This week, towards the end of the day, a friend who owns a ceramic gallery dropped by our gallery with two young ceramicists. I’ve bought the work of one of them, and was meeting the other one for the first time. We talked and laughed, and drank wine, and talked some more. Part of what we talked about was how to make a successful career as an artist. As I think about it, it applies to all of us, including…

I hate new year resolutions.  They don’t seem to ever make a difference. How many people really  lose weight or give up smoking because it was a resolution? This year, why not make a plan to do some things really big?  Some things that will really change your life. Here are 6 Ideas for New Year Revolutions. 1.  Less Computer Time; More Face Time.   Less Facebook, less twitter, less LinkedIn, less everything that you do in front of a…

He:  Work is driving me crazy.  I have to get ready for a big presentation next week.   I just haven’t had the time to do it. Me:  Really? What’cha been doin’? He:  Last night, I went over Dave and Alice’s and got slobbered over by their dogs. Me:  Uh. Huh.  He: I took the morning off and  test drove a Honda so I could get a $50 coupon for Whole Foods. Me:  Uh. Huh. [Huh? to myself] He:  How can…

I was lucky, and I knew it the minute I heard it. Many years ago, when I was changing jobs, my friend [who also happened to be my accountant] asked me “what kind of lifestyle do you want?” The lifestyle question is a wonderful place to begin your job search. Everyone else will ask which industry you want or how much money you want to make. But think about it. It’s not about whether you choose finance or high fashion….

Every day, we have a chances to show our courage. We could have that conversation with a colleague that is bothering us. We could call the venture capitalist we met at a friend’s party. We could talk to our boss about the project that we would really love to do. We could tell our family we won’t be making the 14 hour flight to come home for the holidays. We could  even eat that raw oyster. But something stops us. …