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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.


  • 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?
  • After writing this
  • I had an epiphany
  • In terms of
  • We ALL hold the power
  • Creativity is highly valued
  • Ive decided its my life work Photo: Derek Kearney
  • Intro Blocked?
  • Whats our most important tool for creating?
  • No, not these
  • This one!
  • Instead of accessing all of your great ideas
  • And feeling like this
  • You run into road blocks
  • When you need them the least
  • And you run completely
  • However, creativity is a source of true power
  • Creativity is newness produced. - Sir Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds
  • When we are in the creative flow
  • We are alchemists
  • It feels like
  • Creativity is magical, but it is not magic. - Dr. Charles Limb, Your Brain on Improvisation TED talk
  • Were innately powerful creators
  • Instead of using it fully
  • We fear it Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • And give our power away
  • Building Blocks
  • Prologue How it starts
  • It starts early &
  • Share 4 stories from my own life
  • 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
  • Caused me to binge-create
  • But never felt deserving
  • Always a bit in the closet
  • Prologue, part 2 What it creates
  • These lies that we tell ourselves
  • Leave parts of us paralyzed and imprisoned
  • Adds up
  • = Blocks
  • Instead of creativity
  • Destructivity
  • 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
  • Monsters in your head
  • 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
  • Physical evidence of fear
  • Recognize the many forms of your Inner Critic
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • Impostor Syndrome Paradox
  • Comparisons
  • Perfectionism
  • Procrastination
  • Fear of failure
  • 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
  • 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


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