‘This might not work’ is either a curse, something that you labor under, or it’s a blessing, a chance to fly and do work you never thought possible. — ~ Out on a Limb
from Tom’s blog. A lesson that is really speaking to me right now, as I have transitioned to a new role.
Drawing by Kitty Wong, an illustrator and fashion designer living in Hong Kong. Follow her blog here, her lovely tumblr here, and shop around in her Society6 shop. And if you like this, there’s more to come.
A few weeks ago, my father graced my inbox with a list he’s talked about for years: Zig Ziglar’s list of 100 things he learned on his way to the top. The list is a little old school, but the beauty in wisdom is that it never expires. I tweeted out an offer to send the list to anyone interested, and the response surprised me: dozens of people responded or emailed me directly, interested in this list of lessons.
This was a really cool realization; all of the people who responded are conscious livers of life. Instead of passively passing through their own lives, they’re interested in motivation, wisdom and advice on how to better approach all the millions of moments ahead.
Kitty was one of those who emailed me, and of course, I stalked her a bit and realized her drawings run the gamut from glamorous and beautiful to photographic, in a sense, sometimes telling the literal story of the subject in one snapshot.
We decided to work together, and Kitty offered to draw some of our favorites from this Zig Ziglar list, since almost all of the graphics we found were outdated or cheesy.
Kitty interpreted #45 personally: “Our chief want in life is someone to inspire us to be what we want to be.”
It look me much longer than I thought it would to translate the concept into a drawing. And I wanted them to be cool.
I made so many sketches for this, but then I for some reason kept thinking about Fran Lebowitz all the time for the word ‘inspiration’, mostly from her doc Public Speaking. So I drew her. She seems like someone who would be an amazing and terrifying mentor who’d toughen you up and be pretty inspiring.
And there you have it; a personal interpretation of wisdom is the best kind.
We hope to do one drawing per week together, and create postcards to give away or buy. We’re still tossing around ideas.
If you’re interested in this list, or in a guest post or illustration, please email me: bri.garcia7 @ gmail dot com
Jack and the beanstalk
I treat everything like I’m the CEO of my life. CEOs have boards of directors and boards of advisors and these are groups of people who they’re using to really rely on for help and advice to be successful. I think every person should treat their life like that… I know I can reach out to these people who are experts in whatever I’m trying to do. I try to surround myself with incredibly smart people who are often, if not always, smarter than me. Because other people are so important to learning, I also think one of the most significant things about the internet is democratization of access. Anyone can email you about self-learning and you’re probably going to respond. Probably. I think it’s about how you phrase it. We are all very busy, but we’re probably going to respond if you approach it efficiently. — ~ Harper Reed, Chief Technology Officer for Obama for America during the 2012 election (previously, Threadless), in an excerpt from the book Don’t go back to school: a handbook on learning anything.
New brand I’m stalking: Colenimo.
We love traditional fabrics, strong women, modern shapes and vintage details. Colenimo is committed to making in the UK. All woven pieces are produced in London, fabric is sourced in England and buttons are British made.
We make garments for today that encapsulate a perfect vision of yesterday.
Every piece is so simple, versatile and beautiful…The proof of beauty in simplicity. Swoon x 10.
Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business: #6 Max Levchin -
1. Talk to creative people at random
“This method has a pretty high noise to signal ratio, but it’s very enjoyable. I’ll spend two hours talking to a doctor about neurosurgery or about processes in emergency rooms. You learn a lot, and you’ll go: ‘This is the coolest thing ever and I don’t know how its useful to me.’”
2. Ask questions
“In one out of every five of those conversations, something strikes me, and I’ll ask, ‘Why don’t you do this?’ And most of the time the other person says, ‘Oh that’s because blah blah blah.’ But one out of every 10 of those questions the person says, ‘I don’t have any idea either.’ And then I write it down.”
3. Make lists
“I always carry around a device that runs Evernote (2). I have this massive notebook called IDEAS and another one called PERSONAL IDEAS (3) and another one called CRAZY IDEAS.”
For the next three, click the link above.
As usual, CURIOSITY WINS.
Wendy Lea, of Get Satisfaction, on her addiction to entrepreneurship -
Wendy Lea, the chief executive of a customer experience start-up.
Q. When did the entrepreneurial drive kick in for you?
A. I worked for some big companies early on, and then I worked for an entrepreneur in my early 30s, and I got the disease. It’s almost an addiction.
Q. I’ve heard others describe it the same way.
A. I can’t speak for others, but this disease for me is a combination of adventure quest and problem-solving. It’s not hard for me to look at all the pieces of the puzzle — products, people, market — and then kind of put that together and have a vision. I’m a synthesizer. Once you have the vision, you become kind of addicted to it and you start believing it almost immediately.
Then it becomes hard. You’ve got all these little pieces. They’re like knots in a necklace chain. There’s nothing but problems. So you’re identifying problems, you’re solving them and comparing them against the vision. That circular thing is an addiction. My addiction is to the potential of the vision.
Faceplant (at Union Square Park)
- Share your process freely—before what you’re working on is done.
- Collect emails.
- Email people when your thing is ready to buy.
Rinse and repeat.