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Into the Unknown

Maybe I’m Crazy… In fact, I must be. Right now, as I write this blog post, I’m sitting outside a Starbucks in Boise, Idaho… I’m thousands of miles away from most of my friends and family… And I’m Homeless and unemployed. That’s right – no job, no predictable income, no home… And I have no intention of trying to get any of those things...

What Will You Do With Your Dreams?

Dreams We all have them. Not just the kind when we sleep, but the more important ones – the ones we have when we’re awake. They come to us when we’re driving home from work, when we go for a long run, when we reminisce over war stories with an old friend. These dreams usually spark something deep within us.  They excite something dormant; something we didn’t know existed…at least for a moment. In...

Winning Your Inner Creative War

The Pain of Creation Every act of artistic creation (business, blog, book or otherwise) begins in the mind. They begin as acts of love (we care about our ideas) and defiance (challenging what is with what could be). But being inside your own mind isn’t a pretty thing.  It’s nasty in there; what is right seems wrong; up is down; and every course of action can be rationalized (adding to the...

the war

Whether you recognize it or not, you’re at war. This is not a conventional war: The battle lines change every day.  The warzone is rarely defined. Sometimes the enemy is very clearly in front of you, pummeling you with everything they’ve got; other times, the enemy is lurking in the shadows right beside you, waiting for a moment of weakness before they attack. And your...

burn the boat

493 years ago, Cortez and an army of 600 soldiers landed on the shores of Central America and conquered an empire of over 5 million people. His first order upon landing: destroy the ships. Cortez knew if he kept the ships seaworthy, the men would believe they could escape if things went south.  By destroying the ships, Cortez removed escape from the equation. It was, quite literally, do or die...

the warfare of creativity (3 ways to identify and become an instigator)

What separates the instigator from 99.9% of society? It’s not being the smartest – plenty of entrepreneurs and artists will freely admit they’re not the sharpest tools in the shed. It’s not connections – there are plenty of people with connections that never go on to do anything great. It’s not luck – plenty of people get lucky and throw it all away...

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