“The sacrificial pancake”

The Rule of Suck: the first one is going to be very, very, embarrassingly not so good. What to do? Do the next one. And the next one after that. On and on, serving up hundreds of works to an audience who trusts that you'll get it right -- eventually. Here's Paul McGrath (great name),… Continue reading “The sacrificial pancake”

Let Them Disagree

My buddy Cullin is at the scariest time of any writer's life. He's expressing a unique point of view. With his name on it. In public. He's detaching himself from mass thinking, even if the much of the mass is partly favor of the "good guy." To come alive as a writer, as a creator,… Continue reading Let Them Disagree

What’s the opposite of a winner?

Not a loser. The opposite of a winner is someone who doesn't know that they're capable of being a winner. You could finish last, and still learn something valuable. Or you could finish last, and quit because the skill ceiling is too high. It doesn't matter if the game is too hard. It doesn't matter… Continue reading What’s the opposite of a winner?

A few tips from Day Zero of Performative Speaking

Lighting. Clothing. The speed of your voice. Are you looking at the camera, or looking down at the ground? Sit up straight, but don't stiffen up like a skeleton. Is there anything distracting in the background? These details matter. You might have groundbreaking ideas, but it doesn't matter if you can't convince anyone to put… Continue reading A few tips from Day Zero of Performative Speaking

26 Thanks

Today is my birthday. The following people made my 25th year on this planet my favorite year yet. I've known many of you for only 2 months, many more for only a week. And yet it feels I've known all of you my whole life. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for pursuing creative excellence. Let's… Continue reading 26 Thanks

Drop in! What to do when things get slow

In 1992, riding a skateboard up and down a half-pipe wasn't cool. The world turned its attention to street skating. Something with more edge, more rebelliousness, less polished and less about sponsorships and money. But that didn't stop a scrappy kid in Carlsbad from riding his skateboard everyday. Because Tony Hawk knew that if the… Continue reading Drop in! What to do when things get slow