Life is sometimes a lot like that old Nickleback song, “Rock Star”:
“We all just wanna be big rock stars and live in hilltop mansions driving 15 cars…”
It’s a natural human impulse to want recognition for what we do. If we paint art, we dream of pouring out our souls to the pleasure of other people. Continue reading
When I started revamping our company business cards I had a hard time iterating quickly while keeping a long view of the evolution in sight. I wanted a template that would let me draft multiple cards side-by-side in a clean, no-nonsense interface, but couldn’t find what I was looking for.
Like any good creator, I made my own. Here’s the open source file. Print it, use it and pass it on!
Download it here:
Business Card Template
Way back in January of 2012 I made a list of 12 goals for 2012.
A huge point of failure for my 12 in ’12 goals was that I tried to begin at the end, rather than beginning at square one. I wasn’t realistic about what I was capable of sustaining and building on, and as a result I failed at several key goals (prayer, meditation, tithing).
With that in mind, I’ve been careful to set each goal at square one and to leave room to grow. That means I’m facing less pressure and have a greater chance of success because of how I’ve structured these goals. Some call this “setting yourself up to succeed.”
Without any further ado, I give you my 13 goals for 2013. Continue reading
For Christmas 2012 my wife and I wanted to craft gifts for each other rather than buy them. We’re both creative people and have made some pretty epic gifts by hand in years gone by, but I’ve got to say that my gift to her this year may just be the best of them all.
I give you, Pirates vs Ninjas: The Quest for Treasure Island. Continue reading
Today Instagram (owned by Facebook) announced a new intellectual property policy that will allow it to sell users’ photos with no obligation to pay royalties, ever.
When the new policy goes into effect on January 16, 2013, Instagram will essentially become a massive stock photo agency with no responsibility to the stock photographers to pay for their work.
I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we can say that we all saw this coming. When Facebook bought Instagram for $1(B)illion it was pretty clear that Instagram prioritized a wealthy exit over serving its users and that Facebook was probably going to destroy the Instagram that we know and love.
This is the perfect illustration of why I urge anyone with a stake in the online world (hint: nearly everyone) to buy a domain (despite nauseating advertising, I use GoDaddy) to house all of their blog content, product for sale, pictures, etc.
Remember: If you don’t own it, you don’t control it. (Tweet this)
Famed artist Jeremy Collins is producing prints of his original work of art, featured below, to raise money for the families of the victims of the Sandy Creek Elementary School shooting.
Art by Jeremy Collins
You can buy prints from Jeremy here.
God be with those families as they live on without their loved ones. And may we, too, help in any way we can.
I print these forms out every Monday and check off tasks throughout the day and week.
They’re a rock-solid way to keep the bigger picture in mind and to keep you moving when you feel like you’re getting bogged down in busy work.
Now that I’m in the groove of using these tools daily and weekly, I’m experimenting with a reward system to encourage thoughtful goal setting and purposeful effort to meet the goals I write down (in pen!). This week it’s a trip to Dairy Queen.
Will these help you get more done in your week? Send me an email or leave a comment below!