Category Archives: Inspiring

Do the work and become a pro.

Ira Glass speaks about the creative process. There’s no way around it, you gotta do the work! I hope you enjoy this…


The Love Competition

I came across this on my new, “favorite” blog, Serendipity Factory. It’s a short film documenting an experiment by the Stanford Center for Cognitive & Neurobiological Imaging. The experiment consisted of 5 minute MRIs of people’s brains while they focused on love—important loves of their lives; things that they love; and the general feeling of love. The participants ranged in age from 10 to 75 years old. It’s a very poignant capture of human emotion. Directed by Brent Hoff, the film is definitely worth watching. You won’t be disappointed. And, let me know…I’m curious if you guessed the winner?!?!?!

Is mentoring a thing of the past?

Thankfully I have the pleasure of working with a bunch of colleagues that like to push the envelope on design…and that means pushing me to produce the best design to fill my client’s needs. But what about up and coming artists? It used to be that you gave back to your industry. When the tide came in, all ships rode the wave. I don’t see it happening in today’s market. An article at Fast Company, “Stumbling Up the Ladder: Ad Agencies Neglect their Brightest Prospects”, provides some interesting food for thought on the subject.

If you’ve got a story about training in your industry or lack thereof, leave a comment below and let me know about it. If you like this article…like it! Share it with your friends—send it around!

Image: Flickr user vkx462

“Are you too old to do what you love?”

I absolutely love providing creative services that get results; and I’m very fortunate to know and enjoy what I do. Have I missed opportunities? Sure. I had an opportunity for a free ride back to college, but I thought I was too old. When I look back I want to smack myself on the head. If I only knew back then what I do now! It really is never too late to learn.

That’s why I think Marie Forleo’s video is so timely for many people. She gives some great examples of people hitting their stride in their later years. She’s fun to watch too! So check out her Q&A Tuesday video below, “Are you too old to do what you love?”.

I’d love to hear your story, so write a comment below. And if you like this post, please share it. Thanks so much for reading and watching!

An idea worth spreading.

“Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success; you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.” —Viktore E. Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning. An Introduction to Logotherapy”.

Viktore E. Frankl, a neurologist and psychiatrist, pioneered a new approach to psychotherapy that focuses on man’s search for meaning. By quoting his work here, I hope that it feeds your heart and soul like it has mine—a true inspiration!

Some food for thought on the creative battlefield.

As creative people, I think most of us are our own worst enemies. That is, of course, unless you are full of confidence and play to the market. If that’s the case, there’s no need to read any further. I’m talking about doing the work for work’s sake.

I’ve always been inspired by people that are passionate by what they do. Case in point, I recently heard Eryn Shewell and her band live. It never ceases to amaze me the passion behind the voice. Eryn’s collaborator, guitarist Pat Ruh, is astonishing to watch. You can actually see him enter the zone. It’s like there’s no one else in the room except the man and his guitar and what comes from his soul. He doesn’t play to the room, he plays for his Muse. Hearing Eryn Shewell and her band live, one witnesses how inspiration touches talent and gives birth to truth and beauty.

I know this might be met with skepticism by some, but have you ever wondered how inspiration will sometimes come from out of the blue. I have always held the belief that hard work garners results. And, the most important thing about art is the work. Resistance and procrastination create a constant battlefield, but when we make the decision to do the work and become a pro, providence does step in. And, when we do the work, we pay homage to the holiest ghost I know…the creative imagination.

For inspiration, check out Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle. It is an engaging and practical guide for succeeding in a creative environment. It identifies the internal enemy and how to conquer it; setting a path for success. If you’ve read the book, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts, so leave a comment below!

It can be another way.

The activities we observe in the outer world are but typical of that which is taking place in man’s inner world of thought and feeling…
—Charles Brode Paterson, 1899

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