Thursday, December 26, 2013

Welcome to my website! My name is Peter, and it is my goal to bring you the best instances of people living creatively from all over the world. This is me on the right, cheers!

While truly creative people might be the minority in 2014, it is my sincere belief that it is only going to be more and more important to live creatively as the world becomes increasingly competitive, global, and in need of constant innovation.

At Living Creatively, we essentially believe in two things:

1. Being creative for the sake of creativity. There is value in being creative for no other reason than to be creative in the same way that a kid is creative, for example.

2. We also believe in being as a means of achieving more with less time, resources, and energy. Simply put, there is too much that each of us is expected to do these days, and it takes true creativity, flexibility, and personal honesty to remove the clutter and focus in on only the essentials. We like to say here that "creativity clears minds."

Friday, December 13, 2013

What is Rugged Creativity?

I have been writing a lot of haikus lately, and they have gotten me thinking about Rugged Creativity. What is Rugged Creativity?

In a sentence, Rugged Creativity is the creativity you need to survive in a rugged world. That hiker who had to gnaw his own arm off when he was trapped un a boulder represents rugged creativity. The Ethiopian entrepreneur who went from a shack to a mansion almost overnight because of her inspiring idea to create internet access for all of Ethopian citizens? Rugged creativity.

It is creativity born of necessity, the kind of creativity that helps you to survive and does not compromise. If it is soft, it is not rugged creativity. If it forgives, it is not rugged creativity.

If it allows you to think unfiltered and unhindered thoughts, doesn't bend the the will of any man, and tastes like the whiskey on Hemmingway's breath. That, my friend, is rugged creativity.

May it be with you too.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Creativity in a Global Context

We are truly living in an age of globalization and technological disruption. Are you going to ride these waves, which are bigger than anything we have seen before, or be left behind.

I would caution you against being left behind. While tech might not be "your thing", the truth is that we are going to be facing greater and greater economic disparity that is already growing rapidly between those who embrace technology and those who don't. Think about it this way- are you more productive on a typewriter or a computer? Do you work better when connected with literally everyone in your office, or when you need to send carbon copy letters by snail mail that takes weeks to arrive.

I think the answer is obvious, and while I am NOT going to say that there is an impending apocalypse, I am very aware of the social unrest that technological is accelerating. You need only look as far as the Arab Spring to see the huge role that Twitter played in the unveiling of the government.

So how do you survive by playing this new game of globalization and disruption. The first thing is that you need to learn to engage in the outside world. If you can't speak multiple languages and communicate wit people regardless of their culture and socioeconomic background you, my friend, are going to be left behind. Thankfully, there are options for you. For one, you can find global work placements more easily than ever before. For example, you can start a company in China like my friend Scott did, or you can strike out on your own as a freelancing "digital nomad".

You should also be working to pick up as many skills as possible. In this day and age, there is simply no excuse not to be improving your skills and knowledge at a rapid pace. After all, people in Bangladesh are, why can't you, dear first world citizen, be bothered to? The truth is that The West has rested on its laurels for decades and arguably even centuries, but now, thanks to a flattened playing field, we are now facing competition from places we never had it before.

I welcome it personally. You should to. After all, the rewards for the innovative, the global, and the disruptive are potentially great, and if you are willing to study at a website like Coursera or Udemy you can also improve your skillset rapidly. If you don't- trust me, you will be left behind.