Here we go again

Seth Godin is my Monday morning hero:

“Here we go again”

We all say that to ourselves.

The question is: when do you say it?

Do you say it when you’re being rejected, failing, stuck, panicked, overwhelmed or alone?

Or do you say it when you’re engaged, winning, changing things and in the groove?

Because the more you rehearse this feeling, the more it’s going to happen.

We get what we expect.

And we expect what we get.

The easiest way to change this cycle is to alter the scale we play in. If you keep failing at the big stuff, it’s worth honing the habit of succeeding at the small stuff first. And if you’re finding yourself in a rut, a cycle of failure, walk away from that series of projects and find a new field to plant your seeds in.

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

In order that people may be happy


In 1851 John Ruskin* said:

In order that people may be happy at work, these three things are needed:
They must be fit for it, they must not do too much of it, and they must have a sense of success in it.

*John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist.

An actual thing that actually happened

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Abso-effing-lutely, Creatives I admire | No Comments

It is time you discovered the brilliance of Tim Urban and Andrew Finn’s Wait But Why: New Post Every Sometimes. Start with the FAQs on the About page then go directly to this>>

Vases made from pvc pipes

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Creatives I admire, Ipso Fabulous, My Style | No Comments

Just because a material is cheap doesn’t mean it can’t be high design. At this year’s Salone furniture fair in Milan, Japanese designed Kodai Iwamoto is displaying a set of vases made from plastic pipes you could buy at any hardware store! Check out the full article here >>

Bonnie’s rules for being a better client

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Brand Thinking, Creatives I admire | No Comments

Bonnie Siegler has more than 60 in her delightful new book! Here are my favorites:

White space is your friend

No, you can’t watch us work

Be open to things you didn’t imagine

Be confident, not arrogant

Nothing takes a second

Don’t be rude

Tell me the problem, not the solution

Decide who will decide

Have clarity of purpose

Photo by Austin Chan on Unsplash

Photographer Tim Flach

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Creatives I admire | No Comments

Tim Flach is a photographer who, most recently, has been taking photographs of endangered species, and has chosen – deliberately – to use the style of (human) portrait photography.

Stunning.