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Scott Berkun is the author of four popular books, Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker and Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds. His work as a writer and speaker have appeared in the The Washington Post, the New York Times, Wired, the Economist, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio and other media. His many popular essays and entertaining lectures can be found for free on his blog at http://www.scottberkun.com, and he tweets at https://twitter.com/berkun. ...more

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Scott Berkun I don't believe in writer's block. Do you get donut block? Walking block? Writing is just putting words in a row. What people call writers block is re…moreI don't believe in writer's block. Do you get donut block? Walking block? Writing is just putting words in a row. What people call writers block is really a mismatch of expectations: you can't write well all the time. But that's what the next draft is for. Anyone can sit down and write poorly and often that's exactly what a writer working on an early draft of a book needs to do.(less)
Scott Berkun The best advice I've received is not to put too much faith in other people's advice.You should listen of course and spend time considering their point…moreThe best advice I've received is not to put too much faith in other people's advice.You should listen of course and spend time considering their point of view, but advice is far easier to give than to take.

If I were talking to my 20 year old self I would try of course, but i'd assume I'd be far too stubborn to listen. We only hear advice we're ready to hear, so it's a less a question of the advice you receive and far more about how interested the listener is in thinking about themselves or their lives differently. Few people want or are willing to change and no advice is likely to change that.

I stay productive by doing work I'm passionate about. I'm only on this planet a little while, and it's easy to see that if I'm productive I get to do more of the things I love. (less)
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Making Things Happen: Maste...

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The Myths of Innovation

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The Art of Project Management

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How Design Makes the World

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The Ghost of My Father

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عام بدون بنطال

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Management of the Absurd

Do you wonder why we obsess about categories and labels for things? It goes back to Plato, Aristotle and the birth of Western philosophy. They pioneered ways to use language to understand the world, but there were some unintended consequences.

Richard Farson wrote:

“The great contribution that Eastern philosophies can make to our own thinking is that they have little difficulty embracing the co-

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“People who truly have control over time always have some in their pocket to give to someone in need. A sense of priorities drives their use of time and it can shift away from the ordinary work that’s easy to justify, in favor of the more ethereal, deeper things that are harder to justify. They protect their time from trivia and idiocy; these people are time rich. They provide themselves with a surplus of time. They might seem to idle, or relax more often than the rest, but that just might be a sign of their mastery, not their incompetence.”
Scott Berkun, Mindfire

“The Greeks were so committed to ideas as supernatural forces that they created an entire group of goddesses (not one but nine) to represent creative power; the opening lines of both The Iliad and The Odyssey begin with calls to them. These nine goddesses, or muses, were the recipients of prayers from writers, engineers, and musicians. Even the great minds of the time, like Socrates and Plato, built shrines and visited temples dedicated to their particular muse (or muses, for those who hedged their bets). Right now, under our very secular noses, we honor these beliefs in our language, as the etymology of words like museum ("place of the muses") and music ("art of the muses") come from the Greek heritage of ideas as superhuman forces.”
Scott Berkun, The Myths of Innovation

“Increasing creativeness doesn’t require anything more than increasing your observations: become more aware of possible combinations.”
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