This is probably the most profound article I’ve written or ever will write about the creative process. It took me 40 years of dealing with creative people including Michael Jackson, River Phoenix and John Belushi to be able to write it…

That’s from David Paul Kirkpatrick, former studio head at Paramount. Here’s the article he is referencing.

That quote helped me revisit the article in a second light. He’d published it with us and yet it hadn’t landed with me the first time.

The thing that helped was noting all three people he name dropped were dead. …

A good thing.

I signed up to be a bone marrow donor on BeTheMatch. It’s easy. You do it online. They send you a cheek swab in the mail.

I was inspired, no hyperbole, by someone in my family who was saved by a bone marrow donor. This relative is fairly private so I’ll just call him my “close relative.” The inspiration is that he’s now two years cancer free and has just been in contact with his bone marrow donor. And every time I think about the impact this donor made I tear up. He saved my relative’s life.

In this era where a lot of us are hyper aware of the lives we can’t save, it feels so powerful to reverse the frame of reference and realize the lives we could. Even one. …

But, none of them have gotten anywhere without an unreasonable amount of banging my head against the wall. It’s not just that success is hard, it’s also that a lot of things are cracking right now under the psychic pressure of COVID.

So, when I find myself banging my head against surprising difficulties and getting frustrated, I turn to my muse for the year, the basketball player Zaza Pachulia.

“Nothing Easy” he screamed, standing 6'11", with a very thick Georgia-the-country accent. …


Coach Tony

Human potential busy body. Founded @coachdotme, @bttrHumans, @bttrMarketing. Helped @medium @calm. Current work focus: Habit Coach Certification.

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