how to be generous without money

Are you the kind of person that always feels like you should donate more money? Maybe you have felt guilty because your budget doesn’t allow to give more support to organizations you care about. This is something many people struggle with. You are not alone in this feeling. Generosity isn’t about how much money you […]

brainstorming techniques for creatives

Do you feel stuck with ideas you have up in your head? Taking on any creative project is never supposed to be easy. Whether it’s a client project or a personal one you eventually hit walls. These aren’t just any walls. They are as tall as a red pine, covered in ice and made of steel. All […]

how blogging can make your life better

Writing blog posts is an incredible way to generate revenue for you or your business. If that’s your goal… Awesome. If your goal isn’t to make money with your blog. Even better. Wait… What!? Why blogging is an opportunity. I’ve written a lot of blog posts in a short amount of time. I started blogging back […]

how to motivate yourself to become a better person.

I often get asked how I have the drive or the motivation to create things in my free time. Usually, folks will say, “By the time the day is done I just want to eat dinner, watch some Netflix, and go to bed.” I’ll be honest and tell you that this happens to me quite […]

how to develop creativity

It’s amazing how much time you spend consuming things. Food, music, videos, reading, movies and the list goes on. When you make a habit of consuming more than you create you tend to consume even more. The balance shifts. The more it shifts to one side, consumption becomes so heavy that it can be difficult […]

How to be creative with VSCOcam

The human body can do incredible things. The simple fact that you can develop ideas and create something from a randomly inspired thought is astounding. This is something I believe all of us take for granted. You and I are not at fault for that either. Projects and life can really take us for a crazy ride. The last thing that comes to mind is gratitude when you are in the middle of anything you do. Respecting your limits seems to get left behind. Continue reading

how to create new ideas and be happy with what you do

If you have job where you have to create things all the time, whether it’s writing, videos, photography, design, strategy, campaigns or just about anything, it can be really hard to come up with a good idea. Even more difficult to constantly throw down great ideas. When you get paid to make things the pressure […]

nathaniel wolkstein music never been done before

I woke up one day to this blog post from Seth Godin and it struck a chord with me. Specifically a musical chord since I am trying to progress as a musician, but other types of creativity as well. It’s tempting to do what’s been done before, certain in the belief that if you do it, […]

discovering new photography locations

Location location location. You and I have both been told that where you are geographically determines your greatness. The places you go make you better at what you do or that prime location is going to make your business successful. I’m here to tell you that where you are should not determine what you decide to […]

my writing is horrible I am not a good writer

You hear it all over the internet, in books and at school. We are all writers. Natural born communicators. We owe it to ourselves to become great writers. Not only to benefit ourselves, but others too. I never thought I would create any long form of text beyond a Facebook message or an email after graduating […]

when is the best time of day to write?

Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time […]


Do you struggle with the idea that what you do isn’t good enough? Whether you write or raise a family you probably have the same high standards as I do with myself. Who doesn’t want to be successful in everything they do? The problem is that we overwhelm ourselves with extremely high standards by taking […]


Every writer and blogger wants great ideas to write about. It makes writing fun and exciting. You want the whole world to know about it. Great ideas motivate you to share them in the best way possible. Sadly, even when you do think one great idea, you might struggle to think of more. You sit […]


I’ve done a lot of writing within the past few years. Between February and May of 2014 I wrote over 25,000 words in order to publish my first book – released it in June of 2014. The book is 25,400 words or so, but after all of the editing I probably wrote at least 30,000. That’s […]

how to make hard choices

Choices are personal. That’s a fact because even the choices you don’t care about, are preconceived by who you are. Where do you want to eat? “It doesn’t really matter to me.” That’s actually a choice you have. You choose not to care about dinner that night as long as you get to eat with […]

frost inside house window

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. -Robert Frost Most of us are looking for an end of something. To reach a goal. To cross the finish line. Another check on the to-do list. Any way to lift responsibility off your shoulder. But what if you didn’t look for an […]


What would you do if you were on a ship that was trapped in the arctic? What would be your escape plan? Most of us probably are not prepared for this kind of situation, but it doesn’t mean that an escape isn’t possible. In 1914 Captain Robert Bartlett gathered his courage and saved the lives […]

what isaac stern can teach you about music and life

Legendary violinist Isaac Stern was once confronted by a woman after a concert. She told him, “Oh, Id’ give my life to play like you!” “Lady,” Stern said acidly, “that I did!” Isaac Stern was not a prodigy nor a virtuoso, but he built his reputation in the mid-1940’s with a rich tone and emotional interpretive […]

weird habits of famous people in history

“Everyone has their own ways. It takes all kinds to make the world go round.” -Dad I was speaking with my father about a friend of mine and how strange his eating habits are.  He then told me the quote above. It made me think about the weird things I do and then I realized […]

quotes about self entitlement

It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it. ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild When it comes to success in life, you and I are probably […]

How to find out what you want to do with your life

When I graduated high school in 2006, I pictured myself in a completely difference scenario in 2014. I thought I would have a wife, a kid or two and possibly living in a different state. Just didn’t end up being that at all. I’m single, no children and a daily commuter for work. I’m also […]

how to grow your passion when you have a full time job

What is your passion? I can bet you don’t do it for a living. Most of us don’t. And if you do, it’s definitely not an easy life either. That’s part of the beauty of it though. Doing something you love for a career is supposed to be a challenge. Isn’t that what passion is […]

tips on how to prevent stress in your life

There’s a lot of strong positive signals being put in our faces every day. I even try to flood myself with positive energy all the time since I am always hustling to get things done. As much as we like to think they are healthy and good for us, it can be the most stressful addition to our life. It’s on social networks, on billboards, signs in schools and institutions… everywhere. Continue reading

teach a man to give and he'll be thankful for a lifetime

Relationships have tremendous value for us. Even when we are broke as hell and feel worthless, the greatest people in our life can lift us up. They see the potential within us. Not only that, they know how to create good within us. Seeing the good is half the battle. Teaching others to create good […]

stop procrastinating get it done kinetic bear photography jacob miller_1

You might be reading this because you have been one lazy bum lately and you need that little reminder to get you back in action and kick some serious butt. So if you are that person that has been procrastinating a lot lately, let’s go over a few reasons why you should just get moving and just finish the damn thing already. I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings, I just want to see you succeed. Some of these responses are more serious than others….. Continue reading

embrace the creative seasons in your life kinetic bear photography jacob miller

It has been an incredible year for me from a creative aspect. I cannot stress how much I have been getting done in comparison to any other time of my life. I thought I accomplished a lot last year, but I have been kicking some serious butt this year. I will say that I am noticing my own progress much more than ever before. I have been writing more to my blog, writing my first ebook (to be released in April 2014), progressing in my photography and design skills and now more recently I have been writing so much music I don’t know what to do with it all. Continue reading

loving what you do allows you to do great work

In just about every type of career choice there are things you have to deal with that are just not enjoyable. This is even true when you are doing a career that you love. I’m a professional video producer which is something I love, but there are things about the job that I definitely don’t […]

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Rather than trying to constantly put out fires, why not find ways to prevent them? Instead of focusing on reaction,  take action. The less time spent chasing fires, the more time you have to rebuild what was lost. Not only rebuild, but make things better. You won’t be perfect at it, but that’s ok because […]

how to have a positive attitude at work

Work can be stressful. It can be downright upsetting and change you. There are days when work is so draining that you start to become angry. Everyone begins to disagree with you and what you thought would happen becomes far from reality. Everything becomes negative. Even yourself. It may seem easier to just take it […]

how to know when you've made it

As a person who constantly creates things for a living, I tend to set a higher standard for myself on a daily basis. Every year I can gain more experience and skills, but I always wish I was better. This is not only true in an artistic field, but any career path. Engineers, teachers, business […]