Live art

June 4, 2014 — 2 Comments

I’ve been ruminating on an idea for some time that life is the grandest art project of them all. Sometimes we are meticulously penciling in the straightest of lines with the utmost precision. Others we are working with watercolor and purposefully allowing the colors to run down the page. Then there are the times we just pick up the can of paint and sling it recklessly at the canvas because, well, screw it.

My view on life as the masterwork has changed. I suppose life isn’t one big art project or masterpiece but, more of an art gallery with multiple pieces from different times in our lives. I suppose it’s the Continue Reading…

This is the time of year for thinking about the year that was and the year that will be. Where we’ve been and where we are going. The new relationships that have formed and deepened and those that have lessened. The triumphs, the heartbreaks, the lessons learned, the victories, and disappointments.

As the year comes to an end I’m grateful. I’m grateful for my life, my health, my wonderful family and friends, and my place in the world. I’m grateful Continue Reading…

This is one of my all-time favorite TED Talks. Sir Ken Robinson is absolutely brilliant and his stance on education, I believe, is spot on. This is by far the most viewed talk on the TED website with more than 19.7 million views. And for good reason. Enjoy.

Sir Ken Robinson is a New York Times best-selling author and an internationally recognized leader in creativity development, innovation, and human resources in education and in business. You can read his full bio here.

The Dig: 10.12.2013

October 12, 2013 — 4 Comments

In Hip Hop (and other electronic music) culture, “digging” refers to the process DJs and producers use to search for breakbeats and samples to use in music creation. This process historically involved going to your local record shop and “digging” through crates of vinyl records to find what you’re looking for. With the rise of digital and streaming music “digging” has naturally evolved into an online process as well. While this post is not entirely about “digging” for records for music production purposes I felt the name fit and an explanation of the post title was warranted.  Continue Reading…

For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory or defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

Thoughts on Change

August 21, 2013 — 8 Comments

Talk is cheap. It’s easy and it doesn’t cost you a thing. Unmet promises, to ourselves and others, are more prevalent than they should be.

Promises to find a better job, start that passion project, get into better physical shape, change a diet, and spend more time with family and friends are all too common. Follow through is not.

Why? Because change is hard. It takes commitment, work, and intention. It means letting go of something so we can take on something else. We hold on to things tightly whether we know it or not.  Continue Reading…

In June 2013 a group of thirty Misfits from around the world came together with the goal of raising $15,000 in 30 days to build a windmill in Gambella Village, Kenya. The Good Misfit project was an overwhelming success raising more than $21,000 that would go directly toward the construction cost of the windmill. As of the writing of this post, the windmill is up and running!  Continue Reading…

I first heard about this TED Talk in C.C. Chapman’s book “Amazing Things Will Happen” and it’s become one that I watch every few weeks. The story is frightening and the lessons learned are invaluable. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ric Elias is the CEO of Red Ventures. You can read his full bio here.