We're epically enthused about this podcast episode with Dan Norris. They're always the most fun because a. we get to do them live in his office/studio, b. we go 0n all the weird and wonderful tangents and c. becuase it's THE Dan Norris. During this chat we mostly discuss the topic... idea... no, the MAGIC of creativity. Because Dan has a brand spankin' new book out: Create or Hate. Check it out here! (for free this week!). Far out even the title is freaking amazing. But wait, we gotta talk about that sub-title: Successful People Make Things. ARGHHH. It's like oh yeh, duh! We gotta make stuff to be successful. Yes, making things can bring in the dollars (yay) but what about the joy, fun, love, inspiration and life changing stuff these 'things' also brings? Steve Jobs made the iPhone (um epic and makes our lives a whole lot easier), Frida put her magical reality on canvas (talk about inspiration), The Beatles made music (joy, sadness, hope, love, bliss... every emotion) and Erica our old neighbour creates a garden oasis year after year, after year. Not sure about you but when we look at a beautiful garden we instantly feel happy and calm... see, magic. Just make something! Make something for fun. Make it to earn money. Make it to help people. Make it to spread a positive message around the world a billion times. This is from the back of Dan's new book... Most of us have always wanted to make something, but for any number of reasons haven’t. Maybe you used to make things as a child, but stopped some time into adulthood. What is that something for you? Writing a book? Creating a blog? Learning photography? Starting a podcast? Launching a business? This book exists for only one reason, to help you create that something. We are all creative — there is a creator in you. But there is also a force called Hate, which will work against your creativity and stop you from making things. Hate can be controlled, and overpowered and your creative side can be nurtured and grown. This book will show you how. Dan talks about all sorts of stuff we love... How negative self-talk will limit you and that your thoughts matter. The magic of synchronicity. Maybe these small signs are giving you a message that you're on the right track. Failure = course correction. Failure is a good thing, what we like to call a 'blessing in disguise'. Gratitude is a game changer. More gratitude equals more creativity and less negativity. It kills anger and stress. You know how we feel about gratitude. Following the flow, the momentum... the bliss. He also gives a bunch of action steps to help you create and overcome hate. Our key message from Create or Hate was to keep on creating. Create for fun. Create for health and happiness. And in the words of Dan... create so much they can't ignore you.