Jonathan Malm helps people uncover creative options for their life and their church. He’s the author of Created for More, a 30-day devotional to help you develop a more creative mind. You’ll find him in San Antonio, Texas, roasting his own coffee beans and enjoying life with his Argentine wife, Carolina.

Schizophrenia and Art

I love magic tricks. A great illusion puts a bit of ambiguity back into my world – a world that is far too black and white. The world likes to be clear cut and simple. But it isn’t. The world is filled with mystery and contradiction. It’s filled with ambiguity. Wonder and curiosity happen in ambiguity.…

18 Pages

How many books do you own that you’ve only half read? Check your bookcase. I’ll wait. Did you know most people don’t get past page 18 in the books they buy? They lose interest. And many of these books are amazing books – best sellers. That’s why people buy them. But those first 18 pages…

The 3 States of an Artist

As you get better at and learn more about art, you come to a fork in the road. There are now three paths to traverse. They are: Criticism Stagnation Exploration Criticism Most “artists” choose this path. Instead of creating, they turn into the critics. They know enough art to consider themselves experts. So instead of…

10 Truths About Great Ideas

1. They don’t always win. Just because an idea is great doesn’t mean people will like it.  Sometimes you’ll need to convince people an idea is great. That takes perseverance, hustle and a little charm. 2. Anyone can have a great idea. Listen carefully to every idea. How many great corporate ideas came from janitors or…

Curiosity is Worth the Risk

Curiosity killed the cat? I say it’s worth the risk. Preschool children ask their parents (on average) 100 questions per day. “Why is the sky blue? Where do babies come from? Why was mommy kissing Santa Claus?” Their curiosity is insatiable. But by middle school they’ve pretty much stopped asking. It’s not that middle school…

Over Communicate

People who work at airports are trained to over communicate. Next time you’re in an airport terminal, listen to the announcements: Ladies and gentlemen, Flight 315 to Buffalo is now boarding. We are now boarding Flight 315 to Buffalo. Again, Flight 315 to Buffalo is now boarding. Repetition. Three times. You know why they do this?…

Average People – Part 2

Yesterday we talked about the bell curve of skill. Once you’ve reached an area of excellence you must be vigilant. You’ll constantly get sucked back to “average” if you aren’t careful. This is why. Even though you’ve escaped the realm of average, the people who surround you haven’t. They still occupy average and below average.…