The Museum of Four in the Morning

Rives has a contagious obsession with 4 a.m. At TED2007, the poet shared what was then a minor fixation with a time that kept popping up everywhere and turned into fourinthemorning.com.

(Thank you Emily)

How to be a predictable success

In this Do Lectures talk, Les McKeown describes the 7 stages every business goes through. Some stages you don’t want to be in. And some you want to stay in forever. This talk was just what I needed on this Monday morning.

Also highly recommend Les’ book titled Share your vision. Inspire others. Achieve the impossible.

Make a Seat The Table For An Apprentice

The idea of “every company needing to make a seat at the table for an apprentice” really stopped me in my tracks. Switzerland has an apprentice system in place for young folks that don’t want to go to college and the USA is really lacking a similar track in my opinion.

EI is a project inspired by Victor Saad’s Leap Year Project, a self-made MBA he completed in 2012. Check out more at The Leap Year Project. And here’s where you can watch Victor Saad’s CreativeMornings talk.

CreativeMornings: Paula Scher

I am thrilled to share Paula Scher’s CreativeMornings talk in which she takes us through different types of ink she’s worked in and the way she feels about them.

You can see all the talks on INK, last month’s global theme, over on the CreativeMornings theme page.

Paula Scher’s event was generously hosted by the MoMA.

The Fringe Benefits of Quitting

We don’t celebrate stopping things, changing our paths, or our minds. Just the opposite. We celebrate finishing things. In our race to finish–in our race to win–we underestimate the benefits of stopping. In this talk, Liz Danzico puts quitting under the microscope and consider its fringe benefits.

CreativeMornings: Elle Luna

In this CreativeMornings talk Elle Luna describes her path from designer to artist, following her dreams and choosing ‘must’ over ‘should’.

A Tale of Two Americas

What an incredibly powerful talk by Anand Giridharadas. Do yourself a favor and take 19minutes to watch this.

Makers of Things

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Powerful quote from Dave Peth’s CreativeMornings talk.

CreativeMornings: Lulu Miller

I was lucky enough to attend this absolutely charming and inspiring DC CreativeMornings talk by Lulu Miller in person. Titled Catapulting Pellets of Chance into your Stupid Head, Lulu shares her lessons on crafting remarkable stories by accommodating chance in your creative process. Do yourself a favor and watch it. You won’t regret it.

Emails I Like To Open

Out of the Ordinary Newsletters

CreativeMornings just launched a campaign highlighting Out Of The Ordinary Emails featuring exceptional newsletters about creative obsessions. They’re hoping it will inspire others to start their own.

Know some newsletters they should add, submit them. Or better, get inspired and start your own!

Hat tip to Karen Baker who so masterfully has curated this (growing) list.

Being Defined by What the Create

“We have to stop being defined by what we own, and start being defined by what we create.”
— Mark Stevenson

Watch the CreativeMornings talk this quote is from.

How to make hard choices

In this TED Talk Philosopher Ruth Chang speaks on how we we go about big hard choices the wrong way. Anyone who ever had a hard time making a difficult decision will enjoy this talk.

Dan Pallotta on Charity

Grateful that my friend Mac pointed me to this powerful TED talk by Dan Pallotta. Some serious food for thought.

Dan is an activist calling out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done.

It’s Not Too Late To Make A Difference

Via Seth Godin’s post The stories we tell ourselves.

Jessica Lawrence: On leading

I truly enjoyed this recent POP Tech talk by Jessica Lawrence in which she shares what she has learned about leadership from early teenage miscues through her tenure with the Girl Scouts of the USA and on to running NY Tech Meetup, the world’s largest meetup with over 40,000 members.

CreativeMornings: Joshua Cogan on Freedom

In this CreativeMornings/DC talk photographer and anthropologist, Joshua Cogan, explores his work and what freedom really means.

What does freedom mean to you?

Sharing my 5 Personal Rules

I recently gave a talk at the wonderful 99u conference here in NYC and am thrilled to see it just went live. This is probably my most polished talk to date. Makes me happy. Hope you enjoy.

Today Wednesday June 18th: Chase Jarvis Live

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I am ridiculously excited to be today’s guest on Chase Jarvis LIVE.

You’ll be able to watch the Live Stream today, Wednesday, June 18th, noon SF time (3:00pm NYC time or 20:00 London) here: www.chasejarvis.com/live. It’s free — anyone can watch and Chase and his team will be taking your questions via Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #cjLIVE

UPDATE: You can watch the interview here.

Not familiar with Chase’s Live series? Check out some of the previous interviews, i.e with Brené Brown or the really insightful conversation with Tim Ferris. Chase is a famous photographer, entrepreneur extraordinnaire and founder/CEO of CreativeLive.

CreativeMornings: Anthony Casalena

Founder and CEO of Squarespace, Anthony Casalena gave a thoughtful talk on Minimalism at CreativeMornings/NewYork last week. Really thrilled to share it here. Give it a listen.

New DoLectures Site

Do Lectures

DoLectures redesigned their site. Beautifully minimal! Go watch some talks.

Be Careful What You Wish For

Absolutely loved this talk by Keith Yamashita at the most recent PSFK conference: Be Careful What You Wish For. (And yes, I just blogged another talk by Keith in my Friday Link Pack! It’s Keith week!)

Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

In this brand new TED Talk Simon Sinek asks: What makes a great leader? He suggests it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.

Simon just recently published a book titled Leaders Eat Last and his first TED talk is one of my favorite TED talks of all time.

Cindy Gallop: Make Love Not Porn

Cindy Gallop is a modern day hero in my book. The work she is doing with her company Make Love Not Porn is nothing short of courageous and oh-so-incredibly-important in this day and age. As a mother of two, I want her message to spread. People need to understand the difference between porn and real world sex.

When you’re done with the talk, check out her site, makelovenotporn.tv.

Current Status

Working Hard

Current status: working on my talk for Friday’s 99u conference.