How to Get Organized Without Putting Out the Creative Fire

Dave Shea

The most common objections I hear about getting organized, planning, and de-cluttering is that such order is at odds with creativity. But there’s a huge difference between building a fire in a fire pit and triggering a wildfire. Understanding that difference will help you find the right level of organization for your creative process.

11 So-Called Secrets to Success

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with lists, especially those that claim to contain the secrets to success. That said, I’ve been reflecting for several weeks on what I could say about succeeding in life and business that would be generally true, widely applicable, broadly useful. What do I know about being successful that might possibly hold still long enough for me to get it into words without deteriorating into self-help pablum?

Top 10: May 2013

Matt Cunnelly

May’s most-viewed articles for your reading pleasure — what’s your favorite?

The Gift of Too Much to Do

We do not have to do everything on our to do lists any more than we would have to eat everything at a buffet. Accepting that we can not do it all is part of the pleasure of acknowledging the wealth of opportunity before us.

What to Do When Trying Harder Doesn’t Bring Success

Matt Cunnelly

In the fog or darkness of our lives, we have to stop looking outside for answers. We must stop struggling to see what is obscured and turn our gaze inward, attending to another source of information and guidance.

What Do You Have to Believe to Prosper?

A “have-to belief” is a way of understanding that resonates so deeply with your sense of purpose, meaning, and service that you willingly embrace it and subordinate your choices to it. A “have-to belief” is one that you hold with conscious commitment and self-reflective awareness, knowing that it is a belief (not a fact) and being responsible for the ways this belief endows your life with meaning, purpose, and focus.

Wise You: You Are Already a Master of Success


Without experience and feedback, it’s hard to know if you’re doing your work right. If you have what it takes to succeed. You feel clumsy and ill-suited to the business side of self-employment. You feel out of your depth. But you could be mistaken.

Is Your Product Ready for Prime Time?

If only I could bottle my granddaughter’s exuberance and lack of self-consciousness. I’d give it to all the clients I’ve seen over the years who get stalled before they start because they don’t think their work is ready for prime time.

What Kind of Juggler Are You?

The difference between a really great juggler and a poor juggler is that the great one integrates failure into her performance. No apology. No scrambling to recover. Just a fluid, flexible adjustment to the new reality. And when things really go catawampus? Instead of freaking out, they take a bow.

Top 10: March 2013

Liesel Rigsby for Lisa

Catch up on our best and most popular content in this Top 10 list for March 2013!