Tag: do the work

  • Stop telling yourself a story

    It’s ironic when the CEO of one of the world’s most influential companies say this, “Amazon is not too big to fail. In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not a hundred-plus years.“ More than anything […]

  • Tips and tricks for creators by Seth Godin

    Here’s a round-up of fantastic tips and tricks from Seth Godin’s latest masterpiece, The Practice, that you should, well, practice every day.  Now, it’s not for everyone, particularly the wannabes or people who want to “try” things out. There aren’t any shortcuts. I believe each of the 15 tips below will test your commitment to your craft […]

  • Chop the wood, carry the water

    Oh, I so much love this piece from The Practice by Seth Godin.  161. Layman Pang, more than a thousand years ago, wrote: My daily activities are not unusual, I’m just naturally in harmony with them. Grasping nothing, discarding nothing. Drawing water and chopping wood.  That’s a routine without any drama, tension, commentary, judgement, or […]

  • Managing expectations as a professional

    I so wish this could be part of an independent professional’s proposal. I’m not a magician nor do I have a supply of magic pills. I can’t help with your challenges in a 2-hour conversation or even a half-day workshop. Believe me, it took you a lot longer to arrive at this mess and it […]

  • The other half of building influence…

    Leadership and influence go hand-in-hand. Heck, they’re two sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other. Lately, however, it seems people have fallen in love with the word “influence.” It’s tossed and thrown around a lot. So much so that I fear good old leadership just may go out of fashion! […]

  • I don’t want to hear the story, just tell me what to do!

    For creative professionals almost all of their projects have diverse requirements. Which is great but what’s even better is that clients want them to step up the game and be the partner than an order taker. Unfortunately, this isn’t obvious to the creatives. Why? Because they either don’t expect it or have been burnt by […]

  • Everyone wants to be an influencer but nobody wants to do the work?

    I know the punctuation mark in the headline wasn’t needed as it’s more of a statement than a question. I wish there was an elegant way to put this across. And while I don’t think anything’s wrong with the desire to becoming an influencer, I just feel that becoming one is a fitting consequence than […]

  • Do the work before you’re ready to show it…

    The one aspect that stuns me while reviewing resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles of potential candidates is their portfolio. Most don’t have it and when asked they need “some time” to pull everything together. The ones who do have a portfolio share samples that are from 2014, 2015, 2016, along with their most recent […]

  • Practice today to be better tomorrow

    I’m yet to meet a person who’d say that the proverbial “1,000 mile journey” they set to walk is easy. It never is. The scars, bruises and weariness shows. But they tread on nevertheless. Not because they see the light at the end of the tunnel but they learn to enjoy the journey. I say […]

  • Y’all don’t need all that gear really

    If you’re like me, you’ve seen and heard it all. I don’t have the right gear to start podcasting! I don’t have the right gear to start my video career! I don’t have the right gear to create an audio, video, blog post or even do something as random and basic as let’s say make […]