Deep down we all harbour a fantasy: We do creative work, throw it in the mail — someone else sends us a contact and doesn’t bother us again. No-one gets to tell us what to do; our art remains pure and untouched. No interference. No pesky concerns about this or that....
What is something I can offer here that no-one else would think to do, or would be able to do?
There’s a romance inherent in the idea of being a Renaissance man or woman. Leonardo da Vinci was famously a painter, scientist, engineer and mathematician. But our contemporary heroes are more often famous for one primary talent or achievement.
Make your audience, customers and fans the heroes of the stories you and others tell about your work.
It’s not useful to wait to start until the conditions are perfect. If we only did our important work when there was blue sky and sunshine, when our ducks were in a row, when we were feeling energetic and inspired...we honestly wouldn’t get much done.
We don’t need more broadcasts, we need more connection. We crave conversation. The best use of a tweet is to begin or continue a conversation. A conversation that is willing to hear other voices and respond to them.
The more you learn about the process behind making a sausage, the less you appreciate it. The more you learn about the process behind making a work of art, the greater you appreciate it.
We're hardwired to seek out other people who share our values. Tribes are formed not among people who have what we have, or do what we do... unless they believe what we believe.
Words have the power to draw us together and the power to drive us apart. I applaud friend who stand up to express their frustration with politics and society but I'm sometimes concerned that the words they use to are actually widening the chasm in our culture.
Are you swinging for the fences with that project you're working on today?
Every Sunday for over 130 years Speakers' Corner in Sydney has been the stage for impassioned free speech and public debate.
A lot of us share the the feeling of not fitting in throughout our high school years. We experience a sense of isolation, as though we are outsiders and not one of the cool kids.
Laughter really opens the door to empathy.
I think we’re all seeking answers to the questions we have about the world around us...
A colleague of mine was telling me this morning “I know I should be making my own work.” I immediately recognised three key words in that sentence that I needed to unpack.
Buying into the latest tactic is tempting. But what strategy is it serving and are you clear on your goal?
One job, two salaries. Sound too good to be true?
The problem isn’t how long it’s taking...