Spike Lee and Pharrell talk about being a vessel to Creativity

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Word for Today – A New Attitude

I’m away for the next 6 months, to regain my creative edge, and to develop a more productive creativee habit. I’ll make a tumblr that will feature more of my work as well as my animation. The past couple months have been the hardest in my life, I’ve faced a ton of setbacks and detours and felt like I lost lot of people I considered close. I maintain my hope and my faith nonetheless

With that said: The Word for Today : A New Attitude

For things to change for the better, you must ‘change the way you think.’ For example: a) View setbacks as detours, not dead ends. Winners don’t just face adversity; they embrace it, knowing it leads to future success. b) Tune out the critics and focus on doing your best. Anybody who accomplishes anything worthwhile has to overcome naysayers. c) When you’re afraid, praise God until your faith rebuilds. It may take a while, but praise and thanksgiving never fail, and they strengthen you to go on. d) When you fail, look for the lesson and remember all the times you’ve succeeded. Weed out self-doubt and replace it with scriptural self-talk. e) When you’re heading into battle, visualise yourself winning in God’s strength-with Him ‘…all things are possible’ (Matthew¬†19:26NIV). f) Instead of focusing on the past and worrying about the future, focus on the now-that’s where your influence is greatest. Remember, God said, ‘…As your days, so shall your strength be’ (Deuteronomy 33:25 NKJV). g) Instead of complaining, work on identifying solutions, and more will come to you. h) When you’re distracted, focus on your breathing, take a walk and clear your mind, think on what you can control, and surrender the rest to God. i) When you’re lonely, remember the people who’ve helped you this far and who love and support you. j) When you’re fatigued, take time to rest-but never ever give up! Finish strong in everything you do. k) When you’re under pressure and under scrutiny, smile and have fun. You only live once. Life is short… so seize the moment!

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“I just need to be mentioned in the conversation with the greats….

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Tyler the Creator on the need for people to be original

It’s a long interview but near the end he discusses the need to be creative, and for people to not be afraid to be themselves.

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Jay Z interview with Zane Lowe on Magna Carta Holy Grail

No this isnt a new HitBoy track. I love jay’s humility and honesty in this interview, and his talk about the flow of creative collaboration.¬†

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The Artists Life : Seasons of Feast and Famine

There are times in your life when everything you attempt to do will seem to go wrong. Your faith may be strong and your commitment deep, yet adversity will come knocking on your door.

In such times, the power of prayer will strengthen and stabilise you. But you can’t pray away life’s seasons! God has a purpose for not allowing you to be fruitful all the time. Real growth requires seasons of struggle as well as seasons of success.

Your seasons of struggle destroy pride in your own ability, increase your dependence on God, and cause you to say, like Paul did, ‘Not that we are sufficient of ourselves… our sufficiency is from God’ (2 Corinthians 3:5 NKJV). These are humbling experiences, but you need them. Your life is like a tree: in winter it silently refurbishes its strength, preparing for the next season of fruitfulness.

As you look back on your life’s accomplishments you’ll notice that they are seasonal. There are seasons of rain as well as sunshine, and each season serves an important purpose. That’s why it’s a mistake to make a permanent decision based on a temporary circumstance or changing emotion. ‘…the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal’ (2 Corinthians 4:18).

The word temporal means ‘subject to change’. Hold steady, it’s not always going to be this way! Sometimes the situation doesn’t call for action, it calls for patience and trust in God. Paul writes, ‘Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us.’ In ways you cannot understand, God is making the circumstances you’re in today work for your good.

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Artist Talk: Pharrell interviews Usher about the Trials and Successes of An Artist

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