Positive Vision

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”
– Dalai Lama

There are currently so many people living with no sense of potential, zero positive vision. We must change that, but not with fueling their fears…

A Quote For Every Boss or Parent:

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

(via Jonathan Fields)

Get To Work

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.

If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to do an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.

Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.

Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

— Chuck Close


Thinking Visually

“The soul never thinks without an image.”
– Aristotle


Life Needs a Progress Bar

“Finishing big projects takes so much time that we often kind of lose sight of how far we’ve come in the process. And unfortunately there’s no built in progress bar.”
— Jocelyn K Glei

I wish life came with a progress bar. An idea I discovered in this this thoughtful CreativeMornings/LA talk by Jocelyn K Glei.


“Don’t hire a dog, then bark yourself”
– David Ogilvy

A Daring Adventure

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
– Helen Keller


What Matters is Saying Yes

“Do not be critics, you people, I beg you. I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a f@*$%load of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes.”
– Dave Eggers

(via Jonathan Fields)

A Precious Hour

“Poorly written emails are an early warning of intense busy. Yes, I lack the time to proofread an email, but the mail is sent. At least I accomplished something. The step beyond this is when shit is truly falling on the floor, and while shit on the floor is professionally unacceptable, there used to be a point of irrational pride in my head during this situation: Look at me, how important I must be, with all the… busy.”

A Precious Hour by Tanner Christensen

(via Coudal)

Ten Virtues for the Modern Age

PATIENCE: We lose our temper because we believe that things should be perfect. We’ve grown so good in some areas (putting men on the moon etc.), we’re ever less able to deal with things that still insist on going wrong; like traffic, government, other people… We should grow calmer and more forgiving by getting more realistic about how things actually tend to go.

Ten Virtues for the Modern Age, by Alain de Botton

Don’t Do It



The Internet Doesn’t Forget

The Internet Doesn’t Forget

Carolyn Sewell said it. Chris Piascik illustrated it. And I am trying to teach it to my kids.

Staying Human in the Machine Age

“Instead of looking at technologies programmed to enable human beings to better navigate the world I see technologies optimized to help corporations better navigate and manipulate human behavior. That’s not technology’s fault but a question of who and what we’re allowing to build our applications and whether or not we’re willing to look at them from the perspective of human need.”

Staying Human in the Machine Age: An Interview With Douglas Rushkoff, by Andrew O’Keefe

(via Jocelyn)

Yes To Others

yes to others
Good reminder.

No Small Act of Kindness

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
– Scott Adams

Seasick Every Day


Working hard on becoming the ocean.

On Top Of The Mountain


Always reminding my children of this, in different words though. Maybe I should try it this way.

Being Different

“Being unafraid of being different comes from realizing and knowing that it is all you can really be.”
– John Maeda

The Problem With The World

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”
– Charles Bukowski

Feeling Safe

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
– Van der Kolk

The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma


“Creation is in large part of merely the business of forgoing the great and small distractions.”
– E.B. White

(Taken from this CreativeMornings talk by Jocelyn K Glei)

Beliefs Are Infectious

“Beliefs are infectious, so choose your friends carefully.”
Steve Pavlina

(via Jocelyn)


“When you have purpose, you don’t have time for negativity.”
– Mark Victor Hansen


Definition of a Designer

“A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense.”
Bruno Munari