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What can Jack Nicholson teach us about marketing?

Hello. The question I’m posing today is: What has Jack Nicholson got do with the basics of marketing? Well, in Seth Godin’s book ‘This Might Work’ (a humungous collection of blog posts he wrote between 2006 and 2012), he explains the five basics of marketing. He references one of Jack Nicholson’s great early films, Five […]

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How to get people to read your shit

Do you want people to pay attention to your creative work? You might want to read this first. 1. Know your shit Bestselling author Steven Pressfield is a big believer in the value of learning on the job. In his latest book, Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit, he talks about how stints as an ad […]

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Productivity

The Art of Taking Action: Quotes and Notes

Welcome to the fourth and final part of The Art of Taking Action series, in which I share a few other ideas from the book I found useful – from Krech and a few of the other contributors. In part one I wrote about the central ideas in the book The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese […]

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The stress of not getting things done

Welcome to part three of The Art of Taking Action series. In part one I wrote about the central ideas in the book The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology, by Gregg Kech, and in part two we explored musician Shinichi Suzuki’s thoughts on procrastination. In another excellent essay in the book, Trudy Boyle shares […]

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The truth about putting things off until tomorrow

Welcome to part two of The Art of Taking Action series. In part one I wrote about the central ideas in the book The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology, by Gregg Kech. As well as Kech’s own writing, the book also features essays by other contributors which also have some great insights on the topic. […]

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The Art of Taking Action

“Consider the implications of a life in which you don’t have the power, focus, or single-mindedness to do what you say you will do. Imagine the countless times your wiser self decides on a particular course of action, only to be blown off course by the merest breeze of immediate desire. There’s a helplessness, a […]

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Finding Your Voice Online – Interview with Nicola Balkind

Are you a writer, or do you want to be?  Then you’ll probably want to have a listen to this in-depth interview I recently recorded with Glasgow-based Writer and Content Specialist Nicola Balkind. Nicola is giving a workshop in Edinburgh on Finding Your Voice Online (at the Skriva Writing School on Friday 23rd October) where she will help writers create “a […]

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Why ‘Grit Conquers All’ when it comes to creative work

“An ounce of practice is generally worth more than ton of theory.” – E.F. Schumacher (author of the book Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered) At last year’s Small is Beautiful conference in Glasgow, the first speaker was writer and author Jocelyn K Glei, who at the time was Founding Editor and Director of Behance’s […]

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Micro-Businesses in the UK: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful

‘The Second Age of Small’ is a new report jointly produced by artsy e-commerce giants Etsy and the UK organisation the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). They’ve put together a handy 9-part summary of the findings on their website, so in order to mark the 2nd Small is Beautiful conference happening this week in […]

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Bill Murray: “The more relaxed you are, the better you are”

“I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you […]