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Creativity Ideas

YES! – You Need To SELL Your Ideas

If you want to be a writer and a personal brand, you have to be very effective in how you sell your ideas. I would recommend reading some of the writings that are on The Middle Finger Project. I love how Ash writes and I love how she simplifies business. Especially around being a writer and a personal ‘brand’.

While you’re at it, you should also get her book, I read it, twice.

The whole book is built on the notion that you’re not selling yourself, instead, you’re selling your ideas. It makes me feel liberated because if you’re not selling yourself and you’re selling ideas, you’re tapping into a vast infinite pool of creativity. It makes everything seem abundant and even though it might seem a bit overwhelming to keep coming up with ideas, it’s a resource that everybody has available.

Sell your ideas as a way to build your legacy

I believe that the biggest thing we can do as humans is to serve a greater purpose than ourselves – that the coolest thing you can build on the planet is a legacy that will leave your own personal mark. I also believe this is one of the greatest things you strive for as a career.

If you have a career where you feel like you’re serving a bigger purpose, research shows that 9 out of 10 people are willing to earn less money to do more meaningful work. Then you’re spot on. You can use it to build your own personal rock-n-roll empire. So, begin selling those ideas and add them up into something amazing. I have written an essay about this a while back (13 years!=) myself, that I stumbled upon just now, and I actually think it’s pretty descent

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Creativity Identity + purpose

Humanity Needs A New Renaissance

Not a renaissance in terms of invention. We need a renaissance in order for us to make the world a better place.

The world needs a new era of creativity and creative approaches apart from putting stuff on your website and sharing stuff on social media. A new ‘Belle epoque’.

We need something that breaks with the ‘old-school’ way of doing business or even personal development. We need something that aligns that small part inside of us (some people call it imagination) with what we’re doing every day.

People need to feel fulfilled, seen, and aligned with our purposes. I don’t see our purpose as one thing. I don’t feel like a human has one purpose but several, and it’s time for us to let lose the fear that lets our one purpose live in a box. Or let ourselves live in a box. It’s time to stop defining stuff like that.

So all of those questions that you can find online where you find your passion and your purpose and make a living, be happy, have the dreamhouse, etc? Fuck them so hard because it’s not gonna make you happy and fulfilled.

It’s not gonna make you get up in the morning screaming YEY! It’s a new day! I need to go sit in my office for 8 hours (after 2 hours of commuting) and work the numbers because it’s my passion. Because it is my purpose. It is what I live for. You’re still going to have a small voice inside of you saying ‘we can do better than this’.

Introducing the multi-purpose renaissance person

A renaissance person is a person dedicated to finding out what multiple things they are really good at. I personally have been trying to find out what that ‘one thing’ that I do really well is. And Yes – I have more than 15 years building empires as big as the sky from gravel in the startup space. Yes, I have made concepts and business models that have changed the world. But it only gives me so much to gather people around a cause, to make them fall in love with a brand, to have them sign up to something that makes you happy, that spurs some inspiration apart from saving stuff on Pinterest.

I don’t believe it anymore. I don’t believe in a specialist approach and schooling towards one thing.

Why? Because it doesn’t make me fulfilled. It doesn’t make me go to the work I do with passion.

Do you know how many different skillsets Leonardo da Vinci practiced? Apart from being a genius, he was a painter, a sculptor, an architect, an engineer, an inventor, a botanist, an anatomist, a lifelong vegetarian and… a writer.

Why wasn’t he just a writer? Or just a painter?

Or you could ask yourself – what wasn’t he? Was there a part of himself that he didn’t practice? It’s hard to believe. He created. And he created all sorts of things. He was inspired by everything in life.

He was multi-faceted and he had multi-faceted ways of purpose and passion. And, get this, he was ignored by the scholars and the experts of Florence, because he didn’t know mathematics or Latin. And it was first after his death that he really was celebrated.

I believe what you want to create is the tip of the iceberg of creativity – what everybody can see. But I believe that under the surface, that iceberg is a build-up of several different layers.

It’s not important to find one purpose. It’s important to find as many of them as possible because when you find out what fuels your fire in several directions, you can keep building on your joy and happiness.

This is not a ‘find your purpose’ cosmopolitan article that I used to read as a teen in the 90s. Because what is a purpose. It’s like answering the questions in the amazing book ‘Sophie’s world’ that I read as a teen. Finding your purpose is like answering the all over-shadowing question of ‘who are you’.

Your true North / Your inner wiring

So isn’t purpose just doing the right thing for you? What you’re aligned to do? I see it as much more complicated than that. It’s like creating an arrow of activities that points to your own personal ‘true north’. I love writing and building concepts and carry them out in life. BUT I also love gardening, playing guitars, partying, dancing, and when I relax I do it with a game of civilization – a game that has been a standard feature on all my computers since I was 15.

I can compare myself to Leonardo da Vinci, (even though no one is comparable to him) – we are both practicing several skillsets at the same time. We’re both doing several things to reach our status quo – our own true north. He’s on ‘another world-ly’ level compared to me (and most other people) – BUT the mark up is the same. If you’re into woo-woo or ju-ju or what you call spiritual development these days, you’re aligning all the things that ‘spark your joy’ maybe you can even talk about Marie Kondo’fying your purpose?

If it doesn’t spark your joy, it’s probably not a part of your purpose. Sometimes when we have dreams and we are afraid to pursue it, it’s not that we don’t want to work on that dream, it’s more inclined to the fact that we haven’t built the pretext yet. The more I look into this whole purpose, it can be completely daunting – you keep hearing ‘but what if this isn’t really my purpose after all in your head?

We have to start thinking about the new renaissance people – you have to go back to the multi-purpose renaissance person.

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Creativity Entrepreneurial life Ideas

Wield Yourself

Sometimes you need to stand back and take a breather. Other times, you need to wield yourself.

I have been obsessed with the word ‘wielding’ and the phrase ‘wield yourself’ since I started on my scary yet rockin’ path of being healthy, as well as doing a whole lot of self-development. I love the words ‘rising, ‘uprising’ as well as ‘creating’, ‘building’, and my favorite word for what I am in the process of: ‘wielding’.

Wielding instead of creating- what’s the difference?

Wielding is the concept of creating/building based on deliberately using previously acquired concepts and skills that you already know brings you joy and happiness. Maybe I would even say that wielding happens from a place of fulfillment? It’s building stuff based on where you are already fulfilled, where you already know that you enjoy doing things like this. Well, what if you mash the things that you like to do, up?

I have thought a lot about why wielding feels like such a strong word for me.

Probably because it lets you see yourself as a tool. It’s in the word, that you will use everything you’ve already learned to create something new. It seems stronger for me and I believe that all rockers should be wielding, not creating. I have the same thing about ‘forging’ instead of creating. Forging is stronger to me- you melt things together.

A femtech entrepreneur; a case for wielding yourself.

I remember talking to one of my old friends at a conference in Copenhagen a while back. Her name is Ida Tin and she’s the founder of a femtech company called Clue, which is an ovulation tracker. Before that, Ida had a motorcycle travel agency together with her dad. And that’s actually where I got to know her – through a danish female entrepreneurship network called ‘morgendagens heltinder’. It was all the rage 15 years back. However, when I asked her how she came up with the idea for Clue she said that she had simply sat in her apartment and had a blank wall where she put post-it’s of all she liked to do in her life – all the things she was passionate about. Then she combined those things and started building because it was the perfect fit between feminism, technology, and reproductive rights.

What’s interesting here to me is that it simply wasn’t an act of creating everything from scratch. It was ‘deliberately’ using the things Ida knew made her feel fulfilled in order to create her next venture, her next dream.

I don’t see ‘wield yourself’ as an either/or from creating. It’s more like ‘upcycling’ (creating new things from old materials’ where creating is ‘DIY’ (creating new things from materials). It’s a layer above or below creativity depending on how you look at it.

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Climate Action Creativity

Self-Sufficiency: Live More Like Grandma

At the Punkborough there’s a patch of about 12 square meters that has two metal frames sticking up from the ground. It’s something that has been constructed at the shipyard in Helsingør by my great grandfather when he built the house back in the 50s. Those metal frames are to strip plastic rope in between and are used to dry clothes. I would be so sad to see it go because it’s so convenient to have a place to dry your clothes outside and not using an electrical dryer.

My grandmother used to wash her plastic bags when she had used them. She also used many nights fixing holes in socks for my grandfather or for herself. Materials were precious. Nothing from the garden was wasted. Everything was used as produce.

When I think of it, it’s not really that many years since we did things like this. Treasuring what we have, and fixing what needed to be fixed.

Self-sufficiency and honouring materials

Back then, they were more aligned with non-consumption than consumption. Yes, it was a different time to be living and things were more scarce, but there’s a lot of pointers saying that this is one of the ways forward, or backward if you might say. We can all bring these solutions to the table again. Figuring out how we are going to be honoring materials and produce. Recycling as much as possible, from a viewpoint of.. well life.

Sufficiency on a global scale

-The most sustainable fashion is buying used clothes.

-The most sustainable way of buying new furniture is to upcycle it from old, or finding what you need on the 2nd hand portals.

-Swapping seeds and plants with others, instead of purchasing in the store is the most gratifying way of starting a garden.

– Most vegetable scraps can be regrown

-If you have a place for a drying rack outside, it’s an amazing way of saving electricity

There are so many more things you can do – head over to this Pinterest search on self-sufficiency to find more

It’s a beautiful world, rockers! We need to remember the old times in times like these- taking the best solutions with us for the future. Self-sufficiency is one of the best ways of doing this- honoring what we already have around us.

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Creativity

How To Harm Your Creativity

how to harm your creativity

Do you sometimes feel a struggle inside when you’re working, not being able to bust free? Where, even though you have good intentions, you are not able to create? You feel like your creativity is harmed, and procrastination is something that you can’t avoid – ending up checking your Facebook feed and your Twitter stream impulsively all the time.

Yesterday, I met an internet friend and she said something that made so much sense to me. She said that sometimes she felt like she was just too spoiled. Too cozy. And things were too good to change them.

Factors That Affect Your Creativity

Sometimes it seems like we are harming our creativity instead of supporting it. There are so many distractions out there so it’s only natural to find it difficult to balance our hobbies and business management.

Creativity comes from chaos

For me, my creativity comes from chaos. Even though I thrive in chaos, I need it. With chaos, I get inspired to fix things up and explain my approaches to business. I think it’s, in particular, wise for people and businesses alike to enjoy the chaos. Maybe even ask us how much we would be able to change the world if everything were perfect and in order? So if you want to harm your creativity make everything nice. Nothing to riot against

Comparing yourself to others

I am personally really great at comparing myself to others. It’s hard for me not to do it. Maybe everybody in the world feels the same way. Social media hasn’t helped this at all for me because there nothing seems normal. Most of it seems like we need to see on the dark side of the ‘moon’ and remember that things are not at all what they look like there.

Belittling yourself

It goes hand in hand with ‘comparing yourself to others’. Belittling is easy, and it’s an absolute creativity killer to the point of not being able to think curly. Love yourself! You’re powerful. And if you don’t think so, it makes it so much harder to get shit done.

rock on

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Creativity

Do You Know Your Creative Triggers?

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Creative triggers are some things or events that get our creative juices going. Factors that trigger our creativity just when we feel we can’t come up with anything.

What do you do to get your creative juices going?

I became aware of my creative triggers when I was a teenager. Started cruising with my bike around my hometown. Dreamed up great ideas and master plans for the future.

But the bike-ride was just the beginning of it. I later set out to find out what my creative triggers were. Both when it came to my writing and my drawing.

The creative trigger for writing: Trains.

When I am doing keynote speaking gigs in Scandinavia or Germany, I prefer to get on a train and write for hours on end. I don’t know why I get so focused on trains, but it works every time. I get sucked into this train writing vacuum each time I get on a train, and I lose track of time.

The creative trigger for drawing: Rebellion

When I am going to draw something, I find inspiration in music and rebellious pictures. Street art. Words are written to inspire. The image in this post is a quick sketch of a smoking panda.

Why do we have creative triggers?

I think it’s our brain’s way of saying “you’re inspired now – get to work”. Sometimes being in a room with no WiFi can be a creative trigger – simply because I get the feeling of not being on the internet, so I might as well write. That feeling of inspiration is one of my favorite feelings in the world. So, when I can’t get on a train to get big chunks of words down on paper,  I go for a brisk walk of around 40 mins. Another thing I often do is to go across the sea from here, to Helsingborg to sit at a café and write. I think the traveling aspect helps with inspiration as well. Or maybe, that things are just different if you go to another country.

Last week I wrote about being on a writing retreat in the middle of nowhere. I was so productive. If I am in a big city (Berlin is one of my favorites) I have a need to explore and not to sit down and write all the time. Mind you, when I am exploring, my favorite thing is to bring my small Ipad to a coffee shop and sit there and write. Normally it’s good words and work that comes out of it.

I think it’s important to know how you can trigger your creativity. It’s also important not to leave everything up to “feeling inspired”, but getting to work even though you’re not inspired and then appreciate when inspiration comes to you. Writing for me is a job. It’s just what I do. If I left it up to “chance” or “inspiration” to get going each morning, I wouldn’t get much done.

rock on

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Branding Business Business Unusual Creativity Identity + purpose

Help Each Other’s Creativity

I want to propose something to you. Something radical. Something that could shift your brand purpose and how others view you. I want us to help each other’s creativity.

I want you to see every friend connection as a mutual pact. A pact where you not only sign up to see what’s going on in each other’s lives on social media but also to help each other’s creativity grow.

Help each other’s creativity

Where you help each other out.
In my perspective in my part of the pact, an online friend connection is just as genuine as offline. Where online is simply an extension to amplify offline.

Where we help each other out and not just click a “like” when your connection posts a picture.

I’m so blessed that I have a very creative network that launches things. They use blood, sweat, and tears to build something fantastic.

The smallest thing I can do is to share their work and their efforts.

I’ve started to honor those genuine friend connections and help them launch their babies that mean the world to them. Sometimes by referring their work to others or sharing their updates.

I see it as a way I can serve the world and some of the people closest to me.

I see it as brand activism and viral effect on an underground grassroots level, and that my friends, is one of the best things I know.

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Creativity

How To Market Your Creativity

how to market your creativity

There is one aspect of creativity in particular; a hard nut to crack.

It is when we take it to market.

Where it’s supposed to meet the world and stand tall on its own, like a beacon.

Just like a stamp to your brand.
A developed marketable concept.
Painting ready to be sold.

It is at that moment that we as artists, writers, and entrepreneurs are most vulnerable. It is when we show our work to the public. With a blog like this, we do this bit by bit every day. But sometimes we develop something larger. Something to make us thrive even more in this beautiful world in which we exist.

You make your creativity consumable by labeling it.

By calling it names.

By adding “buy now” buttons all over it.

By making it bigger and more product-like.

And this is where the real challenge lies for creatives. Because we have to add an aspect to our creativity that not everyone has. That we have to develop and teach ourselves.

It can be a huge frustration, but it can also feel like the ultimate success if we crack this hard nut and make it consumable. Purchasable.

One of my absolute biggest takeaways from running a company for ten years is that labeling and packaging are, if not everything, then 80% of creativity. It’s how we make our creativity ready for consumption that defines how well we’re going to sell our ideas and our creativity.

Here are more tips on how to improve your marketing using creativity, today.

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Creativity

The Worst Thing For Creativity

The worst thing for creativity is NOT silence, the stillness of body or mind, nor procrastination.

The worst things for creativity are:

  • Comparing yourself to other people and thinking that they have it all while you have not-as-much.
  • Complaining and whining, coming from a place of lack of ideas.
  • Thinking you’re not good enough and your art isn’t worthy of other people’s attention.

Just the thought of these things takes my creative energy away.

I have often thought about the quote from Jean-Paul Sartre stating: “l’enfer – c’est les autres” or “hell is other people.” It’s not only inside ourselves that our creativity lies but also outside of us as well. If you’ve studied Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book “Creativity”, you’ll find out that our surroundings and our society have a huge effect on our creativity, and whether or not something is deemed creative at all.

I recommend the Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi book on creativity because it shows that there are two sides to creativity: creating and perception of the created.

Is creativity changing because we are more connected?

I believe that the perception of creativity is changing all the time. Through the Internet, our art is becoming visible to a lot of people who wouldn’t be able to see it any other way. Simply because the Internet makes it easier to search for. This leads to more possibilities to find a niche. More possibilities to connect with people who would love your art.

rock on

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Creativity Writing

3 Workbooks / Planners For Deep Planning

Some people don’t get enough ideas. Or can’t get the right ones.

I, au contraire, am different. As I worked on the other day, I have started to do some idea mapping around my gazillion ideas. I jotted them down and let them expand through notebooks and files.

But I have gotten some fantastic planners this year as well. Some people say planning is needed to keep my curls in order. I believe that I need planning to let my freak flag fly higher. I have three different planners that I think you rockers would love!

The first one is my desire map day planner by Danielle LaPorte.

The second one is a Christmas gift from a dear friend, a passion planner for all my thoughts.

The third one is the crowdfunding notebook that I got in the mail last week from Mr. Danish crowdfunding himself Michael Eis. Michael and his crowdfunding platform Booomerang.dk has been a con amore project for me for a couple of years. So I was so psyched when I saw this in the mail:

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The design of the notebook has a Marilyn Manson/braille feel on it.  But when you open it up, there’s nothing braille about it (the Marilyn Manson-esqueness is a matter of preference I guess). When I am launching my next crowdfunding project, this is going to be our main source of collaboration.

It’s an interesting concept; You can get different kinds of planners for all sorts of things these days. It could be a crowdfunding project or you could get a bit more perspective on your desire and passion.

“Write it all out!”, I say.