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Quit Ruining the Experience.

Do you try to make things easier for the people you want as clients and customers? Or do you make it harder so you can “protect” your work? Few things make less sense to me than the digital rights management (DRM) slapped onto digital products. The supporting reasons for DRM sound logical, until we get a look […]

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Stop Looking Over Your Shoulder

Last night, I watched the final episode of Mad Men. The post-show analyses have focused on a lot of different things. But during my viewing, the following exchange surprised me. Why hadn’t I read more about this conversation between Stan and Peggy? Stan: You’re such a rare talent. Stop looking over your shoulder at what other […]

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Loving What We Do Comes with Baggage

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”— Maya Angelou (h/t Swissmiss) We’ve all heard at least one variation of this advice. But what does it […]

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The Possibilities of Limits

Do you see limits as restrictions? Or do boundaries give you more freedom? This question matters for anyone engaged in any type of creative work. We like to think that the fastest hardware, the latest software, and the greatest freedom will produce the best work. But if all we have are endless options, then how […]

Fix What’s Not Working

“It’s just not working.” I’ve heard (and said) these words a lot. The instant these words make an appearance, two options become really tempting. Do nothing. Change everything. For many of us, it takes a little more effort to circle around to a third option. Fix what’s not working. Humans tend to ignore problems or pretend […]

Smart Business Strategy Doesn’t Always Require Data

Your company may be really great at telling stories, but do you qualify as a storydoer? A few weeks ago, I came across this idea of companies who are more than just storytellers. They’re also storydoers. Tyler Montague, the source of this idea, outlined six characteristics of a storydoing company: They have a story The […]