8 Ways to Support Your Local Creative Community

Although many communities support local businesses, supporting local art seems to be a different story. Our homes are filled with poster art of long dead artists, our furniture looks like…

Endless Impossibilities Before Breakfast

One of my favorite television shows right now is “Fringe“ (FOX). I love the exploration of what is possible and what is impossible. The show’s tagline, “Endless Impossibilities,” reminds me…

An Argument for the 9 to 5 Lifestyle

I think the “start-your-own-business” peddlers need to stop belittling the 9 to 5 lifestyle. Stop assuming that people aren’t living the life they were meant to have. Surely you guys…

What Artists Can Learn From Justin Bieber About Social Media Marketing

I don’t know a single Justin Bieber song, nor do I associate with anyone who knows a Justin Bieber song. I’m just not in that demographic. Yet I know he…

Be an Artist, Not a Tourist

When I used to work at a camera store, I would be dumbfounded by the number of people that would buy cameras and lenses worth thousands of dollars, but would…

Your Niche is Bigger Than You Think

The word “niche” evokes visions of some guy only collecting comic books that have monkeys in them, or a blogger who only writes about staplers, or an online store that…

Emotional Bankruptcy Leads to Financial Bankruptcy

Success is not about having a cool logo, or a $1000 mesh chair, or a rare sports car. Success is not about owning a building, or which neighborhood you live…

Social Relationships Are More Important Than Social Networks

Social networks existed before Twitter or Facebook. Social networks existed before the Internet or the telephone. Your online followers only make up a part of your total social network. What…

Creativity and Productivity Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Many creative people struggle with time management and organization because many of them believe that constraints hinder the freedom to create.  The opposite is actually true.  Constraints can actually lead…

Planning For Your Failure Guarantees Your Failure

Many of us, without realizing it, are manifesting our own failures.  We have this intention of pursuing our dreams, but then we also instantly think of a back up plan…

Copycats and Creative Commoditization

The famous Ansel Adams photograph, “Maroon Bells” (1964), is possibly one of the most replicated photographs among nature photographers.  Run a Google images search on “Maroon Bells” and you’ll see…

Workshops Generate Repeat Customers for Small Businesses

I have a friend who runs a doggy daycare business.  Every once and a while, he’ll run a doggy obedience boot camp for his existing clients.  He encourages his clients…


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