Become Good By Being Bad

Become Good By Being Bad

How do you become good at something? Writing? Drawing? Sales? Marketing? Relationships? Child-rearing? How do you become good at any of these things? By choosing it, starting it, and doing it. And being prepared to do it badly, or completely fail, over and over an...
Apartment Living

Apartment Living

Doing what you want to do is fabulous. But considering how it might impact other people is worth a look. It’s like apartment living. Are you the person who opens all their windows and blares music at all hours of the day. Or the one inside, annoyed they can’t use...
When Help Comes Your Way… Take It

When Help Comes Your Way… Take It

How often does someone offer extra help to you? And when it comes, do you accept it willingly? Or do you turn it away, maybe even ignore it? On the grounds that you feel like you don’t deserve it. Or you don’t want to put people out. Or your stuff isn’t good enough...
What’s Your Computer Backup?

What’s Your Computer Backup?

What do you keep on your computer these days? Every photo from your life? Every document you’ve ever written? Every creative piece you’ve created? Gone are the days of hard copy records. Every thing exist in digital form. So what are you doing to back it all up – in...
One Daily Thing Leads To Greatness

One Daily Thing Leads To Greatness

What is one thing that you can do or practice every day, no matter what, without fail, to move you forward? Closer to your goals and dreams. Three tiny, seemingly insignificant things, that over the course of a year, a decade, will add up to something great. A...
Do One More Thing A Day

Do One More Thing A Day

You know that thing that you said you’d do today. That when it comes down to it, you’re not quit sure if you have the energy for it. But you said you would. And you know if you don’t you’ll be thinking about it all night. If you don’t do it today, that’s one less...
What Are You Actually Committed To?

What Are You Actually Committed To?

It’s fine to want to do what you love and go with the flow. Following the energy and what comes easiest is definitely going to make life much easier. But at the same time you have to consider what you have actually committed to. Have you committed to building your...
Killing Time On Planet Earth

Killing Time On Planet Earth

What if there is no point to all of this? No purpose, no deeper, bigger meaning of life. What is there is no grander reason for each of us being here? Or collectively as the human race. What if we all just get born, live and die. And the whole point of life is...
Creativity Is Iterative Not Linear

Creativity Is Iterative Not Linear

When you’re doing something creative, figure out how long it’s going to take. Then double it. To factor in your miscalculations of tests and dead ends and versions and changes. Any kind of creative endeavour will always take longer than you anticipate. Because it’s...
Cut The Jargon. Keep It Simple

Cut The Jargon. Keep It Simple

Ever read an insane sentence in a professional, or slightly intellectual context? That you have to read 5 times to make any sense of them? Like… The purpose of the project is to develop a strategy to superimpose the infrastructure criterion with the aesthetics of the...
An Hour Versus A Twelve Hour Drawing

An Hour Versus A Twelve Hour Drawing

When design students ask me, “how do I get a high distinction, how do I be the best?” I tell them… This student spent twelve hours on their work. How many did you spend on yours? Did you research, explore, experiment? Did you plan and strategize and pay attention to...
Write What You Want To Write

Write What You Want To Write

The whole premise of writing any kind of marketing or copy in a business is to get into the head of your client or customer and write what they want to hear. Same with creating products, or logos, or making any kind of sale. That can be absolutely exhausting. What if...
There Comes A Time

There Comes A Time

There comes a time when enough is enough. When the pain of NOT doing what you really want to be doing becomes too hard to bear. There comes a time when you have to decide that no matter what comes up, you are putting that thing first. That thing that drives you, that...