Good Things Will Happen

My mantra for the last few years has been to Make Progress Every Day. I heard another version of this principle yesterday on the Tim Ferriss Show with guest Ed Zschau. Ed said the following as his one piece of advice for listeners: Do what you like doing, do it the best way you know …

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Discipline Makes Life Easier

Last night I attended a Ben Folds concert in NYC with my wife for our 10 year anniversary. We got the big ol‘ VIP package which gave us time with Ben before the show where he read from his new book and did a short Q&A. One unexpected comment came from that Q&A, that “discipline …

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You Are What You Choose To Become

“I am not what has happened to me,” taught Carl Jung. “I am what I choose to become.” You are more powerful than you know, more capable than you know, and your potential is unlimited. What are you doing about that? No more excuses. No more procrastinating. No more fear. Create. Build. Be vulnerable. Write. …

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The Most Important Principle In Business

The most important principle in business: to end the day with more money than you began it. I’ve heard this principle put a few different ways over the years, and it goes along with the principle of keeping things simple. Are your systems set up to be profitable from the start? Or have you complicated …

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Better Humans Make Better Leaders

Last month I read (*cough* devoured *cough*) Reboot by Jerry Colonna. Going through my notes and highlights now, and this is the very first one. Even better, because it is the reason he wrote the whole book. Many of us in creative fields desire – consciously or otherwise – to be leaders. That could mean …

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Create Something You’d Pay Money For

A more specific version of this could be “Write the movie you’d pay money to go and see”, or “make an album that you’d spend money to own”. Sometimes we calculate too much. We wonder what is popular right now, what are the trends in our industry? Who are the buyers and what are they …

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We Are What We Pretend To Be

The quote “we are what we pretend to be” comes from Kurt Vonnegut. Who we are, what we do, it’s all a choice. The same principle surfaced in my Twitter timeline this week from writer/director Christopher McQuarrie: Whatever it is you want to become, be it now. For most of us creatives, there’s nothing stopping …

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It Should Just Be Dead Simple

We often think that only complicated plans are valid plans. To launch a new website, we have to have the perfect design. Not to mention the corresponding logo, tagline, business name, font, color palette, t-shirt, office space, etc., rather than doing the thing we set out to do: launch a website. Rather than writing 1,000 …

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Saying Yes and Saying No

Scour the web and you’ll hear tons of advice on when to say “yes” to opportunities – generally early on in your career – and no to opportunities, because saying “yes” later on means, by default, that you’re saying “no” to everything else that comes up during the time you’re handling that “yes”. What about …

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Creating Demand

Can you actually create demand? Can you inject a desire into another person to the point of taking action, such as buying your art, coming to your show, investing in your movie, or signing you as a client? No. I don’t think you can. You can only respond to demand. That goes for you as …

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