Category Archives: Creativity

The Most Romantic Thing I Ever Did

on September 7, 2019 in Art, Creativity, Relationships

Almost two months ago, I wrote in Mementos of my high school girlfriend how I wasn’t sure I wanted to review the mementos. Maybe memories I treasured would turn out ordinary happenings of any young man in his late teens. I haven’t read my letters to her, but I read hers to me and was pleased to find something I’d forgotten — how close we were. More than close. Uninhibited.[…] Keep reading →

Great movie ending moments

on August 17, 2019 in Art, Creativity

While not my usual topic, I’ve been thinking about movie endings I’ve loved. I don’t mean plot twists, necessarily, but what we see as the movie goes to credits. Last moments are hard to remember sometimes. Beginnings are easier. The Death Star didn’t explode as closing moment, nor did “Say hello to my little friend” or “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown” appear as the credits did. Some, like Planet of[…] Keep reading →

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 →

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