1/13/12: Weekend Imagination Igniters

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For most of us, the weekend is less agenda-driven and more relaxed than our usual weekday. You're more likely to slip into that state of relaxed alertness that psychologists call "alpha." That's when you're most likely to have creative thoughts.

This week I'm offering two suggestions to ignite your imagination when those times come. There's some wisdom from John Hurt and a book recommendation.

Thought Starter

John Hurt is considered one of the best and most professional actors in the world. He's known for his roles in The Elephant Man and, most recently, in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Here's his working definition of what it means to be professional.

"The essence of being professional is delivering when you don't feel like it."

Weekend Reading Suggestion: Born Standing Up 

Steve Martin expresses similar sentiments in the book I'm recommending for you this week. It's Born Standing Up. In addition to being full of lessons and things you'll want to highlight, this is a great read.

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