DWeiss Creative

DWeiss Creative

The Creativity of Dave and Dawn Weiss

Becoming an Idea Machine


I’m reading a book called Become An Idea Machine: Because Ideas Are The Currency Of The 21st Century
and I decided to take the author up on her challenge to come up with ten ideas every day. Each day she gives you a question and you need to come up with 10 ideas based on that question. She also advocates that you share your ideas so I plan on doing that on this page. However so as not to violate her copyright, I will not post the question. If you want the questions, you will have to pick up Become An Idea Machine: Because Ideas Are The Currency Of The 21st Century. Come along and join me in the challenge.
Days One -14

Day Fifteen

  1. Old Canvasses repainted into mercy for AMOKArts
  2. Go through all the old paint and get rid of any that has gone bad.
  3. Donate more old books to Goodwill.
  4. Donate CDs I don’t listen to, to Goodwill.
  5. Donate old treadmill.
  6. Donate old stationary bike.
  7. Get rid of the camper.
  8. Donate one or two of the old tents.
  9. Donate some of the clothes I can’t wear anymore to Goodwill.
  10. Do a serious inventory of some of the frames, windows, etc in the basement and get rid of what we don’t need.

Day Sixteen

  1. Go out and paint in a public place.
  2. Audition for a play.
  3. Arrange a book signing for one of my books.
  4. Put my profile out for a pastorate.
  5. Share my faith with someone.
  6. Approach ten churches a day for a month about presentations.
  7. Schedule and present my first “create a better life” workshop
  8. Approach a booking agent about speaking.
  9. Approach ten people to guest post on their blogs.
  10. Approach ten people to “interview” for AMOKArts.com

Day Seventeen

  1. Get my walk in every day.
  2. Walk to the bank/post office etc. at work.
  3. Resist sweets.
  4. Drink more water and if I do feel the need for iced tea, diet.
  5. Walk the steps more.
  6. Begin interval training
  7. Increase my intake of fruits and vegetables.
  8. Do some upper body work like shoveling, yard work.
  9. Get some dumbbells and use them while sitting around.
  10. Download the app Chris is using to regulate calorie intake.

Day Eighteen

  1. Start my day with prayer.
  2. Continue to read 4 chapters of Scripture every day.
  3. Continue to encourage people to use their gifts.
  4. Spend time each day working toward my goals.
  5. Spend family time each day.
  6. Eliminate work stresses.
  7. Keep in mind I can only control what I do.
  8. Spend some time each day reading/watching/listening to positive materials.
  9. Get enough rest.
  10. Give my best to everything I do.

Day Nineteen

  1. Read at least one creativity related story each day.
  2. Create something new each day.
  3. Look for the areas where I complain and seek to make a positive difference instead.
  4. Keep my eyes open for the times when my attitude slips and change it.
  5. Look for videos and other art related ideas to stimulate my interests and for the purpose of sharing with others.
  6. Post to my blogs on a regular basis.
  7. Work on my creativity products.
  8. Turn off the TV and work/think more.
  9. Spend a little time on my hobby after work to unwind and refocus.
  10. Create promotional items.

Day 20

  1. My wife
  2. My sons
  3. My daughters in-law (including the one I have not met yet)
  4. My new grandson to be
  5. My brother and sister
  6. My brothers in law
  7. Aunts and Uncles
  8. Cousins
  9. Grandparents
  10. Having been raised by parents who loved me
  11. My nana for nurturing my creativity
  12. My inlaws who accepted me when I wasn’t real acceptable
  13. My pastors who brought me the word of God
  14. The arts
  15. My home
  16. My ministry
  17. All the folks that bring me in to speak
  18. My job
  19. My van that helps me get to all the places I need to go.
  20. That I live in the US
  21. My church
  22. My many friends
  23. The opportunities I have received
  24. My resources
  25. The internet and the connections I have made.
  26. My God-given creativity
  27. The beauty of creation
  28. My morning walks
  29. All the things that have made me who I am
  30. Most importantly my God and my Lord and Savior

Day 21

  1. The Most Important Thing/Person You Need to Know
    • His name is Jesus
    • He loves you
    • He gave you a book. Read it and live by His teachings.
  2. Things I Wish I Had Done or Done Sooner
    • Become a follower of Jesus Christ
    • Come to believe in myself
    • Understood I had something to offer
  3. Things I Wish I Hadn’t Done
    • Trying So Hard to Fit In Instead of Being Myself
    • Using Alcohol to Numb Myself
    • Putting Other Things In Front of My God and Family
  4. Creativity and You
    • You ARE Creative
    • This World NEEDS You to Be Creative
    • How to Build On the Creativity You Already Have
  5. Those Things You Think Somebody Should Do Something About… Somebody Is You!
    • Complacency Kills
    • Be the Change You Want to See
    • Building a Team and Leading It
  6. The Creative Church Manifesto
    • How do we take the unchanging message of the Gospel to an ever-changing world?
    • We’re the Children of the Creator… Why Isn’t the Church the Most Creative Place in Town?
    • We Used to Be the Number One Patron of the Arts. You Know That, Right?
  7. Live a Better Story
    • Your Life is a Story… Is It a Good One.
    • Changing Your Story
    • Living to Make the World a Better Place, In Big and Small Ways
  8. Living On-Purpose
    • Who Are You and Why Are Your Here?
    • You’re Not Here By Accident
    • Your Vision, Mission and Calling
  9. Why You Should Go to Church
    • How Can you Follow Someone Without Knowing What He Said?
    • Nobody’s Perfect, Except Jesus
    • Because God Said So!
  10. The Elephant Cookbook: Finishing Large Projects One Bite at a Time
    • How Do You Eat An Elephant?
    • Taking the First Bite
    • How to Eat Faster

Day 22

  1. My wife Dawn who has changed my life in so many ways.
  2. My parents who did their best to take care of me and provide for me.
  3. My nana who really encouraged me in my creativity early on.
  4. My aunt Treva who listened to me at some really tough times.
  5. My uncle Dennis who helped me understand math.
  6. My brother who pushed challenged and defended me.
  7. My sister who introduced me to Dawn and who looked out for me in her own way.
  8. My mentors who helped me to navigate ministry.
  9. My pastor Bill who showed me how I could use my art to serve God.
  10. All the people who gave me opportunities and took a chance on me.

Day 23

    1. All children art artists, the problem is to remain one as one grows up.-Picasso
    2. In a country so obsessed with tolerance, why do we tolerate zero-tolerance policies.
    3. Is refusing to tolerate intolerance intolerant?
    4. Not going to church because of hypocrites is like not going to the gym because of out of shape people.
    5. The position of Savior has been filled. -Craig Smith
    6. There is nothing new under the sun.-King Solomon
    7. Every time I start to feel down on myself, I remember the high price God paid for me.
    8. Pastors are not employees to be hired and fired at will if they do not take the congregation where it wants to go. Pastors are leaders called by God to take the congregation where God wants it to go.
    9. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” — Ken Robinson.
    10. “Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.What makes someone an artist? I don’t think is has anything to do with a paintbrush. There are painters who follow the numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, painting reproductions. These folks, while swell people, aren’t artists. On the other hand, Charlie Chaplin was an artist, beyond a doubt. So is Jonathan Ive, who designed the iPod. You can be an artists who works with oil paints or marble, sure. But there are artists who work with numbers, business models, and customer conversations. Art is about intent and communication, not substances.An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally.That’s why Bob Dylan is an artist, but an anonymous corporate hack who dreams up Pop 40 hits on the other side of the glass is merely a marketer. That’s why Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, is an artists, while a boiler room of telemarketers is simply a scam.”-Seth Godin

Day 24

  1. Since I don’t have any cooking ability, me doing actual recipes is going to be a bit of a struggle. SO instead I an going to give you a ten step recipe for preparing an elephant.Okay actually there are ten things to do to help you accomplish large projects in a limited time. These will eventually be part of my book, The Elephant Cookbook. (How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!)
    First, set a realistic deadline. Deadlines are our friends, they help us fend off procrastination and give us a goal to shoot for.
  2. Don’t get overwhelmed. You can do what you set out to do. All getting overwhelmed accomplishes is allowing panic to set in and panic is a waste of time.
  3. Don’t waste time. Most of us have plenty of time we just need to find it. You may not have big chunks of time, but you do have little snippets here and there and all those snippets add up.
  4. The Early Bird Gets the Worm. Get up an hour early, you’ll be amazed how much you can get done in six hours a week.
  5. Break the project down into manageable chunks. “One bite at a time… remember?” Getting those manageable chunks done allows us to get a feeling of accomplishment as we move toward our goals.
  6. Make a check list. It seems like a small thing, but this helps you to stay on schedule and again those little feelings of accomplishment as you check things off your list will be an incredible encouragement.
  7. Mix the unpleasant things into the process. A lot of people instinctively push the stuff they don’t like to do to the back burner, this is a mistake. The closer you get to the end of the fun stuff, the more you will procrastinate. After all, all the stuff you like to do is done. Pressing through small chunks of tough stuff will give you something to look forward to, thus keeping you on task.
  8. Take a break. “The best never rest” is not just an advertising slogan, it is one of the stupidest things ever said. Everyone needs to rest and your creativity and the quality of your work will suffer if you don’t.
  9. You DON’T work best under pressure. No one really does. It’s just something we tell ourselves when we procrastinated too long.  Give yourself time.
  10. Change your venue. Or whatever else you need to change. Sometimes a change of scenery or technique or switching something up will help you to keep moving forward.

Day 25

  1. Alcohol and other vices because they really messed me up at one point
  2. Soda because I gave it up
  3. Expensive clothes because I don’t need them.
  4. Flashy cars although I would really like one.
  5. Expensive toys… I do like to build my models but I try to get them on sale.
  6. An iPad because I don’t need one, I have a laptop that meets my needs much better.
  7. Full price books. Prefer to read on my Kindle anyway.
  8. Games for my Kindle. A Kindle is for reading books not one more distraction.
  9. A Kindle fire. See number 8.
  10. And I’m not “buying” most of what the media and politicians are selling.

Day 26

  1. Not sure what to do with this one, so I am going my own way 10 titles for new books I would love to write base on what I am reading and thinking 1. Failure Is Not an Option… It’s a Necessity! How to Fail Your Way to Success
  2. Just Because You Lost Doesn’t Mean You’re a Loser: Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat.
  3. Grading Art Is Stupid and Other Stories: Defeating the Things That Kill Creativity
  4. The Future Belongs to Those Who Create It: The Necessity of Creativity in Our World.
  5. I’m Not an Artist and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves: Unleasing the Artist Within for Health and Success
  6. Vincent: Art, Death and the Power of Encouragement (Vincent Van Gogh’s Story and What we can learn from it.)
  7. It’s (Not So) Great to Be King: Leadership Lessons from First and Second Kings
  8. You CAN Get There from Here: How to Get from Vision to Reality
  9. Idiot, Idiot, IDIOT! How to Defeat That Voice That Tells You You’re Worthless
  10. The Madness of Conformity: You Can’t Make a Difference Being Like Everybody Else
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