I kept hearing myself say something dumb like, “You can’t afford me…” I am a bit full of myself at the moment. (More on that in another blog.) “But I’m going to do this for you for free, just because I want to support you. I have plenty of money, and now I want to give it back to my friends and people/artists I want to support.
Why do people put YETI bumper stickers on their cars? Why did Apple include little Apple logos for people to put on everything? That oblong “O” you see on trucks and cars everywhere, for Oakley, how did the brand get so big, and so powerful that people are essentially putting ads on their vehicles for […]
Here are my happiness books. I have marked in the margins, quoted on FB and LinkedIn. These are my go to books when I’m stuck or struggling. I hope they give you some courage and insight.
I reread this book over the last few months, while I was feeling particularly down and I had my doubts. Was anything I said worthy of contemplation? I certainly felt exposed. As if I were some childish adult trying to prove my worth as a mentor and creative guide. And today, feeling better about myself […]
Always be arcing back towards what you want to be known for, for your heart’s desire, for what gives you the most joy. LETTER EIGHTEEN Finding your purpose sounds like a really daunting task, and I have run away from that phrase for my entire life. But figuring out what my life is going to […]
So I’ve been a bit disillusioned of my 38mm Apple Watch lately. (I’d Sell My Apple Watch, But… I’m Still Dreaming of a Killer App) This morning after writing the scathing review of the LINK I had a slight epiphany. I loved playing with the Apple Watch faces. And while the palette is somewhat limited, you […]
LETTER FIFTEEN It is much easier to ignore our creative impulses than to indulge in the craft of trying to bring them to life. That’s a real problem for a writer, painter, or musician. The little spark of an idea must be captured and fanned until it catches fire and becomes a story, painting, or song. […]
Caveat: Let me be clear. It’s not the streaming that’s the issue. It’s the royalties paid primarily to the BIG artists and almost zero to the small artists. Stream OK, but BUY THE MUSIC YOU LOVE. Support the musicians themselves and not just the mega-corp labels, lawyers, and streaming companies. +++ I know it’s an […]
“Nice lab coat there!”
“Thanks, I had to trade-in 20 lab points for it.”
“Is that an XL?”
“No. XXL. Gotta have the extra X to move around a bit.”
LETTER FOURTEEN It’s not the success that I’ve had that gives me joy. It’s not fame or fortune that pleases my soul. For me, it’s the perfectly struck chord, the phrase that captures exactly what I’m feeling, the letters scattered across a handwritten notebook that please ME. That’s the important part to remember. It is […]
Pass through the darkness. Embrace the dark nights of your soul as they have arrived to tell you something. LETTER THIRTEEN We’ve got to talk about the dark side for a moment. If you’ve got a handful of guiding artists that you look to for inspiration, you’re likely to have a few that succumbed to […]
When the money runs out, my inspiration get’s pretty desperate. Entire creative cannons in motion and lit up begin to crumble as I doubt myself. And trying to push into the creative as an income stream, for me, has never worked. I’m not interested in being a starving artist. So one of the first struggles, […]