Are you putting into practice what you think is just? The Paul Newman video inspired me to ask you this question. I think it's an important question to ask yourself. It's asking yourself if you are putting your image of what the world should be like into practice. Are you helping making this world a better place? In your job, in your relationship, among friends, when talking to strangers, considering your buying habits, your way of nurturing your body.... Here's my answer to this question. Be honest and tell me yours after reading it.What is being just? To me 'being just' is doing things the way that feels right. It's something that you sense. It's responding in a way that helps both you and the other people involved. Though they may not see it as 'helping' at first. It's acting in a way that makes you feel good about yourself. It's something that generates energy. When you're being just you can feel it. Am I putting into practice what I think is just? An example. Personally I'm trying to put into practice what I believe is just. Every day is a lesson with new experiences. It's not always easy. But I take each encounter, each situation as something I can learn from. For example, not long ago I was in a shoeshop and the man behind the counter was really rude as I walked up to him to pay for some shoes that I wanted to buy. I'm not going to describe in detail what he did but it was really out of line. As this happened I immediately felt the anger grow inside of me. But I realized that the anger was growing and I knew that if you let pain be the source of your words then you will add pain to both yourself and the other person. So instead of 'telling him the truth' I asked him why he was being so rude. He denied having treated me this way. This made it even more difficult for me to not let the pain do the talking and I said "So you're not going to apologize?" The man replied "For what?" It was obvious that this conversation was going nowhere. So I paid him and left the shop. When I got outside I realized that he had just charged me 10 euro more than he should have. So I walked back into the store and the man immediately got very nervous as he saw me coming in again. I said to him: "You charged me too much money." He admitted the mistake and started to arrange for me to get my money back. I saw how nervous he was while doing this and said to him "What just happened before I left was nothing personal, you know?" The man answered "Yes, I know." I said "I just couldn't understand why you were acting that way." The man stayed quiet now. Gave me the 10 euro and as I started walking towards the exit he said "Sorry about before." I said "It's okay." and walked out of the store. So what's so just about this? What is so just about this? Well, I felt amazing after this happened. A lot of what I believe in was put into practice during just one encounter with someone acting in a rude way. The man offered me a chance to put a lot of my beliefs into practice. This doesn't happen often. 1. Thoughts are not reality -> Though I perceived the man as rude, the man himself was not rude. That man was someone ACTING rude. There's a big difference. At first I got angry because I believed the man was rude. Then I remembered that thoughts are not reality. This made me realize the difference between my thoughts and reality. 2. Focus is important -> Right there I could have lost my temper and start to yell at the man. Instead I managed to stay focused on my beliefs at that point. 3. People are good -> In the end the man said sorry. This was a beautiful moment for me. It proved my belief in the good in people. Besides that it also made clear that the man did start to think about his own behaviour before I returned to the store for my money. 4. Each action counts -> Even if I hadn't returned to the store, the man still would've reconsidered his behaviour. Each action counts. Each small action can lead to something big. 5. Mistakes are good -> Each time you or someone else makes a mistake, that mistake creates a chance to learn. In this case for the man to reconsider his behaviour and for me to put my beliefs into practice. 6. Listen to your body -> As the man was acting rude I immediately felt a pain grow inside of me. This was the anger. I listened to the pain and decided not to let it grow. My body indicated that I was putting energy in thoughts that were untrue by making me sense pain. Because of that I could recognize what I was doing. 7. Helping others is what counts -> After the whole incident I felt amazing. I was constantly smiling. It had made me see that helping people IS what counts. Don't get angry at what is. Just be there and try to help. 8. Be honest -> I could've walked out of the shop without asking the man about his behaviour. But then I wouldn't have been honest to the man or myself. By being honest you take away regrets and 'stuff that you have to think about'. It keeps your mind clear. So does this make me just? No. In this situation I felt good about the way I acted. But I can tell you many examples of situations where I acted against my beliefs. But to be able to recognize your beliefs you first have to know what you believe in. That's a step. Once you know what you believe in you start to recognize situations that conflict with your beliefs. This is where it gets interesting. The more you recognize situations where you acted against your beliefs, the more likely you are to start acting according to your beliefs the next time a similar situation occurs. This way you slowly start to live according to your beliefs. It's a long and difficult process. Personally I started to recognize my beliefs about a year ago. So that makes me a beginner. But if this is the beginning then I can't wait for what's coming. I realize now that life is one big experiment. Are YOU putting into practice what you think is just? Now it's your turn to answer this question. Are you putting into practice what you think is just? I'm really curious what your experiences are and how you are trying to live your life in a way that suits your beliefs. Feel free to leave a comment.
Eergisteren heb ik deze presentatie van Nick Campbell gekeken. Een boeiend verhaal over de mogelijkheden die de digitale creatieven nu hebben. Maar dat juist die mogelijkheden sommigen tot stilstand brengen. Want iedereen kan tegenwoordig fotograferen, een video schieten, een boek schrijven, een...
This is the first time that I’m actually writing a full article for Fresh Creation. The reason for writing an article is that I think it’s time to take inspiration a step further than just videos. And what better topic to start off with than how to increase your creativity. I wrote down a list that I put together through my own experiences. Let me know what you think of it. 1. Clear your workspace In order to be creative you have to clear your workspace. Give your mind some rest to come up with ideas without constantly being confronted with stuff that you still have to clean up or file. My workspace is a desk in the corner of my living room. Since I realized that loads of stuff was just lying there, I systematically started to get rid of stuff and I started to file the stuff that I hardly used. This way my mind didn’t have to think about the mess around me and creativity could flow. 2. Talk to friends Many times I came up with ideas by just talking to friends about the projects that I was working on. Some of these friends are working in totally different areas than me. But just that is the reason that they are able to look at a problem from a totally different perspective. A fresh look can do miracles for the whole creative process. 3. Find out what makes a project unique If you do projects that are similar, you tend to start working on them in a similar way. This means your work starts to look alike and you get less energy out of it after you finished it. The same happened to me when I was developing concepts for companies that had similar problems, similar goals, similar… . You get the point. I discovered that this made me approach these projects as being similar. The challenge is to discover the differences instead of focusing on similarities. So if you feel like you’re duplicating instead of creating then restart and look for the things that (could) make your project unique. 4. Do less This is one of the things that really boosted my energy and creativity. Instead of wanting to do everything in a day, I made a list of the things that were really important to me. Then I compared that list to the things that I would do during a day: check my emails every hour, check my site statistics, surfing the web for new creations, answering phone calls, answering emails…. It became clear to me that I was wasting a lot of time on stuff that were not on the list of stuff that I wanted to do. After that I started asking myself questions about all these activities. Did I really need to do them? Did I have to do them instantly? Did I have to do them so frequently? Answering all these questions made me reschedule and reorganize all my activities. Now I get a lot more done in one day. And practically all of it is stuff that I want to do in that day. Not stuff that just happens to me as I sit behind my desk. That gives great energy. And more energy leads to more creativity. 5. Do one thing at a time During a workday I won’t turn on my computer or my phone until I am ready to start receiving and making phone calls or writing emails. This gives me time to totally focus on the work that I’m doing. No distractions. I actually have blocks of time scheduled during the day to go through my emails and make phone calls. At first it was really difficult for me to switch off the phone and not check my emails first thing in the morning. It was like a voice inside my head was saying: “Go on. Check your mail! Listen to your voicemails! Check your site statistics!” Now, after a couple of months, it starts to get easier and easier to start doing the things that I want first and then doing the stuff that needs to be done. Doing the creative work instantly in the morning, without being distracted, gives me great joy. I know the list above is not a complete list so if you know of other ways to increase creativity then feel free to leave a comment.
Bruce Heavin is one of the founders of lynda.com. In this video he shares his '10 things I know to be true'. Some great reminders and quotes. "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
Ann Gadd, author of What Went Wrong with Mr Right, talks about faith and living in the moment. Ann says let go of the guilt of the past, shift out of the fear of the future and simply be.
The amount of money spent on advertising is mind-blowing. How can these advertising expenses be reduced? By making products that matter. That people will start talking about because the reason for buying it is so obvious that you don’t need to shout about it. Here are 10 ways to achieve this.1. Make a product that actually helps people This one seems so obvious, yet it is also one of the most ignored ones. Certain products have been out there so long that nobody even questions why they are there. Clothes. People need them to be warm. But why do we feel the urge to buy different shoes every time a new collection of Nikes is presented? Advertising and media make us think that we need to dress to the latest fashion. But new clothes don’t really help people. They just give you pleasure for a short time and then you want new ones. Like a drug. But what if there would be a product that would actually really make your life better. Easier. Such a product would not need a big advertising campaign, would it? It would simply stand out. People would talk about it on the internet and the media wouldn’t be able to ignore it either. A product that sells itself by really helping people. So look at the products that you’re making or selling right now. Do they really help people? Or are they just out there to make you and others money? Be honest. Then think about which part you play in this picture. 2. Make a product that serves a real need that people have What’s funny to me is the fact that marketing is often used to CREATE NEEDS. It’s sad, but it’s also funny when you become aware of it. A while back I was watching TV with my girlfriend and a commercial was on about a cream that would take away the wrinkles on your feet. Yes, feet! The commercial said something like: “Does it bug you too that you have wrinkles on your feet? Well, here’s your chance to make this problem go away.” And as the commercial is playing I watch my girlfriend as she looks down at her feet to see if she has wrinkles there. She didn’t even know she had wrinkles on her feet until the commercial pointed it out to her. That’s creating needs. First create a problem and then offer a solution. Without the ads there wouldn’t be a problem. That’s not helping people, that’s using them to make money. So first think of which actual needs people have and how you could help them to fulfil these needs. 3. Make a product that people can easily understand If it takes you a long time to explain how your product works or which problem it would solve then there are two things you can do: redesign your product and/or reconsider the problem you were solving. If your product is not easy to understand you will have to spend a lot of money on advertising to get the message out there and even then the results could be disappointing. So keep it simple. Why does your product exist and what does it do? 4. Make a product that’s not an old product with a new flavour or brand When a new version of an existing car model is introduced, a lot of times you can barely see the difference between the new and the old version. The design, the interior and the engine have been tweaked a bit, some new features have been added and that’s it. But at the same time huge ads of this car appear in magazines, you see the car in commercials on TV, commercials on the radio, a full feature campaign website, guerrilla marketing events…. All this money is spent to give people the feeling that they really should get their hands on this latest, fantastic model. But if the car company would be honest it would say in their ads: “Pretty much the same as the last one.” 5. Make a product that lasts Basically because companies want to continue to sell stuff, they are tempted to make stuff that doesn’t last. Because the quicker something breaks down, the quicker you’ll buy something to replace it. For instance mobile phones, I have been told that some parts of mobile phones are made in such a way that they last for about 2 years if you use it heavily. 2 years! The reason they do this is because teenagers will replace their mobile phone with a new one within 2 years anyway. And why do they want to buy a new one within 2 years? Advertising makes them think they’re missing out on something if they don’t. This results in peer pressure. If you don’t own the latest model, you’re not cool. But what if products would just keep on working and would only be replaced if they’d really add something significant? A product with a quote like: “Buy one for life.” Are they out there? 6. Make a product that you can recycle This is something that is getting more and more attention. The reasons why are clear. If you can recycle a product the earth doesn’t get damaged and people get to live longer in a healthy environment. Living in a healthy environment is a need that people have. So live up to it. Don’t see it as something extra that you could do. It’s something that needs to be done if you care. Loads of media are paying attention to green products so instead of paying for expensive ads you could create awareness for your product by simply informing the media about it. 7. Show you care On the web, people are talking about practically all products and about the companies that make them. Make sure you listen to what they’re saying and also respond to them. Quickly, accurately and honestly. You will get great feedback and if you really solve the problems that these people have you will create an even bigger fanbase along the way. More people will start to talk about your products and this could create such a buzz that it could become your main way of advertising: Listening and talking to your customers. Showing you care. Where’s 8, 9 and 10? Normally lists consist of 5 or 10 items. This makes the list sound important. It’s one of the tricks that advertising (and even religion (10 commandments)) use to get your attention. So maybe it would have been better if I had added 3 more. Instead I’m asking you to make the list longer by leaving a comment about other ways to get your product noticed without using advertising. Final remark I’m not an expert in advertising or product design. The list above is just an overview of what seemed obvious to me. With this list I hope to make people and companies aware of the huge amounts of money and time that we waste on stuff that doesn’t matter and doesn’t make us happy. So why not use your money and energy for something good?
A lot of people think you need talent to excel at something. According to this video talent is 10.000 hours of work and some luck. So basically what you need is luck. Mmmm.... Don't know if that motivates me to work hard (for 10.000 hours). (thanks to Piet!)
Ik ben een enorme fan van het verhaal achter Zappos. Een bedrijf dat enorm is gegroeid door op basis van een aantal waarden te werken en deze in de volledige bedrijfsvoering door te voeren. Het voornaamste doel van Zappos...
Okay. It took a bit of time before I dared to write this article. The reason was that I thought I was starting to get ‘strange’. Why? Because my body started moving by itself during meditation. On top of that, I couldn’t find any information which told me that this was a normal thing. But don’t worry, everything is fine now… ;-) Here’s the story.How it started I’ve been practicing mediation for over a year now. Two times a day. On a daily basis. Early in the morning and late in the evening. Each session takes about half an hour. Sometimes longer. In the beginning I would focus on my breath. Trying to count it while I was sitting down on the ground. The word ‘trying’ is a good description for what I was doing since I would get distracted by thoughts a lot of the time. After a while, as the distractions by thoughts decreased, I noticed that my back was aching a bit. I realized that I wasn’t sitting down properly and started using some pillows to sit on. Though they did help a bit, the pain was still there. My girlfriend told me about cushions that were made especially for meditation. I bought one and soon the pain was gone. And that’s when my body started moving by itself… Am I going crazy? By saying ‘moving by itself’ I don’t mean that during meditation I would stand up and follow wherever ‘my body wanted me to go’. No. It was subtle movement. Arms would slowly move up in the air. My back would curl backwards. My head would be pulled up. All kinds of movements. One by one. Very slowly. I let it happen. I just let the energy in my body do its work. I followed and trusted that the outcome was good. Sometimes my girlfriend would see me as I was moving my body during meditation. To her and for me it was an unusual experience. I talked to her about what was happening. She just smiled. Not being able to completely understand what I was talking about. Neither could I. Things are falling into place I continued to let my body ‘take over’ during meditation. After a while things started to happen. The movements had all been subtle stretching movements (sometimes not so subtle). Due to this muscles would pop into place sometimes. A wonderful, though sometimes a bit painful, experience that gave me more energy to continue to follow my body. Apparently, due to the stress that I had built up in my body, my muscles had been cramped together. Especially in the area of my neck, my head, my shoulders and my chest. Because I was becoming aware of the amount of thoughts in my head, I also became aware of how I felt if I was not thinking. In those moments my body started healing itself. You’re not what you think Thoughts can create stress. If you repeat stressful thoughts the stress becomes a part of you and of your body. Lots of people, like me, walk around like it’s the most normal thing in the world to continuously listen to a voice in their head. But it’s not. Stressful thoughts as well as pleasant thoughts are just thoughts. They’re not you. Many people think they ARE their thoughts. But you are the consciousness that is listening to the thoughts. Not the thought itself. That’s a big difference. You are not the voice but the one that is listening to the voice in your head. Meditation is about being present in the now. About you as a conscious being. No thoughts. Just what is. Yoga and Tai Chi Some of the movements that I was making during meditation started to turn into positions that would appear repeatedly. As I was looking through a book about yoga I recognized the positions in the book. I WAS DOING THOSE POSITIONS. Without ever having done or read about yoga I had been doing yoga positions by just listening to my body. A very strange experience. Later on I found a book which described that if you listen to your true self your body will start to heal whatever needs healing inside you. This was what was happening to me. Other people had experienced it too. I was not ‘strange’, I was simply aware of signs that other people couldn’t hear yet because they didn’t pay attention to them. Later on the movements started to blend into my daily life. Whenever I would focus on my body, be it sitting or standing, I would feel the signals. Behind my desk I would start rolling my head. While sitting in the train my shoulders would start to stretch the muscles attached to them. I would make the movements very subtle to not disturb other passengers. Nowadays, as I stand, my whole body starts to move into positions that are not part of yoga. As these positions grew bigger they looked like martial arts movements. Some of the movements resemble Tai Chi. I had to look this up though. Before I didn’t know anything about martial arts. Habits I changed Nowadays I am much more aware of my body than I was a year ago. I go for a run 3 times per week. It’s great. Years ago I also went for a run now and then but then I always took my watch with me. I had to run a certain distance within a set time or my run wouldn’t make me happy. I don’t even take my watch with me as I go for a run now. I just let my body set the pace and feel what’s happening as I run. It continuously gives signals. Run faster, run slower, stretch your back… I also pay more attention to what, when and how much I eat and drink. Food and drinks are the fuel for your body. So I listen when my body needs them. How much it needs and what it prefers. Also going to sleep on time made a big difference in energy for me…. Why I wrote this article The main reason that I wrote this article is to share my experiences so that others who run into the same situation find someone else on the web who they can relate to. So they see that they’re not ‘strange’ but just people that are aware of the needs of their body. I encourage everyone to try meditation. It’s something that will change your look at life.
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. There are a lot pretty cool people interviewed over at the Submarine Channel. One of my favorites is Miranda July. She was responsible for and also starred in Me and you and everyone we know. She talks about her art, that mostly exists out of pictures made by people she gave an assignment. Assignments like: photograph strangers holding hands, make an encouraging banner. Great stuff.
Jack Canfield explains how your beliefs limit you and how to owercome these limiting beliefs.

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An off-topic video, I know. But I found it so funny that I just had to share it.
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