Category Archives: Creativity

The Story Behind Initiative’s Cover

on July 12, 2019 in Creativity, Education, Visualization

I wanted to share the story behind Initiative‘s cover. Layout The designer first sent a few cover designs. They were contemporary and appropriate for 2019, but they didn’t feel right. I couldn’t point to anything wrong with them, but they didn’t resonate. When we spoke to review his first designs, I told him that they felt “now,” but I considered my book timeless. It’s not about making apps, blockchain, or[…] Keep reading →

My TEDx talk coaching

on June 27, 2019 in Creativity

The organizers invited me to speak at TEDx with less than two weeks to prepare so for those two weeks I worked as much as I could. (Here’s the video if you missed it before.) Preparation I hired a coach, John Bates of Executive Speaking Success, to help prepare and I’m glad I did. He had experience giving TEDx talks, with the TED/TEDx community, and with coaching people on it.[…] Keep reading →

Bold, Striking Portraits by Azael Montejo Jr.

on June 5, 2019 in Art, Creativity, Visualization

Sharp-eyed readers of my blog and social media will have noticed the new portraits I’ve switched to. Also my portrait in my new book Initiative. A friend introduced me to Azael Montejo Jr — aka Ozzie — founder and CEO of New York Body Fitness. Mostly we spoke about our lives and passions. At one point, he started describing a vision he saw from how I spoke about my work.[…] Keep reading →

Initiative: online for pre-order

on May 11, 2019 in Creativity, Education, Entrepreneurship, Exercises

Various stages of satisfaction come with finishing a book — signing with a publisher, finishing a first draft, reaching copy editing (meaning no more substantive edits), seeing it type set, getting your first reviews from prominent writers, seeing the cover, and so on. Seeing it for sale at a retailer is one of the biggest. Since my last blog post, Initiative has appeared on Barnes and Noble and Amazon for[…] Keep reading →

The cover for my new book, Initiative: A Proven Method to Bring Your Passions to Life (and Work)

on May 9, 2019 in Creativity, Education, Entrepreneurship, Exercises

Yesterday I shared the blurbs from early reviewers of my book, Initiative, set to launch May 21. Today, I’m sharing the front and back covers. I’d love your thoughts. Naturally, I want them to intrigue and attract non-readers. The front cover’s image refers to the book’s content but, I believe, stands on its own nonetheless. Reading the book will imbue the cover image with newfound meaning. Here’s the front. Initiative‘s[…] Keep reading →

The blurbs for Initiative, my new book

on May 8, 2019 in Creativity, Education, Entrepreneurship

My new book, Initiative: A Proven Method to Bring Your Passions to Life (and Work), is going to press, on time for a May 21 release. In the meantime, I’ll share excerpts and inside views. Today I bring you the blurbs. I don’t know about you, but they make me want to read it. Email me if interested in reviewing it before its release to post reviews so others know[…] Keep reading →

My favorite music videos

on April 19, 2019 in Art, Creativity

Not like I’ve kept track of music videos and it’s not my usual topic, but I wrote my favorite four a while ago and here they are. Chemical Brothers Star Guitar Fatboy Slim Weapon of Choice Wax Southern California Kanye West Power Actually, a friend showed me an unedited version of the Kanye West song, maybe a director’s cut. I couldn’t find that version online, so I’m using this version[…] Keep reading →

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