Good morning, dear reader. My name is Chris, and I am a people pleaser. Chances are, I haven’t met you, and I already have a deep-rooted desire for you to like me because of these words. And that is a problem. It’s not only my problem that I deal with daily; it’s a societal problem… Continue reading Are you willing to be mocked, misunderstood, and hated?
What leads us to make decisions about our lives? More personally, why am I the way I am? Who shaped me to become the man I am? As AC/DC shrieked into the universe, “Who made who? Who made you?” The voices in my head have been loud lately. They’ve been waking me up in the… Continue reading Tracing the lineage of influences
I’ve had my own business since 2006 and learned many lessons over the years. I thought I’d take a moment and make a list of advice for other creative professionals/entrepreneurs on their own journey. Here are the first 21 things that come to mind: Figure out who you are and always be yourself in work… Continue reading 21 Lessons I’ve Learned In Business
I am a fan of making to-do lists each day. Sometimes I put so much on the list that I get overwhelmed and psych myself out to the point where it’s a struggle to get anything done. One thing I have learned is that there is a certain amount of momentum needed to get creative… Continue reading Motivation and Momentum
I’ve been working on a new project and there is a strong desire to make the launch perfect. While I am pushing to make the product the best that it can be—based upon my current skills and abilities—I also realize that perfection is not possible. I can only make it as good as I am… Continue reading Are You Willing to Suck?
This morning I was pondering social media, data leaks, websites, and what the future holds for the internet. With social media, I’ve been thinking about the Delete Facebook movement and the role Twitter plays in our society. Will I delete my Facebook account? Will I say no thanks to Twitter? What value do I get… Continue reading Reinventing the Wheel
Years ago I made a list of 40 things I wanted to do before my 40th birthday. When I made the list, I thought it was completely feasible to do everything on my list. I believed that I could do everything on the list. But each day I looked at the list, I applied a… Continue reading One Day
Today was one of those days. I didn’t want to get out of bed. I was feeling the deep depression that comes when multiple events start compounding in my soul: From the state of the world and my finances, to fighting to stay on my diet and an overwhelming sense that I do not have control… Continue reading Working Through The Melancholy
I thought I would start the blank page with a little clickbait: The Worst Case Scenario! I think about how much mental energy it takes to imagine all of the horrible things that could happen. I let the depression sink in; the melancholy of destruction. Then I think about dog smiles, the smell of dryer… Continue reading The Worst Case Scenario
Chris Guillebeau is one of my favorite writers and earlier today he wrote on Twitter: “If you don’t use your voice now, why should anyone listen to you later? What will you tell a future generation that asks ‘Where were you?’” This isn’t the first time in the past week I have seen the call to… Continue reading Creativity, Curiosity, and Culture