FRANKLY FRIDAYS

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PROS VS. AMATEURS
About 15 years ago I got my first chance to play in a band full of professional musicians. It changed my life! Ever since that day, I’ve intuitively been wondering why that was such an...
PROS VS. AMATEURS
About 15 years ago I got my first chance to play in a band full of professional musicians. It changed my life! Ever since that day, I’ve intuitively been wondering why that was such an...
The Clothes Monster
“Okay, so our film is going to be about a clothes monster! What do you think?” Silence. I didn’t know what to say. We were 3 hours into SATO48, a film competition where you get 48 hours...
Digital Dazzle
“TV is dying off, isn’t it? And no one listens to radio anymore for sure, right? We’ve got to be better at social media. That's where everyone is.” I’ve heard this chatter since...
When Stars Align
I was 17 years old sweeping the floors at a music store, begging for my chance to be a retail salesman. My ears perked up when a guy came in one afternoon looking for answers about how to make his...
Complexity And Growing
Several people reminded me this week how crucial discomfort is to growing. Then Bill Eckstrom convinced me beyond the shadow of a doubt with his presentation on growth rings. According to him,...
A New Set Of Joneses
The newer car. The bigger house. The better body. These are just a few of the measuring sticks people find themselves using to define their happiness level. On the surface, “keeping up with...
Limitation is the Springboard of Creativity
Jimi was too poor to afford a guitar designed for left-handed players. But that wasn’t enough to hold back the music rioting in his soul, begging for a way out into our world. So he grabbed the...
40 Years Ago I Owned An Advertising Agency
Jim swirled his glass of wine and leaned back in his chair as he said, “This is all I needed to know for every client and business I ever had: Objective - What do I want to achieve? Market...
The Expectations of Body Builders & Billionaires
EXPECTATIONS ARE BETTER THAN GOALS I sat down with a friend this week to devour some of the best Chinese food in Missouri. He started our conversation by telling me that he’d written out his...