LTE signal after 24 hours of no service.
I don’t want to look at the notifications.
My brain seems to thrive on analog.

My Honda CRV is ready to go.
A fresh, cold water bottle is my companion.

There are no updates, tweets, posts.
I’m not even sure if such things exist, in this moment.
At the crossroads…

I’ll be coming back.

A photo posted by Jim Gray (@jimgrayonline) on

A few years ago I had a self-hosted pop culture blog that later became the inspiration for the creative marketing firm that my wife and I started. After some dreaming and reviewing my passion for blogging this type of content, I really wanted to get the old gang back together! I’m beyond excited to be partnering with Tim Engstrom again to bring this project back to life.  I’ve attached a rather recent cartoon he created for me below.

More about this in the weeks to come, but for now, checkout http://threethirtypm.tumblr.com !

-Jim G

The Return of the Blog #threethirtypm #330pm

 

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My American Dream

July 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

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We each have our expectations of what the world should give us.

We have built this notion of an American dream, but our economy cannot sustain it. Two lay-offs since 2008 as proof for me.

Our hearts cannot bear the reality.

For me, it has been in the strange and awkward in-between spaces of the unknown meadows of life that God has provided me with the greatest amount of creativity. More, so much more, than I ever thought possible.

Fluid, it runs, from my head and heart, onto the page and my hands and feet move with it’s fuel.

I have forgotten about the American pipe-dream. And settled for the strange and awkward in-between spaces of the unknown meadows of life where God-inspired dreams form and become formulas.

 

Ideas and Money

July 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

This summer I have been working my way through “The $100 Startup” by Chris Guillebeau, not because I am looking to start a bunch more stuff, but because Chris’ book has a bunch of solid wisdom stories and advice for folks starting or who own a company. I got my copy from the library so you can read it whenever I decide to give it back.

This is a book that I recommend you read with notebook. There is a lot of great tips and wisdom that I will forget without recording them somewhere.

I want to share with you something that I wish I would have latched-on to long ago:

“Tip: When thinking about different business ideas, also think about money. Get in the habit of equating “money stuff” with ideas.” 

-The $100 Startup, page 28

My initial reaction was,

“…but I need to be free from money and all that business stuff to really create great work!”

I think I went about this all wrong…I made the assumption without context. So, I sat and processed that for a bit. And when I say “processed” I wrote it in my notebook and took a few weeks to think about it. Here I am a few weeks later.

For fun, I plugged this notion of ideas and money into my logo “Dream, Build, Create”. In a talk I have given at a college and at a conference I referenced this process of managing ideas that happen:

Dream: Immerse yourself for a few hours or day and ideate, dream, etc. about what you want to do or make. Do not concern yourself at this point. Grab a whiteboard or moleskine and go bananas with brainstorming your dream.

Build: Take time later from the Dream section (it could be later in the day) to estimate, ideally this is where you make a plan of how it would happen with what you have available.

-What resources do I have to make this happen?

-How much money will it take?

-Who else needs to help me?

Create: In this stage, you make an action plan,  set a date, and start creating your dream. And NO MATTER what happens, something must be delivered on this set date. YOU MUST LAUNCH!

After reflecting on this for a few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that the ideas and money concept does fit, but it happens in the “estimate” phase of my formula.

Note to self: don’t forget to figure out the money part!

Here are 3 questions that Guillebeau suggests that your should ask for every idea:

a. How much would I get paid with this idea?

b. How much would I get paid from this idea?

c. Is there a way I could get paid more than once?