Why So Many Creatives Have a Background In Advertising (Pressfield)

Steven Pressfield told James Altucher: Advertising teaches you nobody wants to read your shit so you better make it immediately compelling.  He continues (paraphrased): The other thing it teaches you is how to edit. The space has constraints you need to fit in. A 60-second ad goes by FAST.  People romanticize creativity as being willing … Continue reading Why So Many Creatives Have a Background In Advertising (Pressfield)

Stupid Mistakes Vs. Productive Mistakes

A Seth Godin-ism: Stupid is what happens when we refuse to learn from our mistakes. It’s fine to live by “don’t be stupid.” There are plenty of areas not being stupid can help us step around (i.e. arguing with people on the internet). But, we also need to make “productive and generous mistakes.” Stupid is … Continue reading Stupid Mistakes Vs. Productive Mistakes

Failing Doesn’t Mean You’re A Failure

A David Goggins-ism on overcoming failure by not going at the struggle alone: Failing doesn’t mean you’re a failure, it means you failed one time at one thing.  What follows is a transcribed quote from Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me audiobook. It comes after a story where Goggins has tried to beat the Guinness Book pullup … Continue reading Failing Doesn’t Mean You’re A Failure

The Time Abe Lincoln’s Step Brother Asked Him For A Loan

Before he was President, Abraham Lincoln’s step-brother wrote him a letter asking for a loan.  The response is worth quoting (emphasis added). : Your request for eighty dollars, I do not think it best, to comply with now. At the various times when I have helped you a little, you have said to me “We … Continue reading The Time Abe Lincoln’s Step Brother Asked Him For A Loan

You’ll Stand Or Fall But You’ve Got To Test Your Legs

You can talk about it. You can think about it. You can read about it.  But eventually, you’re either going to do it (or you’re not).  It’s as true for the easy things as it is for the hard things.  And it’s as true for us as it is for our competition (or the ones … Continue reading You’ll Stand Or Fall But You’ve Got To Test Your Legs