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The Da Vinci Approach

Time and again, the three-step method I've dubbed the "Da Vinci Approach" has proven to be my secret weapon. More than just a strategy, it's a transformative experience that makes us competitive in innovation and problem-solving, allowing us to reach goals and solutions that were once thought not possible. This approach has helped me solve the unsolvable, achieve the unachievable, and dream again, not only in my career but also in my personal life.  

3 Steps to Relight the Creative Fire

1. **Build a Power Playlist**
Before we can create and receive inspiration, we need to unshackle ourselves from the heavy emotions of the situation and de-stress. We need a Power Playlist of Inspirational Tools to restore our emotional calm. While I will always endorse music as a key tool in our playlist, there are many others. Most physical outlets such as hiking, biking, swimming, or other forms of exercise, as well as all creative outlets, can serve to help you find your emotional balance and clear away the heavy emotions holding you back. The key here is to make sure your inspirational tools don't involve anyone else. You need to have full control here. If you are reliant on someone else to pull your head above water, you might find yourself down and out of luck because they aren't available. These tools need to be something you can fully control. This personal playlist will be your ally in navigating challenges and tough situations, so all you gotta do is "press play."  

Why I recommend music: Music is the language of emotion, helping us understand and release the emotions that weigh us down. It's one of our greatest tools for helping us unshackle ourselves from burdensome emotions so we can think freely. Create a playlist of songs that resonate deeply with you. I prefer instrumental music, such as dramatic classical music or intense movie soundtracks.

2. **Speak the Language Fluently**
What's your goal? What problem needs solving? What new heights are you hoping to reach? If you're trying to write a hit song in Japanese and you don't even speak Japanese, you need to learn the language. If you're trying to build a colony on Mars, you can't just walk into SpaceX and share your brilliant ideas with Elon Musk, You need to become a top engineer and learn all about what SpaceX is already doing and the innovations they're exploring before you can offer your revolutionary idea. You need to fully immerse yourself in the topic, subject, and industry before you can expect to receive groundbreaking inspiration. 

Leverage all available resources.
Explore existing literature, utilize AI tools like ChatGPT, and scour educational YouTube videos. Our access to information is virtually limitless—use it to thoroughly understand all aspects of your goal. The deeper your understanding, the more innovative your solutions will be.
3. **The Power of the Blank Page**: 
This is the most crucial step. Creating from the blank page can look like a number of things, whether it's jotting down thoughts in a journal, filming videos, opening a brand new Pro-Tools session, painting on a blank canvas, or expressing through any other creative outlet. The point here is to make sure there are no parameters, no expectations, and no wrong answers. Allow creativity to flow unhindered. The more unbridled the experience, the more original the outcome. This is how you stretch your imagination into the far reaches of the galaxy. As you discover the power of the blank page, you'll see this creativity bleed into every other aspect of your life, allowing you to craft unique solutions to any challenge. 

By regularly practicing these three steps, you'll relight your creative fire, allowing you to shine bright enough to light any darkening sky with your own constellations. The more you engage with these practices, the more dynamic your creativity will become.

"Shaun's a master of his craft and a wonderful role model for all people, not just students." - Earl Hurrey, former Walt Disney Entertainment Manager and Deputy Executive Director of the National Association for Music Education. 

A thrilling message and musical performance

Shaun is one of the most entertaining and inspiring talents of our time. Mix in an Emmy-nominated artist, add his captivating storytelling from the piano and wild musical challenges, top it off with a message that'll pierce you directly to the heart, and you have Shaun Barrowes. His content and performance are both youth-tested and parent-approved! 

Students, teachers, and parents constantly praise Shaun's powerful insights and unique approach for competitive problem-solving and innovation.

About Shaun Barrowes

Award-Winning, Bestselling YA Fantasy Author


Emmy-Nominated Composer for his song, "Army of Kings"


Top 30 Contestant on 
American Idol, Season 7

Performer with Bands/Artists including: Janelle Monae
Imagine Dragons 
Lindsey Stirling

Songwriter for Jackie Chan and his Green Heroes tour

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Songwriter, Music Producer, and Video Co-Producer for "Being Awesome", with almost 430 Million Views on YouTube

Singer and Songwriter for the theme song "Light of the Day/Dark of the Night" for Shadow Complex by Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite. 

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Winner of $30,000 Songwriting contest, Slice the Pie

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Featured Guest performer for Drum Corps International and Bands of America at Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis), and for Fame ShowChoirs National Championship

Producer and Performer of Reel Sessions at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London

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