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Entrepreneurship & Mind Set

Entrepreneurship & Mind Set
October 7, 2014

An ode to the wonderful work you’re yet to produce

I’ve been revving up to allow myself to speak completely frankly in these posts, addressing things I personally care about, not just branding and design tips. After all, great brands are built upon ideas, and those ideas stand upon the shoulders of those who execute them, aka you! And if our integrity is out, the product(s) will continue to propagate the mess we’re dealing with planet-wide, while if integrity is the foundation of the product or…
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Entrepreneurship & Mind Set
August 15, 2014

4 Simple Rules for Negotiating in the New World

I suspect you don’t enjoy negotiating all that much. Does it make you feel threatened? “I won’t get what I’m worth.” Or doubtful of your ability to ask for what you need? Or does it simply make you feel weird? After all, we shouldn’t have to fight for what we deserve. Many old paradigms are being washed away, and the difficult, combative negotiation is certainly one of those things. When I worked for dot com…
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Pity is not a building block
Entrepreneurship & Mind Set
January 15, 2014

Pity is not a building block

"I f*****g want NOTHING to do with you!" Ever heard those words? Ever wanted to say them? Ever wanted to SCREAM them? Probably. I opened the year with that energy floating about, initially subversive, then obvious and insidious, like the the stench of the chicken, murdered behind my house by a cat I was watching. It happens; people leave our lives, and we deal with it as best we can, especially if we love them, were close…
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Entrepreneurship & Mind Set
October 7, 2013

A Word of Encouragement for the Humble Entrepreneur

I'm lucky in that those I work with are genuinely wonderful people. They are those who often find it difficult to talk about themselves, those whom I have to lovingly pry open in conversation, helping to facilitate a discussion about what they excell at, how they help others in order to talk about branding. This isn't common "branding talk". This is something I discovered I needed to do after I left the big gun companies…
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Entrepreneurship & Mind Set
July 2, 2013

Vulnerability Always Takes the Cake

Few things make me wince more than moments that call me to be vulnerable and completely honest when my heart is on the line, especially when the outcome is questionable. I feel squirmy, uncomfortable and naked. This type of fear is common in love and relationships. Showing those places that hide our true sensitivity can be insanely hard. We don't want to get hurt or hurt others, so we find hundreds of passive aggressive ways to…
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Entrepreneurship & Mind Set
May 16, 2013

Staying Positive Despite…

Have you watched the news recently? Don't tell me. Let me guess! Either you have and flicked it off saying "What is this trash?" or if you read alternative news sources, probably something like "Ok, I get it. Things are rough. Now what?" Or is it just me? I live in NYC for about half the year now instead of full time like I used to, for a few reasons: I like exploring This place…
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Entrepreneurship & Mind Set
February 19, 2013

Why do you have to keep reinventing yourself?

Because you do. I know, you hate that answer. So did I. But by now, you’ve probably figured out that there’s no such thing as a straight shot when finding your way in life. Four steps forward, eight steps back; three steps forward, and the ground gives way.
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Smiling Children
Entrepreneurship & Mind Set
February 4, 2013

People are Gorgeous Wells of Inspiration

I met someone recently who moved me, genuinely. I was surprised, taken aback, walked around them for a while, not sure what to think, but onwards I went and regret it I did not. What I learned was beautiful; the realization that came with it has been profound. Before I go on about all that, I want to ask you: What is your greatest inspiration? Do you have many? Do you find yourself staring at…
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Entrepreneurship & Mind Set
January 29, 2013

Having a Tribe Means Being Its Member

The word "tribe" used to literally mean a tribe - the source of our survival and joy as human beings - and it had roles, responsibilities: you had to pull your weight, relate and support. Now we throw tribe around in the world of business, which is fine, unless we secretly mean "customers" and don't know the difference. A little story. One day, "customer" - a term simply meaning "one who buys from you" -…
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Care for the WorldEntrepreneurship & Mind Set
December 27, 2012

Embracing Those “Weird” Gifts of Ours

I don't know about you, but for me, this year's winter solstice was intense. Not only was the end of the world chatter abound, but I found it hard to concentrate and get anything extremely mental done. At first this was annoying. I had plans, tasks, to do lists, but when I stepped back and allowed whatever was happening to happen, I found myself relaxing, sticking my nose hard agains the Metro North train window…
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