Peter Himmelman Musings

How I Explain the Utility and Necessity of Crowd Funding

How I Explain the Utility and Necessity of Crowd Funding

This is a gentle tirade. An open letter to a disgruntled fan. I got an email this morning from a friend who’d just gotten off the phone with a “rabid Peter Himmelman fan.” During the conversation this fan mentioned how opposed he was to pledging on Kickstarter. “It actually made him angry,” my friend said. […]

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Finding Our Way to Things of Higher Value (How getting lost in your purpose makes the world a better place)

Finding Our Way to Things of Higher Value (How getting lost in your purpose makes the world a better place)

Among the most diabolical torture techniques ever conceived is one in which a victim is repeatedly forced to dig a hole, only to refill it. It’s been applied in different forms and at different times throughout the millennia, and always with the sole intention of destroying morale. There’s something unspeakably painful about subjecting a human […]

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The Chair and The Man on the Roof (Seeking creative elevation)

The Chair and The Man on the Roof (Seeking creative elevation)

This morning I happened to be walking towards a street that was cordoned off with yellow tape. A good half dozen patrol cars were already at the scene, their lights flashing as a crowd of rubberneckers gathered. The source of the commotion was a shirtless man with wild grey hair pacing back and forth high […]

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The Delicate Indestructability of Love

The Delicate Indestructability of Love

I’m leaving for Chicago today; I need to be there for work bright and early tomorrow morning. Of course, that means I’ll be making a stop at LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport, a place that’s not really a place at all. It is, similar to every other large airport, just a transit point. Every moment spent […]

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The Three Most Commonly Asked Questions About Creativity… Answered

The Three Most Commonly Asked Questions About Creativity… Answered

I spend a lot of time with companies and individuals to help them unlock their creativity and reach their full potential. Here are some simple answers to the questions I get the most often. #1. I don’t consider myself a naturally creative person, is there hope for me? First, Unlearn this! These Are Our Creative […]

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Suits & Singers: 4 Simple Truths Business Leaders Can Learn From Songwriters

Suits & Singers: 4 Simple Truths Business Leaders Can Learn From Songwriters

It’s widely assumed that there’s not much to tie business people and musicians together. Their clothes are different, their terminology’s different, their products are different; but the needs of these two seemingly disparate types are remarkably similar. Here’s how. 1. Truth Sells: It’s paradoxical to discuss the idea of selling of song because in a certain […]

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The Hubris of Self-Sufficiency

The Hubris of Self-Sufficiency

I was in a nasty bicycle accident about 10 years ago. My wife and I were in the midst of an extensive home remodeling project at the time, and I’d gone on a ride to clear my head. It wasn’t anything too intense, just a jaunt down to the ocean and back. Gliding down a […]

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Moving Towards Enough

Moving Towards Enough

Just over a year ago I woke up with a case of Grade-A ingratitude. I’d spent a sleepless night tossing and turning. A small headache started making itself known around three AM, and from there I stayed up to perform a sort of ad hoc sore throat test, swallowing over and over for an hour […]

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Memory’s Hold and Influence

Memory’s Hold and Influence

It’s been thirty-three years today since my dad died and I’m still wrestling with the large hole his early departure from this world left in my life. But far greater than the size of that hole is his inspiration and love. This following is a story that no one in my family fully believes. For […]

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IT TAKES A BADASS TO HAVE AN OPEN HEART Edit article

IT TAKES A BADASS TO HAVE AN OPEN HEART Edit article

I have a friend, a real tough guy. He’s a boxer, he’s covered with tattoos, and twice a year, he does a thing called the Spartan Race. I don’t know much about the race except that it’s supposed to make a triathlon look like a stroll in the park. Oh yeah, and did I mention […]

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Change: The (Despicable), Inevitable, Fuel Of Creativity

Change: The (Despicable), Inevitable, Fuel Of Creativity

Why is it that we so often see challenge and confusion as obstacles to overcome? We strive to figure things out in an effort to make our lives simpler, as though “easy” is the reward, when in fact the absence of challenge and confusion more times than not reflects an absence of creativity. Learning curves […]

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WHAT WOUNDED VETERANS TAUGHT ME ABOUT TRUE HEROISM

WHAT WOUNDED VETERANS TAUGHT ME ABOUT TRUE HEROISM

Explaining where I was and how I felt this morning is complicated. I’ll begin with the basics. About four years ago I started making calls to a wounded warrior organization called the Wounded Warriors Family Adventures, which takes place in Breckenridge, Colorado every year. To my knowledge they’re one of the only veterans groups that work […]

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