When to Stand and Fight as Marketing

There are not many reasons to stand and fight. Whether in Haiti when faced with an angry mob, or when I was kidnapped in India; cool-headed thinking has consistently come to my aide. So, how do you know when you should fight back? Recently a friend was attacked with...

Are You Crafting You?

For all this talk of Craft, what you are ultimately crafting is you. Craft is neither fast nor slow. It is either and both. This is because craft is the fine work of refining yourself. Craft is the fine work of refining yourself. We’re all seeking happiness. We...

There Is No Permission to Create, Only Courage

When we seek approval for the thing we want to create, we are actually seeking permission. We are seeking permission to act. But why do we seek permission? Deep down we know that our work to create will upset someone. The long hours will upset our spouse. The...

A New Reverence For the Old

We reverence the new. Instagram is creating new ways to communicate with each other. Harvard researchers have created news ways to control drones with the mind. Banksy has introduced new styles in art to increase our interest in both politics and art. Elon is building...

The Trial and Error Biz Pro

To go pro, you have to learn your skill. The only way for you (or anyone) to learn a skill is trial and error. You then “forget” the error, apply the way it worked, and repeat that successful act for the next trial. We know that trial and error is how we...

The Most Insidious Kind of Hate

What is the most insidious kind of hate? Which flavor of hate causes the most destruction, derails the most drives, and devastates the most dreams? Self-hate. Self-hate does all that and more. Self-hate has carte blanche with the personal insults. It says things to...

To the Creators Go the Rewards

It’s far too easy to tear down and criticize acts of creation. It’s much harder to complete one. It’s far too easy to criticize Elon Musk’s erratic behavior. It’s much harder to build a private rocket and space travel company and to be the first in human history to do...

The Myth of Herman-Henry Melville

We love hero stories, its true. Sometimes, though, we also love failure stories a little too much. You know the one. The now-famous author of ‘Moby Dick’, Herman Melville, was so obscure that even the newspaper published the wrong name in his obituary....

It Scaling Even The Right Thing?

Is scaling even the right thing? For many, scaling may seem like the only way to get ahead of the competition. It may seem like the only strategy to lead to a unique offering, better margins, heck, simply getting paid better as an owner (with less work, of course.)...

Digital Isn’t Always Better

Digital isn’t always better. Have you noticed how automatic, motion-sensor paper towel dispensers are going back to manual pull down? Create enough headache with your latest technology and people will move their money back to the old thing. Every new upgrade...