At one time, I was at the top of one of Stockholm’s hottest companies. On the verge of going public, and with an executive marketing title and sizable salary, I somehow felt empty. After some soul searching, I realized that I couldn’t
- 23 Aug 16 10.51 am
The Focus School: Top 4 Tips on Unleashing Your Creative EnergyRead more
Because periodically letting your mind wander might end up paying off—allowing you opportunities to focus on the biggest picture–you might need tips on just how to activate that wild creative potential: helping turn ideas into action. Here are 4 quick ways to unlocking your creativity!
1. Let Your Mind Jazz It Up
Free association, where you speak whatever comes into your mind without censoring, opens one door to the open-awareness mode.
2. Create Your Creative “Cocoon”
The key to insights and stunning breakthroughs is having clear goals, but also freedom in how to reach it.To make something out of those associations, we need free time where we can sustain an open awareness. And, most crucial, enough time to really think freely. A “coc
oon” for ourselves lets the creative spirit flourish; tight schedules and structures kill it.
Take a walk, a long bath or go sunbathing–the relaxing state of mind will open up your awareness, allowing creative thoughts to nourish.
4. Keep a diary
Maintaining a diary is more than just a way to learn from our mistakes, or reflect on ourselves and our attitudes–they allow us an empty slate in which to express our thoughts and views, unconstructed as they may be, without judgement or criticism. This is the raw breeding ground for creativity.
Though there are so many ways to source creativity, these should give you enough to get started. If you have any special tips on how you stay creative, share them in the comments!
- 17 Aug 16 12.15 pmRead more
Noa Talks | Summer Travel in Sweden: Why Public Access Matters
Like most people, I often get caught up in the thinking that the grass is greener on the other side. That what is “over there” might be better than what I already have.
I have traveled a lot outside Sweden for my vacation, but this summer my girlfriend convinced me to go on a 2-week tour through the middle section of Sweden. I am very thankful that she was so insistent. I got a chance to realize that Sweden is a truly beautiful country and that here is great (just as much as “over there”).
I love the freedom that we in Sweden get to experience without many limitations. In Sweden we have something called “allemansrätt”. It literally translates to “the everyman’s right”. It is the right for every single person to walk through a forest, across a field or along a beach—regardless if it is private property (as long as you don’t disturb the owners, of course).
This means that almost every part of Sweden’s natural wealth is open to the public for enjoyment, enlightenment. I love it. I think it’s quite unique. I imagine there must be so many great things out there in the world that could be enjoyed by more people without having a negative impact on the owners. I am thankful that I live in a country thatembraces this idea.
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