Healthy relationships are vital to productive creativity. Creativity thrives in community, not in a vacuum. Here are the Top Five People You Need In Your Life…

An Old Friend

An old friend sees you not only for who you are, but who you used to be and the journey that brought you to this point. Old friends are a precious commodity- they’ve been with you through good and bad, yet they stuck around. Cherish them and make time for them. (Fun fact- this video for Ben Rector’s song “Old Friends” was shot right in our own backyard- Tulsa OK.)

A New Friend

There is a vitality and excitement that comes from a budding friendship. A new friend brings a fresh perspective to your life. As you embrace new adventures, always be on the lookout for new friends and relationships. Your openness will be rewarded greatly. As my father always embodies- a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met!

A Mentor

Everyone needs an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Someone who has been where you want to go. We need someone who is coaching us and cheering us on from the sidelines. Mentors take on many forms, and you definitely feel their absence from your life. If you don’t already have one, seek one out ASAP.

A Mentee

It is important to pay it forward in life. As you find and benefit from a mentor in your life, strongly consider becoming a mentor to someone who might benefit from being in relationship with you. In sharing with and teaching your mentee, new insights will become clear to you. And perhaps one day, this mentee will become one of those cherished old friends…

Bob Ross

Mr. Bob Ross perfectly embodied the MossyBrain ethos. He created fearlessly and with a quiet passion. He was a patient teacher, inspiring all who watch him to attempt something beautiful. There are no secrets with Bob Ross- he created magic right before our eyes with his painting. Thanks to the massive archive of video he left behind, we can all spend time with Bob Ross whenever we need to hear his soothing voice.

Let us know who has played or is playing an important roll in your life in the comments or email us at

Ben Beresh is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of MossyBrain. Originally from Niagara Falls, ON, he now happily calls Broken Arrow OK home, along with his wife Jessica, four kids and dog Charlie. Ben likes to have a good time, all the time (Enneagram 7), as well as eating all types of sandwiches.

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