March 15, 2021

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Here's a sobering statistic: Out of every 100 people who start writing a book, only three complete it. Ouch! The other 97? Stuck by the side of the road, spinning their wheels, out of gas, or waiting for a tow truck that never comes.

And writers are not the only ones subject to this 3 percent phenomenon. The world is full of people -- from every walk of life -- whose dreams, aspirations, goals, and visions never materialize.

Enter The Year of Living Creatively -- a highly engaging online antidote for creative derailment -- a GPS for possibility, a greenhouse for greatness, and a chiropractic adjustment for the often mysterious creative process.

It's not a class. It's not a workshop. It's not a training. And it's not a magic pill. Well, then, what is it?

HOW IT WORKS: Dominoes delivers pizza. FedEx delivers packages. The Year of Living Creatively delivers provocative catalysts to keep aspiring innovators on top of their game and as free as possible of the inner and outer obstacles that sometimes eat them up. The service includes seven, inter-related components.

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 crazy-making creative process. If you're stuck, the page will help you get unstuck. If you're already unstuck, the page will spark a quantum leap of thought, 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 will gather. This is an opportunity to dive deeper into your creative process, share progress, brainstorm, receive valuable tips, tools, and techniques, and enjoy support from other members of the creative community.

3. CREATIVE PROCESS 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, continue learning, and keep your creative fires burning.

5. MICRO-LEARNING FOR INNOVATORS: All participants will be granted access to an online library of more than 100 articles, videos, and stories on creativity and innovation from the writings of YOLC Founder, Mitch Ditkoff.

6. 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 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.

7. THE APPEARANCE of CREATIVE ALLY #1: While the creative process requires a healthy dose of solitude, it also requires a healthy dose of support from others -- but not just any other -- but one who you trust, is tuned into what you are up to, and knows how to fan the flames of your creative mojo without being invasive, badgering, or distracting. Which is precisely why "The Year of Living Creatively" enrolls someone living within ten miles of you in order to serve as your creative ally for the two months of the program. HOW we get them up-to-speed to play their catalytic role is part of our secret sauce.

Total number of participants: 24

COST: $349 (less than the cost of a cappuccino per day)

INTERESTED? Email Mitch and he will let you you know how to proceed (

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