Why We Gather

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Why We Gather

It’s late at night. You’re watching a movie… Deep in the jungle, maybe 100 years ago, a clearing emerges. Tropical grasses sway in a warm breeze. Intense green blends with a glistening sun and you can hear the faint sound of scampering creatures off in the dense woods. But, the field remains free of any semblance of […]

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Safety or the Muse?

After more than 7 years of merciless touring that, according to Rolling Stone Magazine, led to bone-deep exhaustion, mega-band Mumford & Sons finally stepped away from the road. What they were about to step into is something nobody saw coming, including them…   A few months into their break, they came back together and start […]

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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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50 Shades of Entrepreneurial Gray

There’s no way to do it that makes every human smile. Only shades of gray. Or pink. Or blue. 50 or more, for sure…   Your job, at every step along the path from hello to hell yes is to entice. To serve. To experiment, with respect and grace and, permission. The aim, the ultimate quest, […]

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Courting the Monster In Your Head (and Under Your Bed)

It’s nearly midnight on a cool Saturday in September. Barry Solway rises from his seat and walks anxiously to the stage. Rising up the steps, he turns to face the visual embrace of 250 people from around the world. Hours before, we were strangers, now we don’t ever want to leave, or have this night […]

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The 7 Lies That Keep Us From Success

It’s not the box society puts us in that limits who we become, it’s the box we put ourselves in.   We are the primary authors of the thoughts, words and limitations that tend to do the most damage to our potential. It’s the stories we tell ourselves. The lies that stop us from taking […]

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35 Ideas That Just Might Help You Live a Better Life

Every once in a while, something channels through me. That’s how Good Life Project started. December 2011, I’m thinking about my beliefs around entrepreneurship. I start to write. A few minutes later, I look at the screen and the 10 Commandments of Epic Business are staring back at me. They offer a different lens on […]

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Can Abundance Kill Creativity?

I’m reading the fantastic December 19th Rolling Stone cover story, Anchor Management, about the improvisational movie-making odyssey that’s become Anchorman and it’s recently-released sequel, Anchorman 2. At one point, co-writer and director of both movies, Adam McKay, shares: The first movie, no one’s getting paid anything. For the second one, you want to do new shit, you […]

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Selling Ignorance

“Sell your expertise and you have a limited repertoire. Sell your ignorance and you have an unlimited repertoire.” — Richard Saul Wurman on Charles Eames   What if the single biggest thing you have to offer is not what you know about a given subject, but how you approach it? What if your unique lens, applied to […]

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Intuition Is Data

Every creative and entrepreneurial venture starts with an idea. If you’re honest, the idea is almost always more of a question. Or many questions.   In order to take action, you’ve got to make guesses about the answers. We call those assumptions. Some of your assumptions will be spot on, others will be wildly off. […]

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