The beauty of ideas is that they can be used over and over again, without ever...– Jeffrey Sachs (The End of Poverty, pg. 41)
Building A Fan Base
You know the (almost) joke - the only people who come to your first concerts and buy your first album are your family and really close friends. What if you could make your family/close friend circle a lot bigger than 20 people? Instead of starting your band/project/album launch campaign and immediately asking for money or participation, what would happen if you never talked about your thing, but...
Learning the Feel
As I was growing up, I would often draw. A good amount of the time, my drawing process consisted of finding a picture I liked, studying it, and then copying what I saw. I’d be meticulous with each curve and line, trying my hardest to recreate my best representation of the original. My drawings often came out very well, but the way I knew it was really good was that the end product (or even...
Good music is its own promotion.– John Mayer (his advice to students at Berklee College of Music on the importance of intensely focusing on your craft first and sometimes solely)
“Human beings can’t help it: we need to belong.” -Seth Godin (Tribes) We need people like us. People that speak our heart language. Mutual understanding and a common passion. Instant connection that is often unspoken. When we are connected to our Tribe (or Tribes), we feel at home. Tribes say something about what we value and who we are. Association with a community that holds...
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.– Albert Einstein
More Than 99%
After finishing Do The Work and reading lots of interviews with writers and artists about their creative projects, I am developing a newly found appreciation for completing things. Many have good intentions and half-completed plans, but to finish something takes guts. Finishing can be the toughest part not because creativity is hardest at the end (isn’t it usually harder to get started?),...