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Bill Van Loan
Los Angeles, United States
Communications Strategist with a Photographic Memory
Interests: helping others, art, comedy, plays, pilates, exercise, promoting creative people, win-win relationships, piano concerts, humanitarian work and promoting women in leadership is a passion of mine...
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"Sorry, you didn't make the team. We did the cuts today." "We did play auditions all day yesterday, and so many people turned out, there just wasn't a role for you. We picked people who were more talented." "You're on the bench until your skills improve. We want to win." via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round. Forgive yourself for being afraid. But don't let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
And you really have to check out this hotel, it's dark in your room at night. And quiet, too. Quality is now a given. Quality alone is not remarkable. Surprise and delight and connection are remarkable. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
Instead of, "do what you love," perhaps the more effective mantra for the entrepreneur, the linchpin and maker of change might be, "love what you do." If we can fall in love with serving people, creating value, solving problems, building valuable connections and doing work that matters, it makes it far more likely we're going to do important work. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
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"Stand Still"�— Flight Facilities"Over the Love" — Florence + the Machine"Titanium" (Cover) — Colly McLoughlin"I See Fire" — Ed Sheeran"Smother" (Remix) — Daughter"Hold Me Down"�— Masionair"Animals" — Maroon 5"Call It Off"�— Tegan and Sara"Sleep Alone" — Two Door Cinema Club"Locket"�— Kilo Kish"Stronger Than That"�— Bahamas"Wild Heart"�— Bleachers� via www.positivelypresent.com Continue reading
There's an apocryphal story of a guy who went for his final interview for a senior post at Coca-Cola. At dinner, he ordered a Pepsi. He didn't get the job. And most packaged goods companies would kill to be the only product on the shelf, to own the category in a given store. Yet, not only do authors get along, they spend time and energy blurbing each other's books. Authors don't try to eliminate others from the shelf, in fact, they seek out the most crowded shelves they can find to place their books. They eagerly pay to read what... Continue reading
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Hi, friends! After more than two years of anticipation (on our part, haha!), our new book, A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home, is in stores.� You can find our book here:�Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Urban Outfitters/IndieBound/Book Depository�(<-- BD offers free international shipping!)* *Leave us a comment if you know other places that are carrying the book!� via www.abeautifulmess.com Continue reading
I'm hiring one or two paid interns. It's a great opportunity to learn, to experiment and to get some hands on experience. Find all the details right here. If you know someone who might be interested, I'd appreciate it if you would forward this to them. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
These are the people you want to hire, the people who will become linchpins, the people who will change your organization for the better. Not people who merely accept a mission, or grudgingly grind through a mission, but people who voluntarily choose to make something important their mission. This post from Scott on iOS battery life is what I'm talking about. Mission-driven beats compliant, every time. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
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A happy or successful person is not someone who is living in a certain set of circumstances, but rather someone who is living with a certain set of attitudes. The happiness of the next moment in life is determined by the decisions and thoughts of this moment in life. . . happiness is a state of mind depending on what you include and exclude in your thoughts in any moment. Happiness is everywhere. Sometimes you just have to look around to see it. via positive-thoughts.typepad.com Continue reading
When people say, "my team," they mean it. In the top-down world of industrial marketing, the San Francisco 49ers say, "we built this team, buy a ticket if you want to come." Then, a few years later, it broadened to, "you should buy a jersey so you can be part of it." via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
Which is more satisfying: Breaking something or watching someone else break it? When we sense a job is going wrong, it's easy to act out and make things worse... in the moment, it might feel like it's better to get fired for something we did than to get laid off. When a partnership hits some bumps, it might be tempting to keep score, push back on everything and get ready to fight... actually causing the change that you fear. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
The other day, a speedster on a bike passed me as I rode along the bike path. For the next ten minutes, I rode right behind him, drafting his progress. Sure, there's an aerodynamic reason that this works--there's less wind resistance when you ride closely. But the real reason is mental, not based on physics. Drafting works because, right in front of you is proof that you can go faster. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
Lots of industries have one. You're sitting around the table with your editor discussing a book jacket and someone says, "Maybe we can get Chip Kidd to design it?" Or the ad agency and the client are discussing the new campaign, and inevitably, someone says, "Maybe Tina Fey could be our spokesperson..." And Ben Zander to conduct, Bill Cosby to endorse, Fred Wilson to invest, you get the idea. The shortlist are the esteemed, obvious choices, the folks who are seen as making it all come together. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
Be delighted to eat dog food. It makes no sense to disdain the choices your customers make. If you can't figure out how to empathize and eagerly embrace the things they embrace, you are letting everyone down with your choice. Sure, someone needs to make this, but it doesn't have to be you. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
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Here are two stories about musicians doing well that could be described as social media success stories. But Ryn Weaver's claim that "Tinder got me a record deal" is a bit misleading. And, while it's conceivable that Shannon Hurley could make money via activities on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, YouTube enabled her success by being so much more than a social network. In fact, both tales are almost simply updated versions of old stories from a time before the web existed. via www.hypebot.com Continue reading
Great marketers have empathy. They're able to imagine what it might be like to have a mustache or wear pantyhose. They work hard to imagine life in someone else's shoes. Bullies are tone deaf. They don't always set out to be brutal and selfish, but their near-total lack of empathy amplifies their self involvement. "What's it like to be you?" is an impossible question to answer. But people who aren't tone deaf manage to ask it. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
Gravity, for example. I can't do a thing about gravity. Even if I wanted to move to Jupiter or the moon for a change in gravity, it's inconceivable that I could. On the other hand, there are lots of things I can do to control my reaction to gravity. I can take Alexander classes or get in better shape. I can avoid situations where gravity makes me uncomfortable (the trapeze, for example). I can choose to not whine about gravity and its effects. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
This is far from a new phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago there were holier-than-thou people standing in the village square, wringing their hands, ringing their bells and talking about how urgent a problem was. They did little more than wring their hands, even then. In our connected world, though, there are two sides to social media's power in spreading the word about a charitable cause. According to recent data about the ice bucket challenge making the rounds, more than 90% of the people mentioning it (posting themselves being doused or passing on the word) didn't make a donation to support... Continue reading
We did. It's not a silly question. It has a lot to do with culture and crowds and the way we decide, as a group, what's right and what's not. A quick look at some colors�confirms that there is no algorithm, no accepted pattern for color names. They range from short and obscure (puce) to long and obvious references, like cotton candy. via sethgodin.typepad.com Continue reading
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Life is not about control or making things happen in the ways we think they should happen.� In fact, it's rather arrogant for us to be on this planet that's been here for so long and expect to be able to control life on it.� If we want to see changes, then our task is to set things in motion, not to micromanage and make them happen in the ways we think they should.� If we have something that is possessing us, such as alcohol or our television sets or our cell phones, then it could be time to let... Continue reading
Escalators make people happy. They're ready when you are, there is almost never a line, and you can see progress happening the entire time. Elevators are faster, particularly for long distances, but we get frustrated when we just miss one, and we often wonder when the next one is coming, even after a few seconds. (That's why lobbies have mirrors, to give you something to do when you're waiting). The ferry schedule, invented by Cornelius Vanderbilt, is a third way to deal with transport. Instead of having each boat turn around the minute it arrived, he guaranteed when it would... Continue reading
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Happiness is a choice you make, an attitude you step into, a state of being that runs deeper than conditions. It is more available than impossible. Can you and I find a way to be at peace with ourselves and our lives right now, even before the mortgage is paid, we resolve our differences with our ex, or global warming is offset? I have wanted many things in my life, and I still do. It had always seemed that I would be happier if I found my soul mate, lived in a bigger house, saw my book on the bestseller... Continue reading
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James Bamford in Wired: The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with him—traveling to Berlin, Rio de Janeiro twice, and New York multiple times to talk with the handful of his confidants who can arrange a meeting. Among other... Continue reading