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Twofer Tuesday: On Saying No and the Creative Process

twofertuesdaysHave you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunched Manager LinkedIn group?  It’s designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday! We often share resources like this…

Is it Time for a “Hell, Yeah!”?

Just the other week, I came across the term “FOMO” or “Fear of Missing Out” and now it seems to be popping up everywhere.

Set aside a little time to read Tim Ferriss’ article on why he is saying no to investing and advising in startups – because his journey is eye-opening. Especially for all of us who are overcommitted.

Filled with thought-provoking insights (“To develop your edge initially, you learn to set priorities; to maintain your edge, you need to defend against the priorities of others.”), Ferriss also offers up two key questions we need to ask ourselves to insure that what we commit to is a “Hell, yeah!” rather than a “Sure, I’ll do it”.

Read: How to Say “No” When It Matters Most (or “Why I’m Taking a Long ‘Startup Vacation’”) 

Inventing Worlds in a Changing One

In one of Mitch Joel’s recent blog posts, he mentions a must-watch video that features Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive, and famed director and writer, J.J. Abrams. Mitch recommends having a notebook and a pencil nearby – and I agree.

This one-hour video touches upon the difficulty of creativity in a large organization, why we need to listen to “the quiet voice”, how the act of creation is a leap of faith, and the art of focus.

What stood out for me was, around the 30 minute mark, when Jony Ive talks about the discipline of focus; how you have to turn your back on those shiny (and hugely appealing) distractions in order to apply yourself to the task at hand. Words of wisdom.  What was your favourite takeaway?

Read: Saying No, Respecting Design and Other Secrets of Creative Genius

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