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Why ‘Grit Conquers All’ when it comes to creative work

“An ounce of practice is generally worth more than ton of theory.” – E.F. Schumacher (author of the book Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered) At last year’s Small is Beautiful conference in Glasgow, the first speaker was writer and author Jocelyn K Glei, who at the time was Founding Editor and Director of Behance’s […]

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Creative Edinburgh Awards 2013: The Winners Speak!

At the end of 2013 I attended Creative Edinburgh‘s Awards bash at The Bongo Club.

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Produce the Goods: a Free Guide for Mad Geniuses

This fourth guide in the Career Masterplan for Mad Geniuses series has taken quite a while to get finished (somewhat ironically given the title). That’s because it not only involved a lot of research, but plenty of real life experience during my first 18 months or so of full-time freelancing/blogging. I’ll admit it did involve […]

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Get Yourself Some C.A.K.E. (and watch our live Google Hangout)

 Last night I was honoured to be joined by my friends Michael Nobbs and Fabian Kruse live on Google Hangouts  (as well as a number of other friends and family from around the world who tuned in) for the momentous occasion of me drinking my first beer for a year (and celebrating my birthday). We talked about what I’ve […]

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C.A.K.E: The Final Frontier (a Bite-Sized Course for Bloggers)

In ‘Getting Geeky’ (episode 8 of the Mountain Shores Podcast), Fabian Kruse, Michael Nobbs and myself talk about the advantages and disadvantages of getting lost in creative flow, how to delight customers with high quality ice-cream, and whether our mindsets can make a difference to our earning potential.

You can also hear a bit more about The C.A.K.E. method, a bite-sized course that Fabian and I are offering to bloggers who want to have (more) fun and get more done.

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Adventures in Self-Publishing

Self-publishing still has a bad rap amongst some writers, who see it as ‘vanity publishing’. That’s good news for the rest of us, who see it as a brilliant opportunity to get our work out there without having to wait for permission from traditional gatekeepers. Obviously though, if you are self-publishing, it’s important to maintain […]

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Are You Flying Too Low? Review of The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

Earlier this week I described how Seth Godin used Kickstarter and his army of fans to fund The Icarus Deception. Now, finally, it’s time to hear about what’s inside the book itself. And when Godin asks “are you flying too low” he’s not talking about whether you’ve zipped up your jeans or not. Taking the […]

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Don’t Be Another HMV – Wake Up to What Your Business Needs – NOW

HMV*, the UK’s biggest high street retailer of entertainment products – music, games, electronics (more recently) and DVDs, has gone into administration as of yesterday, meaning 4500 jobs are at risk. As a former employee (I graduated to the giddy heights of ‘chart buyer’) I feel truly gutted for the staff, and hope that the […]

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Creative Inspiration

Seth Godin Spectacular!

This coming week on Clear-Minded Creative will be a Seth Godin spectacular, to mark the release of 3 new books by the influential blogger and bestselling author: The Icarus Deception, V is for Vulnerable (with cartoonist Hugh MacLeod) and Watcha Gonna Do With That Duck? I’ve got 4 copies of The Icarus Deception to give […]

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4 Things That Make Instagram Special

There’s a big hoo-ha today because Instagram have decided to change their terms and conditions from the 16th January 2013, giving them free reign to sell users’ content & activity within the app to third party advertisers. And I’ll admit, I’m pretty upset. Like, I could kill a zombie scarecrow upset (see obligatory Instagram picture). After all, I […]