April 01, 2021

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The Year of Living Creatively is a highly engaging, eight-week online course (May 23 - July 18) that helps aspiring innovators transform their bold ideas into new products, new services, new forms of expression, new businesses, and breakthrough ways of living. Previous graduates describe the course in a variety of colorful ways:

-- A GPS for the creative process
-- An incubation chamber for the new
-- A greenhouse for personal greatness
-- A chiropractic adjustment for mojo

If you are on fire with an exciting new possibility and want the kind of support that will help you turn theory into practice, this course is for you. By the way, did you know that out of every 100 people who start writing a book only three complete it? And writers aren't the only ones subject to this three percent phenomenon. Many other aspiring creators are, as well.

The Year of Living Creatively is an antidote for all of that monkey business -- an inspiring way for you to be on top of your game.

HOW IT WORKS: Dominoes delivers pizza. FedEx delivers packages. The Year of Living Creatively delivers provocative catalysts, community, and clarity to keep aspiring innovators as free as possible of the obstacles that sometimes eat them up. The service includes five BASIC elements and six OPTIONAL ones. In effect, The Year of Living Creatively is a bounteous buffet of mind-opening possibilities. You pick and choose what you are hungry for.


1. SELF-INQUIRY PRACTICE: Once a week, you will receive, in your inbox, links to two online self-inquiry pages (like this one) to help you navigate your way through your sometimes challenging creative process. If you're stuck, the page will get you unstuck. If you're already unstuck, the page will spark a quantum leap of insight and action. Each page assumes you are willing to reflect on key aspects of your journey for 15-30 minutes per week.

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2. ZOOM CALLS: Twice a month, you will be invited to participate in a 75-minute ZOOM session -- a virtual campfire around which all Year of Living Creatively participants gather. This is an opportunity to dive deeper into your creative process, share progress, receive valuable tips, tools, and techniques, brainstorm, and enjoy support from other members of the creative community.

3. CREATIVE PROJECT PARTNERSHIPS: Each Year of Living Creatively participant will be paired with two other participants -- an opportunity for the three of you to exchange fresh perspectives, feedback, ideas, resources, and encouragement. Three heads are definitely better than one -- especially during these socially isolated days of the Coronavirus.

4. PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP: All participants will be invited to join the Year of Living Creatively FB group -- an asynchronous way to stay in touch with the creative community, share your progress, ask questions, get inspired, watch innovation-sparking videos, and keep your creative fires burning.

5. CREATIVITY-IN-ACTION STORIES: Part of what makes The Year of Living Creatively so effective is the way in which it keeps participants on top of their game -- helping them in very simple ways to stay conscious, inspired, and committed to their creative process. One engaging way we do this is our 5-minute Creativity-in-Action audio stories delivered every Wednesday, via email -- stories that feature best practices, insights, and breakthroughs that can easily be adapted and applied in daily life.


1. APPLIED CREATIVITY: A PDF download of a 200-page guidebook for aspiring innovators, mavericks, entrepreneurs, closet geniuses, and cultural creatives. A treasure trove of articles, tips, tools, and techniques to help you radically increase your odds of getting out of the box, staying out of the box, and enjoying the process of manifesting your heart's desire.

2. MICRO-LEARNING FOR INNOVATORS: All participants will be granted access to an online library of 52 articles, videos, and stories on creativity from the writings of YOLC Founder, Mitch Ditkoff.

3. BREAKTHROUGH BUDDY: While the creative process requires a healthy dose of solitude, it also requires a healthy dose of support from other people -- but not just any others -- people you trust, have chemistry with, and know how to fan the flames of your creative mojo. Which is why The Year of Living Creatively will be enrolling (with your permission) the person of your choice (living within ten miles of your home) to serve as your very own Breakthrough Buddy -- someone who will do their best to support you, in fun ways, throughout the duration of the course. HOW we get this person up-to-speed to play their catalytic role is our little secret. Suffice it to say, we will provide them with everything they need to help you on your way.

4. AWAKE AT THE WHEEL: A Kindle version of Mitch''s award-winning business fable about the mythical invention of the wheel and the creative process that Og, the genius cavemen, went through in order to get the idea out of his head and into the world.

5. COACHING: Private coaching sessions are available with Year of Living Creatively Founder, Mitch Ditkoff. $150/hr.

6. FREE THE GENIE: One-one-one or small group brainstorming sessions with Val Vadeboncoeur -- a long-time friend and collaborator of YOLC Founder, Mitch Ditkoff. $75/hr.

7. FREE SUBSCRIPTION to FREE THE GENIE: An engaging online creative thinking tool to help you generate, develop, and implement bold new ideas.

Total number of participants: 25

COST: $249 (the cost of a cappuccino per day)

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