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Stef Lewandowski is definitely not our typical guest. I came across his work on Medium and noticed that he had some really profound insights to share about creativity. Between running a record label, working at an agency, and building a technology startup, I thought he'd have a really interesting perspective on creativity. Here are some highlights from our chat:
  • A Look at Building Creative Projects in an Afternoon Stef Lewandowski
  • The Power of Exploring Seemingly Pointless Ideas
  • Why It Makes Sense to Blend High and Low Tech Ideas
  • How to Rapidly Sketch and Test Out Your Projects
  • Why You Should Test the Edges of What's Possible
  • The Power of Mixing People with Disparate Skillsets
  • Why Solving Your Own Problems Can Lead to Business
  • A Look at 12 Different Ideas in the Course of a Year
  • The Power of Self Reflection Through Writing
  • Writing a Letter to Yourself to Learn from Your Past Mistakes
  • Treating Your Mornings as a Creative Bootup Time
  • How to Accelerate Serendpity in Your Creative Efforts
  • Why You Should Revisit Your Old Content to Get New Ideas
  • A Look at Hack Events that Lead to Interesting Ideas
  • Leveraging the Creative Hacker Framework in Your Efforts
  • Knowing When to Kill or Keep a Side Project
Tweetable Insights Include:
  • Nowadays careers are a patchwork of many smaller careers (Click to Tweet)
  • The first step to doing a new thing is experimenting in your spare time (Click to Tweet)
Stef Lewandowski is co-founder/hacker at Makeshift. He sketches with code, writes at at Medium, gives a leg up to the little guy, and creates something every day. You can follow him on twitter @stef. If you liked this article, would you share it with your friends? Just click here to post it to Twitter.

Originally aired over 3 years ago.


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