For those who didn’t get invited to the party

If you want to be considered, you have to present yourself for consideration. Everything you get in life is a return on investment. This is true not only for the artist who wishes to be known for his work or for the entrepreneur who needs to attract more customers, but it’s also true at the everyday… Continue reading For those who didn’t get invited to the party

Professional Optimism

“I get it, it’s nice up here. You could just shut down all the systems, turn down all the lights, just close your eyes and tune out everyone. There’s nobody up here that can hurt you. It’s safe. What’s the point of going on? What’s the point of living? Your kid died, it doesn’t get… Continue reading Professional Optimism

Create or die

“You’re not gonna get picked. Dick Clarke has passed away. He’s not going to call and put you on American Bandstand. It’s over. And it’s being replaced by the awesome scary responsibility of picking yourself.” -Seth Godin The age of the non-entrepreneur and the non-artist is dead. Our generation can no longer afford the luxury of… Continue reading Create or die

And so he learned to read

“And so he learned to read. From then on his progress was rapid.” ―Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes Reading is an act of self-determination. To pick up a book is to take one’s destiny into one’s own hands. When we read, we shift our lives from a reaction/response orientation into a context of creative autonomy.… Continue reading And so he learned to read

Don’t be fooled by pity

“Pity is the most agreeable feeling among those who have little pride and no prospects of great conquests.” -Friedrich Nietzsche  If you choose to identify yourself as a victim, people will feel sorry for you (if you’re lucky), but they wont feel sorry enough. No matter how much sympathy others may display for your sorrows,… Continue reading Don’t be fooled by pity