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createbetterGet rich quick schemes generally do not work and even if they do, are they really what you want to be associated with? They generally involve taking advantage of others or doing things that are somewhat questionable. That’s not what this about. Creating a better life, done well, goes beyond just us and into helping others, adding value to their lives as well as our own. Creating a better life should, at least in some small way, create a better world.

The attraction of get rich quick is it appears to require very little work, and who wouldn’t like to get out of working? Well quite frankly, I wouldn’t. I don’t want to get out of working as a matter of fact, I wouldn’t mind working harder. The issue is I want it to be work that satisfies me. I want to do things that I feel really good about doing. I want to feel blessed every time I get to do what I do and I want to live with the knowledge that I am contributing to making things better and helping other people. I personally have found that in art, in creating, in ministry, in speaking and I really love when I get the ability to do all of the above. For me creating a better life is more about finding the way to do what I do more frequently, earning a bit more from it and finding ways to impact more people than I can by just showing up somewhere and speaking. I’ve found the path, what I really want is to expand the reach.

There is no substitute for doing the work, so why not find the work you enjoy and becoming the very best you can at doing it. Seek to help as many people as you can. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to live the life you want to live and help to make life better or other people at the same time?

Do the work. It’s a great way to create a better life.


createbetterIn the next few days I am going to share some of the development phase of the individual items I shared on day six, but first there is something crucial that needs to be developed. It’s called the elevator pitch. Simply defined is taking your larger concept and breaking it down into a description that can be given in the amount of time it takes for an elevator to take you from one floor to another, about 10 to 15 seconds. Why is this so vital? Because people have limited attention spans and limited time. You may only get a few seconds to get someone’s attention and tel them about your project. They don’t have time to listen to a long description, so you have to be able to give them a really quick overview that is clear and concise, making them want to hear more. Here are a few things to consider:

1. You don’t have time to give them the whole story so you have to isolate the most important points.
2. It has to be complete enough to give them what they need to know.
3. It should be open ended enough to leave them wanting more.
4. It’s up to you to help them to move forward, so it’s pretty vital that you have something like a card on you at all times that gives them what they need to take the next step.

What’s the most important thing you would want someone to know about your project? How can you deliver it clearly and concisely and where can you send them for more information? Here is my elevator pitch for the Create a Better Life seminar:

“Create a Better Life is a one day seminar designed to help people find and embrace their creativity, and use it to find and create ideas and solutions, allowing them to create (and live) a better life.”

I would then hand the person a card where they could find more information. I still feel like mine is a little clunky, but it’s a start.

Of course we hope the elevator pitch leads to a lengthier conversation, but even if it doesn’t this clear and concise little statement should pique their interest enough to want to know more.

Stay tuned as I develop more of this on the way to creating a better life.

1001Reading Jon Acuff’s blog post entitled Don’t Write a Book really got me thinking. I have written several books that I’ve hardly promoted at all. I have always told myself I wrote them mainly to sell at my speaking engagements, but that’s not entirely true. I believe I have written things that would genuinely help creative people and the people that love them. This is one of them, a guided sketch book providing a Thousand and one things for people to draw, design, invent and create. I call it 1001: A Sketch Odyssey.
You can see my other stuff at my author page. Please check it out and share them with anyone you think they might bless.

Over at our sister site,, every Friday is Philanthropic Friday. I’ve had a little trouble coming up with ideas for that page and so I missed a couple of weeks in a row. This week I worked up three ideas toward catching that up and since I know a lot of you want to use your gifts to serve others, I thought I would cross-post the post it here. Enjoy and if you’d like to learn more about, click here.

Philanthropic FridayYes, I know I’ve been a little lax on the Philanthropic Friday Posts of late so I am playing a little catch up here. It appears I have missed three Fridays so here are three ideas to do something very important for charity. There is one universal theme for nearly every charity on earth. One thing they nearly all have in common and that is to continue to do their good work, they need money. Here are a few things every creative can do to raise funds for his or her favorite charity.

1. The “tithe”: Yes I know this is a church term but I have found it to be a very effective way to give and it’s easy. I have a friend who works very hard at a cause I really believe in. He needs to raise support to continue this work and I really wanted to help him while not having large piles of cash. I earmarked one of the activities that I do for which I usually get paid. Every time I do this activity no matter what the payment, he gets a percentage for his charity. This is kind of nice because I always have the money to give and the more effort I put in, the more I can do for my friend and the cause.

2. Once again for the creative, this requires almost nothing in upfront cost. is a screen printing company with a difference. They print quality shirts with a difference. Usually when printing shirts, you have to pay a bunch of upfront costs, guess the sizes people will want and order a minimum quantity or pay through the nose. is different. They are a crowd sourced company. On, you create the design, set the minimum order and promote the shirt. People go to the site and order your shirt. No shirts are printed, and no money changes hands until your minimum order is reached. So all you have to do is create a design, decide how much money you want to raise and then promote, promote, promote.

3. is probably the grandfather of all crowd sourcing sites. You simply create a campaign for your charity. Have a product you are going to create, set the parameters for giving, and create “prizes” for people who give varying levels of money. Like, no money changes hands until your goal is reached. This seems like it can be a pretty involved process, but it’s another way a creative can do a great deal of good with very little in up front costs.

1001I wanted to let you know that my new book 1001: A Sketch Odyssey is finally out. It’s a sketch book that challenges you to draw, create, design, invent and illustrate. It’s a creative tool you can use 1001 times.

Jump start your creativity with 1001: A Sketch Odyssey today! Daily One One Liner of the Day: A One Liner is just a sentence or two (or less) designed to inspire you to create something. From there what you create is up to you. Draw a picture. Sketch in your journal. Write a story or a poem. Take some photos. The sky’s the limit.

The TV show Friends had the Holiday Armadillo. Suppose the costume shop was all out of the traditional holiday costumes, what would you dress up as?

Can’t wait for all your one-liners? Get the whole collection here! opens January 1, 2013. Go there and Subscribe today.