Insights into the days of Ze Frank, Garrison Keillor, Cheryl Strayed and more.
"Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. It comes from a consistent routine that serves as the bedrock for getting things done. At 99U we’ve spoken with dozens of entrepreneurs, researchers, and creatives about their unique routines. Below are some of our favorites."
How to ask people for money > Andrew Frank raises funds for theatre in NYC. The talk lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes and he speaks about how artists/creative professionals can make asking for money more effective and successful. It steers clear of exaggeration and he shares clear ideas and personal experiences. Do keep some time in hand and watch till the end. Via Vinit Khandelwal.
"Works just the same for partnerships, collaborations and other business relationships > “Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.” ― Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
"On Blame > When things go wrong it’s tempting to shift the blame. Don’t. Accept responsibility. People will appreciate it, and you will find out what you’re capable of.” ― Paul Arden, Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite"
"On Collaboration > “Collaboration, it turns out, is not a gift from the gods but a skill that requires effort and practice.” ― Douglas B. Reeves, Transforming Professional Development Into Student Results"
"On Mistakes > “If people are not making mistakes, they are not trying new things. If they are making the same mistake twice, they are not learning new things!” ― Walter C. Wright, Relational Leadership"
"On Teamwork > “Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.” ― Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable"
"Does that mean that we can be grateful for everything? Certainly not. We cannot be grateful for violence, for war, for oppression, for exploitation. On the personal level, we cannot be grateful for the loss of a friend, for unfaithfulness, for bereavement. But I didn’t say we can be grateful for everything. I said we can be grateful in every given moment for the opportunity, and even when we are confronted with something that is terribly difficult, we can rise to this occasion and respond to the opportunity that is given to us. It isn’t as bad as it might seem. Actually, when you look at it and experience it, you find that most of the time, what is given to us is opportunity to enjoy, and we only miss it because we are rushing through life and we are not stopping to see the opportunity.”
" It can change our world in immensely important ways, because if you’re grateful, you’re not fearful, and if you’re not fearful, you’re not violent. If you’re grateful, you act out of a sense of enough and not of a sense of scarcity, and you are willing to share. If you are grateful, you are enjoying the differences between people, and you are respectful to everybody, and that changes this power pyramid under which we live.”
I think it is time for a spring cleaning post, dusting out the cobwebs that seem to be forming in my mind, and figuring out where to go from here. This winter was hard- long, lonely, isolating, ex…
For those days when you feel you have no energy/will to go on > Christine Chitnis, writer, blogger, vegetable grower, teacher, photographer, mom of two, has a lovely blog in which she shares her life, work and travels. One of her posts, sometime in April last year, was of a difficult phase when she contemplated quitting her blog - that reminded me that no matter how beautiful your journey may look on the outside, everyone has difficult days. Read this post and then read her latest one - it’s an affirmation that no matter hard and utterly defeating life seems today, tomorrow could be a wonderfully different world. She reached out to her readers for their experiences and their comments were supportive and lovely too.
Your Life’s Purpose in 5 Minutes > Adam Leipzig has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 25 films that have disrupted expectations, including March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Adam is also the former president of National Geographic Films, where he raised $125 million in production financing, and he is a former Senior VP of Walt Disney Studios. In this TEDx talk, he talks about how you can know your life’s purpose in 5 minutes.