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One Man’s Treasure is Another Man’s Instrument

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As an underdog myself, I always root for the built from sediment businesses and organizations. When I finished watching this amazing video I had to lift my mouth up from beneath the floor. I felt so inspired by this organization called the Landfillharmonic. Landfillharmonic started in Paraguay, and it teaches music to children who are extremely underprivileged. The students construct instruments from garbage that they dig out of landfills in their town and make beautiful music. Be ready for your mind to explode.

These children set an example for other people who do not have the ability to buy everything they want. Landfillharmonic teaches people the importance of never giving up hope on your dreams and goals. One of the leaders of the organization talked about how he doubted that any of the instruments would actually work, mostly because he has never seen anyone do it before. This is a valuable lesson to everyone across the world: do not let anyone shame your ideas because they never heard of it before. Darryl Zanuck, the executive at 20th Century FOX in 1946 said, “Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” Zanuck did not believe in the ability of something new to innovate how people lived. You should not let anyone dictate your future just because they have never seen it done before.

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The Entrepreneur

16 Things I’d Hate to Live Without

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Everyone has a “10 things I hate about you” list for the internet. If you don’t then you are blessed with the skills of a tech ninja and I respect you Mr.Miyagi. Entrepreneur created a list of 16 tools that entrepreneurs shouldn’t live without that was suggested by entrepreneurs like myself and anyone reading this blog. I personally think this a great addition to my utility belt and I hope you can add a few to yours.

Communication is key if you want to be successful in any business. You have to learn that there is a time to talk and a time to shut your mouth and listen to what others have to say. One thing to remember is that you don’t have all the answers and that is okay. Continue to bring your opinions to the table, but you also have to be mindful that you are not the only person at the table with a brain. If your mind stays open, so will your business.

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The Life

Tiny is the new black

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New York City is the literal definition of a hype. It has been America’s It Girl for 120 years, and will continue to bring people in for hundreds of years more. Although NYC has changed multiple times, Thank Bob for the removal of peep shows on every corner of Manhattan. One thing will remain the same however, the lack of apartment space. Hopefully this video will spruce up ideas in the fat folds protected by your skull.

It takes skill to take a room the size of a supermarket bathroom, without the smell hopefully, and turn it into a chic apartment that people are willing to pay thousands a month for. As the saying goes “You should appreciate the little things,” because 10,000 pennies make 100 dollars.

 

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The Style

The phrase “on a knife-edge” is no longer metaphorical

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Do you remember the phrase “on a knife-edge”? Well if you do, then do I have news for you. If you don’t, I’m going to make an educated guess and stereotype you as a 2000’s baby, and may I suggest reading a book. -smile- Come and take a look at this video and see the wonderful phrase that is used by many people who have no hope in their life, taken to the literal sense.

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The Entrepreneur

It Takes Three to Tweet

Success is everything

It may take two to make things go right and make them out of sight, but I will show you that three heads are better than one, especially on dragons in video games and in making the motion of writing a coherent and savvy tweet.

Social Media marketing is making a turn for the better. Businesses that have strong social media marketing strategies are indeed more successful. There is a high chance that the reason behind no one walking into your store, or using you as the middleman is because you are not on the map. The internet is the map, and if you do not know how to manipulate it to work in your favor you will not progress towards success.

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The Entrepreneur

Person of Interest: Clarisa Romero

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Truly it is inspiring to be able to photograph some of the people in my life. Clarissa Romero is a PR Maven and Fashionista in her own right. She is my constant reminder that a curated personal brand can only lead to positive interactions and a stellar reputation. Her skills are currently being utilized at Mindful Consultants, LLC but her style is everywhere!

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The Creative

Dawn Richard Tide: The Paradox Effect

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There are so many words I can use for Dawn Richard’s, Blackheart project but tame is not one of them, from amazing lyrics on Billie Jean to the smoothness of Swim Free, I find the project to be a voyage, a story telling really.  Sitting on the Itunes Electronic charts at No. 1. Take a listen ! But lets talk about Tide: the Paradox Effect, an animated, dark video, which Dawn directed with digital studio We Are Monkeys., depicts a digital warrior, battling her way to the light, she is strong and determined, much of the context relates to Richard’s recent past in her former DK3 experience. I believe this project really showcases, the talent and focus she has to be an artist, to be honest through her work, and I think we will be waiting for a bit for any of her former mates to produce work, which leads me to believe she brought the vocal and producing chops to the former trio. I can always appreciate talent and Dawn is showing she has it in spades.

I wanted to visually stimulate and really create a story that emulated the ferocity of this movement,” Richard told Pop & Hiss of the new video. “’Tide’ sonically charges and bends, creating a cinematic sci-fi experience. We wanted the watcher to feel as if they were walking the journey with me.”

Take a look and tell me what you think.

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The Creative

The List: Movies Every Designer should watch according to Fastcodesign.com

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So this is the essential list of movies for designer, my favorites on the list are Bill Cunningham New York (A documentary about the legendary fashion Photog), Metropolis ( an amaze silent film) and The Grandmaster (who doesn’t love kung fu). FastCoDesign did a great job compiling a list. Next up for my viewing pleasure is Gucci presents: The Director about Creative Director Frida Giannini, the crew followed her for 19 months and though Gucci and Giannini, have parted ways I am glad Netflix will show this documentary Feb 1st.

Read the entire FastCoDesign list here.

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