Consider your conveniences

You’re running late for a meeting. You push the elevator button. Ugh, the closest one is still 23 floors up. You reach into your pocket. You pull out your phone. Peter sent you a message. Ahhhhh. What did he say? You slide the screen and check. Peter: Hey, I got some tickets to the Jays […]

Creative excess leads to creative success

There is no substitute for creative waste. It’s a part of the process I’m listening to Pharrell speak with NPR when he says he doesn’t know where his hits come from, or why they were hits in the first place. They just work. He laughs and calls himself the Mr. Magoo of music. I find […]

Choose or others will choose for you

The old saying goes, “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” Or, more appropriately, as Madame Gao tells Wilson Fisk in Daredevil: “Man cannot be both savior and oppressor, light and shadow, one has to be sacrificed for the other. Choose, and choose wisely, or others will choose for you.” No matter what you […]

How music taps into your creative gold mine

Two strange creativity chargers: Songs on repeat and movies with the sound off A few years ago, I procrastinated on my homework by reading books on productivity. Yeah, it was weird. (Another topic for another day.) One of the productivity systems I noticed was David Allen’s Getting Things Done. I don’t really use the full […]

The Case for Working Relaxed

I’ve long considered Pharrell Williams and Kanye West two sides of the same coin. Pharrell, the zenned out, laid back, happy-go-lucky, type of artist (reminiscent of Rick Rubin in how relaxed he is). Kanye is the polar opposite — manic, outspoken, angry, upset type of artist. Some might say that there would be no Kanye […]

Rust builds quickly

Sharpen your tools every day My folks used to make me practice piano everyday. Three songs, six times each (and eventually ten) during regular season. Then, when I was rounding exam season, I’d practice each song five times perfectly. If I played even one wrong note incorrectly, or I messed up the tempo of it, […]

Why Quantity Should be Your Priority

The Key to Higher Quality is Higher Quantity When Kobe was developing his jumper he’d spend his offseason making 2,000 shots a day. Not taking. Making. — Chad Ridgeway, Bleacher Report I was recently reminded of a simple general principle to operate by, especially for those of us in the early phases of mastery or […]