January 04, 2021
WHO ACTUALLY CREATED "The Year of Living Creatively"?

Mitch Ditkoff 22.png I did. Mitch Ditkoff.

Well then, who am I?

73 years ago, two very different people got together and created a third person -- me. Neither my mother or father were particularly "creative", but they had whatever it took to spark new life and I was very glad they did.

They are long gone now, but I am still here -- and while I am, I am committed to doing everything humanly possible to not only keeping that creative spark of life alive in myself, but in others as well -- a noble aspiration, for sure, but what are my qualifications to deliver on my commitment? Why should YOU, a person with big ideas, but precious little time, spend any of your time with me -- or more specifically -- exploring my YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY service?

Here's the simple reason: I've been studying the creative process for more than 40 years and understand how it works, what gets in its way, and how to help people have the best possible chance of manifesting their own, innate brilliance. And I've done it with thousands of people all over the world -- including people in these organizations.

But I don't just teach about it -- I have practiced it, myself, in the process of co-founding Idea Champions, Brainstorm Champions, and Face the Music, as well as writing Storytelling for the Revolution (and five other books), creating Free the Genie online, Free the Genie cards, creating Wisdom Circles in Mexico, Australia, and the US, and facilitating more than 1,000 ideation sessions for some of the most powerful organizations in the world.

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I am not bragging, ladies and gentlemen -- simply setting some context for you -- my attempt to get on your radar screen long enough for you to consider the possibility of allowing me to be of service you.

Mine has not been a straight and narrow path.

While most of my clients assume I am a psychologist, my formal education is in poetry -- where I was a graduate student at Brown University. It didn't take long, in that academic environment, to realize I wanted to live the poetry of life, not just write about it -- and so I quit -- thus beginning a long and winding road of "professions" that taught me a lot about human nature and the heart's desire -- the kind of professions that left my mother somewhat baffled around the canasta table: dishwasher... waiter... house painter... gardener... cook... day care teacher... underground newspaper editor... community organizer... freelance writer... social worker... political speechwriter... subway musician... monk... co-Founder of a corporate consulting company... co-founder of a corporate blues band... winner of the best Innovation Blogger of the Year award... creator of Wisdom Circles... six-time author... learning consultant to an Islamic school in Australia... and now, creator of THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY.

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Bottom line, I know what it takes to originate, develop, and manifest bold new ideas -- and often against all odds.

Why am I offering The Year of Living Creatively now? Because the old world order is collapsing. So many of the out-dated systems and structures we have relied on are crumbling right before our eyes. In the face of this massive shift, I've noticed there are two basic kinds of human response: Some people get paralyzed. Others get animated -- fueled by the recognition that it is time to change.

Bottom line, my business model has radically changed since Covid-19 disrupted everything: from serving organizations to serving individuals. From delivering my services onsite to delivering them online.

At first I resisted this change, not wanting to "start all over again" after 33 years of building my own empire. But then, in a flash, in the middle of a quarantine, 10,000 miles from home, I got it. Or, as Charles Darwin said: "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change."

What does this have to do with you? Everything. Or nothing. You get to decide.

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My offer is a simple one -- to provide you with an elegant way to radically increase the odds of manifesting your heart's desire -- to go over, around, and through whatever obstacles are in the way of working your magic in the world.

The service I provide is like type O blood. It's the universal donor. It applies to everyone, no matter what form their work takes. Like water, it takes the shape of any vessel it is poured into. Think of it, if you like as a kind of GPS for your heart's desire. I am talking about the process of discovering new and better ways of navigating your own creative process -- that deeply felt aspiration to make your contribution in the world, no matter your age, astrological sign, education, nationality, religion, or politics.

While it may seem inflated to say what I am about to say, I am going to say it anyway -- I have caught lightning in a bottle and I want to make it available to you. My hope? That you will open this bottle and it will help light your way forward.

And since I know that 95% of the people reading this are probably thinking "I don't have the time" and "I don't have the money", I have done my best to make THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY both time-efficient and affordable. Twenty minutes a week is all it will take. And the cost is less than $3.00 a week -- less than one cappuccino (but the buzz lasts a lot longer).

THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY launches in March. Here is the ground it covers.

If you want me to let you know when it launches, simply email office@ideachampions.com with the phrase "The Year of Living Creatively" in the subject line. I will not sell your email address to anyone. I will not rent it or give it to anyone. I will not hustle you with "upselling" and other questionable practices. What I will do, is everything within my power to be of service to you in the most honorable way possible.

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at January 4, 2021 10:26 AM

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Sounds good, Mitch! Looking forward to it!

Jono

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