All are welcome inside the creative studio. Few will choose to stay.
All are welcome inside the creative studio. Few will choose to stay.
All are welcome inside the creative studio. Few will choose to stay.

I set out early to be an innovator and creator, and I try to work at them each day, including days off. I am still on the Path. It’s important to still be on the Path. We are constantly testing things, reversing things, combining things, subtracting things, running experiments to see what works and what doesn’t for our market. The truth is, we often don’t know. We can guess, but we really don’t know. So, we have to experiment. We have to be humble enough to experiment, to test, to train, to put offers in front of people for more. If people are your true Super Fans, they will buy everything you offer. Who are you a Super Fan to? Do you buy everything of theirs? I bet you do! I know I do! It feels good to support them, even if they’re a big company like Apple. Tons of hard work, creative design.& …


Is everything teachable?
Is everything teachable?
Is everything teachable?

What we tolerate sticks with us whether we want it to or not. It’s the same thing over and over again. And it is up to us — no one else — to get rid of it. It all falls on us. It’s ours. Like a bad habit we’re having trouble breaking.

There are many things we have in common that we tolerate: a bad relationship; a bad job; a bad boss or manager; a big, bad publicly traded company; the parents; the kids; the doggies; the COVID; sickness; poor health; poor food sources. While not all of these are choices, most of these are choices. We choose them for us. We choose to stay in the bad relationship. We choose to let the big bad boss boss us around in an unappreciative manner. We choose to let the in-laws dictate what we will do for the holidays. …


What does Influence look like to you? Persuasion? Intimidation? Getting people to do something so keenly that they think it is their idea and they go ahead and do it? What is influence like to you?

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Build your influence.

Sales Wizard Jeffrey Gitomer always said the best salesperson is the one who shows up as best every day: best in product knowledge; best in market knowledge; best in problem-solving; best in creativity; best in writing; best in speaking; best in tech; best in marketing (yes, marketers); best in navigating internal company politics and policies in order to grease the machine cogs; and exudes best. He says this because his experience has told him that people buy from the best in all those categories. People want to do business with the best. And so you have to exude it as best as you can, and you won’t always get it right. Influence and being your best are disciplines. They are things you show up as and be every day. They are dedications. …


Entertainment Gets us outside of ourselves, out of our heads.
Entertainment Gets us outside of ourselves, out of our heads.
Entertainment Gets us outside of ourselves, out of our heads.

Seth Godin prompts: when was the last time you tried something for the first time? How many firsts did you have last month? Last year? 2020 is the year of experimentation! If there were ever a year to try some new shit, it is this year. (It will be next year, too. And the year after that.) The ‘highly exclusive’ December to remember Lexus sales event comes around same time every year. Yes, even in 2020 people are still buying Lexi. What if every month, you tried something new? A new exercise? A new food? A new road trip? A new book in a new genre? A new app? A new MasterClass? You taught something cool to somebody else? What if…? …


This latent superpower is living inside of you, your executive team, your teenager.
This latent superpower is living inside of you, your executive team, your teenager.
This superpower is living inside of you, your executive team, your teenager.

Most all of us get stuck in our own way, seeking out permission to do things. This permission-based culture gets formed in our Industrial Education Complex by rules, conformity, and strivers going for the ‘A’ on the report card. We even needed permission to go to the bathroom. And that was before we threw up in the classroom! Vomit doesn’t need permission — it just goes! And for the kids that just go, that move, that do their own thing, typically do not excel in traditional school. They’re wearing the Metal t-shirts, have the weird / cool hair, and, of course, sport the defiant attitude…and listen to Metal blasting through their AirPods. These kids aren’t stuck in life; they’re stuck in boring school that chooses not to see them because it isn’t designed to. School isn’t for the circle pegs. School is for the square pegs so that they can fit precisely in the square holes school only makes for them. The circles stand out, only in a bad way. …


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Creativity is Courage. Most people won’t make it out of the gate.

It’s so easy to sit on the sidelines and Say you’ll act when the game gets easier or when there is more runway visible. But you gotta takeoff in the fog sometimes. Nobody really wants to, but you go anyway. You accept that conditions are not perfect, but you’re going anyway. That’s what separates people and successes — being willing to go despite not knowing, despite not seeing the future clearly. To see things that others can’t. To do things that others won’t. To go out and create the future that we want. And we don’t do that by sitting quietly on the sidelines waiting to see what happens. It requires our engagement. Wouldn’t you rather be actively engaged anyway? Wouldn’t you rather take control of the yoke and take-off yourself? I would. …


On the Creative Journey. On what Creativity loves and aligns with.
On the Creative Journey. On what Creativity loves and aligns with.
On the Creative Journey. On what Creativity loves and aligns with.

On the Creative Journey. The great news is there is no end. That might seem daunting to some of you. But if you are dedicated and disciplined, like you’re going to the gym forever, Creativity is forever. It is a way of life. You choose to embrace Creativity as a source of power, of energy, as a way of doing things, as simply how you work best. Creativity is a dedication to the craft — your craft. Do you really want to stop your craft some day? If you do, you outta revisit the real reasons why you’re doing what you do. Ideally, you should be in it forever. A commitment to Creativity forever. How’s that for a smart contract? …


Org culture isn’t created some day. Org culture is created day-by-day.
Org culture isn’t created some day. Org culture is created day-by-day.
Org culture isn’t created some day. Org culture is created day-by-day.

It’s funny: a lot of people say they want awesome human qualities such as curiosity, creativity, and courage for themselves and for their people, but they aren’t willing to first be their prerequisites. They just aren’t. That, or they don’t realize that you cannot have the big, cool one like diversity of thought without the less cool one like open-mindedness that must come first. I think this is why most orgs simply pay these qualities lip service: they want the org to have them, but they’re not willing to do the hard work to actually have them integrated into the culture. …


You miss 100% of the creative shots you don’t take. You’ll never have a hit until you make 100x. Creativity is about iteration, about making things better. We make better things through cycling and making and cycling and making. And we keep going. We don’t stop. We never stop! There is never a need to stop.

The Pixar movie is never really finished. It merely has to be released to the schedule the Disney suits set. We’re moving things from suck to not-so-sucky. We’re making things better. We are always try to improve things. …


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How you show up matters.

How you show up matters.

Intention is underrated. Those lost in a sea of distraction need look no further than daily intention and performance prompts to steer themselves in the right direction. Daily intention about who they want to become today. Intention about future projects & dreams that they can touch upon first thing in the morning. Intention about how you want to show up for the most important people in your life. Intention about how you’ll show up as a leader today. Intention about the top two or three projects you have to hammer on today. Intention about how you would like it to feel today. Intention about how you want it to go today. Intention about the feelings you desire to generate today. How will you show up for people today? …

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I’m a sales, marketing and tech Pro who creates content designed to help people solve problems and shift perspectives.

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