If You Want Something, Ask (How Wilco Got Paid 2x For “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”)

You have to ask. If there’s something you want, you just have to ask. Wilco - the band - got paid not once, but two times (TWO!) for their breakout album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Both paychecks came because they had the nerve to ask.   The first time the band got paid was in the form … Continue reading If You Want Something, Ask (How Wilco Got Paid 2x For “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”)

Podcast Of The Week: Seth Godin And Debbie Millman

Anytime Seth Godin and Debbie Millman get together it’s worth listening. They’re gods of marketing, design, and what I think we can agree to call, “vulnerable leadership.”  If you don’t know them, you’re in for a treat. If you do, you already know what it means to be a fly on the wall when they … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Seth Godin And Debbie Millman

Do Good Work For Good People (Wendell Berry Wisdom)

My professional mission statement has evolved into this: do good work for good people.  I found a deep connection with this simple idea while listening to Nick Offerman’s chapter on Wendell Berry in the book Gumption. The following is a note I made, which may or may not be a  direct quote I really wanted … Continue reading Do Good Work For Good People (Wendell Berry Wisdom)

The Power Of Daily Reminders (Rickey Henderson’s Un-Cashed $1m Check)

Baseball legend, Rickey Henderson, wanted to remind himself he “made it.”  He wanted, daily, to walk past the check for $1 million - from the Oakland A’s - marking the point his life changed forever.  And not just because of the amount of money, but because of the validation the check represented. So he framed … Continue reading The Power Of Daily Reminders (Rickey Henderson’s Un-Cashed $1m Check)

Podcast Of The Week: The Tangible ‘20s

Disclosure: to my non-financial markets friends, I offer you this insight first, and then for whoever else still cares, you’ll want to check out the podcast below.  One interpretation of the decade (still mostly) in front of us is that it might be like The Roaring ‘20s all over again. Advances in technology, low unemployment, … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: The Tangible ‘20s

Understanding Aspirations To Drive Sales

How you position your client's aspirations is the most critical driver of your sales.  This Ash Ambirge (the middle finger project) quote nails it, When the lottery wants to boost ticket sales, they don’t raise the odds. They raise the jackpot. Why? Because people don’t buy odds, they buy dreams.  What does your client want?  … Continue reading Understanding Aspirations To Drive Sales

Podcast Of The Week: WTF Tony Hawk

The Tony Hawk documentary (Until The Wheels Fall Off) kicked my ass. It’s not just fan worship, and it’s also not whatever you’d call The Last Dance. It’s a story about life, families, trying hard, working harder, and how a little luck can do wonders for a persistent spirit.  I didn’t want the documentary to … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: WTF Tony Hawk

Weakness And Ignorance Are Not Barriers To Survival, But Arrogance Is

Liu Cixin’s Three-Body trilogy may be science fiction, but it’s not just for sci-fi nerds. If you like game theory, markets, geopolitics, world-building, or creativity - this is a modern masterpiece.  One non-sci-fi quote that will stick with me: Weakness and ignorance are not barriers to survival, but arrogance is.  The weak can get by.  … Continue reading Weakness And Ignorance Are Not Barriers To Survival, But Arrogance Is

Life Is So Rich / Life Is So S*** (Scott Galloway Edition)

Scott Galloway’s been on a rollercoaster these last few weeks. On one day his newsletter was winning awards, and the next his CNN+ show (along with the whole network) was being cancelled. Like I said - rollercoaster. How he handled it is worth stopping to reflect on.  We talk so much about the things people … Continue reading Life Is So Rich / Life Is So S*** (Scott Galloway Edition)