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Teaser Trailer for Mad Geniuses

At the weekend I’ll be releasing the first ever Clear-Minded Creative Micro-Manifesto. It’s called The Career Masterplan for Mad Geniuses and it will be completely free to download! You can watch the teaser trailer below, which explains a little more about it. The trailer was filmed and edited entirely in the iMovie app on the […]

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Clear-Minded Classic #9: The $100 Start Up by Chris Guillebeau

You may have heard of Chris Guillebeau. He is at the forefront of a new breed of bloggers and creative entrepreneurs who are making a substantial income from their creative output, and inspiring thousands of other people to do the same. As well as writing for free on his blog and in his two hugely […]

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My May Morning Routine Challenge

It’s 3 months since I went freelance, and I’ve been recording a video diary almost every week to document how things are going, which I’ve been sending out to subscribers of the CMC newsletter. However a few weeks ago the videos stopped (as any subscribers will have noticed). I had a lot of great feedback […]

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How Advertising has Changed Since the Days of Don Draper

For those creative people who actually want to earn money from their work, the advertising industry is often an attractive career option. The show Mad Men, based at the peak of the industry, has perhaps added to the glamour, even though these days there’s a lot less daytime drinking! Despite some contractual difficulties threatening to derail […]

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Clear-Minded Classic #8: Escape From Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim

The term “Cubicle” isn’t commonly used in the UK so previous to reading this book I was only aware of what a cubicle was primarily through films like the brilliant Office Space: [tentblogger-youtube Fy3rjQGc6lA] But this doesn’t mean that Pamela Slim’s book, which is subtitled “ From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur’ isn’t only useful […]

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The Ditch the Day Job Diaries – One Month Later

So here’s a brief glimpse at what’s happened to me over the last month: [tentblogger-vimeo 38166396] The quote at the beginning is from the Bootstrapper’s Bible by Seth Godin (free manifesto). To see all four episodes in full and receive new episodes each week please sign up to the newsletter. // < ![CDATA[ // < […]

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“Don’t Wait to Be Discovered”- Zam Salim, Director of ‘Up There’

“You realize at a certain point that what you’re doing is storytelling and everything- the writing, the directing, the editing- is just part of that fundamental skill.” Zam Salim is a writer and filmmaker based in Scotland whose debut feature Up There recently won the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at Santa Barbara International […]

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Alex Mathers from Red Lemon Club

I’ve been a fan of Alex Mathers and his Red Lemon Club blog for quite some time. The site provides really solid advice for freelance creatives of all kinds. Alex’s own speciality is illustration, a topic covered by his other site, Ape on the Moon – so he talks from experience – and of course this […]

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I’ve Just Run Out of Excuses

Yesterday I left the civil service after almost exactly 10 years to the day I started. You can read some background to this in one of the previous newsletters. Somewhat spookily, given this was my last day of repeating the same routine over and over again, this happened on Groundhog Day. Another coincidence – on […]

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What Are Your Goals for 2012?

This goal setting lark looks deceptively easy but is in fact pretty tough. It actually involves sitting down (that’s the easy part) and thinking (that’s the difficult part). Categories I found the first part of Chris Guillebeau’s Annual Review process easy enough – what went well and not so well in 2011. Chris was even […]