The Best and the Worst

The best blogs or vlogs or art of any kind are an act of generosity. They offer a point of view, insight, encouragement, something interesting or even something beautiful. The worst try to sell you something: "And that's how the Dalai Lama approaches conflict. And speaking of conflict, how often have you seen people conflicted [...]

By |2018-09-09T07:48:03-04:00September 9th, 2018|Art, Blog, Business, Creativity, Humor, Marketing|Comments Off on The Best and the Worst

A Very Simple Rule

Austin Kleon is an artist and author of the book Steal Like an Artist that I highly recommend for anyone who has a creative passion that they want to express. Austin has a weekly email newsletter that I look forward to receiving every Friday morning. This past week he shared a quote that really resonated with [...]

By |2018-09-07T07:28:00-04:00September 7th, 2018|Creativity, Rest, Stress|Comments Off on A Very Simple Rule

Solitary Confinement

It is when I am in a flow state, a time of effortless focus, like a shortstop turning a double play or Arthur Rubinstein performing  Chopin's Mazurkas, that I am the most valuable. I can create something of value for my clients. But during these times I am considerably less valuable in a human sense. [...]

By |2018-09-03T08:33:11-04:00September 3rd, 2018|Creativity, Relationships, Skills, Value|Comments Off on Solitary Confinement

Differentiate

It's probably not enough to know the tax code better than most other accountants. It is helpful, it shows that you are a serious and competent professional. But in the end clients don't care. What they care about is how you make them feel. That you take the time to carefully explain a matter, to [...]

By |2018-09-02T08:04:57-04:00September 2nd, 2018|Creativity, Generosity, Humor, Jargon, Marketing, Niche|Comments Off on Differentiate

Be Jealous

You only get four, six if you are lucky. If part of what you sell is creative or problem-solving in nature, you may have noticed that the flow state required is not something you can keep up all day. The reality is that human beings can only sustain this level of deep work for about [...]

By |2018-09-01T06:58:55-04:00September 1st, 2018|Art, Creativity, Productivity, Small Business, Time Management|Comments Off on Be Jealous

Getting A Letter

I sat down for breakfast this week with a friend and really fine appraiser who recently started his own business. A lot of his work is in the commercial mortgage sector, which is pretty typical for a fledgling practice. I don't do a lot of mortgage work, so I was surprised to hear of the [...]

By |2018-08-24T06:46:44-04:00August 24th, 2018|Automation, Creativity, Small Business, Trends|Comments Off on Getting A Letter

You’re Doing It Wrong

For those of you not familiar with Wordpress, there are these things called Plugins. Plugins are little programs that do specific tasks, like creating a contact form or preventing spam comments. I once used a Plugin that "helped" me write blogs. There were all sorts of rules: at least 300 words, the text of the [...]

By |2018-08-14T06:26:42-04:00August 14th, 2018|Blog, Creativity, Stories|Comments Off on You’re Doing It Wrong

Autodidact

Our Word of the Day is autodidact. It means, "a self-taught person." We are all autodidacts. Everything we learned in school, and even in classes directly related to our careers, was general and theoretical in nature. No class I ever took taught me how build a spreadsheet in Excel or format a Word document. Or [...]

By |2018-08-01T08:36:25-04:00August 1st, 2018|Creativity, Grit, Professional Development, Skills, Technology|Comments Off on Autodidact

Hum a Few Bars and I Will Fake It

If you are not familiar with the phrase, Hum a Few Bars and I Will Fake It, you are probably under 40 years old. I am not sure of its origins, but it was uttered by a deeply experienced musician who, with just a hint as to the melody of a song, could play the song [...]

By |2018-07-31T06:28:01-04:00July 31st, 2018|Brand, Business, Creativity, Music, Professional Development, Skills, Small Business, Stories, Success|Comments Off on Hum a Few Bars and I Will Fake It