Writer/reader/photographer. Editor of Motivated Mastery. Marketing consultant for +Acumen. Former Community Manager for Seth Godin's altMBA and 6x coach. Author of Connect the Dots. 'Boom' aficionado. My essays have appeared on Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Business Insider, Inc. and more.
Creativity, content marketing strategy, community building, writing a book, self-education, writing, reading, learning, sports, making tough decisions, thinking clearly, adapting, fitness, snowboarding, and asking good questions.
Design, Photoshop, Illustrator, coding, personal finance
"The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life." — Seneca
Seth Godin, Maria Popova, Martha Graham, Temple Grandin, Steven Pressfield, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, Anne Lamott, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus.
Where something is, but not the street name.
Asking good questions and becoming curious
Paul’s CreativeMornings activity
Damon McLeese Giving All Artists Access
Shannon Lipan Outside the Lines
Andrew Simonet Making a Living as an Artist
Tori McClure Lessons On Survival
Being creative people, you're very lucky when you get up in the morning and you do that thing that you've got a compulsion to do; there isn't really a choice. . . . So I have to make bread.
Michael Ventura Take Chances to Embrace Serendipity
It's not necessarily our music that needs to adapt, what needs to change is how we present it.
I step back from my situation and I said, 'If I just share my story and if I address the issues that I faced as a Muslim person in Miami, I can make a difference.'
Numbness happens when we are shocked too often but forget to take our finger out of the outlet.
When you experience shock, you have two options: 1) Lose faith in humanity and do nothing or 2) Partially lose faith in humanity and create constructive change in order to restore faith.
Laughter unlocks a higher level of brilliance.
When I have to come with ideas, especially when it's in a pinch, I need to create the conditions for creativity.
If something doesn't fit you, you can tailor it fit you better.
Identity is something that can shift, and I started to think about, 'How can I take what makes me me and the things that are my strengths that I do well and with little effort and bring those into the things that are really uncomfortable?'
Refinery29 started as a tiny idea which was to celebrate the independent makers of New York City, the people that were bringing together really unique and diverse communities and celebrating personal style.
It was the culture of New York that inspired the idea behind Refinery29.
We shake it out because play creates trust. We shake it out because it gets us out of our heads and into our bodies. We shake it out because it levels the playing field.
Failure, whether perceived or real, is an opportunity to be uncomfortable and to rebuild.
'You don't have what it takes. What's your Plan B?' I would hear this all the time. And mind you, at Hopkins, I was the only person of color on any floor in an entire building that wasn't there to clean a toilet.
That's serendipity to me. I had to go out and do something that I didn't want to do with one artist, which then turned into something completely different.