Giving a TEDx talk was a unique challenge and is still an experience I look back on as a watershed for all the projects I have developed since then.
You can view Bryan’s recent appearance on Kevin Horek’s web series, Building the Future. This was a wide ranging conversation on the state of the legal practice, copyright and trademark law, startup issues and Bryan’s recent book: risk, create, change: a survival guide for startups & creators.
Building the Future also airs on terrestrial radio in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Kentucky, New Mexico, Minnesota, Colorado, North Carolina, San Diego, San Antonio, Australia, United Kingdom, and the Caribbean.
After taking a short break for the summer, The Creator Sessions resume on September 19th in Bethlehem at The Banana Factory Arts & Education Center.
What are The Creator Sessions? The Creator Sessions are live educational events designed to teach artists, creators and startups to get their businesses on track and minimize their legal exposure while doing so.
Here's what we have coming up on the schedule:
Yesterday, I had the privilege of sitting in on a two hour Q&A with an extremely sharp group of students from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA about the process of "flipping the switch"…
I didn't have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long one.
This quote is one that stuck with me for quite a long time. What's the punch line implied here? Simply that editing, and revision, and the thought process of knowing what to eliminate and what to keep, is hard work. It takes time and experience. Anyone can write a 1,000 word essay, but can you convey the same content and message in 500 words? That's the difference between an amateur and a professional. Concision.
The other day I was sitting in my car looking at the odometer. There are over 181,000 miles on my Nissan Pathfinder. I bought it in summer 2013, pre-owned, of course with about 33,000 miles on it. That means that in five years, I've traveled 148,000 miles in that lumbering beast of an SUV. As much as I love that truck, averaging 29,600 miles per year is undesirable. The mileage has been almost all business related, because when you are in a startup mode with a small law practice you have to hustle. You drive to where the work is. You make house calls. You do the road work.
Father’s Day always has a lot of meaning. Our dads may still be with us, or maybe they have gone, but this day does hit everyone in a significant way.
I have found in my travels that the Dad role is many times played by someone nontraditional. Big brothers. Uncles. Stepdads. Godfathers. Family friends. Single moms. Teachers. Coaches. Life certainly isn’t always easy. Not everyone has the traditional nuclear family. Circumstance gives and circumstance takes away. The important thing is that someone responsible is there to do as good a job as they can, to help bring the younger people up right.
There is tremendous value in determination. Focus is a virtue. As with all things, too much of a good thing can be harmful. If you are intentionally unaware of your surroundings, you can miss out on opportunities to react to the marketplace.
No matter what our best intentions, no matter how well conceived our strategy is, things don't always go the way you hope or intend. That's the way of the marketplace. Do you keep grinding on an initiative that does not add value to your experience or your business? The answer is no. The wisdom that comes with experience lies in knowing when to pull the plug on certain initiatives, and when to stick. This is an art more than a science.
We have all seen endless coverage in the business press of the teenage or twenty-something year old wunderkind who has innovated a new product or service and disrupted an industry. But, is that image really the whole story? Maybe not...
Today, news broke of the passing of writer Tom Wolfe, who was one of my literary heroes.
For all his accomplishments and commercial success, one fact about his daily routine really struck me.
If you don't know, I also host a podcast, CRE8Rconfidential, which is related to the book, and related to all the things that we love to talk about: entrepreneurship, creation, freedom, music, film, books and social impact. The podcast, like this site is totally FREE, and I help these projects resonate with you and help you in your professional journey.
Defining your project's value proposition is a key part of your business strategy. What's a value proposition? Quite simply, your company's value proposition is a clear and concise statement of what your business does (product or service) and what problem that solves for the customer. Stated another way, you are telling your audience: 1) what benefit you provide; 2) to whom you provide that benefit and 3) how you provide the benefit in a unique way that differentiates you from your competition.
Yesterday, I read a great article about the importance of emphasizing the social impact of your business and how it can benefit you in three ways:
Recently, I had the good fortune to speak to a room full of young, aspiring entrepreneurs about my professional journey. I hoped to draw some parallels for them to follow, to the extent that those parallels could aid them.
The first part of the session was a 60 minute prepared talk about the initial hurdles that young startups face from a legal standpoint. Following the discussion, there was a question and answer segment, and I was asked the following question by the host:
“How long did it take you to achieve your success?”
This very question is asked of businesspeople all the time in interviews. It is a question that you really should answer with another question.
Thus, I responded to my counterpart: “How you define success?”
People ask me who I wrote this book for. It’s really pretty simple. I wrote it for everyone who feels anxious on Sunday afternoon or feels sick on Sunday night. Because they don’t want to go into work on Monday morning.
I know who you are, because I was there until I got myself free. You can do it too with a little help.
This book won’t make you a millionaire, but you can use it to become your own boss, and become independent.
Are you ready?
The good people at The Quinn Spinn invited me to sit is an a guest to talk about risk, create, change, and what it means for entrepreneurs and creators. I was really very impressed with the studio and the energy and love - yes love - that Gerard and John put into the podcasts and internet radio shows that they produce in Bethlehem. Hope you enjoy the show!
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.
― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
You each have done some pretty great things so far. No matter where you are coming from professionally, you made an important decision to start developing your project. In any potential endeavor, starting is the hardest part. Conceiving of an actionable plan to create a new company, a new film, or a new creative career is one thing. Doing the work to execute that plan is entirely another thing. The first steps are what separates you from many of your peers. Not everybody can transform a plan or an idea into reality. Congratulations on your first steps.
Social innovation and entrepreneurship are hard. Even with the best intentions, building an organization with scarce financial resources is not always feasible, no matter how noble the idea may be. You have to be part politician, part salesperson, part educator and part evangelist.