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April 2016

April 26, 2016

How 90s skateboarding taught me that business is art

As a kid, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you "an artist." Why? Because I was "creative," and "creative" people should be artists because "creativity" means drawing pictures, taking photographs, or maybe if you're little more pragmatic, being a graphic designer... right? But the truth is, that's bullshit. Certainly visual art is one facet of creativity, but it's only one-- and it's sometimes a pretty limiting one (as anyone who has designed for a client will tell you). We need to think bigger about what "creativity" means. To be super literal, "creativity" is the act of bringing something into existence: where there was nothing, now there is something. And the highest form of creativity is entrepreneurship-- it's the ultimate medium, where the only limits are how big you can dream and how hard you can work to make the dream come true. It's the…
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Alumni Profiles
April 19, 2016

Alumni profile: Chase Clymer of two70 and City Lights

I met Chase Clymer back in 2010 at a We Came As Romans show, when he played bass in City Lights, one of my favorite bands of the 2000s. I think he was only 19 or 20, but even then I was impressed by his natural hustle and how easily he fell into the role of the band's salesman. We ended up becoming good friends, and I watched him turn into a show promoter, graphic designer, and then (after the band called it quits) an entrepreneur as the co-founder of two70, a full service digital marketing agency in Columbus. I've been really stoked on watching Chase's career grow since I met him, and anyone who dreams about working for themselves could learn a lot from his unstoppable work ethic and networking hustle. Keep your eyes on this guy, he has a bright future ahead of him. Give us your life story in…
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April 13, 2016

How to deal with being a Smart Kid

If you're reading this, chances are that you are quite a bit smarter than the average bear. Your first reaction to this headline was probably "What do you mean 'deal with'? Being smart is a good thing, why would I have to 'deal with' it??"  But as I realized a while ago-- after alienating and pissing off a lot of people with my lack of self-awareness-- being smart is a double-edged sword. Yes, being smart is a gift. But if you're not careful it can also end up being a shitty curse. On one hand, solutions to tricky problems likely come easier to you than they do to 99% of the population. On the other hand, dealing with people is probably not so easy for you and you may have already shot yourself in the foot a few times by being a little too smart for your own good (god knows I have,…
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April 5, 2016

Why comparing yourself to others is your worst enemy (and your best friend)

The awesome thing about social media is that it’s super easy to see what all your high school friends, exes and former coworkers are up to. The not-so-awesome thing is that it’s also super easy to make yourself feel like shit by comparing yourself to them! This is because comparative thinking is very powerful. Our brains are hardwired to compare ourselves to others, and for whatever reason it tends to take those comparisons in a negative direction that creates cycles of self-defeating thinking and behavior. But it doesn’t have to be this way! You can train yourself to think the right way (where “right” is the way that will make you happier and more successful), you can turn comparative thinking into a positive force that will help inspire and motivate you. I know this might sound corny/Tony Robbins/Oprah, but trust me-- this shit is SUPER important! It's especially important to…
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