Creativity and Success

This week I volunteered at an arts camp for kids. I handed out sandwiches and wiped off tables and absorbed the children’s joy as they painted pictures, took photos, and improvised dance moves. Leaving my comfort zone and entering a room packed with 33 squirming grade schoolers spiked my energy level in ways I hadn’t anticipated. Now I’m thinking about how I can better apply my writing and marketing skills to help others. I learned a lot this week, but here are the two best take-aways:

  •  Stirring things up–new places, faces, activities–stimulates creativity.
  •  Applying your talents to help others succeed is the real meaning of success.

The camp’s founder, Rob Levit, made the latter point in a pep talk with the kids, and he demonstrates it every day . A jazz musician and artist, Levit founded a nonprofit organization, Creating Communities (http://www.creatingcommunities.net) that seeks to connect all kinds of people and improve their lives through the arts. What a creative idea.

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