Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Yourself at Any Stage of Life

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Leonardo Da Vinci, Monet, Picasso, and Berthe Morisot are some of the most creative thinkers in history. What do these artists have in common with you? More than you think, if you're looking to tackle a major life transition. The skills these artists used to produce their masterpieces are the same abilities required to make successful shifts-whether it's finding a new career or a new purpose or calling in life.

In Becoming a Life Change Artist, Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan ...

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Overview

Leonardo Da Vinci, Monet, Picasso, and Berthe Morisot are some of the most creative thinkers in history. What do these artists have in common with you? More than you think, if you're looking to tackle a major life transition. The skills these artists used to produce their masterpieces are the same abilities required to make successful shifts-whether it's finding a new career or a new purpose or calling in life.

In Becoming a Life Change Artist, Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan share the groundbreaking approach made popular in their workshops across the country. There are seven key strengths that the most creative minds of history shared, and that anyone rethinking their future can cultivate to change their life effectively:

Preparing the brain to undertake creative work

Seeing the world and one's live from new perspectives

Using context to understand the facets of one's life

Embracing uncertainty

Taking risks

Collaborating

Applying discipline

As Mandell and Jordan illuminate, making a major life change is a fluid process. But, armed with these seven key skills, anyone can overcome the bumps and obstacles effectively. With targeted exercises throughout, this is a book for all ages and stages-from those looking to transition to a new career co people embarking on retirement. Becoming a Life Change Artist sparks the luminous creativity that lies within each of us.

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"Beautifully and skillfully written, this book manages to warm your heart and inspire the creative genius in us all. Deciding to make changes in your life is never easy, but this book will give you the courage and the creative tools to do so."
-Eva Selhub, M.D., clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of The Love Response: Your Prescription to Turn Off Fear, Anger, and Anxiety to Achieve Vibrant Health and Transform Your Life

"Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan do a masterful job painting a picture of midlife transitions, all too often do-it-yourself projects fraught with as many roadblocks as opportunities. This book helps ease the burden of going solo. It's your map to a successful encore."
-Marc Freedman, Founder and CEO, Civic Ventures

"Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan have created a book that manages to be exceedingly smart and enormously hopeful at the same time. With personal stories that will stir your heart and exercises that will strengthen your skills, Becoming a Life Change Artist can help anyone create a more meaningful future."
-Daniel Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

"This is a passionate and compassionate guide to what making art can teach us a about making change, and a navigational chart to what may be the ultimate art project: creating an inspired and purposeful life. This book itself is an inspiration."
-Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life

"Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan bring a fresh idea to the literature of reinvention — using the skills of successful artists as a model for how to respond to the sparks that tell us it is time for some kind of life shift. ?Anyone with a creative urge will be grateful for this book. "Becoming a Life Change Artist" is a godsend not just for would- be artists, but also for anyone on the path to a more fully realized or authentic life."
-Marci Alboher, author One Person/Multiple Careers and former Shifting Careers columnist/blogger for the New York Times

"Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan's book is a message reminding us that creativity is ageless. An important contribution and an inspiration to us all."
Harry R. Moody, Director of Academic Affairs, AARP

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583334041
  • Publisher: Avery Trade
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 647,838
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Mandell, Ph.D., is an acclaimed personal transformation catalyst, inspiring speaker, and innovative consultant. He conducts Life Change Studio workshops throughout the country. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
Kathleen Jordan, Ph.D., is a psychologist who specializes in personal creativity and business innovation. She divides her time between Boston, Colorado Springs, and St. Augustine, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Rekindling Your Fire Richard J. Leider xvii

Introduction xxi

Part 1 The Process

Chapter 1 The Dimensions of Life Change 3

Chapter 2 The Creative Dilemma 25

Chapter 3 Exploration and Discovery 43

Chapter 4 Integration 61

Part 2 The Skills

Introduction 81

Chapter 5 Preparation 83

Chapter 6 Seeing 101

Chapter 7 Using Context 131

Chapter 8 Embracing Uncertainty 151

Chapter 9 Risk Taking 169

Chapter 10 Collaboration 191

Chapter 11 Discipline 221

Part 3 Living Creatively

Chapter 12 The Way of the Life Change Artist 243

Appendix A The Creativity Calculator 253

Appendix B The Life Change Viewfinder 265

Appendix C Artists' Chronology 269

Appendix D Preparation Activities 271

Appendix E Finding a Creative Life Coach 275

References 277

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Simple but deep

    I loved how the book dissected an artists approach & mindset to a canvas and compared it to how one addresses life. Most definitely recommend this book to anyone feeling a bit lost and more than willing for a new approach to life.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Becoming a Life Change Artist is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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