Podcast Of The Week: The Legend Of Paul’s Boutique

Paul’s Boutique, if you don’t know, is the Beastie Boys’ second album and arguably the Sgt. Pepper’s of hip-hop. It’s what happens when you push all the envelopes, all the buttons on the studio gear, (and maybe put down the bottle and pick up the bong, allegedly).  The stories on its making are as epic … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: The Legend Of Paul’s Boutique

Breaking A Born Loser Mindset (Via “The Hustler”)

You can be a winner and still feel like a loser. Just ask Fast Eddie. The problem is staying a loser. Here’s how he worked his way out of the mindset via two great quotes from The Hustler.  The first comes from Bert, the man who briefly becomes his mentor. Bert tells Eddie he didn’t … Continue reading Breaking A Born Loser Mindset (Via “The Hustler”)

How To Take A Stand (A Sidney Poitier Pep-Talk)

Here’s how you take a stand when the stakes demand it.  The 1967 movie, In the Heat of the Night, is a story about a black detective from Philly who gets unexpectedly thrust into a murder investigation in a southern (and still racist) Mississippi community.  In the original book and the screenplay, there’s a scene … Continue reading How To Take A Stand (A Sidney Poitier Pep-Talk)

The Limits Of My Language Mean The Limits Of My World (Brené Brown’s “Atlas”)

Brené Brown’s latest book, “Atlas of the Heart,” is a deconstruction of the language we (can/should/could) use to understand our emotions and experiences. Here’s the “limits of my language” quote, what it means, and how “Atlas” applies to ourselves and others, personally and professionally.  Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “The limits of my language mean the limits … Continue reading The Limits Of My Language Mean The Limits Of My World (Brené Brown’s “Atlas”)

Most-Read Cultish Creative Posts Of 2021

Welcome to 2022. One cool thing about writing in public is seeing what resonates (and trying to figure out why). Here are the most-read posts of 2021, per the data. What common threads do you see? I’m seeing a lot of lucky catches on searchable quotes and concepts from TV, books, and other media. Hmm. A … Continue reading Most-Read Cultish Creative Posts Of 2021

Using Content And Context To Lead A Group Towards A Decision (For Parents And Managers)

If you want to understand the meaning of complexity, get two families with young (opinionated) children together and try to figure out where to go for a dinner. Make sure the decision both satisfies feeding the kids something they like AND provides for the parents to have a chance to chat. And they said nuclear … Continue reading Using Content And Context To Lead A Group Towards A Decision (For Parents And Managers)

What The Jefferson Bible Can Teach Us About Marketing

Thomas Jefferson famously took the gospels from the bible, stripped out everything except for Jesus’ words, and said, “A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen; it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.” As you … Continue reading What The Jefferson Bible Can Teach Us About Marketing

Damn The Critics: When Gatsby Got Gut-Punched

New York Herald literary critic Isabel Paterson wrote in her review of The Great Gatsby that it was “a book for the season only.” H. L. Mencken at The Chicago Tribune called it “obviously unimportant.” The Dallas Morning News had the best (re: worst, most devastating, gut-punching) comment, “One finishes The Great Gatsby with a … Continue reading Damn The Critics: When Gatsby Got Gut-Punched

Podcast Of The Week: The Fault In Our Birbiglias

Two masters of the amusing but heartfelt story, from two different domains, just hanging out for an hour. Listen for how they each pull and pick at details from their own lives and consider how they apply that level of awareness to their craft. Listen to John Green on the Working It Out podcast with … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: The Fault In Our Birbiglias