Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them. – Steve Jobs
I’ve been on a Steve Jobs marathon. Watched like three documentaries, his biopic, bunch of youtube interviews, and now anxious to read his biography. What a guy! If I can take anything from him, it will be his driven spirit to develop awesome products that will change people and the world. Which he has done in a very direct and indirect way.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us to a new path – Walt Disney
Don’t, just don’t. If you started with a good idea, push forward. It might be that “good” turned in to impossible, time consuming, challenging, or it’s just not for me. Well, if you’ve realize that it’s not for you, then congrats on taking the initiative of figuring that out at least. So now you won’t regret it the rest of you life asking “what ifs…”
But what if it is for you and your just putting excuses again? Hmm. Continue reading
If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t know it well enough. — Albert Einstein
As a creative entrepreneur, being in the early stages of my first online business venture, I’ve come to a decision to service a larger target audience who embraces simplicity — the consumer.
As a filmmaker, musician, and tech enthusiast I would love to brag about what I can do with pro-apps, gear, and other flashy stuff. But being such a strong advocate for great storytelling, I’m convinced that we don’t need that noise. Continue reading
The common story is 1 + 1 = 2, the real genuine stories is the 1 + 1 = 3 … where the whole is greater the sum of the parts.” – Ken Burns
Ken Burns is one of those giants I mentioned before. What a great filmmaker and storyteller. After reading Brian McDonald’s article, Yes, Documentaries Also Use Story Structure, I took a real hard look at myself and said, “Hey, this is another option to make films. To tell real stories. To speak truth.” Since then, I’ve been exploring the field.
“There’s a big confusion in this country over what we want versus what we need,” Morrie said. “You need food, you want a chocolate sundae. You have to be honest with yourself. You don’t need the latest sports car, you don’t need the biggest house. The truth is, you don’t get satisfaction from those things. You know what really gives you satisfaction?…Offering others what you have to give…I don’t mean money, Mitch. I mean your time. Your concern. Your storytelling. It’s not so hard.” _ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
In the movie Jaws, the main character wants to get rid of a shark, but what he needs is to overcome fear of the water. Him overcoming fear gave people hope to go back to the beach again. Continue reading
If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. —Barry Lopez, Crow and Weasel
One of the things that will make us connect is the fact the we don’t know everything. So we figure it out together. Continue reading
“Tell them what you are going to tell them; tell them; tell them what you have told them” – Aristotle
We creative people have the tendency to avoid clarity and simplicity. Why? From the start, make it clear. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, people love it. Even if they don’t admit it.
“I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.” Stephen King
We can’t build a great story with out building relationships. If life was all about events and thrills that you and I have only experienced alone — that will be pretty miserable. A boring story, I’ll say.
I need you, you need me. If not me, then somebody out there does. People matter. Our life must be character-driven.