It seems like backwards math, but by creating, we are actually “getting” more than we are “giving.”
- Do you know what the hardest part of writing a book is?
- SPARK | “How can I make more time in the day to write with my son?”
- Don’t have much conversation with your kids? Here you go.
- That partner of yours. Yeah, the kid. We still have roles to play. They’re important.
- Spark | Time Capsule: this is one of those moments I want to remember.
- Spark Campfire | Step out of your comfort zone to uncover your true message
- Everyone is born a genius
- Here’s what I’m giving my nieces for Christmas
- The 1/4″ drill bit, Bali, cocktails on the beach, love, pride, and Spark
- Is your goal to have fun or win an award?
- I recorded an 11-second video 4 years ago that’s the foundation of my next book.
- Don’t wait 12 years. Please.
- It’s not only for you and your kids but your grandkids … and beyond.
- Is there anything possibly worse than not starting the project?
- Oops. That’s what I forgot: a story.
- The One Recipe Cookbook (and how to finish a project together with your kids)
- Best books for doing activities with your kids, creating family memories, and building relationships between parents and children
- Spark: It’s about creating something from nothing. Let’s create a subtitle, shall we?
- People like us do things like this
- Why Spark? Why me? Why you? Why now?
- What if I’d like to be one of the people like you who do things like that?
- Permission to … change my book title?
- Write a book with your kids? 43 elements for success. 42 are optional.
- It seems like backwards math, but by creating, we are actually “getting” more than we are “giving.”
- The Widow and the Orphan
- Spark Love: About that 1 mandatory element of the 43…
- Recipe for Love
- Kids need to crash their bikes to learn how to ride.
- Spark at “#1 New Release in Parent Participation in Education”
- Spark has hit #1 in Parenting in Free Books
- Spark Campfire
- When you document it, it becomes more real
- It takes as long as the time allotted
- I don’t want to navigate negativity.
- What’s the one little spark going to be that sets off the creativity in you (or your child)?
- Spark Campfire February 2019
- Find someone who believes he is alone and convince him that he is not.
- Well, wait a minute. That wasn’t so hard.
- Someone out there could use the help from the you of today
- I just got off the phone with my niece (and why that’s important).
- How to structure your non-fiction
- Spark Campfire | I wish I knew my nephew
- Spark Campfire | Why are you the person to write this book?
- Spark Campfire | Can we write a book and be less in front of a screen?
- Spark Campfire | How we define success
- Spark Campfire | So, you say you don’t have a book idea?
- Spark Campfire | Think about your audiobook before you thought you needed to
- Spark Campfire | Time Capsule
- Spark Campfire | Sweat Hut
- Spark | How do you answer the question, “What are you working on?”
- Spark: Ch. 3: Message in a Bottle
- The risk of remaining tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom
- Spark Campfire | Who can say what you want to say better than you can?
- Imagine yourself as a published author.
- Writing & Publishing: Why do we go to the gym? Wait, I don’t go to the gym. Exactly.
- Write Your Worst Book Ever
- This is what co-creating a book looks like
- Don’t do what you want to do but they want to do
- “Drama” audiobook is DONE!
- SPARK |Tell me your fears
- 7 Questions for Spark
- Spark Campfire | Did I mention we’re going to get it done?
- Spark | Thanks for your gift of sharing yourself through this book.
- “I get to be the fun mom.”
- “Our story has to be told.”
- SPARK authors Meg and Matthew Leal are #1 on Amazon!
- “Oh, next year will be better.”
Create more than you consume
Most people are passive. They take information in.
“One of the characteristics common to best-selling authors is a focus on creation. They are much more interested in producing information than consuming it. — Dawson Church
Have you ever noticed there aren’t too many books for children on how to ride a bike?
While travel books can “make it almost like you’re really there,” you’re not really there.
How about a study course for babies on how to walk? Complete with diagrams, charts, and a table that parents can fill in with progress. TIP: babies can’t read. BONUS TIP: babies don’t need a book to teach them how to walk, they just need to try, fall down, learn, and try again.
This is an excerpt from the upcoming “Spark” due out in a few weeks!
The book in you’re holding in your hands in my 14th book. Let’s do a little math. What is 14 minus 14? Zero! Excellent. Book number one took me 36 years to write. Book number two took another 10 years.
When people ask me how I come up with the ideas on what to write about then I know they’re not creators. I have too many ideas. I have so many words. I have descriptions and scenes and philosophies and topics I don’t know much about but can’t wait to learn about so I read and watch and then to really learn: I write.
To use the quote above and apply it to myself:
I am much more interested in producing information than consuming it.
This part is where the physics gets a little difficult to explain, but by creating, I am actually “getting” more than I am “giving.”
By doing, I am learning more than reading or watching or listening to someone telling me to do.
Yet, here we are, here I am going on and on about doing and creating and writing and you’re reading.
I can’t write your book for you. I can’t paint your painting or create your recipe or compose your song. Well, yes, of course I could, but that’s not the point. The point is for you to do, to make, to build, to write, to create.
Because let’s face the cold, hard facts: there is no substitute for experience.
Through creating, I am learning.
By creating, I am giving.
By creating, I am receiving more than I am giving.
I’m not suggesting we all become prolific creators who…OK, fine, that’s exactly what I’m suggesting.
If there are “secrets” in this book that I wish to convey only to those who read it through and through, this is one of them: create.
Consuming is passive.
Creating is active.
If you read this book and think about creating an experiment with your kid it’s like reading the manual on riding a bike. There is no substitute for experience.
Most people are passive. They take information in.
We can’t change the past. We can create our present reality. By creating our present, we are setting the trajectory of our future.
Yes, I have a book planned for next year called: Create.
Because it’s just that important.