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I always take some time before the end of the year to reflect upon what I did this last year. Check off the things I accomplished and take stock of the things that I did right and wrong so next year can be a better one. I was sifting through old notes and I wrote down on a Post-it – Don’t Bail. I remember quickly transcribing these words as I was watching Randy Pausch’s talk. Among the other points he made that specific one struck a cord inside of me. He was so thankful about life even as he nears the end of his life. I think it’s good to be able to be moved, and be influenced in life. I tell myself that if I’m not growing and changing all the time, then I am are by all means standing still. I find these words moving still as I rewatched parts of it today. If you haven’t seen the talk I would highly recommend it to anyone. Watch for the head fake at the end.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. 

– Don’t bail, the best gold is at the bottom of the barrels of crap.

– Feed back loop + listen to it. listen to feed back and  have gratitude.

– Show gratitude.

– Don’t complain, work harder.

– Work hard.

– No one is all evil – find the best in everybody.

– Be prepared – luck is where preparation meets opportunity

– How to lead your life…

– Lead your life the right way. the karma will take care of it self. the dreams will come to you.

– Never give up… there’s always another way around. if it’s not this road… there are other roads to find… you just need to want it bad enough. be daring there are doors that you might not even know existed. ask questions!

– Be good at something, it makes you valuable.


Found this article though a advertising friend of mine. The gist of what I got from this article is that in order to be a good creative you need to be great at other things as well. The craft of writing and designing the work is just as important as the idea. If you have a great idea and you can’t execute it then it’s only half the game. I stole that one from Kyle Cooper. He said not only do you have to come up with the ideas you have to get your “hand” into it. In this age of digital creation where playing field is leveled by the software everyone uses, the thing that will make your work different is you as a person.

“In my experience, the most successful creative agencies are the ones with the most diverse set of weird people. The web designer who moonlights as a furniture maker. The copywriter who started life as a children’s book author. Musicians, craftsman, game designers, the passionate and the obsessive … these are the people we want filling our creative departments. People for whom “concepting” is a constant state of mind. Kids who grew up studying comic books and albums sleeves, not award annuals.

Ultimately, change is in our hands. If we prize craft above all else, we can continue to be proud of the quality of work we put out into the world. And if we focus on developing our young talent once they’re in, there’s no doubt they’ll shoulder in the next generation of great ideas, big and small.”

Sanam Petri is an associate creative director at R/GA London. She talks about how it’s important to not only be the one that is able to come up with the great ideas but it’s also be able to execute it. The devil is in the details. 

“The definition of hope is you still believe, even when it’s hard.” This is truly a touching moment when Obama talks about how proud he is of his campaign team.

Eliot Rausch’s images coupled with Charlie Kaufman’s audio track is powerful and unexpected.

I love this – if you ever feel complacent… Read the following.

“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.

Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”
― Jon KrakauerInto the Wild

Ray Lewis gave this speech to the Stanford basketball team before their NIT finals. Stanford went on to win that game as underdogs. When I get lost during the shuffle of everyday life I go back to this video. I’m posting it for myself so I can have it at arms reach. I hope this finds someone else and effects them as much it has effected me. I’ll always go back to that line… Effort is between you and you. I try and remind myself of this every morning. It’s about how well you do all the little things in life that make up a greatness. Thanks for the inspiration Ray Lewis.


“If tomorrow wasn’t promised – what would you give for today? Forget everything else.

Forget everything else. Forget that there was any sunlight left. What would you spend today…thinking about? Yourself? Or the man that’s beside you? Or the man that you know you’d give everything in your heart for? What would you think about? We get one opportunity in life. One chance at life. To do whatever you’re going to do. 

To lay your foundation and to make whatever mark you’re going to make. Whatever legacy you’re going to leave. Leave your legacy. And it’s found through effort. Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort, nobody can judge effort. 

Because effort is between you and you. Effort ain’t got nothing to do with nobody else. So that team that think they’re ready to see you… They think what they’ve seen on film… They ain’t saw what film shows. Because everyday is a new day. Every moment is a new moment. So now you’ve got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature – NOW – than I was five minutes ago. 

Because I’m pissed off for greatness. Because if you ain’t pissed off for greatness that means you’re okay with being mediocre. And ain’t no man in here okay with being just basic. So lets do what we do – TONIGHT. 

We ain’t got to worry about taking no breaks.”

– Ray Lewis


Real life blade runner Oscar Pistorius finished his last race at the 2012 Olympics. He finished in last place of the 400 meter semi-finals. What place he placed in didn’t matter. It’s the fact he got there is what makes it special. I honestly haven’t seen him race before last night. I only saw him as the guy with no legs out of context in Nike ads. It’s impressive to see a man run that fast in an advertisement. But when you put him on the worlds stage vs other guys. I finally saw everything in context. What he has achieved is amazing for any human being.

The courage to try for something when you know you don’t have what others have. To believe in yourself and see yourself in another context before anyone else can to me is why this guy is an inspiration.

COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg  speaks to the 2012 class of HBS. Some of her advice is great.

Careers are not on a ladder anymore, it’s a jungle gym. There’s no steady climb anymore. It’s about finding opportunities that lets you grow, lets you make impact, and finding a company that has a true mission. It doesn’t matter what direction you move sideways, or down. The most important thing is about getting and building your skill sets. It’s NOT about titles and what you achieved before. It’s about what you can do right NOW.

– This is so true and I have experienced it. I realized when my career was on the right path it was when I didn’t care about my title and went after learning the most I can learn. I learned skill sets that I knew were important and would set me up for the future.

Be your authentic self. Bring your whole self to work. You don’t bring a professional self to work and a different one goes on weekend trips. This is true. I think it’s so true. From the designers standpoint what you have to leverage the most is yourself. Your insight to the problems and challenges at hand. You have to be yourself because that’s how you are able to solve problems for your clients in a more human way.

Thanks for the inspiration Neil Gaiman.

Ai Wei Wei – Chinese Artist, Activist, Truth teller. Ai Wei Wei leads the wave of new thinkers from China.

His website is no longer available online because the Chinese government took it down. But here are some interesting imagery and a profile on him from Frontline on PBS.

Also here is his TED recently in April.