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March 7, 2018

Don’t hate, congratulate

Let's be honest: putting yourself out there and sharing your work with the world is scary! No matter who you are or how long you've been doing it, you're vulnerable when you put yourself out there - but if you want to get any kind of traction or attention for your work, you've gotta do it. Because if nobody ever sees your work, it's like a tree falling in the woods. But the unfortunate reality is that so many people are scared to share their work because so many people out there are straight up assholes just waiting to tear other people apart on social media, in the comments, or with snide gossipy comments IRL. This SUCKS!!! So if you're that guy or know someone who is, this is for you... https://youtu.be/4lWcwkarjt0 And just to be clear, we are by NO means getting up on our high horse here: we've been…
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Thoughts
November 12, 2017

“Success” is an empty goal

If you want to slam your head in a door when you see the Gary Vee fanboys’ HUSTLE!! GRIND!! #ENTREPRENEUR posts on Instagram — this one’s for you ;) There are currently 10.6 million Instagram posts under #hustle: the “hyper-achiever” trend is out of control. And aside from being a generally annoying internet sub-culture, the truth is that chasing “success” — where “success” is defined as being a larger-than-life, work-23.5-hours-a-day charismatic #entrepreneuer — is dangerous, and it’s just plain dumb to ignore that truth. What nobody seems to want to acknowledge is that achieving “great” things — the kind of things people write Fast Company articles and Medium thinkpieces about — almost always requires some extremely difficult sacrifices. And I don’t mean trivial stuff like waking up a little earlier than you’d like to or foregoing a camping trip with your friends — I mean the truly painful shit like your physical and mental health, family, and relationships. Permanent, irreversible stuff that keeps you up at night and haunts…
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June 4, 2017

Create your own scene, and other lessons from Green Day, 924 Gilman and MRR

Back in 1992 or so, my friend Kevin showed up to school with a tape by some random pop-punk band in his Walkman. They were called Green Day, and I'd heard their name a lot from their shows with other Lookout bands like Operation Ivy and Crimpshrine as well as some of the Bay Area crust/hardcore bands I was into like Neurosis and Stikky. They were an integral part of the 924 Gilman St/MRR scene, and for all its many faults, that scene was truly something special and unique. Although I only went to Gilman a couple times, the culture of that era was incredibly influential and in many ways still the template for how I think and approach projects. It was DIY to the core, smart and focused not on the dumb, self-destructive stuff that kneecapped a lot of earlier punk but on CREATING things. It was fundamentally a maker…
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May 17, 2017

How Adam Carolla saved my life

It's no exaggeration to say that Loveline taught me more life skills than anything else in my life (at least from the ages of 19-24 or so). I listened to the show obsessively - sometimes 3 or 4 episodes a day - for years, and I soaked it all up like a sponge because every show helped one more piece of the puzzle called life click into place. When it comes to life advice, in my opinion what makes it stick (as opposed to going in one ear and out the other) is that you trust the person you're hearing it from - you listen to what they tell you because you believe that they understand you and where you're coming from. And that's why Adam's words resonated with me so deeply: the way we grew up was scarily similar, with moderately-but-not-severely dysfunctional hippie moms and plenty of stories about being…
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