Debbie Millman, designer and author, was a guest on the Tim Ferriss podcast that I listened to this week. After multiple rejections in her career and overcoming a traumatic childhood, she wrote six books, co-founded the world’s first masters in branding program, started one of the world’s first podcasts entitled Design Matters, and was the editorial and creative director of Print Magazine for a time (a magazine which was in print from 1940 to 2017).
She mentioned that one of the things she has asked of her students over the years is to write, “Your Ten-Year Plan For A Remarkable Life.” This is something she learned as a student of Milton Glaser (who created the I Heart NY campaign which I remember vividly from my childhood.) Continue reading
I’m reading the book Awareness by Anthony de Mello and in it he asks, “Is there a life before death?”
I read the question twice before it really sunk in. Are we busy living or are we busy dying? Continue reading
When Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sang the Oscar-nominated, original song Shallow at the Oscars last night, it was arguably the highlight of the evening. It went on to win the coveted award and in her acceptance speech, Lady Gaga (whose stage name was created after the Queen song Radio Ga Ga which is a funny twist of fate as the movie Bohemian Rhapsody was also up for multiple awards last night) said, “This is hard work. I’ve worked hard for a long time. It’s not about winning — what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There’s a discipline for passion, and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or get beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and keep going.” Continue reading
Fifty-five years ago, in February 1964, the Beatles landed in New York for their first American tour. There were 5,000 screaming fans at the airport to greet them. Beatlemania had begun. Continue reading
I read about Sam Kass in Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. He was the head chef at the White House. But I didn’t know his back story. I heard it last week on Tim Ferriss’ podcast and it was so inspiring. He went to the University of Chicago on a baseball scholarship and did a history degree because he was always interested in how we got to where we ended up. He mentioned a tidbit about professional baseball that I found extremely interesting. He said the top professional baseball players have a 30 per cent success rate. So the best players in the league fail 70 per cent of the time. How inspiring is that? They hit more but they also swing more. A lesson for us all. Continue reading
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A day to celebrate a man who used words to protest and changed the world. His speeches are timeless. His message is fearless. Continue reading
I saw an anonymous meme the other day that said, “If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.”
We should all be doing something outside the box. Blazing a trail rather than walking a well-worn path.
If you spend too much time doing what the experts recommend or what society says then you can’t make a breakthrough. Continue reading
I saw a video the other day with Seth Godin talking about the myth of Daedalus and Icarus. Daedalus, the father, and Icarus, the son, were on an island. Daedalus was a craftsman and he told Icarus that he had made him wings out of bird feathers and wax and that he was to listen to his father and they would fly away from the island. He told Icarus not to fly too high as the sun’s heat would melt the wax and the wings would fall apart and he would die. Icarus did die in the flight, but Seth Godin reminds us that the myth had another part to it that was cut out many years ago. Daedalus also told Icarus not to fly too low because then the mist and waves from the ocean would weigh down his wings and he would surely perish. Continue reading
I just finished reading Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield. What an awakening! Steven says, “When we’re living as amateurs, we’re running away from our calling — meaning our work, our destiny, the obligation to become our truest and highest selves. Addiction becomes a surrogate for our calling. We enact the addiction instead of embracing the calling. Why? Because to follow a calling requires work. It’s hard. It hurts. It demands entering the pain-zone of effort, risk, and exposure.” Continue reading
As a new week starts, are we where we want to be? Doing what we want to be doing?
I was reminded when listening to a speaker last week that we must set daily goals. Even five small things we want to accomplish. Maybe reaching out to a handful of people to share our story and ask for input. Continue reading