Be A Man! Create!

Written by Mark Cole

General George S. Patton and John Quincy Adams were poets. Churchill was a painter. Karol Wojtyla,repparttar Polish priest who became Pope John Paul II, was, in his younger days, a playwright, director and stage actor, as was Vaclav Havel. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger,repparttar 136811 German priest who just became Pope Benedict XVI plays classical piano and is (like Karl Barth) a Mozart aficionado. Jefferson designed Monticello. Secretary of State Dean Acheson was an accomplished woodworker. The young Theodore Roosevelt was a taxidermist. Albert Schweitzer was a world-class organist and Bach scholar.

And so on. Do you see a pattern here?

One ofrepparttar 136812 secrets ofrepparttar 136813 Great Men ofrepparttar 136814 past is that they cultivated creativity and artistic expression in their lives. Sometimesrepparttar 136815 Great Men consciously chose a craft or a fine art as an outlet, a creative diversion fromrepparttar 136816 intensity of their daily lives. And sometimesrepparttar 136817 Great Men had no particular objective in pursuing creative expression, it just simply happened as an overflow of who they already were. They created, just as day follows night.

You can be creative, too, and reaprepparttar 136818 incredible benefits. That is, if you userepparttar 136819 right tools.


My new web site,, will help you live a creative life of adventure and challenge you to expand your horizons and reach new frontiers. At Conversations Fromrepparttar 136820 Past, men are challenged, edified and encouraged to embrace what Theodore Roosevelt called The Strenuous Life.

We challenge each other to live lives of steadfast resolution, to overcome obstacles, to win in spite of a thousand repulses or defeats, to never fear to try a new line of attack because of a previous setback.

We urge each other to grasp, to rise and struggle, even against incalculable odds, to attempt, to makerepparttar 136821 bold move.

We also recognize that as we liverepparttar 136822 lives that we desire, we will also berepparttar 136823 object of begrudging, resistance, hostility and resentment. Bold, intensely masculine lives create friction. It is not just historical irony thatrepparttar 136824 greatest peacemakers inrepparttar 136825 history ofrepparttar 136826 world have met with violent death; it is simplyrepparttar 136827 way of this world.

One ofrepparttar 136828 best ways to deal with these difficulties, these assaults, is to seek a creative outlet, an artistic expression.


But, you rightfully ask, how do I get started? Great question. The answer is surprisingly simple.

Just start and don’t look back. As Churchill wrote of his own painting career (which was by any standard very successful, especially since he had a few other things on his plate):

[T]he first quality that is needed is Audacity. There really is no time forrepparttar 136829 deliberate approach.

In other words, if you feel like painting, do what Churchill did: get outrepparttar 136830 paints, buy some canvas and get started. When you make a mess, then go do some background reading on techniques, identify where you went wrong and then forge ahead again, this time without making preciselyrepparttar 136831 same mistake. By trial and error you will quickly getrepparttar 136832 basic skills you need in order to satisfyingly express your creativity through your painting.

“You must play by the rules”

Written by graham and julie

You must play byrepparttar rules. Everything has rules. You want to play chess then learnrepparttar 136767 rules. You want to play soccer then learnrepparttar 136768 rules. You want to play tennis then learnrepparttar 136769 rules. You want to play life then….hang on a minute…. Who wroterepparttar 136770 rules of life?

Who wroterepparttar 136771 rules to your life? Did you? When you look at your life you begin to realise that most ofrepparttar 136772 time you are living by someone else’s rules. The rules made by your family,repparttar 136773 education system,repparttar 136774 culture you grew up in. The rules made to ensure you conform and are easy to manage.

But when you look around you can see many successful people who don’t conform to your rules.

They see a different way. They have accepted that there is more to life than conforming. More to life than accepting what everyone else accepts. They see that it is important to be different. It is important to be true to yourself. It is important to live by your own values.

Yes they get it wrong sometimes. Yes they cause difficulty for others sometimes. Yes they cause others to rethink their position sometimes but they realise thatrepparttar 136775 more they live according to their own principles. The more they live according to their inbuilt valuesrepparttar 136776 more chance they have of being successful.

When you conform to other people’s rules you are reducing your opportunities. When you conform to other people’s rules you are reducing your potential.

Take a look at your life:

Dorepparttar 136777 rules, you live your life by, getrepparttar 136778 best out of you or are they designed to keep you in a box? Dorepparttar 136779 rules, you live your life by, help you to become successful or do they reduce your chances?

What do you do now, that your grand mother would have been really embarrassed at doing? What did you do today that 25 years ago would have been frowned upon?

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