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Design Events and Life

Soosh’s love between a Dad and his daughter

Snezhana Soosh has shared a beautiful series of illustrations of the love between a Dad and his daughter that are just wonderful. She published them on Instagram. A number of sites have published the images, including Good Things Guy and Bored Panda:

I love Soosh’s illustrations. Here are some of my favourites:

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• stay by me • sometimes she falls asleep holding on to my hand, i don't remove it. those nights my back hurts but my heart is blooming 🌸 . #bysoosh #illustrator #illustration #topcreator #sketch #sketching #sketcheveryday #watercolorpencils #kawai #crayons #big #papa #boho #cute #spiritual #inspiring_watercolors #art_we_inspire #daddysgirl #dibujo #artwork #365

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• bed. king size • when kiddo comes to sleep by me, that's how it looks and feels like 🙈😊 . #bysoosh #illustrator #illustration #topcreator #sketch #sketching #sketcheveryday #watercolor #watercolorsketch #watercolordrawing #big #papa #boho #cute #spiritual #inspiring_watercolors #art_we_inspire #daddysgirl #dibujo #artwork #365 #primitive

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• afternoon nap • #bysoosh #illustrator #illustration #topcreator #sketch #sketching #sketcheveryday #watercolor #watercolorsketch #watercolordrawing #big #papa #boho #cute #spiritual #inspiring_watercolors #art_we_inspire #daddysgirl #dibujo #artwork #365 #primitive

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I just want to head home to my little girl now …

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Business and work

Plotting a course around business failure

Nathan Jeffery is an entrepreneur, developer and speaker (among other things) who I have mentioned a couple times in the past (including when he basically saved this blog after I almost killed it). He recently published a series of blog posts that essentially plot a course around business failure that every entrepreneur should read – yes, every single one! 😉 – and I want to share them with you:

Micro Failure

Nathan tackles the popular notion that failure is something to be embraced, even sought after. While there is certainly value in the lessons you learn when you fail and not repeating those mistakes, it is a mistake to romanticize failure. As Nathan puts it:

When you fail in business you lose money and often wreck the lives of your employees. The current flippant and arrogant approach to failure is disrespectful to everyone who works with and depends on you for their livelihood.

Do what you love

I believe strongly in doing work you are passionate about. When you do work that doesn’t challenge you and doesn’t tap into your passions, it can be soul destroying (almost literally). At the same time, there are some practical considerations and a different way to think about fulfilment in your work that aren’t usually mentioned in the myriad articles about doing what you love.

You need to get satisfaction from producing quality work; this is especially true for the creative industries. Your clients will hardly ever comprehend how much effort you’ve put into your work, and quite often they won’t really care, many won’t even thank you. You need to be happy within yourself and get joy from the work you do.

Take Ownership

This short piece is really about taking responsibility. When you take responsibility for what you do, take ownership of your decisions, you make the choice to take more control of your life.

Taking ownership, to me, is more than taking responsibility and being accountable for your actions or lack thereof. You need to constantly be learning and questioning situations, especially when things go awry.

Focus and Commit

There are many ways to distinguish between businesses and one perspective that is increasingly relevant is to distinguish between businesses is between those that specialise and become experts and those that try to do everything and don’t do anything particularly well. I thought about specialisation and hyper-specialisation often in my previous career and I see it in my new industry.

Do one thing, maybe two but whatever you do, do it so darn well that it’s all you need to do. You can expand your service offering once you have a big enough team to handle it. There’s enough work out there for specialists to exist.

Hire a boutique accounting firm

Accounting is not even remotely something I enjoy dealing with or even have a clear handle on despite needing to understand legal accounting in order to set up a practice as an attorney. At the same time, having your books in order is essential if you want your business to function effectively so make the right decisions about who manages those books.

You need to know and understand what is going on in your business’ finances. Accountants can make mistakes. By understanding what is going on in your business’ books, you’ll not only be in a better position to manage your business but you’ll also have a better chance of spotting mistakes in your financial statements should your accountant slip up.

Pay for good contracts and use them

On this I am more than a little biased. In my previous career (and in one aspect of my current role), I wrote contracts for my clients that were intended to give their commercial relationships better structure and protection.

Unfortunately contracts are perceived as largely superfluous, to a large degree because they are often badly written and poorly understood and, as a consequence, regarded as “necessary but preferably no longer than 1 page”. Contracts are a critical component in business, it is worth having them done properly.

Hire a good lawyer, pay for good contracts and use them.

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Business and work Mindsets

You can’t do great work until you love what you do

Om Malik published a short reminder of one of the many great quotes from the late Steve Jobs:

The only way to do great work is to love what you do

It reminds of the idea that doing the work you love is the path to meaning and fulfillment.

Thanks Om!

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Events and Life Mindsets

Love and money

What brings you happiness?

A pair of portraits from Indexed
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Events and Life Mindsets Travel and places

A spiritual quest in a wooden canoe

If you enjoyed the “Open Door to Solitude” video I posted the other day, take some time to watch this video titled “Spirit Canoe“:

SPIRIT CANOE is the mystic journey of a man who is in search of himself and navigating through a passage with the memories of his once self and a special figure who lingers in his soul. He is setting out on a quest, armed with his old map and small canoe, to venture the river in hopes that a new path will reveal a novel future, unfamiliar and restoring. This is a story of the spiritual compass that no one can ever expect to understand; it’s powers, it’s unknown.

Spirit Canoe from Symbols of the West on Vimeo.

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Photography

Photographing love

I love a post I noticed in Flipboard about National Geographic photographers’ depictions of “love”. Well worth checking out.

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Events and Life

Never be afraid to hug your daughter

I’m reading The Great Discontent interview with Merlin Mann (an inspiration) and just read this bit that I love:

When my wife and I found out that we were having a girl—and I hope this doesn’t sound sexist or anything—the women I talked to all said the same thing: “Never be afraid to hug your daughter.” They told me to hug her so much more than I think I should. It might seem weird, but no little girl says, “My dad hugged me too much.”