April 20, 2021
THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY: Next Course Begins on May 23rd

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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
-- A midwife for the miraculous

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.

HOW IT WORKS: Dominoes delivers pizza. FedEx delivers packages. The Year of Living Creatively delivers provocative catalysts, community, and clarity to keep you on top of your game. The service includes five BASIC elements and five OPTIONAL ones. If you like, think of The Year of Living Creatively as a gourmet buffet. You choose the "food for thought" that you have the appetite for. The course is all about nurturing your passion to create, not to over-stuff you.


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. And you will get an emailed response from the course facilitator, each week, helping you take an even deeper dive. Each page takes 15-30 minutes.

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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 share your progress, receive valuable tips, brainstorm, learn, and enjoy support from other members of the YOLC 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, ideas, resources, encouragement, and be accountable to each other. Three heads are definitely better than one -- especially during these socially isolated days of the Coronavirus.

4. PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP: All participants are invited to join the Year of Living Creatively FB group -- a simple way to stay in touch with other participants, get inspired, ask for support, 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 moving forward -- helping them 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 thought provoking messages that can easily be adapted and applied in daily life.


1. APPLIED CREATIVITY: A PDF download of a 200-page guidebook for aspiring innovators. A treasure trove of articles, tips, tools, and techniques to help you 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. AWAKE AT THE WHEEL: A Kindle version of Mitch''s award-winning business fable about the mythical invention of the wheel and the process that Og, the genius cavemen inventor of the wheel, went through in order to get the idea out of his head and into the world.

3. BREAKTHROUGH BUDDY: While the creative process requires a healthy dose of solitude, it also requires a healthy dose of support from others -- 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 is committed to supporting you, in fun ways, for 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. COACHING: Private coaching sessions are available with Year of Living Creatively Founder, Mitch Ditkoff. $135/hr.

5. 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.

Total number of participants: 25

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

PAY VIA PAYPAL: products@ideachampions.com

UPCOMING COURSE: May 23 -- July 18

THE ONE AFTER THAT: September 12 - November 7

QUESTIONS? Email Mitch (mitch@ideachampions.com)

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