Michael Drew · Small Actions · 1 day ago
olan profile

What happens when you successfully build a business on a foundation of authenticity and genuine relationships? Fans become family and rush in to support you in whatever way they can.
Why? Because you make a difference. Because you make their lives better. Because you make them feel better when they are having a crappy day. Because you are there for them. Because you make them feel less alone.

And that’s the greatest gift you can give to a fellow human.

Consider actor, director and

Bob Hughes · Social Trends The WE Cycle · 2 days ago
collaboration, community

Creative is about making connections, unexpected connections.

How do you go about that?

One way is by turning to an old-fashioned tool: a book that you write in. Called a commonplace book, it’s a sort of scrapbook that writers and thinkers have long used to jot down information of all sorts – letters, proverbs, recipes, photos – to aid in remembering and to spark ideas.

Students actually used to be …

Bob Hughes · Creativity in Business · 3 days ago

If you’re like the most workers, you toil away at a cubicle.

Apparently this is something new for those in the publishing industry. Which may explain why publishers seem so out of touch with what’s going on around them – you know, e-books, self-publishing, lower prices, readers.

I thought of this in going through a

Bob Hughes · The WE Cycle Transparent Communication · 4 days ago
language, we cycle, community, communication

Language connects and divides, as anyone knows who’s tried to master another language and who’s been successful in communicating, however fitfully, in a language other than one’s mother tongue.

Most of us here are native English speakers, who make up about 5.5% of the world’s population (there are some 360-370 million native speakers, according to Wikipedia). Mandarin Chinese has …

Roy H. Williams · Invisible Heros · 5 days ago
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Loneliest Man, Invisible Hero

Excruciatingly shy, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson lived a lonely childhood. Bullied and tormented by the older children because of his severe stammering, Charlie turned ten on January 27, 1842, and he remained ten years old until the day he died in 1898. Though he lived to be nearly 67, Charlie never overcame his stuttering problem, except, curiously, in the presence of little girls younger than eleven. He was to them a brilliant entertainer and friend, a knight in shining armor.

Fascinated …