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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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Novak Djokovic: Nothing is impossible

Novak Djokovic is currently the number 1 tennis player in the world. In this video we get the chance to see his journey from being a 5 years old kid hanging around a tennis court located across the pizzeria his family ran; to becoming the best tennis player in the world. Great story!



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Quote of the week

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
Muhammad Ali

Everything is a Remix

A few months ago I found a remarkable video entitled “The Elements of Creativity“, which I found to be very informative, extremely interesting and thought-provoking. In short: I loved it.

Then I found out that the video was part of a four video series called Everything is a Remix, created by a very talented filmmaker named Kirby Ferguson.

After watching the rest of the videos, I decided that instead of only sharing that particular great video, I chose instead to get all four parts together and share with you the entire video series.

Well, after months of waiting, today is the day the fourth and final part has been launched, so I am very happy to finally be able to share with you this remarkable video series: Everything is a Remix.

Note: Make sure you continue watching the videos after the credits, as there is still more great stuff afterwards.


Part 1: The song remains the same


Part 2: Remix Inc.


Part 3: The Elements of Creativity


Part 4: System Failure


RIP Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Steve Jobs

In memoriam of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Photo credit: apple.com

Michael Phelps: Focus and determination – Get Inspired! series

A few days ago, a friend of mine asked me: “Ivan, what inspires you?“. I thought about it for a second and … I told him.

The funny thing is that based on his reaction to my response I could tell that:

(a) he was not expecting that type of answer (probably he was expecting more the “usual” response, mentioning people like Mahatma Gandhi or in business related matters names like Donald Trump); and
(b) some people may not be aware of the huge amount of sources of inspiration out there!

The reality is that you can find incredible sources of inspiration everywhere! and if you are failing to get inspired, it is simply because you are not getting exposed, or better said, exposing yourself to them.

So, I came up with the idea to start a new series called: Get Inspired! in which I will be sharing some great stories. Some maybe well known, some maybe known to few people. Some will be short 2 minutes videos, some may be longer.

The point I want to make is that everywhere in the world there are amazing people doing amazing things. And getting to know more about this amazing people will certainly get you thinking in a different way and hopefully getting you inspired to go out there and make a difference.

So, I am planning to share this stories regularly. Most probably on Fridays (so you get the weekend to think about it and get ready to crush it on the following week).

So, here is the first one:

Michael Phelps is a phenomenon and arguably the greatest olympian athlete of all time. His accomplishments are simply outstanding: 14 gold medals (winning 8 of them at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games).

In this video you get the opportunity to get a small idea of what it takes to accomplish such remarkable success, such as:

– Training non-stop since age 11 (with a period of 5 years training without taking a single day off)
– Extremely intensive training sessions (how about swimming as hard as you can for 10,000 meters?)
– The extreme focus to accomplish the goals established


And by the way, if you have some great inspiring stories please share them with all of us down below on the comments section.

P.S. If you are wondering what was my response to my friends question, well, you will find out throughout the course of this series.

10 remarkable ChangeThis manifestos you should read

One of my favorite websites in the whole wide web is ChangeThis. ChangeThis is a remarkable platform that focuses on supporting and spreading great ideas. It is a place where you have the opportunity to find out and learn about remarkable ideas through short manifestos (around 13-14 pages long). Additionally they are designed in a format that is very easy and pleasant to read. And here is the best part: all the manifestos are available to download for free!

The website offers hundreds of awesome manifestos. However, today I want to share with you 10 remarkable ChangeThis manifestos you should read (just to get you starting, then I strongly recommend you to browse through the great manifestos you can find there).

Note: The list is not organized in order of importance. Each manifesto focuses on different areas and each is remarkable on its own way.


1. Brainwashed: Seven Ways to Reinvent Yourself
by Seth Godin

2. The Art of the Start
by Guy Kawasaki

3. Rework: A Better, Easier Way To Succeed In Business
by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson (37Signals)

4. What the Creative World Needs Now Is Organization
by Scott Belsky

5. 168 Hours: The Blank Slate of Time
by Laura Vanderkam

6. Before You Open Your Mouth: The Keys to Great Public Speaking
by Nick Morgan

7. F2 | Firefly Manifesto: Remixed
by Jonathan Fields

8. The Bootstrapper’s Bible
by Seth Godin

9. Get a Life, Not a Job: Self-Directed Career Acts and the Future of Careers
by Paula Caligiuri, Ph.D

10. Stop the Busywork!: Seven Ways You Can Do More Great Work
by Michael Bungay Stanier

So, here you have them. I would love to know if you enjoy these manifestos or if after checking the ChangeThis archive you find something interesting or inspiring. All your feedback is highly appreciated!

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