Ideas Vs. Execution

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This is an exerpt from my new book The Craftsman Creative Manifesto. You can preorder your copy using the link at the end of the post. A family member of mine likes to tell the story of how she came up with the ideas for pull-ups. You know, the diapers that you can pull up …

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Discipline Equals Freedom

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This post is an exerpt from my new book, The Craftsman Creative Manifesto. You can get a copy for yourself using the link at the bottom of the page. Here’s the principle right up front: There are no shortcuts. How does that make you feel? Excited to do the work? Or down because you were …

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Growth Vs. Fixed Mindset

This post is an exerpt from my new book, The Craftsman Creative Manifesto. You can get a copy for yourself using the link at the bottom of the page. When I was a kid, as the oldest of four, the only thing I really wanted was to be the best at everything. I blame half …

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Lessons From Fathers

With Father’s day today, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on both the blessing and the responsibility of being a father. It’s great to be celebrated, but it’s also important that we treat fatherhood with the weight and importance that it deserves.

From the first moment our children come into our arms, they look to us for protection, for guidance, for comfort. With that in mind, here are three essential lessons that either my father taught me, or that are essential for my three boys as they grow to become young men.

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Awareness Vs. Knowledge

I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time over the last decade reading all of the top books on the subjects of film producing, business, and self improvement. I could probably do a Q&A sitting in for Seth Godin or Tim Ferriss and give you the exact answers they would give because I’ve read and absorbed …

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Business Procedures

Over the last ten years I was the CEO of a small (read: two-man) production company called Telekinesis Entertainment. I left that position at the end of 2017 to go back to freelancing on my own. During those 10 years I had this running note in Evernote that I would periodically update, which kept track …

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Better Than The Worst

The other day I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, ScriptNotes, where John August, one of the hosts, interviewed indie film producer Keith Calder. While I recommend the enlightening conversation, there was one point in particular that stuck out. Here’s the excerpt: Keith: …It’s interesting because I think a lot of people, when …

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