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…

No Job is Worth Losing Your Health Over

I once had a job as an account manager for a dotcom company, back when dotcoms were still new, and just before the bubble burst.  I was single at the…

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…

Procrastination in Disguise

Procrastination is the enemy of productivity.  Procrastination does not, however, always come in the form of delays or laziness.  Procrastination is cleverer than that.  Sometimes, procrastination will actually disguise itself…

Breakfast of Champions

Ever wonder why breakfast is called breakfast? It’s called breakfast because you’re breaking a fast. Think about it. Unless you actually eat a fourth meal at midnight, when you wake…

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…

Meet With Yourself

One of the ways that I stay on top of all my work and appointments is to set up a weekly meeting with myself.  That’s right.  I meet with myself,…

Just Five Ingredients

One of my tango instructors once told me that there are basically five simple step to tango: forward, side, backwards, cross, and ochos. If you can do these five steps…

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…

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…

Sell to Connoisseurs, Not Consumers

The average person can’t tell why a $40 million Picasso is beautiful.  They just know everyone else thinks it is.  The average person couldn’t tell you the difference between a…

Planning Creativity

Somehow, the idea of randomness and freedom got mingled with creativity and artistry. Conversely, somehow, planning has become enemy of creativity. In truth, one has very little to do with…