The Problem With Manifestos

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The Problem With Manifestos

1. The Problem With Manifestos. I’ve become more than a bit fascinated with manifestos… You see them all over the internet. Many are beautiful. They share great and wonderful ideals. Thoughts we nod along with and say “hell yes” to. Some even get passed around. A lot. Accumulating tons of views and word-of-mouth. And, then, as all […]

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The Content Delusion (or, why you still need to hustle)

There’s this unfortunate delusion that’s been sold in the world of entrepreneurship, especially in the online space…   The road to growth is paved with content. Write, film, record and produce killer content. Put it out there, and the world will rush to your doorstep. You don’t have to put your “self” out there anymore, […]

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The Power of Story: Chico’s Lament

Ponder this photo. Cool, right (if you’re on mobile and can’t see, here’s a link). Blown up giant on a wall, without anything else, you might well enjoy looking at it, just something about it. You might even want to buy a print. Now, sit back, I have a story to tell you… What if […]

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Don’t Create Content. Move People.

Content. It’ all the rage. Entire consultancies are being built around it. Creating it, distributing it, testing it, optimizing it, placing it, tracking it. Add in the word marketing and you’ve got not only a service, but a keynote. Lotta benefits to creating valuable, sticky, viral and engaging content. But, that word. Content. It almost […]

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Head Spinning. Heart Wide-Open

Monday. September 15th. Head spinning, heart wide-open. I. Am. Lit-up…and exhausted (in a great way)! Three weeks ago, 250 makers, entrepreneurs, artists, moms, dads, therapists, consultants, musicians, trainers, tradespeople, designers, doctors, managers and all form of world-shakers dropped into a 130-acre playground in the woods for 3 ½ days of magic. Yes, the first annual […]

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Nobody Cares Until…

#1 Nobody cares who you are until they know what you’ve done. #2 Nobody cares what you’ve done until they know who you are. #3 Discuss…

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Black Friday, Green Planet?

I’ve always loved Patagonia. Not the place, I haven’t been there yet, though it’s on my “list.” But, the company. How do you love a company? Well, they’ve got to have a great product. And that’s where it starts. But there’s something bigger that has always drawn me to Patagonia. It’s the ethic of the […]

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Label Yourself

#1 So, what do you do? “Well, I used to be a lawyer, but that was many years ago now, but I don’t regret it, it taught me a ton about communication, but anyway, then I owned a health club because I just loved fitness and the mindbody connection, but I hate the way the […]

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Revisiting the F-Bomb

We’ve had this conversation here once before… I was recording a skype conversation with my friend Julien Smith a few years back and, during the conversation, we got into this whole thing about when and whether it was cool to drop the F-bomb. He’d just written a marvelous post entitled The Short Sweet Guide to Being Fucking […]

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How One Woman Built a Feel Good Empire

I’m always talking to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs about branding statements – what makes them different. Personal development author, columnist, speaker and creative savant, Karen Salmansohn, has a great one… “Self-help for people who wouldn’t be caught dead doing self-help.” Not only does this tell you what she does, it immediately polarizes a tribe and […]

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