Wearing your heart on your sleeve

The individual wears no logos. Punks wear studs and diamonds. Fashionistas signal their hipness with cashmere scarfs. We all brand ourselves in one way or another whether we sport plainness, tattoos, or Prada. We speak through our clothing. Design reveals some of our inside expressions. But most of us are more complex than that. We […]

Don’t Compete, Create

Competition is zero-sum. Someone always has to win, as in sports. It’s either this or that. Creativity is non-competitive. While creatives may steal ideas from each other, they also mash up, reinterpret, and recast ideas into something completely new and personal. In the case of business, creativity still comes first. Companies that improve lives through […]

Freedom of Speech

Maybe the best way to express something is just to say it how it is. People like honest opinions because they are most likely what they think too but don’t know how to express. Someone’s got to speak up; someone’s got to clarify without restraint. Everything can be explained if you just let go and […]

Bridging the offline/online persona

What you see is what you get. I try to act offline as I do online: showing an interest in the world, creativity, and technology. The online/offline worlds should mirror each other. Of course, it’s difficult to live up to ideal expectations. Some of us (like myself) are not as expressive in the real world […]

Mirror Mirror

Outcasts rebel. Conformists over-assimilate. Observers blend in and identify with the mass and all sorts of tribes. When you’re open-minded, the world opens up to you; understanding reigns over ignorance. Personal identity is built off the reflection and contrast of others. You’re never superior or inferior, just different. Plurality and individuality work together. You may […]

“You can smile but not show teeth.”

Half-way feels safer than all in. If you leave an emotion or an opinion up to doubt, no one will know your true feelings or true voice. Suppression is a mind killer. So is coercion. Freedom from constraint is released through a combination of confidence and care. Passion is scarce. Fence-sitting and compliance is a […]