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An ad for Dyslexia which says the seriousness of the problem very clearly!
For people who don't know about Dyslexia...here it goes...Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
Yes, You ARE Creative!
Three Ways to Explore Your Creativity
By Chris Dunmire
Are you one of those people who claim ‘not to have a creative bone in your body?’ If so, you’re going to love this newsflash: Yes, you ARE creative!
Why am I so confident in telling you this? For the simple fact that I’ve observed countless people in my life — friends, family, and co-workers — make this same claim only to later realize how wrong they were! Oh, and guess what? I used to be one of those “I’m not creative” people too.
I’ll tell you what. If you still don’t believe my claim that, Yes, you ARE Creative!, I challenge you with the following exercise.
3 Ways to Explore Your Creativity
I’m a firm believer that you can easily tap into your creativity by expressing yourself through creative arts, crafts, or writing. I want you to choose any one of these mediums for this exercise.
Next, I’m going to prompt you with a project idea that you must agree to spend at least 15-30 minutes of your time on.
Okay, are you ready? Here goes...
If you choose:
ARTDraw, sketch, paint, or collage a picture that incorporates these five elements (realistically or abstractly):
CRAFTSUsing craft sticks, papers, yarns, fabrics, or found objects, do one of the following:
Design an easy craft project for a pre-school class.
Pretend you’re a world famous artist and build a 3D sculpture for an upcoming gallery show. (Keep in mind that anything you create will be adored and snatched up by your fans, even if you think it looks like junk.)
Create an abstract ornament to be auctioned off at your favorite charity.
WRITINGUsing up to 100 words, write about the following:
A major event that altered your life course.
Give advice to your ten-year-old self.
Now I’m going to sit here and wait until you get back from doing one of these creativity-inducing exercises. Once you finish, read on...
(ah, ah — no looking ahead!)
Did you really do it? Did you sincerely put forth the time and effort (15-30 minutes) on one of the creativity exercises I prompted you with above? What happened when you did? Did you have fun? Did you create something new and unusual? Did you come away from it thinking, “Wow, I didn’t know I had it in me!”
Chances are that the process was positive and you gained some interesting insight into your ability to be creative. See what happens when your mind is focused and you’re open to new creative experiences? Amazing things take place once you stop believing that you aren’t creative, and start practicing new ways to allow your creativity to surface.
So now what? Well, after you stop jumping up and down for joy, this new insight into your creative self should encourage you to keep moving forward to discovering your true creative potential. Revisit some of my creativity exercises if you need more prompts to keep you going.
I guarantee that the more attention you put towards your creativity, the more amazing results you’ll get in return. No ‘bones’ about it! •
Copyright Chris Dunmire 2005. All rights reserved.
To know more about the author and other stuff visit http://www.currentliving.com/categories/creativity/articles/explore.shtml
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Managing Those Creative Types
Bestselling author Richard Florida tells why creativity adds to the bottom line -- and how companies can keep it flowingy
Richard Florida, Ph.D., author of the bestselling The Rise of the Creative Class and the recently published Flight of the Creative Class, discussed the value of creativity in business. As defined by Dr. Florida, creativity isn't the sole province of artists and musicians -- it's the ability to find better ways to make products or to find and fill needs that no one noticed existed.
More of his interesting interview can be read from this link.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Monday, September 05, 2005
Above others, one question I’m asked is, “where do all your ideas come from?”
Open your ears, your eyes, your moods, emotions, memories, and noses to the world around you and simply start bumping into the ideas all around you.
Do you remember how she looked when she opened the door that first evening of that first date?
Do you remember how you felt waiting for him to arrive?
Did you wonder what she said to her friends after it was over?
Do you remember the first kiss? Did you happen to notice that 80-year-old couple walking hand-in-hand down the street?
When you went to that last ballgame, did you notice the 8-year-old with the sticky-outy-ears and the big hat covering his head and the even bigger glove on his hand?
Did you ever see your own face in your father’s? Remember the moment you realized your parents were human?
Ever curious what your pets are thinking?
It always strikes me as funny that people act as though I’m some magician because I can continue to keep coming up not just with clever little ideas, but ideas that resonate with the ability to persuade.
It’s so easy. Just be curious. Be aware. Listen.
Ideas are everywhere around you. Start getting in their way.
So, there are some idea starters for you.
Unless you’re slightly more daring and decide to get in the way of your own experiences.