Tag Archives: Creativity

Seth Godin on The Icarus Deception, pushing the limits and connecting with other humans

Seth Godin’s latest book The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? (Amazon affiliate link) is simply outstanding. In it Seth shares how the story we know of the young Icarus, who ignored his father’s instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and as a result drowned after burning his wings, has been lost along the way.

According to him, people think the story says “don’t fly too close to the sun,” but that’s not what it used to say 150 years ago. Back then it also used to say “don’t fly too low, because if you fly too low, the mist and the water will weigh you down, and you will perish.

So, basically the message we have been fed for years has been to stay low, don’t try and fly too high. In other words, we should just stay in our comfort zone, play it safe, do not make waves and just listen to the experts.

The book is about about forging your own path, not settling, pushing beyond what is expected, and connecting with other humans. This is a truly remarkable book and I strongly recommend you to read it.

Bryan Elliot had a very interesting conversation with Seth in which they went over some of the most important concepts from the book.



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Making Ideas Happen

Making Ideas Happen
Couple of years ago I had the great opportunity to get introduced to Scott Belsky‘s work. Scott is the founder and CEO of Behance, publisher of the fantastic site 99u.com and the author of the remarkable book Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality (Amazon affiliate link). This book has been a huge influence for me and I highly recommend it.

Scott has studied the habits of especially productive individuals and teams across different industries, and in his book he compiled the principles and techniques they shared with him, while presenting a systematic approach to creative organization and productivity.

In this excellent TEDx Talk, Scott goes over some of the key points of his research and describes how you can get better organized and focused on execution; the role that community plays on getting traction behind your ideas, and how to develop leadership capabilities needed to make ideas happen.



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What have you done to say “thank you” to your Fans/Clients/Partners?

John Butler is an outstanding Australian-American musician, songwriter, record label owner and producer. His band, the John Butler Trio is regarded as one of the best acts in Australia.

One of his songs, Ocean, has been a sensation for many years in YouTube. The song has been watched online over 25 million times in various formats and represents a remarkable display of skills, artistry, passion and mastery. I have watched the video of the live performance of Ocean hundreds of times (and no, I am not exaggerating). It is that good!


Recently John did something that I consider quite outstanding. As a “thank you” to his fans for all thier support thoughtout the years, he decided to record a new version of his classic song and offer it as a free download on his website. This new version, at just over 11:40 minutes is simply amazing!



This is the note he published on his website:

OCEAN is a very interesting aspect of my life. It is part of my DNA. It conveys all things I can’t put into words.
Life, loss, love, spirit. As I evolve so too does ‘Ocean’. The song was first recorded as part of my first album/cassette,
“Searching For Heritage“, which I sold when I busked, then for my first self-titled studio album 12 years ago – “John Butler (1998)”.
The song has been watched online incredibly over 25 million times in various formats, nearly always live, be it from MusicMax Sessions or from one of the many festivals I have had the pleasure to play. I’d like to thank you for your continued support over all these years; it means so much to me. I would like to thank you by offering this first studio recording of ‘Ocean’ in over a decade as a free download.
I recorded it in my favourite studio, The Compound here in Fremantle Western Australia, a studio you helped me build.
This marks just another fleeting moment in a career that is very much ongoing.
I look forward to bringing you many new songs and albums into the future and continuing this amazing journey with you ALL.
John Butler

Most bands normally get out a “Greatest Hits” album and eventually add couple new songs. Others may create a “Special Edition” or a “Box Set” or some other form of package to maybe say “thank you” while still selling records. Now … there is nothing wrong with making money with your art. But if your goal is to say “thank you“, making a buck should not be part of the plan. And that’s exactly what John Butler did. He just went to the studio, recorded a beautiful version of the song his fans love and give it to them as a gift. Now … as a John Butler fan, I am happy to express my gratitude, not only for this great gift, but for sharing his talent with the world.

My question to you is:

What have you done to say “thank you” to your Fans/Clients/Partners?

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Jason Fried on marketing by sharing

Jason Fried, co-founder and President of 37 Signals, shares very insightful ideas on how sharing knowledge and teaching, is an extremely effective way to get the word about your products or services, and how instead of trying to “out-spend” the competition, you should focus on “out-teach” the competition.



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Quote of the week

The second best thing you can say about an idea is, “That’s been done before, and it worked.”
The best thing you can say is, “That’s been done before, and it didn’t work…. Let’s do it again, but better.

Author from The Group of 33

Innovation lessons from a skateboarder

Rodney Mullen, “the Godfather of street skating”, is widely considered the most influential street skateboarder in history, inventing most of the tricks used today. By the time he was 23, Mullen had already set new milestones for skateboarding winning 35 out of 36 freestyle competitions.

Today apart from being a successful entrepreneur, he continues to skate, innovate, and design some 30 years after he won his first world championship at the age of 11.

In this great TEDx Talk, Rodney shares valuable lessons on innovation based on his amazing experience as a skateboarder.


TEDxUSC – Rodney Mullen – How Context Shapes Content

How to design, build and ship disruptive products

Tony Fadell is the founder and CEO of Nest Labs, Inc. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple Inc., reporting to Steve Jobs. He was responsible for creating the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone.

In this excellent video from the 99% Conference 2012, Tony shares incredible insights on everything from his own creative process, to how to keep your team motivated and passionate for the long haul, to how to design, build, and ship disruptive products.


Tony Fadell: On Setting Constraints, Ignoring Experts & Embracing Self-Doubt