I'm a sucker for a good graduation speech, and one of my favorites is Neil Gaiman's 2012 speech to students at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The speech was also made into a best-selling book. Neil Gaiman is a successful author of adult novels, children's books, graphic novels (the Sandman series), and has … Continue reading Make Good Art – for Business Professionals
Given the avalanche of reader comments and questions I am starting to receive, I thought the most efficient way to reply would be to periodically answer several at once, so let's get to the mailbag. Dear Jim, What's with your obsession with Seth Godin, Bruce Springsteen, and Anna Kendrick? You seem to keep dropping their … Continue reading Reader Comments
Seth Godin's post today asks the reader if Google is making the web stupid. Here's a brief excerpt: "Google (the source of so much traffic) is under huge pressure from Wall Street to deliver increased profits, and until self-driving cars kick in, the largest share of those earnings is going to come from the ads … Continue reading Google Search and the Tragedy of the Commons
I took four years of German in high school, and did fairly well. I still remember reciting "Du bist ein gebildeter affe", which translated to "You are a conceited ape". Never really sure why that was a phrase we were learning. Anyway, I then went to college and took German 101, since I figured it … Continue reading Wasted Opportunities
I'm a big fan of routine. As an example, here's part of my morning ritual: peel four bananas, and place into blender pour 24 ounces of water in blender, and blend for about 5 seconds go to the fridge and get out the romaine lettuce and baby spinach add a heart of romaine lettuce to … Continue reading Stuck in a Rut?
Walk into any doctor's or college professor's office, and you're likely to see a wall lined with framed certificates of that person's academic accomplishments. I admit that I look at these certificates, and often use them as a way of quickly judging the competence of the individual whose name appears on the certificates. However, as … Continue reading Certificates of Failure
First, thank you to Matt Frazier and Christine Frazier for the idea and execution behind this 31-day challenge. It has been a highly rewarding experience in so many ways. While I have always been an avid exerciser, starting and maintaining a blog is something I have often thought about, but never did anything about. But … Continue reading Recap: The 31 Day Writing and Running Challenge and the Power of Habit
(click to enlarge) OK, I'll admit I was trying to grab the reader's attention with the headline. And while the statement is true, it is somewhat "chronologically challenged" (credit to Neil Gaiman for that phrase), since it happened over 40 years ago. The concert was to be held at my old high school, Archbishop Carroll, … Continue reading Springsteen Concert Canceled for Lack of Interest!
Imagine making a donation to a cause that you really believe in, one that you believe will make a difference. Then imagine getting personalized hand-drawn thank you notes like the one above, telling you how awesome you are. Well that pretty much describes how the online charity DonorsChoose.org works. Its mission is to "engage the public in public … Continue reading Why I Love DonorsChoose.org
Dr. Seuss's best-selling book, "Oh, The Places You'll Go" is less than 1,000 words. The Gettysburg Address is 272 words long. Seth Godin wrote a blog post with only 38 words. Apparently word count is not the critical factor in deciding if a published work will be a success or have an impact; it's the content … Continue reading Short and Sweet