Frederic Byé – CMN

Blog – Are You a Reactor or a Creator?

“We call ourselves creators and we just copy.” ~ Lauryn Hill You are not alone if you copy what you see, feel and hear. Most of us fall short and prevent ourselves from being a creator. So how about creating something new — whether for your yourself, your lifestyle or even for the rest of the world? The topic arose yesterday morning when I got together over coffee with a fellow creative who is both photographer and magazine editor. The […]

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Want More Happiness? Keep it Simple!

If you’re looking for happiness in life, you can make that quest complicated. You can also keep it simple. Today, I’m offering my advice to keep it simple. Simplicity is defined as the freedom from complexity, division or parts. It’s also freedom from deceit or guilt. A rather modest and straightforward word, simplicity is associated with sincerity or an absence of pretentiousness. In our complex, fast-paced and often dissonant world, today marks a great opportunity for each of us to […]

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Making the Most of Creative Mornings

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Scott Adams Creative Mornings believes everyone is creative. Now, there’s a global community to support those making the most of their creativity. That’s the introductory message I heard at a recent event in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Brooklyn-based Creative Mornings lecture series currently gathers in 164 creative communities around the world. Each month, attendees gather at free events that center around a central theme. With […]

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Can Stubbornness Be a Good Thing?

   “It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.”  ~ Albert Einstein Can stubbornness be a good thing? Perhaps it can! If we think of the word in its worst form, it conjures negative, often anti-social, ideas about being difficult and unreasonable.But turned on its head, stubbornness can illuminate some higher level personal qualities that can prove highly beneficial. Channeled in a positive fashion, your once sassy and childlike stubbornness can help […]

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Influence or Authority: Which Will You Choose?

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Favorite Influence and Leadership Quotes. Have you appropriated the magic that arises from influence or are you still settling for the downward pressure exerted by authority? Few consider the difference between these two words. They often exchange one for the other as if they were synonymous, but they are not. By definition, authority is the power or right to give orders and make decisions. Influence, on the other hand, is […]

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What a Wonderful World

“What a wonderful phenomenon it is, carefully considered, when the human eye, that jewel of organic structures, concentrates its moist brilliance on another human creature!” ~ Thomas Mann When we make it our choice to see, the world truly is a wonderful place in which to be. German novelist and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann made this observation years ago during an era when there were likely many reasons to fret, fear and fight. In 1967, during a time […]

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The Timeless Wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. More than a half century ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his epic speech at the Lincoln Memorial to over a hundred thousand civil rights activists who marched on Washington. As we commemorate this social visionary who gave his life to a cause, it’s time to reflect anew on how Martin Luther King’s timeless wisdom still […]

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3 Tips for a Happiness Reset

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi   Have you been suffering from the anxiety and discord? If the forms and substance of your world have been spiraling out of synch, perhaps it’s time for a Happiness Reset. A Happiness Reset restores personal harmony even as it reminds us to be emotionally empowered adults. Recently I was moved by the image of two people whose faces and, more importantly, […]

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To Feel Happier This Holiday Season – F.O.C.U.S!

  “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~ Jim Rohn If you feel far from experiencing joy during the holiday season, you’re not alone. We’re often advised to celebrate in traditional ways, but not everyone feels as jolly as Santa, as popular as an elf or as rich as Daddy Warbucks. Despite the various ways life can dim our sparkle, we can still find ways to lift our spirits […]

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Claim Your Freedom, Life and Identity

“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.”  ~ Erik Erikson How free and alive are you feeling these days? If the constraints of “adulthood” have dimmed your enthusiasm or daunted your sense of liberty, you’re hardly alone. A father of the psychological human development movement and coiner of the popular phrase “identity crisis,” Erik Erikson recognized the link between forging our personal identity and cultivating our sense of […]

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