Like everything else in your life, shipping is a habit. Seth Godin encourages people to start a blog and publish every day. By doing this, you get in the habit of shipping. You ship, even…

A few days ago, one of my clients emailed me and asked: “what do you think about this idea?.” After giving him my thoughts on the idea, I realized that most of what I said…

“I’ll be happy when” are four words that lead to misery and suffering. We delay our happiness in the present for some mythical date in the future.  It doesn’t arrive; we’re miserable for eternity. If…

There are no shortcuts to high performance. – Steven Kotler When we see people who reach the top of their fields, who achieve elite performance we wonder if they have some sort of magic bullet. Perhaps they have the one hack that will change our lives….

We cross off the checkboxes. We meet spec, and we make work that’s forgettable, easy it ignore and the opposite of noteworthy. But everywhere in life, there’s an opportunity to make more art. AJ Leon…

How do you talk to your kids about pursuing a career in the arts? It’s not an easy conversation for any parent.   In the spring of 1996, I was accepted to the USC School of Music…

A decade ago, the purpose of a bookstore was to sell books. Today the purpose of a bookstore is discovery. The design makes it possible for us to browse the aisles of the airport bookstore…

When you can break big projects up in the smallest manageable chunks, the scope becomes less overwhelming. Take out a notebook. Break a big project into 30 of the smallest manageable parts. Do one thing…

There are four considerations for every decision we make. The outcome is how things turn out. The probability is the likelihood of an outcome.The stakes are usually opportunity cost. For example, if you bet your…

There are a lot of people who spend a great deal of time talking about the work they plan to do and the art they’re going to make. At least once a day, I see…