Category Archives: Life Balance

6 Tips to Brighten Your Day & Streamline Your Workflow

Entrepreneurs are a unique bunch. We wake up in the morning, go through our routine, and either head to an office or home workstation to start grinding away. Many of us didn’t know when we started our venture just how busy our lives would become — there may have been this notion that the people who work 8 to 5

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Staying Creatively Motivated, Original, and Inspired

 A little over a year ago, I was officially introduced into the “Creative Industry.” It’s a whole other world folks. These are the people that curate the Pinterest images that you pin, and where Instagram is filled with amazingly beautiful feeds of perfectly placed and intentionally colored items that come together to produce an image that the eye loves and

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The Neuroscience of Creativity

CREATIVITY, in brain-science speak, is “non-linear” thinking. This means there is no pre-existing or easy answer to what you are trying to solve or create. You are attempting to give rise to an idea for which, as far as your brain knows, no road-map or answer yet exists. Once you are able to reach an insight, a new mental map

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Act Like the Business You Strive to Be

I want to say I first heard this working for a startup company in the city of Chicago four years ago, “If you want to be a successful business someday, you have to start acting like one now.” At this month’s discussion on Productivity, a fellow Rising Tide member chimes in, “I have to be more like Apple, not an

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A Quick Self Reflection Exercise for Busy Entrepreneurs

If the sky is blue and the music is right, you might find yourself driving across a prairie doing 95 in a 65 zone. Time and motion are relative, and when the view looks the same on all sides of you, you’ve got no frame of reference to judge your speed by. Self-reflection, or the absence thereof, is a bit

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Creativity Is Calling

Edit your thoughts and ideas to what is acceptable. Make sure you won’t be judged. Copy what has already been done. Follow the rubric. Remember, you don’t want your fragile heart exposed. It is easier to follow the steps someone has assigned than to trust a God you can’t see. The excitement of uncertainty is immature; the thrill of risk

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5 Keys To Productivity As An Entrepreneur

As a small business owner, transitioning to a one-man show can be both eye opening and exhausting. Your business is your passion, and it’s incredibly easy to begin working 60-hour weeks without hesitation.  With your mind running a million miles a minute, being pulled in a hundred different directions—you’ll slowly begin to become disorganized, burnt out, and even less productive

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3 Questions to Ask When Your Personal Brand Gets Personal

In today’s digital world of business, establishing a personal brand for your work is more than recommended. It’s unavoidable. Your tone, art direction, and content start to meld together before you even begin the formal branding process. Building a personal brand and establishing yourself as a thought leader in your industry is a rewarding (and necessary) journey for every entrepreneur.

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Self Care Tips for the Creative Business Owner

Our culture tends toward an obsession with achievement, striving for the next obstacle or milestone along our paths towards success. As small business owners and entrepreneurs, many of you represent the most determined version of that hardworking, go-getter attitude that is so praised (and valuable!) in our evolving world. It’s addicting to hit those milestones, see your business thrive, cheer

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Creating Life Rafts for Your Business

Oh friends. We all know the feeling of getting started. It’s like this amazing, giant rush… and then the panic sets in once we realize that there are so many things to do that we never studied or prepared for. Starting a small business can feel a lot like trying to drink out of a water hose. We flip on

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