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Sometimes making choices in our career paths is difficult. Wouldn't it be helpful to have guidelines to help us make decisions that open up your options rather than shut them down? Discover how choosing creativity, a growth mindset, finding your Flow, and being a Maker puts you on the path of having infinite possibilities in your career, creating a clear path to a future where you can not only be awesome, but also do meaningful work.

Sometimes making choices in our career paths is difficult. Wouldn't it be helpful to have guidelines to help us make decisions that open up your options rather than shut them down? Discover how choosing creativity, a growth mindset, finding your Flow, and being a Maker puts you on the path of having infinite possibilities in your career, creating a clear path to a future where you can not only be awesome, but also do meaningful work.

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  1. Possibilities Infinite Denise R. Jacobs STC Summit | Columbus, OH 24 June 2015
  2. @denisejacobs @STC_Summit #stc15 #infinitepossible
  3. Get the slides here: Creativedo.se/stcsummit-ip
  4. Here we are!
  5. One of the best groups of folks
  6. Best shoes!
  7. Best compliments!
  8. Photo by Derek Kearney From dev & tech writer à Creativity Evangelist
  9. à Founder + Chief Creativity Evangelist http://TheCreativeDose.com/
  10. 1,1,2,3… https://www.flickr.com/photos/bdunnette/143567420
  11. It’s the new Black http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  12. IBM CEO Study, 2010 https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/31670.wss
  13. Time Magazine Creativity Poll, 2013 http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/the-time-creativity-poll/
  14. Survey of 684 Developers https://www.flickr.com/photos/ter-burg/8812567121
  15. http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/ We have it. Then (somehow) we lose it.
  16. This is Water. https://www.flickr.com/photos/seotaro/2101165162
  17. “In the beginning, there was the word…” – The Bible, Genesis 1:1
  18. Truth. http://www.wordstream.com/images/persuasive-landing-pages-words-have-power.jpg
  19. Words have Resonance Photo: Denise Jacobs
  20. You are Torchbearers https://www.flickr.com/photos/mmcnabb3/2397614214/
  21. “Communicators change the world.” – Nancy Duarte, STC Summit 2015 opening keynote “Resonate”
  22. Rampant curiosity Passion for accuracy Analytical Critical thinking Learn quickly Can distill complex information & data Gifts of technical communicators
  23. “Technical communicators touch every product, process, and service on this planet….” – Kit Brown-Hoekstra, former STC President, STC Summit 2015 Opening Address
  24. Now it’s time to value yourself https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgraths/3277839203
  25. “The new scarcity: the time, energy, and brainpower of bright, creative people.” - Mary Poppendieck, “Think For Yourself”
  26. How to move forward?
  27. The Dark or the Light
  28. It starts with One http://www.flickr.com/photos/33498942@N04/6009639079/
  29. The pattern of nature
  30. We are part of this pattern https://www.flickr.com/photos/124263610@N08/14201837570/
  31. The Golden Ratio https://www.flickr.com/photos/gdvan/14910785913
  32. Everything comes from this divine unfolding https://www.flickr.com/photos/rammorrison/2718543921
  33. Constantly moving forward & reinventing
  34. What direction should you go?
  35. Making one solid choice is the beginning
  36. The paradox of choice http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
  37. CHOOSE https://www.flickr.com/photos/buttersponge/4955768144
  38. Non-Creative or Creative?
  39. http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/ Who here is creative?
  40. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kosmotesto/3794445313/ “Creativity is all about making connections and seeing patterns.” Bruce Nussbaum, Creative Intelligence
  41. Child, please. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mahalie/276780530/
  42. My response:
  43. Internal fears = Inner Critic Photo: Denise Jacobs
  44. In Tibetan, creative = “Natural” https://www.flickr.com/photos/norte_it/2340805781
  45. Creativity ≠ Trying to be Creative http://www.theprofessionalcreative.com/take-the-first-step-to-become-creative/
  46. Trying ≠ Practicing
  47. http://www.wallpaper4me.com/images/wallpapers/do_or_do_not_w1.jpeg “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
  48. “If I try to be creative, rather than just accepting that I am creative, I fail.” Andrew J. Epstein
  49. Not about effort
  50. More like breathing http://www.flickr.com/photos/guiniveretoo/1573049301/
  51. Like breathing, you can build http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel77/2728104156/
  52. Get in tune with the process https://www.flickr.com/photos/flavijus/566174947
  53. What’s your creative frequency? http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sine_waves_different_frequencies.svg
  54. Listen/tune in
  55. Filter out the background noise Photo: Denise Jacobs
  56. Tune into resonance Photo: Denise Jacobs
  57. Frequency: Occurence https://www.flickr.com/photos/joelanman/367425390
  58. Frequency: Practice https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/275200051/
  59. Challenge/Homework: Ten Ideas a day https://www.flickr.com/photos/evaekeblad/15294401442
  60. “Deciding for creativity does not guarantee that creativity will emerge, but without the decision, it certainly will not.” – Robert Sternberg
  61. Decide upon Creativity – Choose it. Then, amplify your creative frequency.
  62. Fixed or Growth Mindset?
  63. Mindset, by Carol Dweck http://mindsetonline.com
  64. Which looks more familiar?
  65. Fixed mindset https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethscupham/7328405210
  66. Perfection Talent Ability Accomplishment Comparison Fixed Mindset focused on
  67. “Maybe I don’t have enough talent.” “What if I fail?” “If I don’t try, I can protect my dignity.” “It’s not my fault. It’s something/someone else’s.”
  68. (Sounds an awful lot like the Inner Critic, no?)
  69. Perfectionist? http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  70. Growth Mindset
  71. Learning Willingness to fail Curiosity Expansion Being self-referential Growth Mindset focused on
  72. Based on love of learning
  73. How do you change from Fixed to Growth? http://www.flickr.com/photos/f-oxymoron/5005673112/
  74. 1) Listen for your Fixed Mindset voice http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684632/
  75. 2) Recognize that you have a choice https://www.flickr.com/photos/cjsmithphotography/6804513809
  76. 3) Talk back to it with a growth mindset voice
  77. “I can learn to do this with time & effort.” “Most successful people have had failure along the way.” “If I don’t try, I automatically fail.” “If I don’t take responsibility, I can’t fix it.”
  78. 4) Take growth mindset action
  79. Growth Mindset actions http://www.flickr.com/photos/onegiantleap/4124211492/
  80. http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959867550/ &http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/ Adopt a beginner’s mind
  81. Release the Tyranny of the Expert https://www.flickr.com/photos/64540855@N07/5878418781
  82. Rediscover the familiar https://www.flickr.com/photos/77654185@N07/8428225936
  83. Re-learn something from a friend https://www.flickr.com/photos/ribbitvoice/2339351666
  84. Learn something entirely new http://www.flickr.com/photos/13723940@N04/2648317554/
  85. In my own life: learning Improv Photo: Denise Jacobs
  86. Learning from experience is key
  87. “I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…Idividetheworldintothe learnersandnonlearners.” – Benjamin Barber, Sociologist
  88. Approach everything with openness and eagerness. Increase your knowledge and expand yourself.
  89. Blocked or in Flow?
  90. Creative blocks? http://www.flickr.com/photos/99301367@N00/8497106802/
  91. Fears https://www.flickr.com/photos/tom_lin/3193080175/
  92. Creative Flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4958540694/
  93. Is @ the Sweet Spot
  94. Enjoy + Good at + Feeling Empowered http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/
  95. = Empowered Play (aka Flow) http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8216666102/
  96. Your brain on Flow https://www.flickr.com/photos/arselectronica/13994747444
  97. Flow banishes the inner critic
  98. How do you reach Flow?
  99. Get in touch with your brilliance http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/
  100. Clear goals
  101. Uninterrupted, focused time
  102. My Father built airplanes in his spare time Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  103. (Instill the Headphones Rule) https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/9824922293
  104. Helps create space for ideas https://www.flickr.com/photos/creativedc/2939649520
  105. Risk/Challenge http://www.flickr.com/photos/librarianavengers/2495352933/
  106. Balance between skill and challenge
  107. Immediate feedback http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8124124586/
  108. Find your Flow to dispel fears and experience continuous creative growth.
  109. Taker or Maker?
  110. …Has little regard for their potential to shape the future or ability to take action on issues that truly motivate them. A Taker…
  111. …A maker’s work is characterized by morality, creativity, craftsmanship, and purposed problem solving. They view their work through the lens of service. A Maker…
  112. “….Makers choose their work based on impact and happiness.” – Jason Cavnar, "Why developers should start choosing conscience over profit" http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/18/developers-choosing-conscience-over-profit/
  113. Become a passionate problem-solver http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/4435608143/
  114. Make “Bug” Lists https://www.flickr.com/photos/acerriteno/3484407240/
  115. Cultivate a healthy disregard for the impossible
  116. Be clear on your “Why” http://www.flickr.com/photos/zlz212/198759134/
  117. Whom are you helping? http://www.codefevermiami.com/
  118. Infuse meaning https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/5932362950
  119. Choose bigger, more creative problems to solve
  120. Cultivate a culture of creativity around you http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsters,_Inc.
  121. Like folks at Pixar
  122. Make things that matter – to both you and others.
  123. PROGRESS http://www.flickr.com/photos/harryharris/381154280/
  124. What do you get? http://www.flickr.com/photos/dlaughland/3475448568/
  125. Life is complex and so are decisions
  126. Two tracks
  127. CREATIVITY GROWTH MIND FIND FLOW BE A MAKER
  128. Guidelines; stars to navigate by http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/9255191990/
  129. “Clarity brings about purpose, purpose brings about action, action brings about change.” Joel Yeo
  130. CREATE LEARN FLOW CONTRIBUTE
  131. Mobilize a dormant creative confidence http://www.flickr.com/photos/badastronomy/4179773749/
  132. Realize that we are Master Creators
  133. While we can’t predict the future http://fusible.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/crystal-ball.jpg
  134. Because of the unknown http://hub.salford.ac.uk/energymonitoring/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2012/01/known-knowns1.jpg
  135. “We are the creators of the future.” Umair Haque, “How to Have a Year That Matters”
  136. And if predicting the future is a comfort
  137. Making them should be easier http://www.cdmdirect.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Choices.jpg
  138. Critical
  139. Not creative Fixed mindset Blocked Taking what you can get All too familiar with this
  140. Love is the compass
  141. Creativity is your True North
  142. CREATIVITY GROWTH MIND FIND FLOW BE A MAKER
  143. All of space-time started with a singularity
  144. Just as the Universe is expanding, so are we
  145. We are constantly reinventing ourselves
  146. Now you have more tools to help
  147. Remember: Words have POWER
  148. THIS. Photo: Denise Jacobs
  149. Move beyond Photo: Denise Jacobs
  150. “Technical communicators build a better world. ” – Kit Brown-Hoekstra, former STC President, STC Summit 2015 Opening Address
  151. “The Fierce Urgency of Now”
  152. The choice is clear https://www.flickr.com/photos/matias3000/253871344/
  153. Claim your power. Choose http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  154. Get the slides, y’all! Creativedo.se/stcsummit-ip
  155. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic DeniseJacobs.com/InnerCritic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
  156. Please take the Creative Blocks Survey Creativedo.se/creative-blocks-survey
  157. THE CREATIVE DOSE A Creativity + Innovation Collective Work Better. Create More. Create Betterness. Creative Thinking & Problem-solving Applying an Innovation Mindset Creative Collaboration Team Communication & Cohesion TheCreativeDose.com @thecreativedose “Untitled” by Americo Morales
  158. Photos: Deloria Jacobs My posse’s in Columbus!
  159. Photos: Deloria Jacobs My posse’s in Columbus!
  160. DeniseJacobs.com  Sign up on my mailing list here! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs Connect with me! Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/
  161. And finally… http://www.flickr.com/photos/27620885@N02/2609974180/

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