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n moments of community crisis there are countless opportunities for extraordinary response. Opportunities, which at their core, are made up of immeasurable human instinct, courage and action void of hesitation.

Opportunity – seize it.

One single tweet brought a crushing blow to my heart with the news of “8 dead community members” on the morning after a night’s tornadic fury. Never could I have foreseen how this would present an opportunity so armed with people ready to conquer the world (ok, our community). It even proved to possess more momentum than the “most organized” local organizations. The opportunity was simply a response of action in the midst community crisis – a powerful and organic response. It was not a thought-out response from board rooms, coffee shops, and in no way was it grounded in research. “Retreat!” was not an option that morning after instinct and courage took control of a few of us. These two elements made it possible to seize the opportunity. When there is opportunity to be seized, do it then! Remember, in most situations, crisis response didn’t fail because someone acted too early. It usually fails because someone acted too late.

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Write | Your intake effects your outpour

Watch what you put into your body. We’ve all heard this adage when reading or talking about health and nutrition. The simple idea that if you continue to eat McDonald’s and Pop

Tarts your body will act accordingly by becoming larger, slower, and easily fatigued.

This concept is fluid throughout the world and can be used in any situation. “If… Then…”

The same applies to writing. If you spend a disproportionate amount of time watching college football (guilty), listening to the static “Top 40”, and/or subjecting yourself to simple shock and awe movies (Hello, Transformers 2), then, you will begin to see your writing become tiredly repetitive, needlessly fatigued, and lacking insight.

And if you are young and cash strapped like myself, television, movies, music, and books may be your only opportunities to travel and experience different people and different cultures, hear fresh exotic words, and intake the multitude of themes, characters, and ‘left hooks’ surrounding story. All the more reason to push yourself to dig outside of your comfort zone and consume foreign pieces of content.

Thankfully an over-whelming number of blogs and online magazines, Netflix, and iTunes along with a number of other resources has given us the ability to experience the strange and different every day.

I’m not great at intake - as with everything surrounding writing - it’s a work in progress, but I will let you in on a few of my “tips”:

Pick a genre of music off iTunes that is outside your wheelhouse and choose one of the featured artist and plug them into Pandora. My wife has spent most of her life rocking to Kelly Clarkson and Hillsong United but the new staple in her life is The Middle East station on Pandora. She says she loves the way it makes her feel.

Check out the Featured Content section in Wikipedia. If you’re like me and have never viewed a list of the counties in Kentucky, read about the origin of crepes, or looked at a photo of the rope trick effect, Wikipedia will open you up to a host of new content experiences.

Pick a documentary off of Netflix. Transparently my que is full of these damn things but I have the hardest time saying no to The Office and Breaking Bad. So while I may not be practicing what I preach all the time I can say the few times I have partaken I have come away pleased.

And when you do have the funds travel, eat different foods, and talk to people. Maybe instead of that $130 cable bill you should save up and kayak the islands off the coast of Georgia or go canyoneering in Moab, Utah.

The story you are living will bleed through onto the pages you write.

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Non-Conformity as Perspective

Nothing pains some people so much as having to think,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. Choosing to think for yourself—instead of following the crowd and blindly accepting a life that isn’t yours—is the basis for true non-conformity. It’s not about rebellion, it’s about self-awareness. A good starting point is to ask yourself, “Why do I do this every day? What am I working toward over time?”

Non-Conformity as Inspiration

We all learn from the lives of those around us, in both direct and indirect ways. Consider others who have redefined risk, finding security for themselves through self-employment, setting off to see the world, or otherwise chosen a road less followed. What can you learn from them? How can their lessons be replicated (initially) and then made into your own?

Non-Conformity as Action

Ultimately, a shift in perspective and the rush of inspiration must transfer to something tangible. Without action, there is no real transformation. Understanding that you don’t have to live your life the way others expect is the first step; making changes in your life to align with that understanding is the real practice. That’s where the real work begins. Fortunately, the real work can be both meaningful and fun.

*Make sure to check out Chris’s upcoming book, THE $100 STARTUP: REINVENT THE WAY YOU MAKE A LIVING, DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND CREATE A NEW FUTURE.

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The Set-up. An Escape.

Think of it as a vacation. An escape from reality. You sit on the seat in a movie theatre or on a couch at home and press play on your DVD system. Trailers, opening credits, and the film begins. For the next couple hours you’re about to have your eyes fixated on a screen that tells a story.

The Confrontation. A chance to impact.

Good films entertain, but great films impact. Why do people watch films? Better yet…why do people fall in “love” with films? Art is subjective, which makes films subjective. Films have the ability to create a bond within a specific character or emotion that is portrayed on the screen. 

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Use the buddy system.

In starting CreateHere.org, a watershed place-based talent retention and cultural change project in Chattanooga, Tennessee that sparked over 300 creative enterprises, stimulated over $4 million in real estate purchases, retained and attracted thousands of individuals to the city along with championing the world’s largest community visioning process with 26,263 surveys collected, we fused two backgrounds, and as such, found interesting and unexpected returns in our work. Arts initiatives with an economic backbone made for a more durable and viable creative community, one that is nationally recognized today. By taking a proven leader in the arts and another from the non-profit and business world and working as Co-CEO’s, we redefined leadership as at team sport.  It made all the difference in our work.

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In a world where ideas are a dime-a-dozen, talk is cheap. Improving our ability to execute well is essential for giving our ideas life. Here are three thoughts on executing ideas well:

Stop Talking & Start Writing

Recent studies have shown that people who immediately talk about their new ideas are less likely to actually implement them. Talking about an idea prior to doing some initial processing on paper tricks our brains into thinking that we are actually doing something about the concept.

While sharing definitely has its benefits and is highly recommended in the overall idea-making process, taking the time to document our thoughts on paper first will provide greater focus and a practical point of reference for development.

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Charlie Rose discusses the human brain and creativity with artists Richard Serra and Chuck Close. (via Collaborative Fund)

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This is a great short film by Nirvan Mullick about a 9 year old boy who builds a cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto part store.

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School girls watch as local mechanics repair the well in their community that provides clean water for hundreds of families.
Learn more about providing sustainable access to clean water at www.theadventureproject.org.

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School girls watch as local mechanics repair the well in their community that provides clean water for hundreds of families.

Learn more about providing sustainable access to clean water at www.theadventureproject.org.

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Check out more Creative Inspiration at Holidaymatinee.com

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The guys at Uncrate are highlighting the new Garmin Approach S3.

The guys at Uncrate are highlighting the new Garmin Approach S3.

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Nike’s won the contract to design the official uniforms of the NFL. Here’s a sneak peek at what they are planning.

Nike Nabs The Crown Jewel Of Sports Branding: The NFL