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This is broken…

This is broken…

Things in our lives are broken all around us. They are a certain way because they’ve always been that way. But they don’t have to be. Here’s a sign that is broken not because it’s cracked…but because it’s useless in it’s current state.

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It’s located in the family restroom above the changing table. Brilliant.

A few simple things could have been done to make this functional (and useful).

  • Someone could have not taken direction from a person or plan that clearly made a mistake.
  • Someone else could have quality checked it.
  • One of the many employees that cleans the bathroom could have changed it.
  • The store manager probably has power to move it.
  • It could have been put almost anywhere else in the store and been more useful than here.

Give things some thought. Maybe they don’t have to be broken. What can you unbreak in your life?

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March 18, 20140 commentsRead More
Join me for an online Seth Godin modern marketing class

Join me for an online Seth Godin modern marketing class

I just signed up for a class called “The Modern Marketing Workshop” with Seth Godin. It’s offered through Skillshare.com, which is new to me but so totally incredible. If you’re at all interested in marketing, you should jump on board. Signup here (and see below for discount details)

Here’s an excerpt from what the class is about from Seth.

An Online Skillshare Class by Seth Godin

If you can’t see the video, click here.

If that wasn’t enough to persuade you, I’m not sure what is. And I’ve also got some discounts for you if you’d like. The class is only $19 anyways, but I got mine down to $6.15. Here’s how.

- Use this link to get $10 off (and it will give me $10 as well).

- Then use this promo code provided by Seth via his blog. seth2014

That should get you down to a grand total of $6.15. Not that this won’t be worth thousands, but I’ll take a deal if I can get it. Hope to see you there. Be sure to follow me if you join and we’ll talk in class.

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March 13, 20143 commentsRead More
How to customize the “click to tweet” WordPress plugin

How to customize the “click to tweet” WordPress plugin

I don’t normally write posts like this but I thought it would be nice to share with you since so many of you have WordPress blogs. If you haven’t seen the new¬†Click to Tweet¬†Wordpress plugin that came out recently, you might want to check it out.

It makes adding those tweetable quotes super easy, which means that you may get shared more. I know that Andy Traub mentioned he had a boost because of it and I’m sure there are others that have too.

The plugin itself generates a pretty nice look. But I’ve seen in the comments of the original post that people are wanting to customize it a bit more. So I asked the plugin developer if I could write a post that would help people customize it with CSS and he said it would be great.

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March 7, 20140 commentsRead More
On trying to find the hard work.

On trying to find the hard work.

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the hard work. The stuff that matters. Not that other work doesn’t matter, it does, but the stuff that changes things for the future is what I’m talking about.

I can write web code like I write my ABC’s. It’s not hard anymore. It was at one time, but not anymore. So I’m searching for the spots where I can make a difference. Where it will really pay off so I’m not just working to fill time.

Anyways, more on this later this week but I want you to read this. I’ve read it almost every day since I came across it a few weeks ago. Something about it really struck me. What do you think?

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From Seth Godin. September 3, 2007. Here’s the post on his blog.

Labor Day

I’m working today. In fact, if I’m conscious, I’m working. That’s largely because it doesn’t seem like ‘work’ today. I’d write this blog even if no one read it.

More and more people are lucky enough to have a gig like mine… work you’d do even if you didn’t have to, even if you didn’t get paid to do it. This is a bigger idea than it seems, because it changes the posture of what you do. Different motivations ought to lead to different results.

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March 3, 20140 commentsRead More
Time for a break.

Time for a break.

Sometimes you just need a break.

A break from the busi-ness of life. The business of life. And life in general.

Time to reflect. To think. To clear your mind of all the garbage floating around in today’s society.

But don’t break too long. That’s stalling.

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February 27, 20140 commentsRead More
The LEGO movie thoughts that you knew were coming

The LEGO movie thoughts that you knew were coming

This was an inevitable post.

I saw the LEGO movie the other day with my awesome family and I had some thoughts I wanted to share. I’ll try to not spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it, but if you’re scared of that, just stop reading to be safe.

  • If I had the opportunity to pick my own voice, it would be Morgan Freeman.
  • The term, “master builder” is now in my vocabulary.
  • I have a little teeny-tiny bit of respect for Will Ferrell (never thought I’d say that).
  • This confirmed my disdain for instructions and the fact that LEGOs almost all come in complete sets that you really can’t do much else with besides build what is in the manual.
  • I’m a little skeptical of using the word “awesome” ever again. (but the song is freakishly catchy.)
  • I’ll always call it Kragle.
  • I want to play with LEGOs right now.
  • I will spend more time with my son on building stuff.
  • It encapsulated our culture incredibly well (and made me a little scared.)
  • I like good cop’s new face.
  • I now have a disdain for Rosa’s Cafe weekly special.
  • Batman should always be Will Arnett. In every movie.
  • I’m pretty sure I’ll never follow instructions again. Which could lead to some issues I’m aware of. But at least it will be more fun. And my brain won’t be completely void.
  • 80′s space guys are cool.
  • New technology understands some really strange commands. Like Siri. Maybe I should talk to her in pirate voice most of the time.

This was mostly a pointless post, but there may be some good humor in there or something you can take from it to use in your life. Just know that not “everything is awesome.” But most things can be.

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February 26, 20140 commentsRead More
10 ways to be an owner (and today, we are all owners)

10 ways to be an owner (and today, we are all owners)

Today, we are all owners. Yes, you and I.

We own our work. Not in the sense of copyright, but in the sense of pride. To own is to create without the care of wanting to please the world. It’s why paintings are strange and unrecognizable to many and yet amazing to others. It’s why your work (your art) is not as appreciated by others as it is by you. At least if you’re creating for you and not to please others.

We own today because we must. We build because of the desire to build, not because the world can’t go on without us. The world does not need us to go on. But our calling says that we need to create because we were created.

Today, we are creators. We are builders. We are thinkers, idea generators, action takers. Here’s how to own your work.

Create something.

Something that hasn’t been done before. Something that you need (which is likely that others do too).

Build something.

Construct. Without instructions or with. Take a stab at building a shelf in your closet or building a website by writing your own code. (And if you don’t know how, ask YouTube.)

Think of a new way to accomplish a task.

Solve an old problem in a new way. The new way doesn’t even have to resemble the old one because it’s likely that technology has made part of the old problem easier anyway. So solve the problem, but better.

Find a shorter way of doing something that already needs to be done.

Everything can be done cheaper, faster, easier than ever before. Everything. You just have to spend enough time with the process to figure out where the extra step is that you can remove.

Innovate.

Come up with something the world has never heard of. Give it a name if you have to.

Challenge the status quo.

Always. Duh.

Stand for what you believe in.

Even if you’re standing alone. Don’t ever back down…but be respectful.

Learn something new.

Everyday or every week or every month. The more frequent the better, but any consistency will do. Just pick one and stick with it.

Connect the disconnected.

Build real human connection. Try connection branding if you have a business. Or if you are your own brand, and you are. I’m sure you could think of something.

Write.

Everyday. Even if you don’t publish. (But publishing online gives you the chance to fail in public. Which helps.)

These are but a few examples. If you are an owner today, and you are, then you have the ability to do any of the above in a variety of ways. Don’t let the old ways of the world tell you otherwise. Because today, you own.

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February 25, 20142 commentsRead More
What the entrepreneur is really after

What the entrepreneur is really after

Trying new things is hard and it gets old after awhile. Especially if you’r dragging someone along for the ride, like your spouse.

But how will we ever find what really works without trying so many things that don’t? Going straight to the solution is not likely to happen for most of us. It requires trial and error. Failures and bumps.

The life of the entrepreneur is no easy road. It’s not meant for the faint of heart or those that give up easily. It’s not meant for those with little faith or those without big dreams. That’s what corporate America is for.

Push forward. Never let failure define you. And know that some point, even if you don’t achieve success in the eyes of the world, you will have spent a lifetime full of hope. That’s really all the entrepreneur is after.

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February 22, 20146 commentsRead More
This is what happens when you try to tell your plumber what tools to use.

This is what happens when you try to tell your plumber what tools to use.

When you build a house do you stand around and tell the plumber, electrician and framer what tools to use and where everything goes? Definitely not structure or functional wise. And you’d definitely get some push back if you told them which pipe to put where or which type of wood would work best for an interior wall.

The creative industry is not at the mercy of the client. It’s not to be a puppet and told where to put this or that so it pleases you the most.

The creative industry is meant to create. To build. To design. It’s meant to make things work the best they can and have the most impact possible. And it’s professionals are not drones.

Consider the art of the creative and allow them to do the job you pay them for. By controlling the process, you affect the outcome in a way that is likely more negative than would be if you let the professional drive the project. You have no idea what or why you’re doing. Give in and give your project the possibility of success.

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February 21, 20140 commentsRead More
This might be useful to some. What do you think?

This might be useful to some. What do you think?

What if there was a local place you could go to get basic training on how to maintain a website or learn web code? What if it was taught by a seasoned professional with over 15 years experience?

No curriculum. No specific timelines for learning. Just a free-form place you could go when you wanted and get the help you need.

I wonder what results that would yield? I wonder if it would be useful. If it would help break the mold a little on what it means to learn web design.

And on that note, I wonder how impactful it could be to those entering the workforce or going to college for that web design degree that is 100% not needed. The web design schools out there can’t keep up with the changes in the industry. They also have to blanket teach a subject that should be creative, individual in nature and based off of research that changes almost daily. It’s impossible for them to be relevant.

One last thing. Would this help redefine what it means to be a web designer, if only for a very small portion of the industry? Could it help us get rid of “best practices” that are really just crappy trends that people think work but really don’t?

So many questions. So many possibilities. What do you think? Would this be useful to you or someone you know? Answer in the comments.

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February 19, 20140 commentsRead More