“American Idol” Survival Guide

“American Idol” (FOX) isn’t just a singing contest. It’s basically a televised audition process to produce the next pop music star.  Year after year, teens and adults audition for the…

Self-Accountability Empowers Solopreneurs

Having a strong sense of self-accountability is the cornerstone of success and productivity. Self-accountability simply means you are holding yourself responsible for your successes and failures. Most of us feel…

Half-Baked Ideas Are Better Than None

I hate wasting food. Rather than allowing food to rot, I have to become an Iron Chef sometimes, and think of some way of salvaging the food. Sometimes I perform…

The “Starving Artist” Meme

Artists seem to avoid entrepreneurship like it is the plague. Many artists think making art for money is “selling out,” or that money will somehow pollute their artistic integrity, or…

9 Tips on Conducting Productive Brainstorming Sessions

Brainstorming by yourself is one thing. Brainstorming with a group of people has its own challenges. I personally love facilitating brainstorming sessions. It’s like orchestrating a chaotic storm of ideas….

The Food Burner: A Parable About Unconventional Thinking

Inside an ancient bear cave, around “the dawn of man”… or, um, actually, around dinner time…   LARRY: “Hey, Bob. Your caving paintings are looking awesome.” BOB: “Thanks, Larry.” LARRY:…

All I Got for My Membership Was This Lousy T-shirt

Not so long ago, I used to be part of a photography organization that had a space where members could hang their work for sale. The space also had lighting…

Just Write

Alex came to me for some coaching on writing. I asked him how often he wrote, and Alex said maybe once a week for only a few minutes. He also…

Become Who You Are

One year, I decided to try food photography. I loved food, I loved local restaurants, and I loved photography. It seemed like a perfect fit for me. One problem… two…

Beating Yourself Up for Mistakes is Like Pressuring Yourself to Fail

My client, Lilly, came to me recently came to me feeling defeated. Her job with her boyfriend is going fine, but she said that she feels like a failure. I…

Multiple Identity Crisis

I have an associate who introduces himself in the following manner: “I’m Jack. I’m a photographer, a massage therapist, and I’m also a programmer.” His business card actually says all…

Constantly Creating

When I used to work for a photography agency, I’d get to sit in on a few meetings with photographers as they presented their books. Having just started in photography,…


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