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Aaron Goldfarb on How To Fail

I connected with Aaron Goldfarb over e-mail a few months back and was immediately hooked  by the ingenious promotional strategy he used to get the word out about his novel How To Fail: A Self-Hurt Guide.  I caught up with Aaron to ask how he took his idea from an...

Mindy Saves The Day

This is Mindy, and my guess is that I snapped this photo about 80 miles south of Newark. Before last night I’d never met Mindy, but it turns out that she was destined to kick-save one of the coolest nights of my professional life. Last night Allison Hemming was...

It’s A Book! (And It Has Friends)

Yes, it’s kind of embarrassing when you do a little dance in front of the UPS delivery person. But what other response should I have to finally holding something in my hands that I’ve been working on for years? Last week I finally received my first...

Doing What You Love & Loving What You Do

Why do you do what you do? Is it for the perks, the attention or the paycheck? Probably at least somewhat. But what about the process itself? If you knew that you were going to spend the rest of your life doing your work and there would be no recognition, no public...

The Art of Possibility Thinking

I gave my Possibility Thinking talk at a conference yesterday. It’s always fun meeting new people, especially in industries I don’t frequent or have much opportunity to engage with, and hearing the challenges and opportunities they’re facing....

The Weight of What’s Undone

You’re creative, right? You’ve got great ideas. You’re doing great work and gaining traction. Then suddenly, it seems like you can’t get moving on your work. Ideas aren’t flowing like they once were, and there is little movement on your...

Being “Accidentally” Creative

Over the years, we’ve had more than a few questions about the name  Accidental Creative. Usually the responses go one of two ways: “What do you mean accidental? I’m very purposeful about what I do. I’m insulted and I shun anything else you have to say”…or...

“Them” and The Tyranny of Chasing Cool

I have lately encountered many people who feel – for lack of a better term – frustrated and like they’re under-performing. But the thing is, in many of these cases the cause – the root – of the issue isn’t some workplace dynamic,...