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Hello, my name is Danny Forest and I’m a serial entrepreneur and a polymath. I’ve worked professionally as a software engineer, video game producer, writer, photographer, and more. I learn 3 new skills a month and have been doing that for 3 years.

I’m a dad of a newborn and I’ve been with my wife for over 16 years. …

What baby can teach you about creative work

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My son’s first art piece. He just had to fill the blank canvas!

Two weeks ago, my newborn son, Nate, did his first piece of art. He had just turned 4 months old then, so using the word “art” is stretching the definition, but hey, he did apply himself, okay?

While other babies at the workshop kept playing with the paint and putting it in their mouth, I tried very hard to keep Nate’s brush into his hands for him to draw something. He couldn’t bear to see this white page empty, so he filled it with blue paint. Here’s the result, in all its glory:

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Nate’s very first art piece, at 4 months old.

I noticed something beautiful in the process: Nate never hesitated one bit. He firmly held the brush and painted without a care in the world. He didn’t think about how nice it would look or if others would judge it. …

Don’t let it be

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash (adapted)

It was probably 40 degrees centigrade outside, with no shade in sight except for this massive tree in the middle of the settlement. That tree, being the only source of shade, inevitably became the meeting point to discuss important matters.

Important matters, in this accidental village, came down to survival needs like food, water, and shelter. Especially water. You see, this refugee camp in Uganda became a permanent village, but it was never meant that way. Refugees were placed there and given close to no resources for survival.

They had two ponds a few kilometers away. That was their main source of water, and even those dried out with summer’s heat. …

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