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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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This Too Shall Pass (0:13)

 Everything I’m good at today I sucked at in the past.

Every problem I’ve ever had in the past eventually worked out, one way or the other.

Every time I screwed up...even when I screwed up big time, I eventually landed on my feet. Perhaps not in the place I’d hoped, but I landed, to soldier on another day.

Why should it be any different with the challenges I face today?

Important because Every doubt or fear or challenge you face today will eventually resolve and evaporate into a memory. Not like wishful positive thinking, more like a profound, intelligent awareness that this too shall pass.


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Anticipation (0:31)

 My sister Julie Dolan is the voice of Princess Lea, in Disney’s Star Wars Rebels. Disney has a brilliant way of keeping their core fans trapped in anticipation, not knowing when or if a favorite character (like the Princess) will return in the next episode.


— Concerts and rock festivals promote far in advance to create anticipation.
— A good novel will keep us anticipating what will happen in the next chapter.
— Apple keeps us wishing & wondering in anticipation, with the clever use of rumors throughout the year.
— Movie studios preview “teaser trailers” often 6-months in advance—to plant the seed and keep us thinking and talking about what could be.
— Heck, even Santa Clause keeps us up all night with joyful anticipation of what the next morning will bring!

Important because while the tech revolution and social media have drastically changed everything we know about marketing our art and commerce, the one thing that has not changed is the intrinsic value of keeping us on the edge of our seats, biting our nails with anticipation of what’s to come. That said, I think brainstorming ways to build anticipation into your marketing plan is crucial to the ultimate success of your offering.


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Waiting For Others to Arrive (0:15)

Why do you continuously put up with the pettiness and incompetence of others at such an emotional, physical and monetary cost to you, and your goals?

The truth is, the time we waste procrastinating and waiting for others to improve will continue to keep our projects and goals moving at a snails pace—until of course, we take some sort of intelligent action.

Important because the goal is to work with the most talented people we can find, who are aligned with our vision and committed to the task at hand, not to babysit.

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3 Things Guaranteed to Make the 2nd ½ of 2016 Better.

 Suddenly, without warning, the entire first half of 2016 is over! Yikes! I feel blindsided!

Whatever resolutions, promises or plans we made at the beginning of this year, they’re now staring us right in the face...and they’re not smiling!

That said, here are 3 things you can take action on right now that will help get you closer to the big victory dance at the end of the year:

1) Re-commit to that which YOU say “must” be completed by the end of this year. Not like a “note to self,” more like a ruthless commitment. In the deep silent privacy of your own soul, remind yourself what it is you really want. Remind yourself what truly matters. Remind yourself what your biggest most important dream is. Then ask yourself, “What am I committed to?”

2) Extend your reach: Continue to grow your following. I’ve said this so many times before: “Content may be king, but community holds the keys to the kingdom.” Step-up that constant flow of communication with all your past, present and future fans, clients and customers.

3) Keep Your Boots Muddy. Even though many artists & entrepreneurs are doing some “great” work these days, it’s the “extraordinary” work that’s getting the attention and making the big bucks. This should not be new news to you. Your fans, your followers and your customers are now demanding superior products, outrageous service and tear-jerking, sidesplitting, jaw-dropping entertainment. And if you don’t give it to them, they have the entire world in the palm of their hands where they can find it. If you expect your tribe to spend their (limited) time spreading the word about you, then go the extra mile, step up your game and give them outrageous & extraordinary work!

Important because The 2nd ½ of the game always taunts you with many more curve balls than the first—that’s a good insight to know. Now is not the time to hold back or take a break. Now is the time to get busy, get sweaty, jump in the mud and get filthy, grimy dirt under your fingernails. These are the days of the crazy artist and the fearless entrepreneur. And if what I’m saying is resonating with you then this is YOUR time! No kidding! This is YOUR time! Don’t waste it. Make something extraordinary happen this year, while there’s still time.


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Sailing Solo (0:33)

 As an independent, crazy, creative genius, only you can motivate yourself to get up in the morning and create something that matters. Then, at the end of the day, it’s only you who truly knows what creative angst you’ve been through that day, what “inner” battles you’ve won or lost, who or what has challenged your efforts, and whether or not you surrendered to resistance and procrastination.

At the end of the day, you rarely get an “atta boy” or a “you go girl” because when your muse has given everything she’s got, it’s really only you who can acknowledge yourself for not giving up and yielding to the pettiness of others or the pressures of money (whether you have too much or too little).

Like it or not, if you’re living the life of an independent artist or entrepreneur, you stand alone at the helm, puffed-up with as much confidence as you can muster. Oh sure, you may have a staff of assistants, band mates, collaborators, partners, a slew of advisors, a career consultant and a great coach, however the truth is, you’re the architect of your enterprise, the CEO of your world, and the captain of your ship. And your personal support team could be terminated at the snap of your finger, because you alone make the big risky choices and uncertain (scary) decisions in your life and career. You think your agent or manager does this? Think again.

Important because this independent, entrepreneurial life you’ve chosen is truly all about self-motivation, self-dependence, self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-validation. And if you’re like me, you wouldn’t want it any other way.


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Future Forecasting (0:17)

 When I was climbing the infamous “ladder of success” a five-year plan was important. It was drilled into my brain that smart entrepreneurs make long term plans.

Now that I’ve put the ladder in the garage, I find that unless you’re beholden to shareholders or investors, long-term plans are an illusion—at best a guess. And given the blinding speed at which our creative industry is changing, I place minimum value on future forecasting, and maximum attention on today’s forecast—what I’m rigorously committed to achieving today, or this week, or this month.

Important because planning too far in the future keeps us at a dangerous distance from our destination and supports the excuse that we still have plenty of time to reach our goal.


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Should I Stay or Should I Go (0:21)

 Some folks quit in quiet despair, believing that quitting is an easier way out of a challenging situation. Of course they’re right—it’s much easier. And often “getting out” is the most intelligent thing to do. However, others, when faced with similar challenging circumstances, choose to retreat, scale back, withdrawal, or start over, in order to reinvent, rewrite or re-adjust their course—until they find an alternate route to continue the pursuit of their goal.

Important because (unfortunately) it doesn’t matter that much to us if you stay or go—there are so many choices today. What matters is how many people will be affected by your decision to quit, or how many people will benefit because you choose to soldier on. It’s not always entirely about you.

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Aspirations (0:17)

Take a look down the bumpy road ahead at who you will become after you achieve your big dream. Here’s my hunch:

The brilliant, fascinating, talented person you aspire to be no longer needs to prove anything to anybody, for any reason.
 

The person you aspire to be is not easily distracted off course, or seduced off purpose by the continuous temptation to aimlessly “click.” 

The person you aspire to be is not concerned with how much it costs, only with how much value it adds.

The person you aspire to be is less concerned with “do they like me?” and more concerned with “did I give them the very best I’ve got?”

Important because The brilliant, fascinating, talented person you aspire to be is getting restless, and the dream you aspire to achieve is still longing to become realized.


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Obsessed! (0:43)

 I was fortunate enough to see both paperbacks I wrote become Amazon best sellers in their day. However, when I look back, I made some lousy decisions, because the closer I got to the end, the more “obsessed” I became with just getting the year-long process over with. So I ended up making foolish, costly mistakes.

I have a client who has become obsessed with his new software start-up. So much so, that sadly, everything else in his life takes a backseat to his obsession; health, friends, clients, etc.

Being obsessed is an illusion that makes us think we’re working harder. But we’re not. We’re actually working smaller. We develop “tunnel vision” which clouds the big picture and excludes all other possible outcomes, except the one we’re obsessed with.

Important because I’m all for commitment, and I think without it nothing gets done. However the difference between commitment and obsession is that a commitment is actually an agreement or pledge (to yourself or others) to accomplish something in the future. While an obsession, is a persistent, disturbing, preoccupation with “proving” something in the future.


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Never Underestimate Me (0:19)

 Don’t underestimate me. I’m an artist, and although I don’t march to your drummer, and at times I may seem unfocused and even a bit frazzled, nevertheless I know where I’m headed. I’m on the road less traveled, and actually, you should follow me.

Don’t underestimate me. I’m an entrepreneur, and although I don’t play by your rules, and at times I may seem distant and uninterested in what you have to offer, nevertheless I know what I’m doing. I’m on the road less traveled, and actually, you need me to lead the way.

Don’t underestimate me. I’m a creative, independent thinker, and although I may not post my personal life, political opinions and funny pictures on Facebook, nevertheless I have opinions that I prefer to express through my work. And I do have a personal life, which I simply choose to keep that way.

Important because professional artist and entrepreneurs are much deeper and far more complex than others give them credit for. In fact, others should just stand back, give them space, and watch what happens.

 

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Your Outrageous Victory Cry (0:57)

 Once the great Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi finally battled his way through poverty, resistance, fear and doubt, he planted his flag atop the highest peak of riches and fame and shouted his most profound victory cry so that all artists & entrepreneurs throughout eternity could learn the great secret of how to be victorious:

Create like a god!
Command like a King!
Work like a Slave!

Create like a god: Make something from nothing and create with abandon. Get out of the way and allow “IT” to come through you: songs, books, scripts, products, start-ups, designs, photography, acting, videos, art, etc. Be mindful of when doubt and fear sabotage the flow of great ideas, and learn to create a “clearing” for creative inspiration to flow through you, like the blood pumping in your veins!

Command like a King: With intelligence, confidence, and your own style of cockiness, forever ban pettiness and ego from your creative world and insist that all those who work at your side and participate in your projects demonstrate unwavering loyalty, honesty, commitment and integrity—or they’re out!

Work like a Slave: The biggest insult you can say about a successful artist or entrepreneur is “they were lucky.” There’s no such thing as “luck,” it’s an old worn out myth! The only reason professional artists & entrepreneurs achieve success is because they take big risks and work their ass off!  They've learned that the only way to achieve their grand desires and impossible dreams is to remove their socks, walk across the hot coals, and DO THE WORK! And while the amateur pauses to admire his creation, the professional works to improve his...and never stops improving it!

Plagiarized from a blog I wrote in 2011.


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Shameless (0:9)

 — Asking for directions doesn’t mean you’re inept. It could mean you’re eager to get where you’re going ASAP.

— Asking for tech support doesn’t mean you’re over-the-hill and out of touch. It could mean you’re eager to learn something, so you’ll know what to do next time.

— Asking for coaching is not a sign of surrender; it’s a sign of determination.

— Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re not ready, on the contrary, it means your ready to move on…


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Unpacking PR (1:00)

For the past three decades, I’ve been fortunate enough to work directly with some of the best PR firms and the top publicists in the entertainment industry: Here’s what I know to be true:

There's a BIG difference between hiring a publicist and a PR Firm:

— A publicist is an expert in “media relations” and has established connections and relationships with writers, reporters, bloggers and content publishers.

— A PR firm is an expert in “public relations” which includes media relations, community relations, fan and customer relations, and complete internet and social media relations.

— The time to hire a publicist is when you have one or two BIG "spectacular" projects to promote, or, so many projects already in the queue, that you no longer can handle the job of promoting them all by yourself. 

— The time to hire a PR firm is when you are ready for a long-term, strategic marketing partner, to help build your brand and keep your art and commerce in the public eye indefinitely.

— The time NOT to hire a PR expert is when you're frustrated that your career or project is not moving forward and you just want to hand the problem off to someone else, along with a hand full of cash, and say "here...you fix it." 

— A publicist is only as good as the material she has to pitch. That said, it is critical to give her as much tangible data and information to use as possible. You need to keep her busy with stories, angles and ideas to work with throughout her time managing your campaign.

— You’ll get the most from your PR $$$ if you know exactly what you want before you hire someone to help you get it.

Important because there are definitely a few self-proclaimed publicists or managers out there today, who thrive on folks with money and love to see their face/story in print. They convince you that for X amount of dollars they can get you on all the social media sites and promise you thousands of likes and views. If not scrutinized properly, these so-called media experts can alter the course of your marketing objectives and drain the bank account very quickly.

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Superman’s Fortress of Solitude (0:31)

 It was a sub-zero, unknown location just outside Metropolis. It’s where he went to contemplate his challenges and calculate his next move. It was Superman’s “creative space.”

I have challenges 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 today, more and more, there’s just so many time-sucking, thought-robbing distractions that steal my attention and reek-havoc with my priorities. Just like Lex Luthor, “resistance” grabs hold of me and slows my drive and weakens my will.

It’s times like these when I need to be ruthlessly committed and rigorously disciplined. This is when I remind myself of what’s most important to me. This is when I promise myself that none of my goals will ever be achieved without my focused attention. This is when I recall what Jimmy Olsen always said to Lois Lane: “This is a job for Superman!”

Then I barricade myself in my creative space—my private “Fortress of Solitude,” where I ass-kick resistance and hunker down with my work starring me right in the face. Then I fearlessly forge head-on, directly into the path of my goals and dreams!

Important because every artist and entrepreneur needs a “fortress of solitude” (whether it’s inside or out) where we contemplate our challenges, dream our dreams, and ass-kick resistance!


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The Directors Trap (0:19)

 The trap is believing that you’re headed in the right direction. And while that may be true, it’s also nevertheless true that the road to manifesting something from nothing has no street signs to tell you where you’re going, not even a street lamp to light the way. The pro artist/entrepreneur is never really sure if he’s headed in the right direction because the road less traveled is always paved with uncertainty.

This matters because a film director always has an image in her head of where she wants the scene to go. However, as an artist, she also knows that she must remain flexible and willing to try new ideas and multiple takes—and remain constantly vigilant to the possibility that one of those ideas may lead her in a better direction than her original plan.


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Bang Head Here (0:23)

 — You’ve stopped creating something from nothing, and returned to producing the same o’l, same o’l.

— Excitement & enthusiasm has been replaced with confusion & concern.

— You lost your compass.

— You question the future.

— You have doubts.

Truth is, frustration is a good thing because it shows you’re working hard at trying to figure out what to do.

However it’s also a trap, and left unchecked frustration eventually leads to procrastination, which leads to apathy. And once you don’t care anymore it means you have forgotten, or worse yet abandoned the most important thing of all: What you’re committed to!

This matters because once you do some real soul-searching, and reconnect with that big, crazy, genius idea or vision you’re committed to, you won’t be frustrated anymore...you’ll be determined again.


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Too Small to Fail (0:7)

 A project that’s too small for its devoted following will continue to grow slowly, as it sets intelligent plans for the future.

A project that’s too big is more prone to collapse.

The balance lies in thinking BIG, but taking small steps to get there.


Thanks to Seth Godin for his unwavering inspiration.


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The Good Hunt (0:19)

 What matters is that we love the chase. The daily pursuit of personal victory. The tug-of-war, that keeps us guessing, keeps us edgy, keeps us sharp, keeps us searching—perpetually on the hunt for the next great idea, the next creative conquest, the next fleeting opportunity to show the world the best we’ve got.

What counts is what we ultimately produce. It’s what scales. It's what we finally release, publish, launch, ship or provide that will determine if our art, service or product really matters. If it does, then we acknowledge the victory. If it doesn’t, then it's back to the hunt, for what we think is the best we’ve got.


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Bumper-Sticker Wisdom (0:17)

 Every day the voice in our head prods us to reach farther, effort more and work harder. However the biggest successes in my life had less to do with “effort” and more to do with; a clear vision of where I wanted to go, a mountain of rigorous research to light the way, a ruthless commitment to shield me from distractions, a boatload of courage to bolster those scary, risky decisions, and as much cocky confidence as I could muster.

I know you can find those bumper-sticker buzz words in every successful A&E’s official biography. However for me, those worn out clichés have grounded me more and driven me farther then I ever imagined.


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Diversion (0:09)

 We set goals, make plans, and with great enthusiasm proclaim our boldest intentions to the universe: “this I shall do!”  Then we allow something or someone to divert our focus and easily tempt us off course, leaving our “bold goal” stalled on the sidelines. Do this too often and we’ll never reach our destination.

That said, we are fools to forget what really matters, as distractions abound and time goes by...


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2016 Posts:
• 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)