J.K. Riki

Creativity Means Slowing Down

I was having a fascinating conversation with newsletter subscriber Judy on the decline of creativity as you grow older. She mentioned: “We had so much more creativity when people thought for themselves. Today everyone creates with what China sells us and there is no folk art or original thinking. Young children start out creative and then fall in to the rut.” It can be easy to go from this idea…
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What If We Listened?

Consider this: Humans have lived for thousands and thousands of years. Think about the amount of experience accrued! If each generation listened to the wisdom gained from the previous one, what would the world look like this far into our human timeline? But, sadly, we don’t listen. We think we know better. If you need proof, just look around you. We make the same mistakes we always have, because we…
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Permission Granted

I recently read Stephen King’s memoir “On Writing.” In the book, he talks about two golden rules of being a writer: Write a lot and read a lot. He mentions that when he talks to young authors who respond to this advice with “Unfortunately I don’t have time to read,” he tells them “Then you don’t have time to be a writer.” This advice seems a little harsh on the…
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Overnight Success Guaranteed!

I can think of no better way to begin this new website than with a post on how, on Day 1, this website is twelve years old. Time and again I come across people looking for instant success. Heck, I look for it myself. After all, “The World” presents you with stories on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis describing people who shot straight to the top. Generally this happens because…
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