15 Ways to Restore Your Creativity

Demand Success was a blast, and running Tenacity5 through its inaugural year has been exciting. The work has been intense, and I am starting to lose my creative edge. It’s a challenge all communicators face sooner or later.

Fortunately, I just went on vacation in the Outer Banks, and am likely restoring my mojo. That being said, I really am struggling with writing a significant post on work/rest/life balance, a la Arianna Huffington’s Third Metric. So I mailed it in, and instead am offering this BuzzFeed-esque pictoral, 15 Ways to Restore Your Creativity.

Here we go!

1) Take a Vacation

Nags Head Fishing Pier by Northern Tony.

2) Explore a Different Creative Path

Painter’s Palette by Eli Goren.

3) Meditate


Meditate by Arinna.

4) Go to a Live Event


Natitude and Penants by me.

5) Watch a Movie


Cinemark by Richmond Confidential

6) Hike in Some Place of Natural Beauty

Patagonia River Valley by me

7) Take a Nap


Family Nap by Maciej Dakowicz

8) Watch the Sun Rise or Set


Sunset Over Cameron Run by me.

9) Journal

Journal by Kanghee Rhee

10) Play with Your Kids (if you have them)


Soleil Climbs the Awakening by me

11) Admire Someone Else’s Work


El Ateneo by me.

12) Visit a Museum


Gugenheim Museum Bilbao by Bastian Sander

13) Play a Game


Cards on Parade by Magnus Lundquist

14) Work Out


Image by Ron Sombilon

15) Enjoy Time with Your Partner


Siluetas al amanecer by Juan Paradeda

What would you add?

Revised: 101 Things I Want to Do Before I Die

Pacific Sunset

In the spring of 2008, I published the 101 Things I Want to Do Before I Die. The 101 List was first popularized locally by AOL Vice Chair and sports magnate Ted Leonsis. It’s such a great exercise in visioning, plus I hadn’t checked off hits on the list in a long time, so I decided to revisit the list before the new year starts.

Of the 101 things, I have completed 15 in the past 3 1/2 years. At this rate I should be done by the time, I’m 60! I did take the opportunity to revise a few uncompleted items on the list, which are noted with the word new.

What are some of your lifetime goals?


Soleil Turns One

1) Feel and know true love: Completed: Having Soleil has changed and deepened my concept of love forever. I know Caitlin feels the same.

2) Give true love without thought for self: Completed: The sacrifices you make for a child are unbelievable, things you would never imagine.

3) Have no relative die with any things left to be said between us

4) New: Live to hold a grandchild in my hands.

5) See my wife with Mikimoto pearls dripping from her body

6) Make sure my family has no financial strain

7) Go on a date every week with my wife (so long as we are in the same city)

8) Have a child, girl or boy. Completed: Soleil was born on October 29, 2010.

9) Adopt a child

10) Sponsor an extended family retreat

11) Create a legacy at Georgetown University

12) Help my niece at that time (whatever it is) when she needs me

13) Do another leg of the baseball tour with my Dad

14) Spend a week vacation with my sister and her family. Completed: June, 2011 in the Berkshires.

Personal Achievement

Ride Me!

15) Help one Fortune 500 really get social media right: Completed: In 2011, I helped Google relaunch its Nonprofit offering with a successful blogger event and trained a team of Procter & Gamble brand managers on social media.

16) Publish another business book Completed: Welcome to the Fifth Estate was published May, 2011. Marketing in the Round will be published in May, 2012.

17) Ride motorcycles again. Completed: I owned a Ducati GT1000 from Fall, 2008 – Spring, 2011.

18) Use my powers to make a major course difference for at least one charitable effort

19) Publish a great science fiction novel

20) New: Ride a bicycle for 100 miles

You can see the whole 101 items here. What are some of your dreams?