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A creative’s struggle …

Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you’re not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?

Career coach Emilie Wapnick celebrates the “multipotentialite” — those of us with many interests, many jobs over a lifetime, and many interlocking potentials.

Why you should listen?
Emilie Wapnick has been a musician/songwriter, a web designer, filmmaker, writer, law student and entrepreneur. “This is how I’ve always lived,” she writes, “moving from interest to interest, building on my skills in different areas, and synthesizing the knowledge I acquire along the way.”

As a career and life coach, she helps other people with wide and varied interests understand and appreciate who they are, in a society that asks us to pick a lane and stay in it. Her work with “multipotentialites” has resulted in the book Renaissance Business and the interesting website Puttylike.

Tehetség gondozás 101

Ugyancsak szükség van valakire, aki hisz a tehetséges gyerekben, aki mentorként állhat mellette, és adott esetben biztathatja azzal, hogy jól csinálja. Nagyon fontos, hogy legyen egy tanára is, mert egyedül tényleg nem megy: valakitől tanulni kell. „Különösen igaz ez a zenére: egy gyereknek hiába adunk oda egy hegedűt azzal, hogy játsszon rajta. Képességekre van szükség, és ezeket egy tanárnak kell megtanítania.”


Egy tehetség azonban sokszor nemcsak az esélyek és a lehetőségek hiánya, hanem a szülők hozzáállása miatt vész el, sokan ugyanis, akár szándékosan, akár akaratukon kívül, nagyon könnyen lehúzzák a gyerekeiket. Freeman szerint ez az egyik legrosszabb dolog, amit egy szülő a gyerekével tehet: „Ha a szülők negatív megjegyzéseket tesznek egy gyereknek a tehetsége kibontakoztatására tett minden próbálkozására, akkor az a tehetség rejtve marad. Ha egy gyerek azt hallja, hogy az ambíció nem neki való, akkor szembe kell szállnia a szüleivel vagy akár a tanáraival.”

A legközelebbi környezet és a kultúra is befolyásolja a tehetség kibontakozásának a lehetőségeit. Freeman szerint ez különösen jól megfigyelhető a lányok esetében, akik az egyik kultúrában semmire sem tartják magukat, nem többek szolgálónál, míg egy másik kultúrában úgy gondolják, övék a világ, bárkit és bármit legyőzhetnek. „A tehetség esélyét befolyásolja az is, hogy valaki mit gondol magáról. Nemcsak a képesség számít, hanem a személyiség, az, hogy valaki harcos típus-e, és megragad minden lehetőségét, vagy meghúzódik a háttérben.”

Joan Freeman szerint már csak azért is érdemes foglalkozni a tehetséges gyerekekkel, mert ha ezt nem tesszük, akkor elveszítjük őket, és az emberiség nem engedheti meg magának ezt a luxust: „Nagyon sok tehetséget elveszítünk, mert nem értékeljük, hogy a tehetség mennyire komoly erőforrás, pedig ennél hülyébb dolgot nem is tehetnénk. Egyszerűen kidobjuk az ablakon a tehetséges gyerekeinket, pedig minden országnak szüksége lenne a fiatal tehetségekre. És a tehetséggondozás nem feltétlenül a pénzről szól, sokkal inkább a hozzáállásról. Azokon a helyeken azonban, ahol az oktatást nem értékelik, esélyük sincs a tehetségeknek megmutatni magukat.”

Joan Freeman pszichológus és az életműdíja


Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert shares 11 ways to think smartly about creativity.

Creativity is a tricky word. Consultants peddle it, brands promise it, we all strive for it, often without really knowing quite what “it” really is. Put simply, there’s a lot of snake oil around creativity. But now here’s author Elizabeth Gilbert (TED Talk, Your elusive creative genius) to cut through the guff with her distinctly refreshing take on the topic. For her, we’re all creative souls already, we just need to figure out how to harness inspiration and unleash the creative spirit within. Here, she shares her best pieces of advice for living a meaningfully creative life.

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High sensitivity

… from “Les Miserables”: “Those who do not weep, do not see.”

This trait of high sensitivity nurtures our creativity and social activism, but also brings challenges.

Psychologist Elaine Aron and others describe it as a more finely tuned nervous system.

She explains,

“It means you are aware of subtleties in your surroundings, a great advantage in many situations. It also means you are more easily overwhelmed…”

How does being a highly sensitive person impact our feelings and our lives?




Documenting gang violence in the 1970s in The Bronx, New York City, Shan Nicholson vividly captures how a band of young residents brought peace to the gang-ruled streets. A story that is widely unknown, it is an incredible one, of how, in such a tough time in history, a few courageous people helped to transform gang culture in New York by introducing hip-hop.




Director Doug Pray states that this film “is about the innate human urge to express oneself creatively”, and it reveals the work of some influential advertising creatives who have impacted our culture. Most of the time, we switch the channel or click the ‘close’ button whenever an ad pops up. However, this film celebrates the people behind the world’s most memorable advertisements such as “Just Do It”, “Got Milk?”, and “I love NY”, and proves just how powerful advertising can be, striking emotional chords in people all over the world.


IRIS (2014)

IRIS (2014)

Iris Apfel’s signature look of oversized glasses, bold prints, and elaborate costume jewellery is recognised by many in the fashion world as eccentric. Albert Maysles loosely captures the 93-year-old fashion legend’s long career and lively character, who still employs a rigorous work ethic when shopping, choosing outfits, and advising models. All hail.




Exploring the physical limits of the body, Marina Abramovic’s performance art pioneered a new idea of engaging audience members and allowing the observers to participate with her work. This film takes a look behind the scenes as this Serbian-born artist prepares for her exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, giving us a before, during, and after view of what could be the most important moment in her life. In The Artist Is Present, Abramovic sits at a table onstage and invites people from the audience to sit in front of her, an experience that is intended to create an emotional connection between the artist and the audience without any talking or means of communication.




Fascinated by fashion, Bill Cunningham claims he’s not even interested in celebrities, he purely wants to photograph the clothes. Unassuming, he keeps to himself and sleeps in his studio amongst the filing cabinets. His photographs, however, have earned him high acclaim in the fashion world and this documentary by Richard Press reveals the life of a street photographer, as well as the charm and undenying wit he carries with him through the streets of New York City.




Noriko, wife of painter-boxer-artist Ushio Shinohara, described their symbiotic relationship as “two flowers in one pot”, saying that sometimes they don’t get enough nutrients for both of them. This film beautifully captures their struggle living in New York as artists, as Ushio attempts to sell his paintings that he creates by literally punching the canvas. Noriko gave up her career to raise their son and assist her husband, and, now desperate to make a name for herself, she begins to work more on her own art, a character called ‘Cutie’. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, we see how art completely encompasses the lives of these two Japanese artists.

Paint like a child!

“It took me FOUR YEARS to paint like Raphael, but a LIFETIME to paint like a child” ~ Pablo Picasso
We learn to attain the childlike state of wonder and awe, of presence in the moment, of all possibility – without habits or preconceived limitations… from this high state of consciousness we flow forth the pure ecstatic energy of creative joy…ever new joy.


Picture diary – an invitation!

Shall we dance?

I have been writing diaries since I was 15 years old. I still have today most of my diaries. I find it fascinating to see how much I have or have not changed over the years.

I also love drawing and have been actively creating different art works and doodles for over two decades now.

As you can probably see from the number of blogs I run that I also like blogging and sharing my ideas with others.

In this invitation, I wish to combine all my loves.

Recently, I have started a new project: writing a picture diary. Here you can see some of my diary pictures. I am not sure they make any sense to others but I could tell stories just by looking at them.

I invite you to start creating your own picture diary that will remind you of those amazing and unique experiences that you have throughout the days of your life.

These pictures or doodles are not meant to be for artistic value but for self-expression. Whether you can draw (trained) or not, it does not really matter because you just want to put your experiences and feelings onto paper. That is all to it.

Believe me, looking back on those funny doodles later is so much fun because these drawings are really telling. They seem to capture the essence of whatever we are going through at the time.

Please, share your drawings with me! I would be happy and honoured to publish them on my site and FB page. Show me what you’ve got! 🙂



Today, at 67, Baryshnikov is still creating art of all kinds around the world. And on Monday, a gala in New York will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Baryshnikov Arts Center, a space he created to give artists the freedom to explore and take risks.

Creating An Artist Nirvana

With such an exceptional, international career, you’d think the sign in front of his arts center would have “Baryshnikov” in lights, but actually you can barely see it. “Misha didn’t want this place to be called the Baryshnikov Arts Center,” says Georgiana Pickett, the center’s executive director. “He wanted it to be more global, and some wise people told him, ‘That’s not a good idea. Let’s put your name on it.’ ”

Baryshnikov’s idea was to build a place where artists from different disciplines would come together. He had no interest in it being dance-only.


Mikhail Baryshnikov says he created his Baryshnikov Arts Center as a kind of thank-you to New York, the city that became his home after he defected from the Soviet Union in 1974.

Crazy Creative! <3

tween style doodle

Young girls don’t get enough credit for their fearless attitude towards how they present themselves. I hadn’t really thought about it until I found @what_my_daughter_wore on instagram, a project by Jenny Williams that documents the daily stylistic choices of tween girls. In an effort to focus more on her art, Williams challenged herself to draw more every day. Being a stay at home mom, she was frequently swarmed by her three kids and their many friends while trying to work. Instead of letting it disrupt her, Williams used the youthful madness as a source of inspiration.



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92-year-old dancer, yogi, designer, and writer, Phyllis Sues, at her L.A. home…  Phyllis is one of the most vital and energetic people that I have ever met. She is constantly challenging herself to try new things, like trapeze at 80 and skydiving on at 90! Her next goal is to become anactress and write a memoir on her life. Phyllis inspires us all to keep moving, dreaming, and working hard to achieve our goals …

Full article here

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Amanda Seyfried says she was obsessive as a little girl: “I would have to be really organized…” She thinks, “that kind of anxiety in me, that obsession, was helpful. I use it in my acting.” She also talks about experiencing panic attacks and other forms of anxiety. Creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD comments, “It isn’t at all clear that tension or anxiety is what’s needed for peak performance and lifelong creativity.”

Amanda Seyfried

“It’s a strange thing how a lot of Hollywood actors and actresses can have self-esteem issues, just like normal people.

“We see these celebrities on TV and secretly wish that we looked almost as perfect as them. But then, who are we to blame them.

“These artists are just human too. And that means they also have issues with their weight, their look, and even with the silliest things.

“Being in the limelight as well as having the pressure to maintain an image can play a big role in anxiety disorders.

“Amanda Seyfried is among actors that suffers this type of disorder. She has admitted to getting therapy sessions to be able to handle panic anxiety attacks that’s been caused by her rise on fame. She says she especially gets these attacks whenever she has upcoming premiers or interviews.”

Source – The inner Actor