How to Turn Your Creative Jobs Into Millions

There are many type of businesses today that let individuals enter with just talent and creativity and help them find opportunities to earn millions of dollars. Thus, limited capital is not a disadvantage in such businesses, and innovative ideas and creative talent are more important here.In such type of business you can start a new business with limited or no capital. There are many inspirational stories of self-made billionaires who started their journey with small jobs and turned them into billion dollar empires. You can also achieve similar achievements and success if you are willing to follow the same principles used by these billionaires.Importance of taking a Job:Taking a creative job helps in acquiring crucial knowledge about running a business and in updating yourself about latest technologies and innovations. Gaining a formal education through a school and college is one thing, but learning about new technologies and using it to become rich is quite another. Technology is changing everyday, and thus, more and more innovative ideas are required to survive in the market. In a job, you can learn all of this in a practical manner, and you can also take advantage of the opportunity to learn how a company takes practical steps to make a fortune.Selection of a Job:If you are looking to start your own business in the future, then selecting a creative job will help you to develop your business sense and achieve success. On the basis of your qualifications you can select an appropriate job, but always keep in mind to ensure that the job should have maximum potential for creativity as well as possibilities for innovation. Thus, jobs like computer programming, fashion designing, jewellery designing, copy-writing, sales and advertising can give you optimum scope. Jobs related to mechanical engineering and automobile engineering can also prove to be viable in the long run.Turning Creative Jobs into Billions:Irrespective of which field or job you are in, you must always seek to develop your creative and innovative abilities to the hilt. You can do this by promptly finding solutions to problems, creating something new, improvising on existing ideas, and creating and developing new applications and ideas that will prove to be useful to consumers, as well as to the industry. If you lack the spirit to do any of these, then you will fall into the category of people who are satisfied with their 9-to-5 routines and retire without saving much money.When you have started in a creative way then you can develop most profitable money making ideas. You gain power to turn your small business into a business empire.To know more as how to turn creative jobs into a business empire please visit:

9 Practices for Cultivating Creative Aliveness

The following practices came out of 12 years of coaching entrepreneurs to structure their business based on what is most alive for them, using their whole-brain creativity to do it. The practices are not necessarily in a linear order – you might go back and forth between them. It’s not as much about a sequence as it is about engaging and responding in the moment: sometimes listening receptively; others times creating actively.1. Clearing. Give yourself space, time and attention. Consciously set aside some non-distracted time and attention. Like any healthy relationship you have, or creative project you engage, your Creative Self needs quality time to thrive. Make your creative self your most important client – even if that means setting official “creative self time” on your calendar. Just like (hopefully) you wouldn’t answer an email or tweet when with a client, give your creative self the same focused attention – it needs that to be seen, heard and known to be more active and reveal its riches.2. Centering. Get centered. During your designated emergence time, getting centered allows you to be more present to what is calling to emerge within you. It is about having an intentionality, a clarity of focus and a presence, to be able to begin to hear and connect with deeper aspects of your creative self. Do this is whatever way feels comfortable…whether you do this via visualization, meditation, affirmation, embodiment, or however else you get centered. It can be any small ritual that serves as a pattern break out of your normal everyday consciousness and centers you. I do this with my clients at the onset every coaching session, and the rituals we use vary based on who they are. Find what works for you. This is your “sacred” time.3. Asking. Ask yourself what is most alive for you NOW. It’s not about the entirety of your vision and all that you can imagine – just what feels most alive within you now. Listening to what’s alive now is like picking the lowest-hanging, ripest fruit from your tree of potential – it does have to be the complete vision. I often ask, “What’s calling to emerge for me now?” which helps take it out of future potential (all that can be) and into the realm of the immediately actionable (what is now and next).”Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman4. Holding. Release the need for an immediate answer…or a familiar one. Hold the question before rushing to an answer or “the” answer. Instead of writing down a list with the same thoughts that you always carry in your left-brain, try engaging your whole brain first. The right brain processes much more quickly than the left brain – and is not inhibited by habitual thinking. Let your left-brain take a mini-vacation. Emergence needs so breathing room before being analyzed, evaluated and figured out. It is not about rushing into sense making. Indulge non-sense-making for a while.5. Listening. Listen with your whole self, and whole brain. not just the left brain language. Pay attention to images, feelings, thoughts, ideas, surprises, seeming disconnects that come out of nowhere, impulses that emerge. Pay attention to how it feels in your body. What feels most alive? What energizes you? Do not wait for it to make complete sense before you validate it (more passions are not realized because they are judged as ridiculous before they have a chance to evolve. A new emergence, like any new birth, can be messy when being born. Listen for incomplete and partial directions, not entirely clear and sensible answers. In a creative process they usually unfold through cultivation.6. Cultivating. Use whole-brain creative processes – draw it, paint it, move with it, embody it, act it out, etc – to break habitual thinking patterns, open up the creative aliveness wellspring, and draw forth its insights and wisdom. It’s not about the entirety of your vision and all that you can imagine – it is about what is calling to emerge from within you now. By creatively cultivating it out, you access far deeper levels of information and insights about it than just by thinking about it alone. Use both left-brain linear practices with right-brain practices and whole-brain storytelling. Every emergence is a multi-dimensional story that fits into the context of who you are and expresses what’s unfolding.”Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton7. Tending. Also pay attention to images, feelings, thoughts, ideas, impulses that emerge as you go about your days, outside of your “sacred” time. Record them. Ask the question to your creative source a lot, not just once. Let it marinate. As Rainer Maria Rilke said, “Live the question.” Deepen into it over time. Notice the patterns that emerge, the key themes. As we engage the process of cultivating what’s most alive for us now and in the near future, then the next level of the vision will emerge – like a rose which unfolds in layers, revealing one layer at a time. That’s how an emergence works. Many dreams remain idle because there’s too big of a gap between all that can be in that vision, and what is simply next – and we can feel overwhelmed, or judge ourselves if not “on track” – and then we can shut down. By working with what is next day by day, the bigger vision becomes more and more clear over time…and accessible. Instead of a target to be hit, creative aliveness is more of a garden to be cultivated…and shaped into something tangible.8. Creating. Once you have more clarity – you have diverged out and expanded the creative “playing field” of new, emergent gifts – then look at how to structure that aliveness into you work and life. The key, though, is to not skip over the cultivating and go right to the creating-it part as so many strategic plans have us do. With that approach you can get an action plan, strategy, or goal that is attainable…but may not give you the passion-infused life energy to see it through. The conventional way to stay motivated is through will and perseverance. This is still valuable for those times you do not feel like doing it. To YES-AND that…I believe, and have seen this consistently over the past 14 years of coaching passion-centered entrepreneurs, that once you have connected to your purposeful aliveness, it is the greatest motivator there is. Motivation is then embedded in the goal itself, and not just something we need to use to achieve it. It’s there within us to carry us forth even when we do not feel the energy of it.9. Adapting. Let the vision be mutable and change over time. Balance planning with emergence. Have goals and hold them focused enough to guide the process AND loosely enough for new information, insights, and awareness’ in the moment can shift them into something more alive (and often unexpected) – something that you would not have known until you are in the midst of your process. Some goals shift. Some are released entirely. And some new ones show up along the way. By keeping the long term directed and flexible both, and focusing on what’s next, you have room to move, respond, adapt within the goals, making them more accessible…and energized. I heard a great term by Holacracy founder Brian Robertson that resonated with me for this concept: dynamic steering.There is an improv principle: “Be changed by what is said or what happens” that I find also applies to cultivating passion-infused creativity. In engaging your creative self at deeper levels, you tend to grow and change as a person and meet up with the parts of ourselves that held back our creative flow. As we engage our creative aliveness, this often shifts our original goals into something else – often a more expansive version with some unexpected, emergent surprises. The key is not to get stuck when best-laid plans do not look as planned. They are often “evolutionary invitations” in disguise. Creators and pioneers throughout history have made some of their most profound discoveries and contributions via what was not planned en route to what was. Like John Lennon said: “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”Like an improv scene (which is more what life is like than a formulaic, unwavering, static direction), know that that your visions will probably not play out exactly as planned. It can be influenced by a variety of factors and conditions you can’t know ahead of time. It is a living, adaptive story that will morph and change over time with real-time feedback…and being present to your alive-feeling, creative impulses.Unseen resources that we do not know when we begin our journey show up along the way as we are engaging the journey. In emergence, the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts, and it often leads us to happenings far more alive, fun and meaningful than what our original vision can possibly give us. Life shows up most vividly in the cracks. Aliveness rewards letting go of over-controls. It’s important not to need to know the whole HOW before you begin, just a direction and what is most alive…and an entry point. Be kind to yourself in your not-knowings and have fun! ~ Michelle James, 2011

The Failure of Creative Thinkers in Using the Network Marketing Platform

I have been in (and out) of Network Marketing since 1988. In those many years, I have been successful (and not so successful) to the level that I chose for myself and my family. What I have found out about myself in my years in this business model, is that it is a passion in my life!However, I have also discovered something else. I have discovered that I am a creative thinker/entrepreneur, and as such the rigors of the traditional Network Marketing platform make success for me (and other creatives like me) more difficult than for others who don’t suffer from uncontrollable urges to be creative. You see, creatives were born to look at every situation in life and see ways to make it more fun, more efficient, and/or better (Remember the BASF commercial, “We don’t make the product we make it better, stronger, etc.”). The problem with this genetic mindset is that it doesn’t fit well with the highly regimented salesman, talk to three people a day about your business, mentality of the traditional Network Marketing company training.So, what’s a creative thinker like me to do? How can a creative entrepreneur with a passion for the Network Marketing business platform find a way to build a successful business without being trapped by the “traditional” Network Marketing “just show more plans” method of doing business? How can we unleash our creative minds and build exciting businesses that provide for our personal definitions of success, while being a benefit to our primary companies bottom line?I think that there are five things that a creative thinker needs to do to find both personal happiness and success using this powerful business platform:1. Find a primary company that embraces your sense of creativity. Not all MLM companies appreciate the ideas of the creative thinkers in their ranks. I once sat in a meeting of leaders with one of my most successful incursions into the Network Marketing arena and listened to the business owners tell us that they didn’t care what we thought about some changes being made. They (the owners) were in charge and the decisions about they changes had already been made. We were invited to the meeting just to be informed about them, not to comment or to suggest any changes.2. Find an upline leader that understands and appreciates your uniqueness as a creative thinker. My upline sponsor and I have a great relationship. She knows both who I am and how I think and has determined to support all my “crazy ideas” in the development of my business. Finding someone who will allow you to be you in the building of your business while still providing assistance and leadership is a rare thing. Find the one who will be on your side and help you build your business, not just focus on theirs!3. Find a product/service that really turns your crank! If you are not excited about what your primary company sells, your creative thoughts will be overwhelmed by the “ho-hum” attitude you have about the products/services you are trying to promote and sell.4. Find people to work with who also have a creative bent. I love working with other creatives! The energy of sitting with someone else whose mind is always looking for what works best is powerful and invigorating for me. When you work with creative thinkers, all you need to be is a resource, providing needed support for their way of doing things.5. Find your place in this world. What I mean by this is that traditional Network Marketing can become an all-consuming thing very easily. Making money being recognized as a leader has a tendency to do just that. Make sure that your life means more than just how much money you have in your bank account and how many people you have in your organization. Be a real leader and use your position to help change the lives of the people in your organization while, as Steve Jobs once famously said, making “a dent in the universe.”Once you have begun this journey you must challenge yourself (and those who join you) to create a leadership team that will work as an organization of creative entrepreneurs, helping each team member to create successful businesses based on their skills, their plans, and their definition of success. In order to do that, you will have to break the traditional Network Marketing rules by allowing people to build their businesses their way and you will have to teach your leaders/team that building a successful business is not something that comes as easy as “just showing more plans.”This way, we creative thinkers can build businesses successfully using the Network Marketing platform as our business model of choice. Come on in, the water’s fine!!