Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Walk into a high dollar hair salon and you might be offered a glass of wine to go with your $60 haircut. IF you have an appointment that is. Walk into a Bishops Barbershop on any given Tuesday (no appointment necessary) and suck down the suds during your $12 buzz cut.
Rivera didn’t invent the idea of a different kind of hair salon. The niche is includes SportsClips, which features TVs blaring ESPN and stylists in NASCAR gear. Then there’s Cartoon Cuts, where kids get hosed down by a nozzle that resembles an elephant trunk. But Rivera’s joint is different. Partly on account of that beer, and partly due to the street art he supports which creates the uber-urban vibe. But mostly it’s because of the personality Rivera has infused into his brand.
(and leave a comment below if you know of a business with personality!)
Monday, October 06, 2008
What do you think? What REALLY BIG goals do you have?
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
He started painting and selling notecards, some of which "from his own driveway". International rock star, Elton John has even taken an interest in Jeff's art and asked him to paint pictures for his AIDS Foundation “cluster homes” in South Africa where "pregnant HIV-positive women receive medicine so their children will be born HIV-free".
While this could just be a story about an artist being discovered by a rock star and introduced to the world stage, it is much more.
Jeff is only 14 years old, has learning disabilities and is legally blind. He sees spots within his field of vision ... but his art must come through!
What's holding you back from fully engaging in your art? What are you using as an excuse?
What if you could find a few minutes a day? What could you create?
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Start small and build your discipline until ... well until you die. Once you experience the feeling of progress you won't want to stop at your initial goal... you will reach for bigger and bigger goals!
If starting small is so powerful, what is the smallest unit of action?
Today is the day to DREAM BIG
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
...This 3rd strategy element is something I call “Your Shine.”
Essentially this is the illumination of your marketing and life vision in what is ultimately a highly personal and unique way.
You already know that line that separates your business and your life is so thin that without a vision for how one will serve the other, perhaps neither will serve either.
And that’s what I believe holds people back from building truly
remarkable businesses and equally remarkable lives.
So what does this shines thing look like? I don’t know exactly, but I do know it has nothing to do with balance.
First off, balance is impossible to achieve and it’s wrong thing
anyway. Building a business and a life that shines isn’t about balance, it’s more about blending the right notes to create a certain kind of dynamic harmony.
See, the beautiful thing about harmony is that only you can determine the kind of music that excites you.
Your Shine then is your personal understanding of your organization’s ... higher purpose or reason for being that syncs perfectly with your personal goals and values. ... You and only you can decide what “higher purpose” means, the only point I’m making is that without this driving vision or “this is why I do this” it is far too easy to get knocked off track the first time you
suffer some setback or criticism of your dream.
A firm grasp of this thing I call your Shine is what gives you the courage to stay with what you believe.
So the parts of your Shine, your harmony and by their very nature parts of your marketing strategy are:
Once you create Your Shine as part of your marketing strategy you may find that the other elements of your strategy, your ideal customer and your core difference, are much easier to get your arms around.
- Your personal, business, strategic and tactical long-term and short-term goals
- Your marketing vision - the higher purpose of why you do what you do that helps you throw off the desire for a homeostasis kind of balance in search for a much more dynamic kind of harmony
- Your vision story - A detailed description of a day in the life of your business if, in fact, your marketing vision was being fully realized and that your business was indeed allowing you to create a remarkable life - in a word, a
life that Shines.
The most exciting thing I’ve witnessed when people take the time to really get this idea, is that all of a sudden marketing gets really easy, because they have a guiding light that drives every single marketing decision.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I spent some time a few days ago listening to a nascent band
performing classic rock songs.
The first group sang a note-for-note rendition of a song by the Stones. The notes were right, but nothing else was. The singer
didn’t know what the song meant. And the musicians, they just stood there. No energy, no smiles, no connection. It could have been a funeral with a great soundtrack.
A concert isn’t about the music, is it? And a restaurant isn’t about the food.
The funny thing is that learning to Sing It is a lot easier
than learning how to play the guitar. For some reason, we work on the technique before we worry about adding the joy.
If you’re going to go to all the trouble of learning the song and performing it, then SING IT. Sing it loud and with feeling and like you mean it. Deliver it, don’t just make it. When you
answer the phone or greet me at your office or come to a meeting or write something, don’t bother if all you’re going to do is do it. Sing it or stay home.
I had composed this post in my head, when, in a scary example of blog synchronicity, they announced the next song. One by Bluë Oyster Cult, of course. And yes, the announcer demanded that the guest on stage give us more cowbell. More cowbell indeed.
Monday, August 04, 2008
It was also a good rest between working out and working in the yard... but, unfortunately, the sun came out on Sunday!
As the painting starts to come together, I'm starting to think about the other colors that will be added soon... I have some gray but I'm not sure if I'm happy with the current shades of blue or purple that I have.
In a few days, we will see what I decided.
Any thoughts or questions about the progress so far?
Leave a comment below !
P.S. I also created a self-portrait this weekend and added an electronic thumbnail version of it to the NoteWordy Artist page.
Check it out... http://notewordy.com/Artists.html
Monday, July 28, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I hate it when "life" gets in the way of my art!
In particular, I've been doing quite a bit for Toastmasters (see my TM blog here) as well as work.
I've also started cleaning up the yard at my house. Maybe "cleaning up" does not give you a true idea of the full scope of what is needed.
I am hacking down overgrown brush, dealing with poison ivy, avoiding prickly bushes and, in general, trying to make at least a little progress towards a good looking environment.
It's all about progress! One way or another !
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Artintimity is a collaborative, artistic and original photoblog concept where people from all horizons express what they are thinking about…while sitting alone in a toilet.
Of course, it could also be a commentary on the state of what we consider "art" nowadays...
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
The picture to the right is the blank canvas with the pencil lines added. "Before - Zero", so to speak.
Monday, June 23, 2008
The picture is a variation of the one posted by Jessica Hagy on her blog, "Indexed"...
Special thanks to my sister, Janet, who gave me the idea (after seeing Jessica's blog post).
In Janet's words,"although to be accurate there should be a line on the graph that looks like someone giving you the finger. True George Carlin style!!"
We saw George Carlin in person on May 2nd at his show in Northampton, MA. It was a great evening of fun with my sister, my Dad & I ... all of us great fans of comedy and George!
The world will miss George Carlin's unique perspective and incredible sense of humor !
If you haven't checked out Jessica Hagy's blog, you might want to go to the main page and check out some other entries... http://indexed.blogspot.com/
Other tributes to George Carlin...
Psychology Today.com (last interview)
Comedy Central (video tribute)
If you know of more, please leave a link to them in the comments !
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Google indexes blogs in about 5 minutes so you are able to use a blog to pull an April Fools or practical joke on someone.
The key is to use a search term or string of words that is unique so that your post will come up first when your "victim" searches to get the "real story".
For example, my niece just passed her driver's test for her driver's license a couple weeks ago so if I put something like "Wisconsin driver test recalled" or "Recall of Wisconsin driver test" or "Wisconsin driver test problem" or "WI driving test" the odds are that my blog post will pop up at the top of a Google search !
I can improve my chances by adding tags such as "Wisconsin Driver Test", Wisconsin Driver Test Recall, recall, driving test and Grafton (where she might have taken the test).
Let's try it .... (I just posted this and will wait a few minutes to see if it works).
It worked ! Now to put my plan into action with a telephone call ....
April Fools Alex ... from your Uncle Dave !!!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Tripadvisor.com has a neat tool (under their "Fun & Free section, I believe) that allows you to plot locations across the globe and display them very quickly !
Here is an example for Dave Wheeler...
It is interesting to see that although Dave has traveled extensively within the US and parts of Canada & Europe, he has yet to go to Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Guess where his next vacation might be?