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Total Recall (0:7)

Remember those days when you did what you do for the fun of it? Remember the moment when all that changed?

 Important because at that moment all we really did was replace the line "this is so much fun" with "this is really hard!" Same activity, different interpretation. 


 

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Romancing The Stone (0:39)

According to Greek mythology, as a punishment for his trickery, the god Zeus ordered King Sisyphus to roll a huge boulder up a steep hill. Before he could reach the top, however, the massive stone would always roll back down, forcing Sisyphus to begin again and again, for eternity. However as the tale goes, Sisyphus was very content with his destiny because at every punishing push, at every sweaty shove, and at every steely step forward, the desire to succeed and the anticipation of victory made him stronger, and gave him hope to carry on.

Once the show is over, the product has shipped, the website launched, the record released or the book is published, the customer returns home to enjoy the rewards of her new purchase, and the fans leave the stadium with gratification and exhilaration. But the pro artist and the committed entrepreneur will return the next day to the studio, the workshop, the warehouse or the office and start the process all over again, pushing the giant stone up the mountain.

Important because this is the true joy for any artist or entrepreneur: to be given the opportunity to wake up the next day into a crazy, uncertain, creative lifestyle and shove that giant boulder up the hill; doing your best work, thrilling your fans, inspiring your clients and “wowing” your customers—day after day.

Rewritten from a blog I wrote in 2013.


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My Big Ideas Love Me (0:11)

Best selling author Steven Pressfield said: “We don’t need to write the whole book. We just need the determination to work on it today.”

Important because we don’t need to fight with our projects, goals and big ideas...they are not the enemy! They’re on our side! And they’re always speaking to us and rooting for us to give them life! We just need the resolve to pursue them, advance them, and reveal them a little more, every single day.


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Smart People Are Not Very Good (0:23)

They’re not very good at playing small.  

They’re not very good at giving up.

They’re not very good at allowing assumptions to guide their decisions.

They’re not very good at discussing petty gossip, even worse at spreading it. 

They’re not very good at allowing Internet distractions or media sensations to steal them away from their most worthwhile goals and projects.

They’re terrible at insisting their way is the only way, and they suck at needing to prove they're smarter. 

Important because the more I hang out and interact with smarter people than me the more my awareness expands. The more I humble myself in the presence of smarter people than me, the more my level of consciousness rises. And the more I read smarter people than me, the more I realize how far I still need to go. Truth is, I just like jamming with better musicians than me...it makes me a better musician.


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Slip Through The Cracks (0:33)

I have dreams and goals too! I have books in progress, clients to care for, groups to meet with, blogs to write, correspondence to answer and ideas to launch. However, I’m not sure about you, but for me there are so many time-sucking, thought-robbing, distractions that steal my attention and wreak havoc with my priorities. Then “resistance” grabs hold of me and pins me down like a sumo wrestler!

However, somewhere in between the urgent disruptions, the petty distractions and the continuous interruptions, there are openings where I can slip in and do my work. There are many days when the openings are so wide I can spend long hours working on my most prized projects. Other times the days are jammed with a heavy to-do list, or unexpected urgencies and there are no openings to be found anywhere.

Important because our time is so precious, and our goals are so important, and often the openings to get anything done are so small. However, what I’ve come to learn is that if our desire is true, and our commitment is ruthless, the openings will reveal themselves, and the opportunity to slip through the cracks and work on our dreams will be ours to seize.


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What You’re Left With (0:23)

• You still have your unique abilities and your exceptional talent.

 • You still have all of your tech tools and digital trappings, to do your best work and connect with your fans, clients and customers.

• You still have that special quality which very few others have; the ability to “create” your way out of lousy circumstances.

• You still have your crazy, genius ideas, big goals and strong desires, which continue to tug at you, and pull you forward.

• You still have a to-do list of unfinished tasks staring you right in the face.

• You still have business to do and responsibilities to satisfy.

• You still have a circle of influence—those few people in your life who you can count on and consult with.

• You still have the place you stand and the chair you sit in to do your best work.

Important because you still have a fire in your belly to make things happen.


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Opportunity is Everywhere (0:31)

You’re an artist, an entrepreneur and now is not the time to revel in your win, succumb to your loss or sit frozen in your fear. Today presents a profound opportunity to harness your emotions, whether they are excitement, sadness or anger, and use your unique talent to create art and commerce that will inspire us. That’s what artists and entrepreneurs do. We use our “gut feelings” as a lens to see what’s missing, to see what’s wanted & needed. Then we use our precious gift of creativity and our incredible talent to manifest it. 

Important because looking back is a trap that leads to a vicious circle of apathy and procrastination. Your job is to look forward, into a “non-existent” future—a future filled with great songs, exceptional videos, inspiring stories, phenomenal performances, encouraging books, award winning screenplays, amazing art, breathtaking architecture, eye-popping websites and jaw dropping mobile apps. And we’re counting on you, the creative, genius artist and the courageous entrepreneur, to trust your gut-feelings, and entertain us with your extraordinary talent, and WOW us with your incredible, worthwhile products and services.


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Rattle The Cage (0:27) 

It would be great if all we had to do was rattle the cage to get peoples attention, but unfortunately that’s not possible. I know it’s frustrating and challenging to figure out ways to market and promote your art & commerce—especially with so many “social” marketing choices, and so many so-called “experts” telling you what to do.

However, like it or not, these are the days of trial & error. These are the days of hit & miss. These are the days of experimentation and exploration. These are the days of conceiving it, building it, packaging it, and tossing it out of the boat to see if it floats!

Important because while these may be tough times for the “prudent,” who busy themselves with the process of getting it right, these are golden times for the “audacious,” who busy themselves with the process of trying new methods, testing new ideas, taking creative risks, and literally inventing new ways to get their best work out there, any way they can.


 

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The Wow Factor (0:23)

— Because of a sudden burst of social media a music video goes viral. But that doesn’t mean it will make a dent...or a buck.

 — Because of an unprecedented continuous blitzkrieg of media coverage, a politician’s numbers rise. But that doesn’t mean he will win the election. 

— Just because many people applaud your work and acknowledge your talent, doesn’t mean they’ll fork over the greenbacks to buy your merch.

— Just because you get a thousand "likes" doesn’t mean you’re almost famous.

Important because the “wow factor” is just the first step in the ongoing process of attracting a loyal, devoted tribe of fans, clients and customers. What truly matters are the actions we take in the wake of that splash that will determine whether or not our music, art, product or service generates a profit, gains momentum, moves the dial, or propels us to the next level.


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Bye Bye Middleman (0:13)

Continue to find ways to request “opt-in” emails, and relentlessly grow your following. I’ve said this so many times before: “Content may be king, but community holds the keys to the kingdom.” Facebook is not enough! In addition to social media, step-up your direct “email campaign” (blogs, newsletters, etc.) with a continuous, ongoing flow of communication with all of your past, present and future fans, clients and customers. 

Important because today, the “talent-fan,” “direct-to-customer” relationship marks the end of the middleman. 


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15 Things You Probably Suck At

It’s easy to boast about what we’re good at. Not so easy to admit what we’re NOT good at. See how many points on this list apply to you:

You probably suck at:

1) Avoiding online distractions.

2) Learning how to get maximum performance from your computer, iPhone and tech devices.

3) Reading books.

4) Allocating your precious time.

5) Confronting, managing and rallying your team, including agents, managers, employees, bandmates, key staff, partners, etc.

6) Staying focused.

7) Seeing it through to the very end.

8) Making BIG decisions.

9) Withholding your precious opinion.

10) Being able to “change” or move from your position.

11) Asking for coaching.

12) Prioritizing your to-do list, then sticking to it.

13) Taking meaningful risks—the kind that could move you from where you are now to where you could be.

14) Honoring your commitments...to yourself.

15) Breaking out of your procrastinating comfort zone and pursuing your biggest most impossible dreams!

Important because flaunting what we’re good at will make us a living. Excelling in what we’re not so good at will make us a fortune!

 

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Your Move (0:11)

Our first move is to make people aware of who we are and what we do.

Our second move is to get them to react and respond to the extraordinary quality of what we’re offering, either by making a purchase, retaining our services, joining our tribe, or representing us.

Our third move is to provoke them to share our work with others.

Important because for some, making any move at all can be a perplexing task. That said, the only move that matters is your next one.


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Your Grand Canyon (0:39)

One of my all time favorite experiences ever is visiting the Grand Canyon. Every time I see it my eyebrows go up, my jaw drops down and the sensation of divinity becomes clear and present.
 

If you stand on the southern edge of the Grand Canyon you can clearly see the dangerous, rocky, risky, steep and treacherous hike it would take to get to the other side. An ominous trek indeed.

That said, if someone pointed across the dangerous, rocky terrain to the other side and said, “Look...that’s where your goals are! That’s where you’re headed! And hiking from here to there is your only chance of achieving your big dream.” Your jaw would drop, your eyebrows would raise and you’d probably say, “No way! Are you kidding me! WTF! How do you expect me to get there? There must be an easier way!” 

Important because the good news is there is no chasm between us and our big goals. It just looks that way from our doubting POV. And while many folks look across the imaginary chasm to the other side and say, “there must be an easier way,” others are excited by the challenge and committed to the adventure. They research all the possibilities, consult with experienced advisors, build the best support team, and muster up the confidence to stand on the very edge of the great (illusionary) divide that (appears) to separate them from where they are now to where they want to go, and proclaim “This I shall Do!”


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Better Start Swimming (0:31)

 “...your old world is rapidly changin...”

The year we were born has plenty to do with what opportunities come our way during our lifetime. That said, it just so happens that we were born into an era when the entire entertainment industry is being disrupted, dismantled and rebuilt from top to bottom, including music, movies, television, theater, publishing, production, art, animation, design, radio, retail, big corps. and small business. And we find ourselves (and our careers) right in the middle of this extraordinary paradigm shift.

Important because if we continue to resist the transformation that is currently taking place in our industry, and if we fail to educate ourselves, and do the homework, and go through the necessary learning curve, then we will always be stuck in indecision and baffled as to which way to go. We will always be faking our conversations and pretending to have answers. We will always be juggling our priorities, changing our goals and redefining our commitments. And we will always be “almost” making it—forever chasing our dreams instead of catching them.

 “...so you better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone ’cause the times they are a-changin.” —Dylan


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Your Video (0:16)

 Videos have become so easy to produce that almost everyone is doing it. Truth is, there are so many possibilities and opportunities associated with this exploding medium; from outrageously creative music videos, to webcasts to simple business promos. However, I think the future belongs to anyone who can create and publish compelling visual content, which appeals to not “everyone” but rather to a specific audience for a specific outcome.

Important because according to marketing expert Seth Godin “A video or streaming show won't work because everyone watches it. It will work because the right people watch it for the right reason.”


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ad infinitum! (0:19)

 Repetition is the only thing that improves craft;

• Playing piano or guitar over and over.
• Twirling your drumsticks over and over.
• Studying your lines over and over.
• Rehearsing a dance routine over and over.
• Juggling over and over
• Learning a magic trick over and over.
• Writing your blog over and over.
• Training your staff over and over.
• Teaching your kids over and over.
• Wowing your fans, clients and customers over and over.

Just repeat the process over, and over, and over, ad infinitum, until the results are extraordinary—and they will be.

Important because you don’t get better on stage, you get better at rehearsal.


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Keep Your Enemies Close? (0:27)

 “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” As much as I love the Godfather trilogy, that line is purely for the sake of “gotcha” entertainment. Who really wants to hang out with their enemies?

That said, in addition to our old friends, family friends and...well...loser friends, we should really spend the lion share of our time with three extraordinary friends:

1) A friend who is smarter, wiser and more grounded: to learn from.

2) A friend who’s at a similar place in life as we are: to kick around ideas with.

3) A friend who needs our mentoring and coaching: to remind us of the essential benefits of selflessness, empathy and generosity (especially with our time).

Important because nobody has ever made it in the entertainment business without the helping hand or support of someone else (stop and think about that). Therefore our degree of success is largely dependent on who we know, who we listen to, and who we hang out with.


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Quack! Quack! Quack! (0:13)

We spend so much time and effort getting our ducks in a row, and for good reason; we want to get it right and have everything in place before we release the record, debut the video, publish the blog, audition for the part, pitch the project or launch our newest offering. It’s so important to pause at the start of the runway (like all pilots do) and make sure that our ducks are ready to fly before we take off.

Important because our fans & customers may not notice if our ducks are in a row, however they will notice (and remember) if just one of our ducks is out of line.


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When You Need Answers (0:19)

Truth is, the most accurate way to gauge if our best efforts are leading us in the right direction is to take an honest look at the stats, charts, hits, sales and most importantly the “rate of growth” (the numbers don’t lie). That said, it is also true that we artists & entrepreneurs often need the unbiased opinion and impartial input of a knowledgeable mentor to advise, suggest, point and coach us through those risky, confusing career choices and decisions that cause us the most angst and often slow the progress of our most crucial goals.

Important because pros never hesitate to ask for advice or coaching, while amateurs resist the idea.

 

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Hunger Pangs (0:17)

What are you really hungry for? Money, recognition, acknowledgment, pizza?

- When we’re hungry for pizza we simply order one and the pang goes away.
- When we’re hungry for money we offer something so valuable that people give us money.
- When we’re hungry for recognition we tell our Facebook friends it’s our birthday.
- When we’re hungry for acknowledgment we do something praiseworthy.

Important because while it’s easy to satisfy most of our petty little hunger pangs, the only pang that continues to go unsatisfied is our deep desire to “get it right.” And the only way to satisfy that is to stay hungry.


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Just When it Starts Working (0:14)

 I often run into this situation with my clients: when they finally reach a certain “comfort zone” and their “winning formula” is just starting to work, instead of sticking with it, they slowly begin to sabotage their circumstances, alter their course, and convince themselves that “this isn’t it”—that there must be a better or different way to achieve their goals.

Important because most of us artists, entrepreneurs, and crazy geniuses are endlessly tempted and repeatedly drawn to veer off the main highway and take a bumpy ride on the road less traveled. Which can be a priceless experience for the short trip, but a costly detour for the long haul.


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Family Ties (0:19)

 Our family sees us as they want us to be. Not the brilliant artist/entrepreneur our fans, clients and customers know us to be. They have an agenda sourced in the past: On the one hand they encourage our success. On the other hand, if we start to share our brilliance or show our creative genius they will, in they’re own way, poke holes in our best ideas and talk us down. They see us as an intricate, equal part of their life and cannot imagine us growing or gaining ground beyond that.

Important because our beloved family never wants us to change. And the last thing we want is to remain the same.

"A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family." —Jesus Christ of Nazareth


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Disrupt Your Datebook (0:21)

 What could you do this week, the doing of which would shake things up, provoke a change, incite a makeover, or make a big dent in your big dream?

What could you say this week, the saying of which would clarify your objectives, accelerate cooperation and provoke additional support for your project or goals?

What could you write this week, the writing of which would inspire and encourage the reader to take some sort of positive action...in your favor?

What would you be willing to give up this week, the giving up of which would create an opening for something more advantageous to show up in its place?

Important because doing just one or more of these activities this week could cause a big enough ruckus to get (or keep) the ball rolling in the direction you want it to go.


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What They Really Want (0:31)

 If we expect our devoted fans, clients and customers to respond with likes, hearts and happy faces, then we should continue to give them whatever we think will achieve that. However, if we expect them to respond with greenbacks and credit cards, or if we want them to share our videos, stream our music, read our stories, hire us, or purchase our hard work, then we need to give them what THEY want, give them what THEY need, give them something that’s missing in THEIR lives, give them something that doesn’t sound or look like everyone else, or taste like all the others. Give them something they need but don’t know it yet.

Important because we often get trapped in thinking that WE know what’s best—which is usually the same o’l cookie-cutter version of what we’ve been offering infinitum. How’s that working for you? The way to know if that’s working for you is to look at the results you’re producing; happy? The way out of the trap is to take a deep honest look at what’s truly wanted and needed and then simply provide it. Not like a guessing game, more like an intelligent assessment.


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There’s No Way (0:23)

There’s no way that I will allow gossip, rumors, hearsay, or the hidden agenda of others to guide my choices and influence my decisions.

There’s no way that will I allow the constraints of money (either the struggle to make it, or the fear of losing it) to steal away my creative energy and distract me from my mission.

There’s no way that will I allow an antique group of “technophobic” advisors, self-proclaimed marketers or “last gasp” managers direct my future, or represent me, or my brand.

There’s no way that will I allow the voice of doubt to question my every move, or the lure of procrastination to stall my worthwhile projects.

Important because I'm a committed artist and a dedicated entrepreneur and nothing will stop me from expressing and manifesting my outrageous goals and impossible dreams!


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Discontent (0:19)

I get antsy when I’m content. I start looking for something to create or design or disrupt. It’s in my nature. And as artists & treps I assert that it’s in yours too.

While others are busy analyzing it, financing it, building it and selling it, we’re busy writing it, designing it, imagining it, and creating it. Then, most often, we disrupt it and recreate it again, over and over until we get it right. It’s who we are and how our creative “right brain” works. Not like an excuse, more like a “self realization.”

Important because the closer we get to understanding why we are the way we are, the freer we become to express who we are, as artists & entrepreneurs.


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2016 Posts:
• Total Recall (0:7)
• Romancing The Stone (0:39)
• My Big Ideas Love Me (0:11)
• Smart People Are Not Very Good (0:23)
• Slip Through The Cracks (0:33)
• What You’re Left With (0:23)
• Opportunity is Everywhere (0:31)
• Rattle The Cage (0:27) 
• The Wow Factor (0:23)
• Bye Bye Middleman (0:13)
• 15 Things You Probably Suck At
• Your Move (0:11)
• Your Grand Canyon (0:39)
• Better Start Swimming (0:31)
• Your Video (0:16)
• ad infinitum! (0:19)
• Keep Your Enemies Close? (0:27)
• Quack! Quack! Quack! (0:13)
• When You Need Answers (0:19)
• Hunger Pangs (0:17)
• Just When it Starts Working (0:14)
• Family Ties (0:19)
• Disrupt Your Datebook (0:21)
• What They Really Want (0:31)
• There’s No Way (0:23)
• Discontent (0:19)
• This Too Shall Pass (0:13)
• Anticipation (0:31)
• Waiting For Others to Arrive (0:15)
• 3 Things Guaranteed to Make the 2nd ½ of 2016 Better.
• Sailing Solo (0:33)
• Future Forecasting (0:17)
• Should I Stay or Should I Go (0:21)
• Aspirations (0:17)
• Obsessed! (0:43)
• Never Underestimate Me (0:19)
• Your Outrageous Victory Cry (0:57)
• Shameless (0:9)
• Unpacking PR (1:00)
• Superman’s Fortress of Solitude (0:31)
• The Directors Trap (0:19)
• Bang Head Here (0:23)
• Too Small to Fail (0:7)
• The Good Hunt (0:19)
• Bumper-Sticker Wisdom (0:17)
• Diversion (0:09)
• Farewell Sweet Prince
• Blitzkrieg Breakdown (0:27)
• Insist on It! (0:31)
• That Relentless Inner Struggle (0:21)
• Little League (0:17)
• Incessant Marketing (0:25)
• I thought it would be easier (0:18)
• Ready or Not (0:08)
• Hiking Boots Optional (0:21)
• Sticky Note #4
• Killing the Darlings (0:19)
• THE POINT (0:33)
• Avant-Garde (0:27)
• LEAP! (0:15)
• A Beautiful Struggle (0:23)
• Hoping vs. Knowing (0:43)
• The Haunting (0:10)
• Yawn (0:07)
• No Growth, No Glory (0:16)
• Getting Through It (0:15)
• Three Major Shifts in Showbiz (0:19)
• No Time to Wallow (0:25)
• Eyes Forward (0:23)
2015 Posts
• 6 Ways to Make 2016 Better
• Daily Resolve (0:15)
• Business As Usual (0:19)
• You’re Headed in The Right Direction (0:19)
• Surefooted (0:15)
• 4-Things That Will Always Clog The Drain (0:19)
• Sticky Note #3
• Basketball POV (0:27)
• Think Outside The Box??? (0:15)
• Iron In The Fire (0:21)
• Your Magnificent Garage (0:33)
• Worthy Works Lives!
• Sticky Note #2
• Why Your Winning Formula is a Loser (0:27)
• Dreaming in The Drivers Seat (0:21)
• Managing the Madness (0:31)
• The Towel Toss (0:29)
• More Money Please (0:21)
• Back to The Bucket (0:23)
• 5 Building Blocks (1:13)
• A Fool’s Errand (0:13)
• More Better Different (0:23)
• NO WAY! (0:21)
• Road Warrior (0:13)
• How To Play “Kick The Can” (0:31)
• Retreat! (0:47)
• Trust Your Tribe (0:29)
• Empty Vessels (0:9)
• "Yeah but…" (0:15)
• Determined (0:13)
• Who Cares? (0:23)
• The Fish And The Dog (1:00)
• 4th ¼ Reminders (0:31)
• The Waiting (0:17)
• Food Fight! (0:29)
• Amateur’s Argument (0:17)
• Sticky Note #1
• Nothing Could Stop Maurice (0:33)
• Monkey Marketing (0:23)
• My Personal Choice (0:29)
• Get Naked! (0:9)
• Game On (0:19)
• The Answer-Free Zone (0:49)
• Where’s The Bottleneck? (0:19)
• Canary in a Coalmine (0:19)
• Tough Choice (0:7)
• Caving In (0:15)
• Cuckoo’s Nest (0:27)
• Strategy (0:19)
• Feed The Wolf (0:21)
• Silicon Valley (0:49)
• Hard Times (0:47)
• Victory's Grand Roar (0:17)
• The Cavalry Isn’t Coming (0:29)
• Own It (0:7)
• By When? (0:19)
• Lifeblood (0:29)
• The Upside (0:19)
• Tongue Tied (0:9)
• Weighing Facebook (1:19)
• Head In A Box (0:29)
• Help! (0:13)
• It’s Not Your Fault (0:27)
• Grand Illusion (0:29)
• TV 2.0: Blue Shirts & Open Windows (1:31)
• Dropping Out (0:13)
• No Stinking Manual (0:27)
• Freak Flag (0:23)
• THE BELL (0:47)
• Babysitting (0:31)
• Invaders From Mars (0:7)
• Powerful Fuc#ing Words
• Anything Goes (0:19)
• Oscar's Lesson (0:21)
• Too Old To Tango? (0:51)
• No Regrets (0:19)
• That Chinese Curse (0:21)
• Your Trump Card (0:19)
• When There's a Hole in Your Boat (0:9)
• Red-Hot Honey (0:29)
• UNWAVERING (0:15)
• Ruts & Grooves (0:19)
• 10 TIPS? (0:19)
• What’s The Real Problem? (0:23)
• CRUMBS COUNT (0:15)

2014 Posts:
• 8 Ways To Make 2015 Different
• Dig Deeper
• The Right to Sweat (0:13)
• IGNORED! (0:11)
• FRIDGE MAGNET (0:9)
• MONKEYS & RABBITS (0:37)
• MISGUIDED (0:13)
• GLOW (0:21)
• We're all Wizards (0:23)
• CHEESE (0:21)
• 2nd FIDDLE (0:19)
• THE RIGHT WAY (0:11)
• Crucial Connection (0:9)
• Mission Accomplished (0:15)
• UFO’s (0:13)
• 9 Career Killers
• STURDY SHOULDERS (0:17)
• Weasel & Whine (0:17)
• Choke, Stall & Flinch (0:21)
• MEDIOCRITY (0:29)
• THRILL RIDE! (0:49)
• Very, Very Soon (0:15)
• Spit’n In The Wind (0:17)
• IT’S SO EASY (0:15)
• WATCH & LEARN (0:49)
• More Than A Game  (0:19)
• Edgy, Crabby & Restless (0:17)
• YOUR AMAZING COMBACK (0:27)
• THE NEXT LEVEL (0:59)
• The Most Important Thing (0:29)
• ABANDON SHIP? (0:41)
• PROMPTS (0:41)
• Robin Williams (0:21)
• Answer Free Zone (0:39)
• Best In The World (0:49)
• F_CK IT! (0:51)
• Nearly Impossible
• It’s Rigged (0:19)
• BORED (0:27)
• Permission Granted (0:31)
• Gag Me With A Spoon (0:43)
• I’m Not Sure (0:23)
• Do What I Do (0:43)
• HALFTIME (0:41)
• The Artist Rested (0:27)
• The Money Seminar (0:13)
• STRUGGLE (0:27)
• GOT GUTS? (0:21)
• THE TURN (0:53)
• Tune Your Sitar (0:19)
• TIGER IN THE VILLAGE (0:41)
• Lost In Translation (0:43)
• License To Choose (0:21)
• I Can’t Help You (0:29)
• SABOTAGE (0:20)
• BANGING YOUR HEAD (0:21)
• UBUNTU (0:39)
• IT’S PERSONAL (0:23)
• Breakfast With Champions (1:13)
• Todays Forecast (0:15)
• Oh No! It’s Cracked (0:17)
• DRUNK MONKEYS (0:29)
• When Your Bones Grow (0:41)
• HIGHWAY 1 (0:23)
• TWO VIDEOS, 3 LESSONS
• TAKE IT PERSONALLY (0:17)
• The Next BIG Step (0:13)
• DON’T FLINCH! (0:19)
• The Pixar Pitch (0:35)
• FREE COOKIES (0:23)
• Oh, That Story (0:29)
• THERE’S NO EXCUSE (0:43)
• TWO GENIUSES (0:21)
• DAWDLING (0:29)
• CRAZIES RULE (0:49)
• OLYMPIC HEAD GAME (0:53)
• PACK OF LIES (0:19)
• WORK ON IT (0:27)
• WHACK THE PARROT (0:37)
• Hard To Explain (0:19)
• Seduced, Wooed & Choked (0:17)
• ROLLING IN THE DEEP (0:29)
• RIDE THE ROCKET (0:31)
• Hunker Down, Take Heed, Get Muddy (0:29)
• Better Safe Than Sorry (0:13)

2013 Posts:
• 7-Ways To Make 2014 Better
• Refried Art (Read time 0:29)
• Don’t Bogart The Good Stuff (Read time 0:30)
• YOU'RE GROUNDED! (Read time 0:25)
• Beat The Bush! (Read time 0:27)
• BREAKDOWN (Read time 0:19)
• 30 DAYS! (Read time 0:21)
• THANKS!
• WHAT RU WAITING FOR? (Read time 0:19)
• Ahead Isn’t Far Enough (Read time 0:27)
• The Field (Read time 0:37)
• Knee Jerks (Read time 0:23)
• What’s At Stake? (Read time 0:27)
• #1 Hit (Read time 0:41)
• ZIP LINE (Read time 0:43)
• GRAVITY (Read time 1:27)
• See’s Candy (Read time 0:31)
• NO SH%T! (Read time 0:57)
• FLYING SOLO (Read time 0:53)
• Consider The Ganesh Factor (Read time 0:27)
• Fishing In Your Private Pond (Read time 0:27)
• Why It's Taking So Long (Read time 0:53)
• Best Pizza In The World (Read time 0:51)
• 1st Impression  (Read time 0:19)
• Smart People Are Dumb (Read time 1:13)
• THIS WEEK (Read time 0:31)
• Must-Have, Must-See (Read time: 1:17)
• R U APPROPRIATE? (Read time 0:21)
• Screaming To Get Out! (Read time 0:49)
• Dangerous Assumptions (Read time 0:41)
• BLEACHERS FILLED (Read time (0:57)
• I'M NOT RIGHT FOR THIS (Read time 0:47)
• REDO (Read time 0:27)
• BRAVER, STRONGER, SMARTER (Read time 0:47)
• Sins Of Artists & Treps (Read time 0:29)
• Modus Operandi (Read time 0:49)
• A Dozen Mid-Year Reminders
• Isn’t It Ironic? (Read time 0:27)
• MY WAY (Read time 0:19)
• FILL THE VOID (Read time 0:27)
• SLOW DANCING (Read time 0:39)
• KILLING THE GOOD STUFF (Read time 0:27)
• A PETTY REMINDER (Read time 0:31)
• THE BIZ (Read time 0:57)
• TIME BANDITS (Read time: 021)
• Gatekeepers Begone (Read time 1:00)
• Spaced, Frozen & Dogged (Read time 0:31)
• EAT LIGHTNING (Read time 0:57)
• QUESTION & DOUBT (Read time 0:51)
• THE RIGHT THING
• SHOWTIME (Read time 0:51)
• OBSCURE BARVERY ( Read time 1:07)
• LEAP OF FAITH (Read time 0:29)
• That Time’n Thang (Read time 0:57)
• LIVING WITH ANTS (Read time 0:27)
• ROMANCING THE STONE (Read time 0:51)
• PLAYING SMALL (Read time 0:51)
• FLY IN THE RED ZONE
• ART + COMMERCE (Read time 0:43)
• A FLEETING GLIMPSE (Read time 0:47)

2012 Posts:
• 7-Ways To Make 2013 Better
• MIRACLE ON 34th (Read time 1:13)
• FAIL-SAFE
• FOLLOW THE LEADERS (Read time 0:39)
• ABSENCE OF FORMULA (Read time 0:51)
• Beginners Mind (Read time 0:43)
• 35 DAYS (Read time 0:47)
• THANKS!
• INDUSTRY MELT DOWN (READ TIME 1:37)
• Your Tired Strategy (Read time 0:27)
• FADE TO BLACK (Read time 1:27)
• DEEPER TRUTH (Read time 0:47)
• Blow Away Distraction 2012
• Unseen Unsold (Read Time 0:49)
• FILIBUSTER (Read time 0:30)
• Got Something To Prove? (Read time 0:37)
• R U OUT OF YOUR MIND? (read time 1:13)
• NO BIG SPLASH (Read time 0:27)
• Modus Operandi (Read time 0:49)
• DETACH (read time (0:31)
• PLAY BIGGER (Read time 0:17)
• DON’T GIVE UP (Read time :037)
• ALL TOGETHER NOW (Read time 1:03)
• R U READY? (Read time 0:47)
• EVERY SINGLE DAY (Read time 0:51)
• The New Marketing Dept. (Read time 0:23)
• O Captain! My Captain! (Read time 0:57)
• THE WORKHORSE AND THE FILLY (Read time 0:21)
• KEEP YOUR BOOTS MUDDY (Read time 0:37)
• When UR Best Effort Fails (Read time 0:29)
• STEEP CLIMB (Read time 0:27)
• SILENCE OF CHAMPIONS (Read time 1:13)
• WHY IT’S NOT WORKING (Read time 0:31)
• THE BUCK STOPS HERE (Read time 0:51)
• WE ALREADY TRIED THAT (Read Time 0:29)
• CHOOSE ONE (Read time 1:09)
• COMMIT NO PETTINESS
• LEGWORK (Read time 0:15)
• ARTISTS vs. ENTREPRENEURS (Read time 1:03)
• 5-YEAR SURPRISE! (Read time 0:43)
• MID-YEAR TO DO LIST (Read time 0:53)
• ALL IN (Read time 0:33)
• WHAT IF NOTHING CHANGES? (Read time 0:21)
• WADDA JACKASS! (Read time 1:07)
• WHAT ARE U SO AFRAID OF? (Read time 0:57)
• DON’T THINK! (Read time :31)
• Why incumbents rarely invent the future (Read time 1:13)
• THE BOX (Read time 0:33)
• STAND UP IN THE BOAT! (Read time 0:27)
• YOU’RE DREAM’N! (Read time 0:57)
• KNOWING (Read time 0:33)
• CONCEALED CONCERNS (Read time 0:47)
• TAMING THE $$$ BEAST (Read time 1:17)
• FAKING IT (Read time 0:17)
• STAYING POWER (Read time 0:47)
• 0:20 SECONDS OF INSANE COURAGE (Read time 0:51)
• GRASS (Read time 0:41)
• WITH BLOODY FINGERS I WRITE ON (read time 0:27)
• I'LL DO ANYTHING BUT THAT! (Read time 0:47)
• ASS ON THE LINE (Read time 1:37)
• MARKETING BLUES (Read time 0:47)
• THE LONG RUN (Read time 0:39)
• CREATIVITY TO THE RESCUE (Read time 2:07)
• THE RACER'S EDGE (Read time 0:41)
• NO WAY NO HOW! (Read time 0:27)
• THE SMART MONEY (Read time 0:25)
• YOU’RE CRAZY! (Read time 1:19)
• DANCING WITH YOUR DEVOTEES (Read time 0:39)
• LIBERTY!
• NO DOUBT (Read time 1:17)
• WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T TURN AROUND (read time :39)

2011 Posts:
• GRAND FINALE!
• 2-DOZEN WAYS TO MAKE 2012 BETTER!
• DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43)
• COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT! (read time :23)
• IMAGINE (read time :57)
• WEEKENDS (read time :33)
• PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03)
• RESISTANCE CAN KILL (read time 1:37)
• AMATEURS vs. PROS (read time :57)
• REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09)
• CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47)
• BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57)
• SAIL AWAY (read time :43)
• ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)
• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)