Nick Campbell, Joshua Schaible & Trevor Turk have put together a great site called Reel Roulette. Anyone who has a motion graphics show reel should get there work on here! It’s a great way to get your work seen by an even larger audience. Even if you don’t submit your own reel you can still vote on the reels you like best, this helps the best reels rise to the top. Whether you’re just looking for a bit of inspiration or looking to hire a motion graphics pros it’s worth checking out. I already have mine up there, give it a vote and check out some of the other highly talented people out there.
Linchpin is the latest book from Seth Godin, I haven’t read any of his other books or too much of his blog so I’m not that familiar with his work. The book was recommend by Nick Campbell and I figured I’d give it a go. I was very impressed by this one and I’m sure I’ll be checking out some of his other stuff. Now this is going to sound like a self-help book, and really it kind of is. I’m not a huge fan of self-help books I don’t need another person telling me what I should be doing. But every once and awhile I find myself checking one out. Sometimes that extra motivation is what you need to push you through. For me there wasn’t anything life-changing, game altering or groundbreaking in the book, it’s just a lot of great ideas and advice. Godin tells it like it is and in a way that is so obvious that you’ll wish you had thought of it. He explains that being a Linchpin is what it takes to become indispensable in the workplace whether if you are working for someone else or if you are self-employed. And why it is that business owners should want Linchpins working for them. Godin also talked about the idea that you should ship and ship often. The constant shipping and doing allows you to work smarter and quicker. You only continue to improve with the more you produce and ship. But there is more then that to being a Linchpin, anyone can just work work work… In order to be a linchpin, you must be socially intelligent. You need to connect with other people through genuine human interactions not just social media. This real life connection helps make you indispensable. This is a point I strongly agree with and seems all the more important now that there is so many ways to connect with people virtually. You will get to know the person and their values over just a couple drinks more than you would for months over the internet. If doing these things, working hard, meeting people, sharing you knowledge feels threatening, Godin explains that it could be that your lizard brain, is trying to sabotage your best efforts. If the lizard brain perceives something as being too risky, or hard it will try and stop it. Godin says that the lizard brain does this by making you hesitate, compelling you to do things that allow you to avoid the situation and undermining your confidence. After first showing you how the lizard brain tries to stop you, Godin tells you how to thwart it. He provides a lot of great ideas to help you focus in order to get the job done. This book is about realizing that every person is responsible for their actions. It’s up to each of us to control our own destiny and make choices that help us reach the goal we want.
Over all it’s a good book. Linchpin is fast, easy and entertaining, I’d check it out if you’re a fan of Seth Godin’s work or looking to give him a try. I have a feeling I may pick it up again in a year and check out some of the ideas again. Godin encourages you to step outside of the boundary and create your art. It’s up to you to get the engine running and put your passion to work.
If you have any interest in Dogfish Head or starting your own business then “Brewing Up a Business" is a must pick up. Sam Calagione talks about how he went from home brewing and took his passion for off centered beer and turned it into one of the most innovative breweries in the country. He explains some of the success and failures he had with the day to day struggles in building a business, from startup, to marketing, engaging with customers and even turning the brewery into a profitable business. I thought I was pretty familiar with Dogfish Head beer but this gave me a whole new insight into what they have to offer. You learn what Sam was thinking when he came up with each of his beers along with what worked and didn’t work in the process. Besides making you thirsty while reading the book its filled with some great advice and outstanding business lessons. With Sam’s entertaining and humbling stories, you end up walking away with a renewed passion and some great lessons learned. I can see myself reading this again soon as I move forward with future plans. Get yourself some Dogfish Head beers and this book, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the time spent.
This is The Warm Ones and they’ve come to blow your tiny minds. They are catchy, loud and tight in all the best possible ways, not the weird creepy ones. It’s long been whispered around poker tables and suggested between friends standing by the pinball machine but it’s high time we…