The Hidden Cost of Free Email

When I attend networking events, I am always surprised by freelancers, and entrepreneurs that use a free email account – like Hotmail, or Yahoo, or one provided by an Internet…

The End of Call Centers

If your customers have to contact your call center to ask for help in using your website, or to find information on your website, you have failed in providing good…

Free = Worthless

When I was a freelancer, I would often look on CraigsList for jobs.  I have to admit, when I first started out, I did some work for free, hoping that…

The Next Facebook

After watching the Facebook biopic, “The Social Network” (dir. David Fincher), I started to think about what it would take to become the next Facebook, or Google, or Apple.  Looking…

Simultaneous Discovery

History is littered with examples of what is known as simultaneous discovery, or simultaneous invention.  It’s a phenomenon in which multiple people, sometimes in the same era, and sometimes over…

The Habit of Completion

In the movie, “The King’s Speech” (dir. Tom Hooper), the speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) provides the stuttering King George VI (Colin Firth) with a set of exercises to keep his…

Idea Hoarding

I once had a job as an assistant to a photography agent.  She was quite the busy bee running her own agency, and being a mom and wife all at…

Share Your Creativity

One of the things I cherish is being able to share my photography with my girlfriend.  She also shares her artwork with me.  We give each other feedback on how…

Custom Gift-wrapping Paper

I was walking by a local paper making shop the other day, and I saw a sign for a workshop where you could learn to make your own paper.  For…

Discovering Creativity in the Little Things

One day, I was cooking, and it dawned on me that cooking is a form of creative art.  Every person has a different pallet, therefore favors different flavor profiles.  Each…

Confessions of a Snooze Addict

I’ll admit it.  I am a recovering snooze addict.  I was addicted to staying in bed, wrapped up in its warmth.  But it was always temporary, and it was never…

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

It’s that time of year again where we make a list of things to accomplish in the upcoming year. And 365 days from now, most of us will fail at…


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