It’s on us

Everything could be better. Not because we deserve it [we don’t, not really]. But because if we work at it, invest in it and connect with others around it, we can make it better. It's on us. It's your turn, it has always been your turn.

The results always happen later

Everything you are working on is an investment in tomorrow. Because the results never happens now. The results always happen later. Since later is just around the corner, today, right now, is the perfect time to begin. Now is the moment we get to plant the seeds for later.  I like the inspiring wisdom found in this old…

Make something great

Not because it will sell. Not because you will trend. Not because it is on the test. Not because you might win an award. Not because you are commissioned to. Not because you seek validation. Not because it is your job. Not because you will be on the front page of the magazine. Merely because…

Just because you are right…

Just because you are offended does not mean you are right. Just because you are right does not mean I'm wrong. But let's assume you are right, because you say you are: You may be right, but that does not mean that people will care. Or pay attention. Or take action. Just because you are…

Education is the answer

It almost does not matter what the question is, really. Everyone is an independent actor, now more than ever, with access to information, to tools, to the leverage to make a difference. Instead of being a cog merely waiting for instructions, we get to make decisions and take action based on what we know and…

You lost me at hello

They are going to give your business or your ice cream shop or your new app a try. They know all too well what dodgy looks like. They smell lack of authenticity like sharks smell blood. They want a quick reason to exit a store or a conversation. A reason to say, "I tried it…

Losing by winning

It's a thin line between winning and losing. Some people win while they are actually losing and others lose while they are actually winning. In most interactions, losers are capable of winning. If you push hard enough, cut corners, manipulate people, throw a tantrum, cheat a little bit, putting it all at stake, you might…

Most people

Most people don't care enough to make a difference. Most people are not going to buy that new thing you are selling. Most people are comfortable with the status-quo. Most people are afraid to take action. Most people would rather fit in than stand out. Most people are too self-involved to do the generous work…

Destroying happiness

A journalist asked me: Most people have a better standard of living today than Louis XIV did in his day. So why are so many people unhappy? What you have does not make you unhappy. What you want does. And want is created by marketers and advertisers. Marketers trying to grow market share will always…

Today is election day

But elections are everyday. Every day, people vote. They vote for brands, for habits, for the people they trust. They vote for restaurants to chill, countries to holiday at, places to stay at. They vote for where they will place their attention, their money and their time. The big difference is that you can do…

Hold on when it seems easier to end it all

“I am here because I was not doing well mentally. Before I could not sleep, and sometimes I go out for a walk without any desire to return. Sometimes I spoke disorderly. But since I'm having the treatment, I’m fine… The centre has helped me with treatments. When I had no medication, it really bothered…

The desire to learn

The desire to teach their children about computers drew these Samburu women to a classroom in a settlement north of Nairobi. They are learning about tablets, designed to withstand tough use, that connect to the internet through a satellite and come preloaded with educational programs. In order to have real impact, catalytic disruptive innovations need…