This month we have the talented Richie Stewart, of Commoner, Inc, speaking on the theme of heritage. I had the chance to sit down with Richie, and let me tell you, this guy is a treasure trove of passion and creativity. Not only is he extremely skilled at his craft, he is one of the most personable, humble, genuine guys I have ever met.
Make things look less shitty.
I asked Richie what makes him get out of bed in the morning; what makes him tick. After laughing that he had actually slept in that day and struggled to get out of bed, he tackled the question. He said there’s a lot of things that look pretty shitty in the world, his mission is to make things look, well, less shitty. He’s interested in all the details and makes sure to bring something into the world that delights the eye. You should have heard the eloquence with which he spoke about his desire for making things look better…err, “less shitty,” it was definitely inspiring.
The thing about Richie that sets him apart is that he deeply cares about making human connections. He only works with people that he jives with and throughout his process he makes sure that he understands exactly what the client wants - even when the client doesn’t know exactly what they want. He has an ability to get answers to questions that he doesn’t ask. I’m telling you, the guy has an incredible ability to understand what people want by asking, without actually asking. Crazy, I know, but it all comes down to the very real, very human, connection that he makes.
Words to live by.
Richie lives and works by his mantra of Feel strongly, Do something, Show people. When you feel strongly about something, don’t just sit on it. Go do/make/create something! And don’t keep it to yourself, show people, get the word out, get feedback. That’s pretty solid advice right there, Richie.
Richie’s talk is going to be amazing, you definitely don’t want to miss this one!