Self-help literature encourages people to set Big Hairy Audacious Goals, commonly known as BHAG’s. But for many, these goals are more pipe dreams than possibilities. Unless you’ve already become the next Steve Jobs, Oprah, or Beyoncé, a better alternative would be a small meaningful attainable goal (SMAG).

Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) is one of the most iconic and unmistakable creatives of our generation. He’s transcended the limitations of his labels and achieved creative success across multiple art forms and industries

Creative habits are the compound interest in building a career in the arts. These are the habits of highly effective artists that can make the biggest difference in your life and career.

Have you ever had one of those times in your life when you feel as if you’re firing on all cylinders? You’re focused, productive and in the zone. What you’re experiencing is the power of creative momentum.

To be successful in any field, you need to have a point of view that stands out in a noisy world. It’s the one thing every succesful creator or visionary throughout history has in common.

Look at your life (your significant other, your jobs, your accomplishments, etc). Was there a single element that didn’t require you to take a risk? We have to learn to take risks to get anything we want.

Few things are as powerful as curiosity when it comes to innovation and creativity. Curiosity is the compass that leads to interesting people, places, and ideas.

Adversity is a part of life. Nobody gets through it without a setback, devastating loss or getting punched in the face. We can’t control an event. But we do get to decide whether we will let our temporary circumstances become our permanent identity or transform adversity into opportunity.

Every year I write a post on my birthday about things I’ve learned and want to remember.

Small things have big consequences. Over time, those consequences compound. We are the accumulated momentum of all our choices. Some of those choices are binary. Go to the gym or not: that choice in that…