Getting Attention Is The Point

Dave Trott published a beast of ad-industry criticism in “Advertising Isn’t Switzerland.” He’s looking at the turnaround The New York Times pulled off by making Trump their stated enemy back in 2014. My big takeaway is the power, importance, and profitability of picking a good fight/sparring partner. Making noise and gaining attention is the point … Continue reading Getting Attention Is The Point

Podcast Of The Week: Habits And Vulnerability (James Clear w/ Brene Brown)

Hey! On Saturday’s I highlight a podcast about being a creative professional. Sometimes it’s direct, sometimes it’s indirect, but it’s always entertaining and educational. Check these out and send anything good you’ve heard lately my way! The best podcasts allow us to be a fly on the wall for a conversation we’re so lucky was … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Habits And Vulnerability (James Clear w/ Brene Brown)

Straight (Punk) Talk: Give Them Ramones’ Moments

You know the moment when you’re standing/sitting/drinking/philosophizing/dreaming with your friends and you say, “Hell, I can do that. I mean - we, seriously, can totally do this. Why not?” Rory Sutherland calls them “Ramones moments.” They’re the times we receive or give ourselves or give others permission to be exactly who they are. The Ramones … Continue reading Straight (Punk) Talk: Give Them Ramones’ Moments

Choose Suffering Or Do Not, But Find Your Sweet Spot

Paul Bloom’s The Sweet Spot is about how we derive meaning from suffering. He argues for a balance (hence the title) where we suffer enough to feel good but not so much to feel defeated. Here are the three big ideas he explores and a riff on applying each: Certain types of chosen suffering (including … Continue reading Choose Suffering Or Do Not, But Find Your Sweet Spot

Sunday Music: Get Me Out Of Here (Nightime)

Hey! Sundays are for music. As a music-maker working in a less-than-musically focused world, this is my way to connect what I’m doing, thinking, and feeling with my favorite mode of expression This week I’ve been listening to… Big Star doesn’t come up a lot in conversation, but when they do, I get all sorts … Continue reading Sunday Music: Get Me Out Of Here (Nightime)