Creative Refresh

“When you are creating to the magnitude that I try to create, your brain is like a computer, and you need to refresh.”

Missy Elliott, Musician

“Rest until you feel like playing, then play until you feel like resting, period. Never do anything else.”

Martha Beck, Author

Sometimes, we just need to sit down and work on our craft. As much as learning and seeking inspiration can help us come up with our own ideas, they also be distracting and take away time from putting pen to paper (literally and metaphorically speaking).

No conversations. No books. No twitter. No inputs—just pure focus on creating. Without effort, there is no output, just ideas, and dreams.

But on the flip side too much work back-to-back and we’ll deplete our energy and stamina, which also slows and stops great ideas from coming.

There have been many times where I’ve been go-go-going and I’m seeming to make progress, but in reality, I’m treading water. Or I’m working on good things, but I’m agitated, my neck is yelling at me and I’m not present with what I’m doing so my work suffers.

All work and no play makes Josh a dull boy.

We need both creative input and creative output to make great things and enjoy making them.

It’s good to take stand up and walk away for a while. Space and time are great creative palette cleansers. Go for a walk. Draw something. Workout. Write a poem. Work on some unrelated craft or project. Read a good book. Sleep on it. And then come back with fresh eyes.

Fresh eyes create fresh ideas.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #909

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Who Am I Helping?

Before you start,

before you put out your newest post or product or service,

ask yourself ‘Who Am I helping?’

Our output is cyclical.

Meaning, what we do can enable and initiate other’s work.

If your output is not helping anyone — or even yourself — then you’ve missed the point of creating (of IDEATION)

We are enablers

The magic of IDEATION is we have the opportunity to enable change and embetterment each time we release something into the wild +

We must create to improve and to make more beautiful or useful, rather than create for fame or financial gain.

Will my blog post today help someone? Will connecting with this person enable opportunities for us? Will this photo bring good into the world?

What are you working on? Who are you helping?

Go Create Something Brilliant — Josh Waggoner

“If you want your life to get better, sometimes the best thing you can do is to help improve somebody else’s life.” — Joel Osteen

Why be Brilliant?

When you’re brilliant —

Which I equate to Vision + Skill + Wisdom + Action

You’re able to have an idea, see what it could be,

design it, execute it, and refine it.

You understand whether the idea is sound or not, based on what you know, and feedback from early testing.

You know whether the idea is a good fit for you, knowing when to delegate.

And you understand there’s always another idea out there, so you’re not worried, or afraid to toss out a bad one.

Brilliance allows us to be capable of outputting our ideas, whatever the medium, because we have the knowledge to do so, and the mindset you to learn how if we don’t.

It’s having something in your head, and being able to make it real. Idea’s come to life.

I don’t know about you, but I want to make my ideas reality.

Why be Brilliant

Why NOT be? 

Related Wisdom:

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” — Thomas Edison


“All big things in this world are done by people who are naive and have an idea that is obviously impossible.” — Charles Hamilton



Josh Waggoner

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Not Not Brilliant

We won’t become brilliant because we think we’re brilliant. (‘Man, I am sooooo amazing’ :P)

We’ll become brilliant by knowing we are not brilliant, and doing everything we can to change that. 

Its not the goal itself. It’s the improvements the goal requires of us to make it happen.

The mission leads to the outcome.

The outcome itself doesn’t necessarily matter, rather the actions we must take which  aligns us to achieving it. 

Take strides toward your mission, and you will be on your way to becoming not not brilliant.  



 “They can because they think they can.” — Virgil

 “The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” — Frank Loyd Wright

xoxo Josh Waggoner

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Input Equals Output =>

Your output is determined by your input.

Meaning, what you consume affects what you produce.

When you take in negativity, or worry, or gossip, or stupidity, or anger… (consciously or not)

you push out the same sentiments (aware of it or not).

The same holds true for positivity, and brilliance, and excellence…

Extraordinary output, needs quality input. 

That’s why they say you should surround yourself with smarter people than you.
Or why they say you are the combination (Voltron style) of your closest friends.


xoxo Josh Waggoner

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