You’ve heard of people who have had overnight success.  They usually say it  took them 20 years.  At least. There is such a thing as instant success, but more typical in creative fields is someone– a singer, an artist, a writer, a teacher, who works at their craft or art for years and then becomes well known or popular. Yayoi Kusama is now 84 years old and is one of the most popular Japanese artists. She just had a major…

“I’m fine with the way things are right now. Sally Field said if before the Oscars.  I have a feeling she says that a lot. We all should say the same thing. Be fine with the way things are. After all, you created where you are. If it’s not where you want to be, you can still be fine with it.  Just change it. You may say easier said than done. But I disagree. It just takes one step. Years…

I wrote before about the importance of learning how to sell. If you missed that post, you can read it here.  If you know how to sell, you’ll have recruiters coming after you, not the other way around.  Besides you’ll have all of the related skills that come with learning how to sell. There’s another skill that you should pick up when you’re in school.   CONFIDENCE. They don’t teach that skill in college either, but the sooner you get…

Do you know how you can tell if your idea is a good one? If you come up with an idea and someone asks you, “have you totally lost your mind?, ” you know you’re on to something good. Years ago, I came up with a collapsible hair brush that could fit in your pocket. My professors and friends thought I was nuts. Now, you can find them everywhere, including almost every Hyatt hotel. Lately, I’ve been preaching against performance…

It’s been a busy week. Busy with art, writing, meetings and most surprisingly-many retirement parties from my university teaching position at Keio University in Japan. Really nice parties too. If you are going to leave a job soon and most people liked you:        Be prepared for non-stop partying–it’s almost like being a student again. Except the food and drink are better.  And other people pay. If you run a company or a work group, there is a lesson…

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