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.

Make People Feel Uncomfortable

Today’s Idea Sparkler is all about making people uncomfortable. (Don’t get so excited, guys with thick mustaches in white vans parked at playgrounds.) Making people feel uncomfortable is a powerful technique to get your message across. If you watch The Office, you’ve seen comedy that makes you feel uncomfortable. They create some of the most…

Take Care

I struggle with depression. Nothing creative happens when I get depressed. Fortunately I’ve found the secret source of my depression. Bad eating and lack of exercise. It’s true. I first discovered this as a teen. My parents went on exciting trips around the world, left me a Benjamin and trusted me to take care of…

Don’t Be an Owner

There is a certain phenomenon I’ve observed over the years. It’s that people’s preferences change when they are to connected to the act of creation. It’s difficult to explain so I’ll illustrate this with an example. Imagine you’re chilling with some buddies, and one of them has an idea to start a business. You proceed…

Droning

Experiencing a clogged brain?  Flush the icky gunk from your brain with Creative Draino – now more droning than ever! I’m highly active.  When I watch TV, I inhale it.  I’m not the best at vegging out.  Sometimes my brain gets overstimulated and it shuts down to creativity.

Distractions

Hectic week. On top of that, I’ve decided to blog 15 times/week – up from my usual 10. I’m not entirely excited about this new discipline, and I’ve been incredibly distracted. Facebook, Twitter and email are just a few of my distractions. I find myself refreshing my website statistics every minute just so I don’t have…