#20 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Jonathan Fields


How are you this week? Hope life is treating you kindly.

I have another dose of creative wisdom for you, this time from author Jonathan Fields, though I actually found the following gem on his blog.

The blog post was called: Can abundance kill creativity? and it explored the idea that….

Jonathan Fields creativity quote

Jonathan goes on to say; 

“…constraint in one area of work or life makes you more creative in all areas.”

It’s an interesting idea and one that may bring some comfort to any creative who is up against constraints of time, money, support, etc… (Ie., most of us.) 

In addition to his blog, Jonathan also has a fabulous resource called Good Life Project where he interviews Change-Makers and asks them all One Simple Question:

 What does it mean to you to live a good life?  

He has an impressive array of guests, including last week’s featured author Pam Slim, as well as the likes of Seth Godin, Danielle LaPorte, Kate Northrup, Kris Carr, Dan Pink, Marie Forleo, Brene Brown and Chris Guillebeau.

It’s a great place to go when you need to procrastinate be uplifted, inspired and informed. The interviews are also available as free podcasts on iTunes. 

Jonathan Fields Uncertainty book

Jonathan has also written two books; Uncertainty which I have read and loved. (It may well be featured later in this series with a quote from the book). And Career Renegade which I haven’t read yet but I think I’d enjoy, given the subtitle; How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love. (This is my recipe for a Good Life.)

So I hope this week’s quote inspires you to shift the focus away from whatever’s lacking and use any enforced boundaries to strengthen your creative muscles. 

Besides, there are so many decisions to be made during the creative process that a degree of limitation may actually be a good thing. (Starting with a brief can often be so much easier than a blank canvas…)

Wishing you a fun and creative week!





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