Posts Tagged ‘Creativity

19
Jun
14

Here’s to the crazy ones!

images-16Originally posted @Strategy Stream.com

Here’s to the crazy ones!  The misfits, the troubled ones, the rebels! The round pegs in the square holes!  The ones who see things differently! They’re not fond of rules; you can quote them, agree with them, disagree, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do – ignore them! Because they change things.  They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy ones, we see genius. Because the ones that think they can change the world, are the ones that do. ~Steve Jobs narrating Apple Commercial

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Two Kinds of Intelligence ~ Rumi Poem

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08
Jun
12

Why Rumi?

In profound spiritual poetry, Rumi (a 13th century poet who is still a top-seller in the U.S.) brilliantly blended together material and intangible worlds in expressions that resonate with many of us.
His poetry in particular speaks to our own brilliant center of creation and radiance, regardless of our individual religious affiliation or non-affiliation.
His poetry inspires us to view our world from another perspective. It gives us pause and allows us to access the depth of our inner world and divinity.
Heart-Centered-Strategy is a reflection of the balance between the spiritual and material; accessing the spiritual is a practice to remind us to stop and view all of our business actions from an inner, meditative vision. More about heart-centered-strategy

“Rumi’s place in the history of religions is as a bridge-between-faiths.  The story of his funeral in 1273 is well known. Representatives came from  every religion -Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus.  When questioned about this, they responded, “He deepens us wherever we are.”  Rumi lives in the heart, the core (he might call it friendship) of our impulse to praise, to worship, to explore the mystery of union.  Even his name is a bridge word.” Coleman Barks Rumi: Bridge to the Soul: Journeys into the Music and Silence of the Heart, HarperCollins, 2007.

Beautiful video by Four Seasons Productions ~ Rumi Poem “Only Breath” (Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen not any religion……)



07
Apr
11

Shift Your Business Perspective

What if your business could create happiness, love, and purpose with the same agility and certainty that it creates expanding profits, new customers, and new innovations? It’s a question that isn’t often asked in business, because intangible qualities like love aren’t easily measurable (and measures are the language of business). Most people don’t believe the tangible, everyday needs of business coexist with the intangible.

Oh, but they do.

The truth is just because the current language of business does not acknowledge intangibles, doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Your business is an embodiment of who you are and what you believe – every time you expand your business, you also expand the knowledge and empowerment of yourself. When you are fundamentally coming from a place of love and purpose, you automatically are shifting your perspective of business.

When your business blends with your own personal philosophy, decisions become easier. You are able to access support not typically considered in traditional business models. Goals are set and achieved without struggle. Your strategies are driven not just by necessity but by passion. Your focus never wanders. You walk forward with absolute certainty that you are supporting the highest good. Not only does your business become a channel for success – it becomes a channel for your expanded inner self and an expanded model of what it means to be doing business in today’s world.

Pic originally uploaded : Riapereira || Shift Perspective || More about pics

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23
Dec
10

Find your answers, not the “right” answers

I discovered Men with Pens several years ago and have been on-goingly impressed. I am truly excited to now be working with them (look for my new web-design in 2011!) Their renegade style coupled with substance resonates with me.

A recent post on the MWP blog hits the mark regarding the importance of doing your business, your way. Following is a excerpt:

If you want to build and grow and succeed in business….you need to stretch your thoughts and think beyond what you’re being told to do.

Get those textbooks from all the experts, sure – but use them as a springboard, a starting point.

Muse, ponder, ask questions, explore. Contemplate what’s being done and what could be done differently, or better. Think about what works for other businesses and compare that to what might work (or won’t fit) for yours.

Don’t assume the experts have all the perfect answers and template instructions to success – they only have the perfect answer of what’s worked for their business. You can replicate some of what they’ve done, sure, and you’ll achieve a certain measure of success, yes.

But imagine what might happen if you went beyond what they did.

Find your answers – not the “right” answers.

Poke at the “what ifs” and explore calculated risks. Try out new ways of pulling in clients or getting raves that no one has done before. Be untrendy and reject what’s cool. Look instead for what’s smart or efficient or effective. Chase money and results, and leave extra work and expenses in the dust.

If you want to succeed, you have to question the “rules” and the “musts” that other people tell you. You need to improve on textbook methods and rote strategies to reach even better results. MWP Post “Are You Barely Passing with Your Business Philosophy?

Remember the basics, look deep within and design your own strategies for success!

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18
Dec
10

Find the Real World ~ Bexar Update

March of this year I posted the following with a favorite Rumi poem:

Find the real world, give it endlessly away
Grow rich, fling gold to all who ask
Live at the empty heart of Paradox
I’ll dance there with you, cheek to cheek
Your Dawn in me I’m drunk, stammering
A thousand thousand words go dark
Lightnings are dark to us to this:
Identity’s boundless worlds-wide blaze. Why Rumi?

The pic is a photograph of a sculpture made from circuit boards, glue, and paint titled “Lofty” by Bexar Oliver.  My husband and I have commissioned Bexar to do a small sculpture for us –we choose what old electronics to give him and he creates an integrated piece  –cool!

!! UPDATE !!

Bexar’s work, “Lofty” pictured here, has been selected as one of three Houston Arts Month Finalists!! The winner of the Houston Arts Month contest will be featured on the cover of the Official Houston Visitors Guide and a regional newspaper insert distributed to 1 million households.

You can vote for Bexar to win by clicking the link below. Be sure and hit the submit button!!

<http://www.visithoustontexas.com/houston_arts_month_contest_voting>

(You can see the sculpture Bexar did for my husband and I in my Facebook page notes –it really is amazing)

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29
Nov
10

Allow Business Basics to Work for You

Consider the pre-construction of a building. The potential exists for an infinite number of blueprints setting forth the specifications for an infinite variety of buildings.

Beginning with the intended use of a building (be it a conservative home or landmark skyscraper), blueprints are carefully drafted to ensure that the completed structure is in alignment with the original vision and intention.

While designing to meet any specific use or aesthetic desires, an architect makes certain that each set of plans embodies and conforms to a relatively much smaller set of engineering principles. Principles from which there must be no deviation. Principles having to do with ropes & cables, sticks & stones, shape & strength; which in turn form the basics of a sustainable structure.

Similarly, business blueprints must also embody and conform to a small set of principles. Principles having to do with products & safety, accounting & taxes, quality & efficiency; which in turn form the basics of a sustainable business.

As a firm foundation upon which to rest, adherence to the basics allows for creativity, flow, sustainability, and infinite possibility.

Basics form a bedrock of support.  Allow them to work for you.

Image of “Metatron, Allow”
Acrylic and gold gesso on canvas, 5 x 5′
© 2010 James F. Jereb
All Rights Reserved.

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29
Oct
10

Interweaving Creative Force, Action & Attention

Fundamentally, planning is about creating the steps between a current situation and a chosen future. To paraphrase Julia Cameron, who so brilliantly addresses our creative urge in The Artist’s Way …we are compelled because we are ourselves creations; infused with an indwelling creative force. Creative energy is a gift – we are meant to design new creations as a gift back. Refusal to do so is counter to our true nature.

We intuitively know how to form creative energy into a structure that has the potential to attract what we need and desire. Steps are taken; energy turns into form i.e. a spider spins a web, an entrepreneur writes a business plan. Often, frustration occurs when as soon as the structure is designed, we continue to expect specific linear results (hello ego!) and become lost and identified with goals and the structure itself. How can we relax when our structure demands that there are customers to capture, products to be sold, and bills to be paid?

One option is to go after our targets no matter what – stomping over competitors and employees, short-changing or deceiving customers, destroying the planet and ignoring our values. Another option is to recognize and get over the fact that after we plan what we want, the specific linear results from specific actions phase is over.  Now we can RELAX, pay attention, and know that all good things will come.

Evolving business concepts proactively interweave creative force, action & attention. When we design frameworks, it is natural that not only will some success show up, but external resistance and internal doubt will also arise. Once the structure is intact, it is imperative to to be attentive, enthralled, fascinated, and non-judgmental about EVERYTHING that shows up in our web. We must then be willing to intervene if necessary, let go and modify external actions with the feedback we have received from the universe / environment. We also must be willing to acknowledge and clean-up, to the best of our ability, fear and doubt that may arise within ourselves and our team. Planning and letting go is the equivalent of ego and sacred attention working together- ensuring honorable, joyful, and sustainable bottom-lines.

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