Matthew Carey, Inc.

Daily Thoughts on Creativity, Leadership and Connection

Old Man Rant

The world has come a long way. I can now access almost anything I want (and a lot that I will never need) on demand. But the fact that I don’t have to wait has eroded whatever patience I used to have.


I’m often guilty of being paralysed by what feel like “important” decisions. Here’s a story about how I decided to go against my own grain yesterday and how it worked out.

It’s Not Personal

When we face rejection, it’s easy to take it personally. Easier perhaps, than taking stock and working out what really happened. What actually got rejected?

People Like Us

Today I’m going out on a limb. If you’re a somewhat regular reader of my site I’m going to suggest that these ten descriptors apply to you.

Systematically Underestimated

If all we needed was access to information, then anyone with an encyclopaedia would have been considered a genius for much of last century. Having the information isn’t the interesting thing. What you do with it – that’s where it begins to get juicy.

Who’s Seeing Who?

It’s no secret that performers often display extroverted traits and enjoy being the centre of attention.
But the people in the audience need to be seen just as much as those on stage.

Independent’s Day

Today I celebrate independent artists and entrepreneurs. The people who who are prepared to stand apart from the crowd, to step up and make things happen. Who make their own decisions and don’t wait to be told what to do.

Contemplating Fear

When we operate from a place of fear, we’re constantly concerned about what we might lose. When we operate from a place of bravery, we concern ourselves with what we stand to gain.

What’s the Banana?

When designing your own site, it’s worth asking “what’s the banana here?” Consider whether you’re leading clearly towards the action you want other people to take.

Quick To Judge

The further removed we are from someone, the more black and white their rights and wrongs seem to be. But how can we presume to appraise a situation before we know the full story?


We are so focussed on how the people we interact with are characters within our story that we ignore the fact that they are experiencing a story of their own. The four and half minutes you spend watching this video might change you.

Table Stakes

In business, table stakes are the cost of admission, the price you pay to get into the game. They are the minimum entry requirement that you need to have in order to have a credible competitive starting position.

Gifts vs Commodities

“A work of art is a gift, not a commodity. A gift is a thing we can not get by our own efforts. We cannot buy it, we can’t acquire it through an act of will. It’s bestowed upon us.” Lewis Hyde, The Gift.