It's easy to write a book, a song, direct a film or to start a business. Everyone with a pen or smartphone can do so. It's much harder to create something that is meaningful and can shift the culture. The difference between those two extremes seems stark: one seems like it could be mundane, rejected, … Continue reading How to Write a Book
About this time last year, I had an impactful (and surprising) discussion around race. Here's how it went...
When I reconnect with old contacts and tell them that I moved to Nashville, TN, I almost always get asked, "Did you move to Nashville for your music career?" The answer of course, is no. I moved to Nashville because my partner and I wanted to live here (it was more affordable and diverse than … Continue reading On Moving to Nashville for Music
There are specific tactics for winning Tic Tac Toe, or at the very least, to never lose. I took this knowledge by challenging restaurant regulars who were friends with our family to a friendly wager of fifty cents per game.
At the age of 13, one of my mentors gave me a book, "Developing the Leader Within You" by Dr. John C. Maxwell. It sparked something in me: I committed to reading at least two books on leadership and communication per month, every month, for the rest of my life. The "Leadership Library" covers many … Continue reading Help Me Clear My Bookshelf
Over the years, I've worked in a couple of areas that dealt with framing: In photography, framing helps with composing the image. You use natural elements to draw your viewer's eye to the subject. This helps emphasize the subject, bringing a natural structure as well as isolates the subject from distractions. In fact, for any … Continue reading The Art of Framing
When I was in fourth grade, my family moved across town to be closer to the restaurant we owned. My new elementary school was only about a mile from our home so I walked home everyday. Soon, I made friends who lived near me and they told me about their super-secret shortcut. The shortcut involved … Continue reading Shortcuts
Today, I got a message from Seth Godin. To be more accurate, I got a reply back to my note thanking him for his work, which has been incredibly influential to me. He's one of the most in-demand authors and speakers in the world. To even send a few words, to say "I … Continue reading The Power of Noticing
One of the most-used features of Linkedin Premium is the ability to see everyone who has viewed your profile. It's always amusing to me when I get a message that's obviously been copy + pasted saying "I saw your profile and..." or some variation thereof before attempting to sell me something or asking me to … Continue reading Earning More Than a Vote
I recently received an invitation to be interviewed for an online show that focuses on helping artists in terms of their creative process and being paid for their work. It sounded like a good fit, especially since I wrote two books and host a daily podcast show that focuses on this exact subject. I've done … Continue reading Paying to Play