Hi, I'm Jason K. Frank
I created this site because I was intrigued by what it means to be a creator. What is creativity? Why did Einstein say that imagination was more important than knowledge? How can we apply creative principles from one domain to another?
These are the kinds of questions that I sought to wrestle with, answer, and share.
My journey as a creator has taken several forms. Professionally, I’m currently a software designer and engineer. I’m also a photographer. And I write songs. In a former life I was a sound engineer at a recording studio. Before that, I recorded and released a full-length album of crazy, original songs I had written.
Growing up, my dad used to tell me that, “if you can dream it, you can do it”.
That idea is powerful to any activity. Take sports, for example. My high school track coach used to lead us in visualization exercises the day before a race. He would have us envision ourselves beating the competition to the finish line.
But our physical bodies are limited in what they can do. And I’ve come to realize that my dad’s statement is most powerful in the context of being a creator. Why? As Einstein put it, “Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world”.
And so began Thriving Creator. Starting in 2016, I wrote articles and created videos about things like:
- Why gratitude helps creators [link forthcoming]
- What intuition is and how we can strengthen it [link forthcoming]
- How creators should deal with criticism
- Why we should defy the status quo (to create the impossible!)
- The power of a story
- Henry Ford’s vision
Lately I haven’t posted much content. While my passion for being a creator is unchanged, I feel that a different season of life has come. As a father, a husband, a professional design and developer, and a follower of Christ, I continually must decide, as Bob Seger once sang, “what to leave in, what to leave out”.
There is one more thought I want to leave you with. Genesis 1:27 says that “God created mankind in his own image”. This means that we were created in the image of the ultimate creator. The One who made the stars, the planets, and the animals... in His image, we were created. Thus we create because of our creator!
About this site
When I first set up Thriving Creator, I used Wordpress. After my three-year hosting plan expired, I decided to rewrite this site using other technologies.
I am now in the process of rewriting the site with React.js, Next.js, Styled Components, and more. I connected the GitHub repository to Netlify for continuous deployment. That’s a neat setup.
As for the content from the old site, I’m hoping to republish a few of those articles on this new site. Which ones did you like best? Connect with me elsewhere and let me know!