What happens when you’re the runt and get handed the little squirt gun?

Either you run away and throw a pity party.

Or you opt for different hardware.

Thinking outside of the box is often the difference between creative thinkers who let circumstances get the best of them, and creative problem solvers who get the best of their circumstances.

The most successful people aren’t usually the ones born into wealth or talent, they’re the ones who outwork everyone else.

Don’t buy the lies:

You do have enough time for that venture…you just might be spending it all somewhere else. Like the TV. Or reading when you should be writing. Or buying coffee when you should be saving for tools.

There are plenty of methods and online course to develop your talent, some for free. No one is “good enough” when they first start. Maybe your problem is you just need to start.

Not assured a readership, viewership, or cliental? No one is. But people know excellence and value when they see it, so give them something worthy of their time, not your self-centered expectations.

Don’t get swindled out of your creative inheritance by opposition you could have easily overcome with a change in habit.

Remember, there’s always a bigger water supply on the other side of the house; sometimes it’s the littlest, most resilient sibling that finds it first. ch:



Don Bonner · 9 Sep ’11 at 7:32 am

Good thoughts, Chris. And with God willing to guide us, who can be against us. The problem is often thinking as ourselves as the source of resources, and the Lord of resources is standing by willing to give from His abundance.

    Christopher Hopper · 9 Sep ’11 at 5:15 pm

    Great point, Don. I can’t tell you how many times divine ideas came in a flash during episodes in his presence. Not that we seek him solely for creativity, but surely it’s a beautiful byproduct.

Costa · 9 Sep ’11 at 7:38 am

Thanks for those words man! Challenging, and you can write this because you live it! Good stuff!

    Christopher Hopper · 9 Sep ’11 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks Costa. Appreciate the encouragement.

    Miss Tues mornings at our house. 🙂 (But maybe not the work load it generated). 😉

Brian Fetzner · 9 Sep ’11 at 9:22 am

Wow, love it!!! So true and so challenging.

Beth Walrath · 9 Sep ’11 at 9:57 am

Another great post of encouragement!
Good stuff! Definitely going to utilize the Internet to improve my writing, perhaps even take a writing course.
After all someone once told me “God invented technology to advance the kingdom,….)” 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 9 Sep ’11 at 5:20 pm

    Woe, now that’s a good quote! 😉

    Good for you! Are there any courses at JCC that you know of?

      Beth Walrath · 9 Sep ’11 at 6:20 pm

      Did you notice I didn’t finish that life changing quote? Lol

      Hmm, I’ll have to check on JCC or maybe even Boces. They might have a creative writing class. Still want to do a photography class, but priorities first. MacBook Pro then new Camera. 🙂

Ron Porter · 9 Sep ’11 at 5:55 pm

I love the determined look on Judah’s face carrying the hose! “I will win this battle.” Good stuff CH!!

    Christopher Hopper · 9 Sep ’11 at 9:08 pm

    Too right! I have so many fun pics of him with that hose!

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