Friday, April 19, 2013

Her Fame Was Greater Than Her Contributions

"As soon as you start talking about it, you’re messing with the magic." Springsteen's new book has a ton of great insight about the songwriting process. Personally, I think that's the best part. Never having to explain your lyrics to anybody.

"Collaboration is how most of our ancestors used to work and live." I spent the first eleven years of my professional life creating art alone. But now, my pronouns have switched. I'm at Poke with an amazing team. And my work is lightyears more satisfying. Thanks Twyla.

"Her fame was greater than her contributions as an actress." This passage comes from the obituary of Marilyn Monroe. So sad. Interestingly, not much has changed in fifty years. People are still famous for being famous. Attention seems to trumps accomplishment. Even more sad.

"If you don't fall in love with the guitar, you get your money back." Now that's confidence in your product. Paul Reed Smith ain't no joke. Even though I'm a lifelong Fender guy, I can still appreciate a guarantee like that.

"When we walk into the room, we have to float in like goddesses." I've always felt I was born in the wrong decade. That's why I love artists like Stevie Nicks. She's always been my type of rock star. So hot.

"Your identity is your vector." Reid Hoffman changed my life. His work on identity was crucial to my transition last year. In fact, I never would have made it out alive without his help. Awesome to read his latest article on my favorite topic.

"Put your ass where your heart wants to be." Pressfield on the eloquence of action. You know, it's amazing. People overcomplicate success beyond belief. It's simple. Just start doing stuff. The end.