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Yes! You will survive change

Change is tough. Don’t believe me? Remember, the campaign promise of “Hope & Change?” Some of the same people elated by that campaign promise are now in despair because “Change” has been “Changed” and some of those who were in despair are now expressing “Hope.”

Regardless of your political affiliation can I suggest something? If you’ve experienced such emotional fluctuations you may need an upgrade in your tools for experiencing change.

Creative Persistence Works

Creativity is not innate, a muse you’re born with or an ability that comes because you support the right social causes. It is instead most often the result of hard work and risk. Simple persistence quite often produces creative results. Giving up offers none. Persisting when the development of creative solutions is grindingly difficult brings a flavor to the victory that will never be tasted by those who settle. Here are a few more reasons to persist:

On Entrepreneurial Courage

What is the difference between courage and stupidity in taking your next step as an entrepreneur?

True confession, I have shiny thing disease … you know, always thinking that if I can just afford that tech, gadget, thingy, device, web enabled flange gasket or course of knowledge then ALL will be copacetic and money will effortlessly flow through my business.

Granted, if you stay stupid forever, refuse education and don’t ever invest in training your life isn’t likely to

Screwdrivers are evil!

Help me out here. Am I seeing more than the usual amount of “bash anyone who has the desire to make money” or “bash anyone who’s decided to own something you don’t” or not? Maybe its just me (a small business owner/solopreneur) but there seems to be a concerted effort to label business and possessions as evil.

It’s rather like the illustration above. Somehow we’ve decided a priori that money (a means of holding the results of talent, time and effort) is at best amoral, if not immoral. I disagree. A screwdriver is good. It is inherently incapable of evil and it enables anyone who picks it up to do more than they could do with their fingers alone.

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When you’ve got nothing

We’ve all had times when we stare at a blank piece of paper and will ourselves to be clever and creative and we get nothing but a headache out of the deal.

“I’m not God!” you say. Our Lord does creatio ex nihilo – (creation from nothing) I don’t. You’re not alone, we’ve all felt like liars forging ahead and trying to create interest for a story we don’t “get.”

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Maple Bacon

The continual onslaught of mass marketing and free giveaways that has resulted in the downward trend of quality everywhere has even touched the venerable category of donuts. This plunge into degradation has resulted in people spotting a “red light” and running into a place of business in search of an ersatz pastry which only resembles a donut in shape and quantity of sugar.

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UnSquaring Transformation Revealed

The great fun of being a publication designer is that you get to experience the amazing creativity of a wide range of people. Innovative people get out of bed every morning excited to communicate real life-improving benefits to their customers. Being invited to design the visual bridge for that communication is what gets me up.

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North Lime Coffee & Donuts

I have been considering adding an Apple Pencil/iPad Pro combination to my graphic tool set for awhile and I finally broke down and did it. What pushed me over the edge on the tablet is the redemption of time that a single mobile screen gives me. Drawing, digital painting, comping, calendar, Feedly, Olive tree, Evernote, email, text, etc come at me all in one interface.