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Warning: 6 Days Left to Join Our Patreon for Penguins and Creativity

For every 5 people that join our Patreon by July 31, I will write an extra creativity article. These articles are written to illuminate principles of creativity and to give you something to do so become more creative.

Creativity is at the heart of who we are as people. It’s the reason why humanity has survived, why it has advanced, and why we have the Internet. Creativity has taken us to the moon and is driving us to Mars. Creativity is involved in every discovery and every invention ever created by man. No matter where you go, figuratively or literally, you’ll see acts of creativity.

Unfortunately, too many people believe they aren’t creative. In truth, they’ve lived in a society that hasn’t valued their creativity. It’s time to take back your creative self and harness your creativity for a better life and world.

Our Patreon Penguinators at every level have access to articles about creativity that aren’t available elsewhere. You’ll also get discounts at our event, and penguins, or at least photos of penguins.

Life is a journey. We hope that you will decide to join ours, so that we can move forward together.

For more on positive creativity, check out “Penguinate! Essays and Short Stories.”

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Roger Ebert and What I Learned from the Nostalgia Critic about Living a Better Life

In the Nostalgia Critic’s tribute video to Roger Ebert, the Nostalgia Critic unpacks a lot of wisdom and lays it out for the viewer. What he sees in Roger Ebert is amazing, and what the Nostalgia Critic sees should be what we all strive to be.

The Nostalgia Critic’s greatest point about Roger Ebert, and by extension Gene Siskel, is that Ebert had a passion for movies. From the classics to animated films to the dreck released by Hollywood, like “Leonard 6,” Ebert was passionate about movies. When they were bad, he got angry about it. When they were good, he experienced great joy. These feelings and his expression of them were all a part of his love for film as an art and cultural signpost. The passion for film was a large part of what made him and Siskel so successful at a job that many would say is inconsequential. After all, “it’s just a movie,” but to them both it never was.

Passion is what makes us successful at life. Unfortunately, everyday life and its responsibilities can sap your passion. It can take what you love and tie it to money until your passion is squeezed out and turns to drudgery. Everyday life carries debts, worries and obligations that stymie and steal energy from your passion. It can even make your passion seem inconsequential, like the movies.

If you find your life is devoid of passion, seek out what brings you joy again and grab at it. Hold onto it and rekindle your passion because that’s what the human experience is about. When you are doing what you’re passionate about, you become a more creative and happier you.

For more on creativity, get “Disneyland Is Creativity.” Order “Penguinate! Essays and Short Stories.” Preorder “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity.