Why Dolly Shot Down Elvis: A Lesson On Making Decisions From Core Principles

It’s hard to say no to an amazing opportunity. But sometimes, it’s necessary. Imagine it’s 1974 and Elvis Presley is begging you to use one of your songs - could you reject him? Dolly Parton did, and she did it for all of the right reasons. Elvis really, really wanted to record, “I Will Always … Continue reading Why Dolly Shot Down Elvis: A Lesson On Making Decisions From Core Principles

Podcast Of The Week: Fussman’s Best Takeaways From Female Interviewees in 2019

All of these interviews are worth listening to in full, but give these clips a sample. Featured guests include Shannon Lee (daughter of Bruce Lee), Laura Schwab (President, Aston Martin), Melanie Whealon (Soul Cycle), Diana Nyad (famous long-distance swimmer), and others. Brilliant and inspirational. Big Questions with Cal Fussman: Great Takeaways from Women

Podcast Of The Week: Online Dating Is Changing The World

Sometimes a quirky claim ends up being way deeper than it appears at face value. This is one of those claims: online dating is changing the global economy, and in no small way. Dan McMurtrie and his firm Tyro Partners published a paper titled, "Dating Market: Thesis Overview" and it's been widely shared in the … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Online Dating Is Changing The World

Curiosity, Craft, And Inspiration: Lessons From Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift performed a rare solo set on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series. While the performance itself is great, her commentary in between songs is TED Talk material. She showcases the songs the way they were written and talks about her creative process. While she doesn’t share any tips for having a hit single, she has … Continue reading Curiosity, Craft, And Inspiration: Lessons From Taylor Swift

The Power Of Personalized Motivation And How Marta “Got On The Bus” To Soccer Greatness

The Players Tribune has a running feature called “Letters to My Younger Self.” In each edition, they have a world-class athlete write a letter to their past-self, offering advice and guidance from the present. Asking successful people “what do you know now that you wish you knew then” is a trope at this point, but the … Continue reading The Power Of Personalized Motivation And How Marta “Got On The Bus” To Soccer Greatness

Sunday Music: Remembering Kim Shattuck

That voice, that snarl, that scream. Kim Shattuck will be missed. While not well known to the mainstream, any 90s kid at least remembers her vocal on The Muffs' "Kids in America" (featured in Clueless). https://youtu.be/zLCRAalHhPc Another gem from the same period was "Sad Tomorrow." https://youtu.be/vsxyaZhdW1s Revisit the whole catalog. Her pop sensibility was real, … Continue reading Sunday Music: Remembering Kim Shattuck

Do The Work, Be Fair, Be Kind, And Lift Each Other Up: Remembering Cokie Roberts

American journalist Cokie Roberts passed away this week at the age of 75. I didn’t know much about her personally, but her name and voice were a staple of my childhood. Reading and listening to several pieces on her life, her work, and her ethos made for something worth sharing. Cokie was a true professional. … Continue reading Do The Work, Be Fair, Be Kind, And Lift Each Other Up: Remembering Cokie Roberts