Energy Over Everything Else

Bamboo Breeze  - Katie Buckman

Everything, from a granular level, is made of energy. Thus, the common denominator between every interaction we have in our life, all objects, plants, humans, and animals is an exchange of energy. When you eat a fish, for instance, you’re body harvests the energy from the meat, so in essence, you’re consuming everything the fish consumed as well. You also absorb energy from the things that are around you, what you wear, and what you use. It’s a useful practice to ask yourself: What kind of energy do those which we interact or consume carry? What kind of energy are […]

Misinterpreting Value

Grapes and Such  - Katie Buckman

When I used to work as a producer, there was a phrase that many of my producing colleagues would use whether commenting on whether a show was a success or a flop: Nobody Knows Anything.  The idea of that statement is that in entertainment you could be sure that you had the best show in the world and it could absolutely tank and you could laugh at the prospect of producing a show and a few months later be crying as it wins a TONY. You could certainly make educated guesses as to which shows would be successful based on […]

30 Lessons from 30 Years of Life

Disturbo, Acrylic on Canvas, 48_ x 48_

#30Lessons30Years I turned 30 last month. To celebrate, I’m sending you 30 invaluable lessons I’ve learned along the way… 1. There’s No End, Only the Journey (01:00) 2. No One Knows What the F**k They’re Doing (1:45) 3. It Doesn’t Matter if You Have the Right Answer (2:02) 4. Conversations Are Proportional to Quality of Life (2:18) 5. How You Treat Yourself is as Important as Others (2:51) 6. Location Independence ≠ Location Ambiguous (3:48) 7. People Care About You Less Than You Think (4:30) 8. Everything is Energy (5:05) 9. The Past & Future Don’t Exist (5:25) 10. What […]

America: A Trial Separation

Bliss, Acrylic & Enamel on Canvas, 31_ x 39_

We’ve all been in some level of quarantine for the past seven months; that’s not news. As a family of one, my bubble stayed small. My next door neighbors were a godsend, and I set up regular Zooms almost daily to stay in connected with friends, family, and colleagues. Summer introduced more opportunities to connect with people outdoors, and my spirits stayed high. It wasn’t bad, really. I was ready. The first few months of Covid were much like my first year of sobriety; I had the strange feeling I’d been through this before. Only this time I had tools. And everyone […]

Book Brief: The Dip by Seth Godin

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The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) Seth Godin Portfolio, 2007 Support Local: Powells.com Amazon.com Synopsis In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling author Seth Godin proves that winners are really just the best quitters. Godin shows that winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt—until they commit to beating the right Dip. Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out fun…then gets really hard, and not much fun at all. You might be in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. […]

Right Idea. Wrong Business.

Yellow I, Acrylic on Canvas, 48_ x 36_

About 5 (ish) years ago I was invited to one of the first masterminds I had ever attended. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, this is usually a gathering of entrepreneurs in which everyone comes to the table with a problem and the group works in concert with each person to find solutions. This problem-solving method is often referred to as a “hot seat” because one person is sitting and listening to feedback from everyone else in the room and sometimes it can feel a bit intense like having a fire lit under your… well, you […]

November 2020: Stick or Quit?

Cosmos, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 36

Do you know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em? Perseverance is celebrated as a strength, as it should be. Sticking through hard times isn’t easy, and is often the make-or-break factor in pushing through to success. However, sometimes quitting is for winners. Staying in something too long when it isn’t serving you, others, or the world at large is not strength; it’s distraction. It’s a misuse of attention that could be better spent on moving forward in a better direction. We all have that friend who stayed in their relationship too long when all the signs were […]

The Puzzle Master, The Ninja, And The Pop Star

Desert Sojourn, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 30_ x 22_ $1650

A few weeks back one of my readers sent me a link to a video on the Tube Of Yous of a guy named Chris Ramsay who has amassed millions of followers as a result of working on puzzles and recording it. The story goes that when the pandemic hit, he had a puzzle that he wanted to work on and he decided to record himself working his way through it until completion and when that puzzle was done, he did another one and recorded another video. At some point, the videos took off, and now he has a massive […]

October 2020: Bold Moves

Turbulence, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 22_ x 30_ $1650

Pregame players don’t sit on the sidelines. You’re here because you’re all about big ideas. And the actualization of big ideas requires nothing less than bold moves. When my little brother was in his early-20’s heyday, he had a friend nicknamed Bold Dave. I thought this was hilarious and asked where he got the name. The explanation: “Because he’s always making bold moves.” While Dave’s bold moves may have been about [moves removed to protect Dave’s reputation], his moniker stuck with me. I tend to hesitate, trying to make the “perfect” decision, but when I look back on my life, the […]

Michael Roderick on Becoming a Stronger Connector and Building Trust

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In The Interview: Episode #21, Ciara Pressler interviews Michael Roderick, the ultimate people connector. Michael and Ciara talk about: His thoughts on the ‘return back to normal’ Creating strong and memorable ideas as a thought leader Staying relevant in the digital space Driving referrals through brand and relationships Michael Roderick is the CEO of Small Pond Enterprises which helps thoughtful givers become thought leaders by making their brands referable, their messaging memorable, and their ideas unforgettable. He is also the host of the podcast Access to Anyone which shows how you can get to know anyone you want in business […]