I was talking with a friend who was asking about ideas for his illustration for when it came his turn to take up the Sunday morning offering. He wanted a video, story…something – something that would stick.
This same friend has a toddler so he understood when I said, “Why in church do we play Here Comes the Airplane”? With toddlers, we have to convince them they need to eat, they don’t realize it’s good for them so they have to be tricked. Have we as a Church not moved beyond the gimmicks? When it comes to Biblical principles we don’t need to be tricked much less spoon fed. If a message is for the baby Christian then I get it. Otherwise, it’s time as a Church we eat our dinner because it’s what we do, it’s good for us. Give because it’s what we do, worship because it’s what we do. Don’t wait for the airplane to move you into action, do it because it’s what you learned long ago and you know will benefit you.
So many companies are stuck in the mindset of the industrial revolution. A person is looked at merely as a cog in a wheel or a process on an assembly line. Those days are gone and companies/organizations need to look at people as valuable assets and not a replaceable position.
Leaders often lead like coaches and look at a team as a whole. It’s a win or lose effort. Celebrate or discipline individuals, this isn’t pee-wee football.
Since we’re on the sports analogy. Make sure you don’t dress up your football players in baseball gear, throw them out on the field and expect them to play soccer. Have the right people playing the right “sport” and in the right position and acknowledge their INDIVIDUAL accomplishments. Gone are the days of the mindless factory worker. Quit running your business like it’s still 1955.
1. Admire characters for attempting more.
2. Keep in mind what’s interesting to you.
3. Get to the end of the story. Then rewrite.
4. Once upon a time there was…
5. Simplify and focus.
6. Challenge your characters.
7. Endings are hard. Come up with your ending before doing your middle.
8. Finish your story, even if it’s not perfect.
9. When you are stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next.
10. Pull apart the stories you like.
11. Know the heart of your story.
12. Get the obvious out of the way.
13. Give your characters opinions.
14. Know the essence of your story.
15. How would you feel in your character’s situations?
16. Give reasons to root for the characters.
17. None of your work is ever wasted.
18. Know yourself. Story is testing, not refining.
19. Coincidences should not be used to get your characters out of trouble.
20. Exercise your creative muscles. Take apart a novel you dislike. How would you rearrange it so you liked it?
21. Identify with your characters and situations.
22. Get your idea down on paper.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all–in which case, you fail by default.
If you’re like me you are connected to social media, email, texting, and the list goes on. At any given time I can get on instagram and see what people are doing, where they are, what they’re eating – you know the drill. In addition to seeing what everyone is doing you get a glimpse into what you’re NOT doing.
Our circles of influence can greatly motivate or discourage us. It’s funny how as artists, writers, musicians, and just the human race, we allow our actions and ideas to be validated by our circles. It’s also interesting how like a circle, our influences and relationships are all connected. I started looking closely at the people I’m connected with via twitter, instagram , facebook and even the real world – most of them are all within a giant circle. I can pull one name and some how that person knows someone that knows someone that I’m connected to.
You know when you move to a new city and you know no one? What if you stepped outside the network you’ve built and acted like tomorrow is the first day in your city. Invite someone you admire in your community to lunch. Go volunteer somewhere. Hang out in a new coffee shop.
Stop being discouraged that you aren’t having influence in the circle you’re in. Go impact a new circle and go beyond the walls of your comfort zone. Be the influence to others that inspires you.
Good Design Is Innovative : The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.
Good Design Makes a Product Useful : A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product while disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.
Good Design Is Aesthetic : The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.
Good Design Makes A Product Understandable : It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user’s intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.
Good Design Is Unobtrusive : Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.
Good Design Is Honest : It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept
Good Design Is Long-lasting : It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.
Good Design Is Thorough Down to the Last Detail : Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.
Good Design Is Environmentally Friendly : Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimises physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.
Good Design Is as Little Design as Possible : Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.
After studying architecture at the Werkkunstschule Wiesbaden, the highly awarded and respected Dieter Rams landed a job at the architectural firm of Otto Apel (1953). Two years later, he left the firm and joined the product company Braun, where he created a legacy. Within the 40 years of working at Braun, Rams produced and oversaw over 500 innovative products as chief of design. Many of his designs are featured in museums throughout the world.
Sourced from http://www.archdaily.com/
Came across this cool look inside a new boutique concept. I am all about stories and experiences. I feel like the best products and services are most enticing when they have a story behind them or can allow the consumer to share a story themselves. I believe society is moving in a direction where consumption is less self indulgent and more meaningful. Check this out and if you are in NYC go check out Story.
As we near Easter I think of the cross – as I do every year. This year I not only thought of the cross but of the other two crosses where the thieves hung on the left and right of Jesus. As a Christian we often focus on the cross of Jesus as a symbol of our salvation. What Jesus did on the cross in laying down his life for all is the ultimate sacrifice but it’s not what sets him apart from other “gods”. The empty tomb, the resurrection is where our salvation – our hope is found. Still – we have the other two crosses and it’s on those crosses that hung the faces of the human race. Those who are willing to die next to the king of kings, taking their agony and sin to the grave and never acknowledging the need for a savior. Then, you have the thief whom despite the life he had lived, turned to Jesus with his final breath and said, “Remember me.” In that moment, he acknowledged his need for a savior. He had taken up his cross, been crucified and despite everything else before that moment he knew he needed the grace and mercy of the man that hung next to him.
When all is said and done. When you are crucified, when your life expires which cross will you be on?
I had an experience today that I’m still trying to sort out. Am I a jerk? Are my expectations to high for our capable society?
I had a 1:20 doctors appointment for which I received a call 2 days ago. A recorded message told me to be on time or I could be considered a “no show” and be charged a fee. So today, I was 5 min early, signed in a paid my co-pay. I then proceeded to wait…and wait…and wait some more. Eventually I make my way to the cashier and request my money back. Now, this is my third visit to the doctor and simply to get results of a test that they could have called me with but alas…another $35 please ($105 in total).
The lady refunds my money and asks why I want the refund and I inform her. “I’m a business man, the last time I was 40 minutes late for an appointment I didn’t get the business.” That being said, I don’t ever expect to walk into a doctors office and they’re waiting for me with a bottle of water and refreshments. But what if they did. Why if the other 100 people waiting in that waiting room expected a better experience? What if they put a value on their own time and didn’t just buy into a failed system?
Yes, I understand there are issues these days with doctors not making as much money due to the fees they pay out to device companies, pharmaceutical giants and everyone else making a play for a piece of their pie. This does not change the fact that they are in the people business, not the product business. For doctors it should be about quality over quantity. Steve Jobs was and Apple IS in the product business but they also understand the need for quality. They churn out a LOT of products but they make them excellent and in turn creating an experience people come back for time and time again.
My wife had an excellent thought the other day. OB/GYN offices should invest into making the experience of a “lady visit” very spa like. Don’t put them in a cold room with a paper robe to be probed by a stranger. Put them in a dimly lit, warm room, maybe a nicer robe or suggest they bring their own. Add some music, maybe a water feature or some essential oils and BOOM you’ve created an EXPERIENCE that people will pay $25? $50? $100? more for to feel valued and a little pampered.
There are broken systems all around us. We all live very busy lives. For me, I believe in living for principle. By me walking out of the doctor today actually makes me now have to find a different doctor, wait for my results to then take somewhere else BUT maybe there were 10 people out of those 100 waiting that did the same thing. Maybe all we need for change to a broken system is one person, one idea to start the ball rolling.
What are some broken systems you see around us? What are ideas to change or improve them?