My Creative Life
by Nick Nebelsky
Educator / Novelist / Children's Book Author / Greeting Card Writer / Animation
Educator / Novelist / Children's Book Author / Greeting Card Writer / Animation
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, sat on a bar stool in the middle of the stage at the Steve Jobs Auditorium at the most recent Apple shareholder's meeting. He told us of a story how on a trip to Paris, Steve Jobs had the best hot chocolate that he'd ever tasted and right then and there requested to the owner that he sell his hot chocolate exclusively to Apple employees. They drew up a contract and for a long time the hot chocolate was only available to Apple employees. It's now available at a mini version of Caffè Macs at the Apple Park Visitor Center at 10600 North Tantau Avenue in Cupertino across the street from Apple Park Headquarters.
I plunked down $5 to try the frothy treat. I savored every sip and must say that YES INDEED it is the best hot chocolate I have ever had. The flavor is that of a very rich bar of milk chocolate. Most hot chocolate is watery and this was smooth like milk. I've had my share of hot chocolates that claimed to be the best; I've even had hot chocolate at Angelina's in Paris. Though I must say that Angelina's was too thick for my palate and had the consistency of chocolate syrup which was topped with a dollop of whipped cream. The hot chocolate sold at Caffe Macs was presented in a small mug which appeared like any specialty coffee drink out of Starbucks. I shared the tasty treat with my wife who also loved it.
To order, you simply pick up an iPad in a tray that acted like a menu of all the prices. Items inlcuded Domori chocolates from Italy, nuts from C.J. Sloan and Bio Nutritional Bars from Dean & Deluca. Drinks range in price from $2 teas, $3 coffees, and $5 specialty drinks.
Another interesting part of the store which should be mentioned is a small scale of the entire new Apple Park campus compete with topography of the area. Employees passed out iPads to those who wanted to experience the model in Augmented Reality. Their proprietary app featured the scale model complete with landscaped items and you could also peer into one of the floors on the "spaceship ring." There was a roof terrace that afforded you a better view of the Apple Park Campus as well as featured additional seating. I must say that everything on the Apple Campus that we were allowed to visit was very simply decorated in blacks, whites, and grays. There were even hints of the same Italian marble in the basement of the Visitor Center that matched the Steve Jobs Auditorium.
Apple did a great deal of business that day not only selling $5 cups of hot chocolate, but also selling premium-priced Apple-branded merchandise such as hats, t-shirts, and other items. No one balked at the prices and many were seen walking off with bags of merchandise. This is a testament that reinforces the power of the Apple brand not only in electronics but of anything they sell. Apple Park was a beautiful place and a memory worth every penny.
Nick shares his epiphany with his readers about his new found passion that he's always had. Watch him as he talks shop about "Making Greeting Cards."
I found out I was a Multipotentialite by accident. I watched a TEDx video by Emilie Wapnick and her talk really resonated with me. For years, I've been looking for jobs that I thought I needed to fit into, and it turns out, I'm just fine who I am. A "Multipotentialite" is someone who has a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. So when someone asks you when you're little, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and you don't know, chances are you one of thousands of people who enjoy doing everything! And as I look back on my career, I'm not the person who chose one thing coming out of college and did that my entire life. And there's nothing wrong with that, it's just not who I am. My first job in fact, I worked as an Inventory manager for a Time Warner Cable and then got promoted to Assistant Bench Technician; very left-brained. I loved that company and the people I worked with but I knew there was a bigger calling for me. And most Multipotentialites feel the same as I do. My true calling though was something to do with media but I wasn't sure what exactly that meant. I went on to own my own a health-based, media company with clients in Chicago, Philly, L.A., and NYC. After selling that company, I went to work with Dow Jones Magazine Group and then onto Silicon Valley for a Startup in Communications. My job was to help introduce a product that would change the world! They went bankrupt.
I pushed on, I dabbled in screenwriting, graphic design, and owned a greeting card company. Each new job explored a different part of my right-brain creativity neurons. My interests are what keep me constantly searching for what makes me happy. Yet I'm not someone who jumps into one job and leaves. I've had a lot of longevity as well. I worked for Dow Jones for seven years and in the advertising world for another five. The latter was cut short due to the owner retiring.
My creative talents are what makes me who I am today and instead of trying to fit in, I find myself great at flexibility and adaptability. I'm someone who needs to find a company that understands all that I have to give. I'm an idea person who when presented with a problem, dives in deep and my mind is on hyperdrive trying to solve it. I have many talents and experiences in many industries thus giving me an edge over those people who are narrow in their mindsets of what they can do. Some call us idea people, but you really can't pigeon-hole a Multipotentialite. But the good news is I'm not alone. And the thousands of us now have a place, called Puttylike.com. It's a place where like-minded people go to hang out and learn about each other's talents and support each other to excel in what we believe we can accomplish. And as I read through the many descriptions of people in the group, I see a lot of myself in those people and I see a lot of driven people who are very talented.
Emilie Wapnick believes there are three multipotentialite super powers:
One: idea synthesis. That is, combining two or more fields and creating something new at the intersection. Sha Innovation happens at the intersections. That's where the new ideas come from. And multipotentialites, with all of their backgrounds, are able to access a lot of these points of intersection.
The second multipotentialite superpower is rapid learning.. When Multipotentialites become interested in something, we go hard. We observe everything we can get our hands on. We're also used to being beginners, because we've been beginners so many times in the past, and this means that we're less afraid of trying new things and stepping out of our comfort zones. What's more, many skills are transferable across disciplines, and we bring everything we've learned to every new area we pursue, so we're rarely starting from scratch.
The third multipotentialite superpower is adaptability; that is, the ability to morph into whatever you need to be in a given situation. Fast Company magazine identified adaptability as the single most important skill to develop in order to thrive in the 21st century. The economic world is changing so quickly and unpredictably that is is the individuals and organizations that can pivot in order to meet the needs of the market that are really going to thrive.
Idea Synthesis, Rapid Learning, and Adaptability: three skills that Multipotentialites are very adept at, and three skills that they might lose if pressured to narrow their focus. As a society, we have a vested interest in encouraging Multipotialites to be themselves. We have a lot of complex, multidimensional problems in the world right now, and we need creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to tackle them.
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How Reading, "The Three Bears" Helped Me Earn More than $1,000 a Month!
I've always loved working with children. Back in High School and College, I worked as a Day Camp Counselor and loved it. Today, as a children's book author, illustrator, and publisher I create products for children that make a difference. So when I found a way to earn part-time work that involved teaching children, I jumped at the chance. But I didn't have a teaching degree. My background is media arts and marketing. So how on earth could I become a teacher? By teaching online! For the past several months, I have been teaching ESL or English as a Second Language to Chinese students. I work two shifts: in the early morning and late at night. China is 15 hours ahead of where I live in Arizona. Sometimes it's a challenge, but I've grown to love it.
Little did I know that The Online ESL (English as a Second Language) market is booming in China with no sign of slowing down. Parents are obsessed with providing their children with the best English, money can buy. And the competition is heating up as investment firms are pouring in millions into Chinese companies. According to the Financial Times, backers Tencent and Sequoia hope to cash in on enthusiasm for high-tech teaching as both firms recently made a combined investment in VIPKID, a prominent China-based ESL company for as much as $200M.
I have an intense love of the English language. As a children's book illustrator and writer, I have read my books to several hundred children throughout Arizona. And because I'm a goofball anyway, I get to use my hand puppets, draw in class, and character voices to entertain the children. I love it so much, I'm applying to be a substitute teacher here in Arizona.
Applying was easy; I never sent in a resumé, nor did I need to share references. I did send an outstanding cover letter touting my skills and my sincere desire to teach for them. I also sent a one-minute video of myself reading a children's fairytale, "The Three Bears." The bear voices must did the trick because I received an acceptance email shortly thereafter.
I've learned so much about delivery, how to teach the children, how to create my recording studio and so much more. What was really cool about the trainers is they sincerely wanted me to pass and worked with me on areas that I could improve on. The second class I took, the trainer was so taken by me she said, "Nick if you can learn all the tools, you'll be great. I don't want to lose you!" Wow! What a compliment! I was floored. I was so amazed at how well I was treated even before I became an official teacher with them.
Suffice to say, I got the job and have been teaching for more than two months, earning well over $1,000 a month in part-time income. Every day, I try to improve! Through it all, I've learned a lot and want to share it with others. There's more to teaching ESL than I thought and I go over everything I have learned as well as giving you some great advice to help you become an ESL Teacher too! So now I can share my success story with others in the hope that I can change more lives. Every day, I learn something new about myself but most importantly I get to do something that makes a difference in a child's life. Education is powerful and bringing it to life every day has made me a happier and more fulfilled teacher who gets to inspire others; something I love to do!
Nick Nebelsky is an Online ESL Teacher with a company based in China. He also offers an online course on "How to Be Successful as an Online ESL Teacher." To date, he has taught over 250 English classes and taught over 1,500 children. He also writes and creates online courses for budding entrepreneurs focused on education and publishing.
- First It's Thursday and I haven't had much of a writing life the past 30 days. I've had a lot going on with two graduations: Son-High School, and Daughter-College. Last week, I was in Boston with my wife moving our daughter as she goes for her Doctorate in Medicine and now that I'm back, little things are popping up here and there as I settle in. The reason I bring this up is that even though a lot is going on, as writers, we shouldn't make excuses as to why we can't write. As I look back at my time in Boston, I had lots of free time as well and those are the times, I need to write.
We need to remind ourselves that downtime in our normal, everyday-living hours, we should be able to fit in a paragraph or two. So even as I write this blog, I need to cut it short, so I can get back to writing, and finish up another book!
Here are some of the projects I'll be working on and sharing some of the trials and successes with you!
Young Adult Novel (First Draft)
3 minute animation script (First Draft)
2 humor books (finishing stages)
1 screenplay/tv pilot (First Draft)
My pledge to you is to finish at least one of the above projects by end of the month!