Keith Richards, Firestones and the Persevering Artist (How Sensitive Creators Can Best Bring Their Work Into the World)

“You’re too emotional,” my friend’s been telling me, “hyper-sensitive.” He says that’s why I got replaced as the composer for a hit TV show several years ago. He says that’s what compelled me to escape my record contract with Sony on a legal loophole in the early 90’s. I could go on and on about … More Keith Richards, Firestones and the Persevering Artist (How Sensitive Creators Can Best Bring Their Work Into the World)

Suits & Singers: 4 Simple Truths Business Leaders Can Learn From Songwriters

It’s widely assumed that there’s not much to tie business people and musicians together. Their clothes are different, their terminology’s different, their products are different; but the needs of these two seemingly disparate types are remarkably similar. Here’s how. 1. Truth Sells: It’s paradoxical to discuss the idea of selling of song because in a certain … More Suits & Singers: 4 Simple Truths Business Leaders Can Learn From Songwriters

4 Practical Steps (You Can Do in just 7 Minutes) to Start Making Your 2017 Dreams a Reality

The four steps I’m going to show you now, while ridiculously simple, are actually the basis of something incredible: taking pure thought and bringing it into reality. Let’s get started. 1. First, set the timer on your smartphone for two minutes and write down all the things you’d love to be accomplishing right now — … More 4 Practical Steps (You Can Do in just 7 Minutes) to Start Making Your 2017 Dreams a Reality

The Fun Conundrum & the Passion Paradox (Why joy and fun are not synonymous)

We are constantly being sold the idea that we can derive joy from amusement, and so we are fed endless videos, infinite hours of recorded music, electronic games so real they begin to supplant reality, pornography that’s anonymous and free at the click of a mouse, movies on demand . . . relentless buzzing, lights … More The Fun Conundrum & the Passion Paradox (Why joy and fun are not synonymous)

Change: The (Despicable), Inevitable, Fuel Of Creativity

Why is it that we so often see challenge and confusion as obstacles to overcome? We strive to figure things out in an effort to make our lives simpler, as though “easy” is the reward, when in fact the absence of challenge and confusion more times than not reflects an absence of creativity. Learning curves … More Change: The (Despicable), Inevitable, Fuel Of Creativity

WHAT WOUNDED VETERANS TAUGHT ME ABOUT TRUE HEROISM

Explaining where I was and how I felt this morning is complicated. I’ll begin with the basics. About four years ago I started making calls to a wounded warrior organization called the Wounded Warriors Family Adventures, which takes place in Breckenridge, Colorado every year. To my knowledge they’re one of the only veterans groups that work … More WHAT WOUNDED VETERANS TAUGHT ME ABOUT TRUE HEROISM