J.K. Riki

My 2016 List of Goals

Ever since 2011, I’ve sat down in January and created a list of goals for the upcoming year. I find it to be a helpful way to make sure December doesn’t roll around with my thinking “Where did that year go? What did I even do?” I also amend my previous list with any major accomplishments I didn’t have planned. If you’ve never put your goals into concrete form like…
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Why I’m Leaving the Internet in 2016

Okay, that headline is a little misleading, I’ll admit it. More accurately, I’ve decided that during the month of January I’m going to limit all Internet use to one hour per day. That includes Email Instant Messaging Message Boards Twitter General Online Searching and Perusing and Time Wasting Why would I do such a crazy thing? For starters, I’ve kept tabs on where I spend a vast majority of my…
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Joy vs. Happiness

Today is a short, to-the-point post: I see a lot of people chasing after happiness, but rarely achieving joy. Unfortunately happiness is fleeting, which means the moment you catch it you have to start chasing again. Happiness is determined by what is going on around you. Joy is determined by what is going on inside you. In spite of what’s going on around you. It is difficult to be happy…
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Choosing to Continue

It is 10:30 on Monday morning as I write this. Today marks the first day since this site’s launch that I failed to put the new post up at 12:01AM. To be honest, I completely forgot. Monday crept up on me this week. Yet failures like this happen, and then we have the opportunity to deal with them (or not). I reminds me of several occasions when I worked full-time…
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Bad Ideas

A common misconception of the creative process is that people who are creative can conjure up great new ideas at the drop of a hat. The reason some people feel this way is they only ever see the end result. The truth is creative ideas never travel alone. On the way to the final destination of “Great Idea” there are dozens, if not hundreds, of lesser ideas who got off…
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A Valuable Education

Apart from this website-centric collection of creative thoughts, and my 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp book, I also run a Twitter account focused on boosting creativity. You can check it out @Creative_Go if you’d like! The other day I made an important note there that I thought I’d expand on a bit: “Learning and creativity are soulmates. If you want to boost one, work on the other.” Often times when…
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Comparisons

I have three locations set up on my phone, to be able to check weather at a glance. These are my three favorite places on Earth. One is my hometown of Pittsburgh. There’s also Montreal, Canada and Honolulu, Hawaii. As you can imagine, weather in these locations can vary quite a bit. Currently if I look at Montreal weather, it’s 22 degrees and snowing. Suddenly Pittsburgh’s overcast 60-degrees is looking…
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Buddhist Monks at Costco

As I was wheeling a 24-pack of water bottles towards the exit of Costco Wholesalers this past week, my eye caught the bright, saffron robes of a group of Buddhist monks. Three of them sat at a small plastic table by the cafe, having lunch. I’ve traveled to China in the past, and the sight of such monks is not uncommon while walking through the country’s ancient temples. It was…
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Thinking Story: Which Life is Better?

Today we have a creative exercise revolving around what I call a “Thinking Story.” A Thinking Story is a made up hypothetical situation that allows you to sit back for a minute and stretch your mind. So here’s a “Thinking Story” for you: Say two people live the exact same lives. Somehow, in the land of Hypothetical, everything about their days- every day- are parallel. Both individuals also share a…
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When You Turn Your Personal Switch to “Off”

Originally I was planning to write this post about an encounter I had with a person online who refused to think outside of the tiny box they had welded themselves into. Then I realized I don’t need to talk about someone else’s stubborn failings, I can talk about my own. For many years I had my “New Ideas” switch flipped to “off.” There were certain aspects of my life that…
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