Milton Glaser – Ten Things He Has Learned

  1. You can only work for people that you like.
  2. If you have a choice [never have a job](
  3. Some people are toxic avoid them.
  4. Professionalism is not enough or the good is the enemy of the great.
  5. Less is not necessarily more.
  6. Style is not to be trusted.
  7. How you live changes your brain.
  8. Doubt is better than certainty.
  9. On aging.
  10. Tell the truth.

This article is great, truly. Such class and charisma and home-cooked, ruddy wisdom. Milton Glaser – Ten Things I Have Learned.

Mike Montiero on The Work You Do

“… as a designer, hell, as ANY type of craftsman, you are responsible for what you help to put in the world. You are defined by the clients you take on, and you can only stand as proud as the work you do and its benefit to society entitles you.”

~ Mike Montiero

Doug Stanhope on advice to comedians…

“He [Joey Scazzola] said ‘Never give anyone advice because you’re only telling them how to be more like you.’ Every time I’ve erred and given someone advice, I remembered that.

If you want advice, you most likely just want someone to reassure you of what you already know. If they tell you otherwise, you’ll either discount it or you’ll take their advice and no longer be following the instincts that got you in this to begin with. So either way, you didn’t need the advice.

But if you really want the advice anyway, you can get it very easily for free without going far out of your way. If there’s one thing that you never have to pay for, it’s some other jerk-offs opinion.”

~ Doug Stanhope

Why I Enjoy Marc Maron

I’m not a ‘podcast’ guy, but I do listen to one podcast, always, without missing a beat. It’s called WTF with Marc Maron. Mark Maron’s been a comedian for over 20 years; he came up with folks like Luis CK and Janeane Garofalo in the 80s/90s. He’s been an upper, downer, outter, and recoverer, and he brings a thorough understanding of what it’s like to be f’ked up and “in process”to his interviews and monologues. What I love about this podcast is that you really get to know Marc over time. He exudes sincerity, heart, and the proper amount of cynicism and you get the feeling that he’s really trying to figure his life out, process his family of origins stuff, decode his f*ckd-upness, and change for the better. (more…)

Marc Maron on The Tragically Heroic Posture

“Just remember when you climb out of the jerk pit with your flowers and chocolate it is a tragically heroic posture. Own it. It is your moment to seize. In that moment your partner may be so taken with your actions that she forgets that your heroic journey is mostly about overcoming obstacles of your own creation that you have brought to the relationship out of your emotional retardation. Grab her, hold her, have sex like animals, throw in some love, intimacy and sensitivity if you have it in you. When you wake up, delay your return to the jerk pit for as long as possible. Try not to go back down before the flowers wilt and the chocolates are eaten.”

– Marc Maron

7 Life-Altering Blog Headline Tips To Cure Cancer

Headlines are important, maybe the most important… for SEO, but mostly for whether or not a person reads your content, clicks on your tweet link, etc.

There’s so much shit out there about writing headlines. Some of it’s good. Some of it’s just pumped full of hot air.

But here’s one tips that will always get you read: write about something interesting.

I saw a headline that was so good I was basically compelled to read it. It read: How To Feel Great Every Time You Get Dressed (link).

Don’t judge me. I think about the clothes i’m wearing often. I want to look good. This article is interesting. I click. I read.

There are some construction elements to this headline – e.g., using “how to” which makes me feel like i’ll get a tip/trick out of the post – but the real trick to this headline is that it’s about something I want the answer to.

You can’t polish a turd, people. Write better stuff, get better activity on the site.

p.s. I’m not downplaying the role of the headline here. The headline is important, always has been, always will be. Just don’t worry about the construction of the headline so much as you do about whether or not your article merits some eyeballs.

If Quality Matters More…

The quality of your audience matters more than the quantity. I keep needing to be reminded of this in my online ventures.

The number of visitors to your site doesn’t matter as much as who those visitors are.

The number of tweets you send out doesn’t matter. (more…)

5 Lessons In 5 Years Of Marriage

Today my wife and I have been married for exactly 5 years. We’ve both changed a lot over that time. From 23 year old idealists to exhausted and hopeful parents of a baby human called Aiden… which was the result of me totally getting it on with Mellisa (BOOM! Score!).

Our marriage has survived these changes and we – seemingly barely, seemingly gloriously, like a 3 legged show pony – live to tell the tales, both good and bad.

I wanted to commemorate this occasion with a short list of tips for marriage, one for each year we’ve survived. This list isn’t going to change your life overnight, but if you follow through these just may save your marriage over the long-haul. So, let’s get started being awesome at marriage: (more…)

The One Marketing Question You Need To Ask

You want to kick some ass with a product? Want to build a brand that makes money and lasts a long time? Want to build a legacy your kids can inherit? Just discover a true (and good) answer to this one question: Who are you and what do you stand for in the world.