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As an entrepreneur and a creative, you need ways to work better so that you can create more, but what do you do when you hit a seemingly insurmountable mental wall? You need to get unblocked: to bust through that barrier to allow creativity to flow. Beware: this presentation challenges the standard norms around concentration, focus, productivity, and may change how you work…for the better.

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  • If You Feel Inclined to Tweet I am: @denisejacobs Were at: @MindTheBridge And Im talking about ways to #getunblocked
  • How did I become a Creativity Evangelist? http://www.flickr.com/photos/b4b2/3954106061/
  • After writing this
  • I had an epiphany http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4055814772/
  • In terms of http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  • We ALL hold the power http://www.flickr.com/photos/assbach/267598910/
  • Creativity is highly valued http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/the-time-creativity-poll/
  • Ive decided its my life work Photo: Derek Kearney
  • Intro Blocked?
  • Whats our most important tool for creating? http://www.flickr.com/photos/drachmann/327122302/
  • No, not these http://www.flickr.com/photos/plindberg/33867829/
  • This one! http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3APSM_V14_D495_Side_view_of_the_brain_and_spinal_cord.jpg
  • Instead of accessing all of your great ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  • And feeling like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4958540694/
  • You run into road blocks http://www.flickr.com/photos/99301367@N00/8497106802/
  • When you need them the least http://www.flickr.com/photos/7693102@N07/2536807562/
  • And you run completely http://royhoes.deviantart.com/art/Out-of-Inspiration-85588391
  • However, creativity is a source of true power http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanekemp/6152286326/
  • Creativity is newness produced. - Sir Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds
  • When we are in the creative flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfear/289257055/
  • We are alchemists http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Faust_image_19thcentury.jpg
  • It feels like http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/2761300969/
  • Creativity is magical, but it is not magic. - Dr. Charles Limb, Your Brain on Improvisation TED talk
  • Were innately powerful creators http://www.flickr.com/photos/89927155@N00/2144275209/
  • Instead of using it fully http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/
  • We fear it Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • And give our power away https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6D-O5ECr5EUow5jrck2A2A
  • Building Blocks
  • Prologue How it starts
  • It starts early http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/ &http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/
  • Share 4 stories from my own life http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenjavier/7324305636/
  • Age 6
  • Dad Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • Mom & sister Photos: Deloria Jacobs
  • Me? More of a graphic artist Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • Age 10
  • Oldest friend in the world Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • Age 24
  • Happy graduation! Now what? Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • Maybe be a writer?
  • First airplane ride!
  • Internalized the critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  • Caused me to binge-create
  • But never felt deserving
  • Always a bit in the closet http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenzzz_14/7031233649/
  • Prologue, part 2 What it creates
  • These lies that we tell ourselves
  • Leave parts of us paralyzed and imprisoned http://www.flickr.com/photos/b3ni/2990601183/
  • Adds up
  • = Blocks http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_g_travels/860951845/
  • Instead of creativity
  • Destructivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevygee/3265941065/
  • Getting Unblocked
  • Nudge your comfort zone
  • Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. - Anna Freud
  • 1 Recognize & Banish
  • Busyness http://www.flickr.com/photos/wester/504925076/
  • Monsters in your head http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/
  • If your demons are such that they fill the room the instant you contemplate creating, your studio will be too dangerous a place to enter. - Eric Maisel, author of Fearless Creating
  • Whats really going on is were http://www.43folders.com/2011/03/28/scared-shitless
  • Physical evidence of fear http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/
  • Recognize the many forms of your Inner Critic
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • Impostor Syndrome Paradox http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
  • Comparisons http://www.flickr.com/photos/automania/126698126/
  • Perfectionism http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  • Procrastination http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  • Fear of failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/
  • The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating, rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self-torture. - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  • F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real or, alternatively, F*ck Everything And Run!
  • Become a Fear Alchemist http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joseph_Wright_of_Derby_The_Alchemist.jpg
  • Thoughts on fear
  • Fear is not real. It is a product of the thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice. - character of Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith), After Earth
  • Banish the Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos