Write Your Obituary

Note: I had written the first draft of this almost a year ago. Shortly after this, I informed my manager that I would be giving my notice right after my three-year anniversary. A former colleague introduced me to an interesting thought exercise that his team had performed. All companies come to an end; it is inevitable. Valar morghulis; all men must die. This too shall pass. To figure out what you want your team and mission to be, write the obituary of your company. What did that company accomplish? What was it known for? Do not limit this exercise to the company’s products and services. Decide what you want the quality, reputation, and the legacy of the company. The idea of this exercise ha

The Best Eggs I Ever Had

When I was a young lieutenant in the Army Reserves, one of my first assignments was as the XO (Executive Officer) for a 2-star general’s headquarters company. My boss, the CO (Commanding Officer) was Major Bruce Hightower, a great guy, friend, and mentor. We were both Armor officers and he took me under his wing. One day we were having lunch and he asked me, “What is the best MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) for an enlisted person, in terms of post-military career?” I thought about it. I knew it wasn’t one of the combat branches – infantry, armor, artillery, and so on. I guessed the Corps of Engineers since it prepared you for jobs in construction. “It’s field cook,” said Major Hightowe

Notes on the Creative Process: Ridiculous Writing Offers

Bo Catlett: “There's nothin' to know. You have an idea, you write down what you wanna say. Then you get somebody to add in the commas and shit where they belong, if you aren't positive yourself. Maybe fix up the spelling where you have some tricky words... although I've seen scripts where I know words weren't spelled right and there was hardly any commas in it at all. So I don't think it's too important. Anyway, you come to the last page you write in 'Fade out' and that's the end, you're done.” Chili Palmer: “That's all there is to it? Then what the fuck do I need you for?” From the film “Get Shorty,” screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the book by Elmore Leonard. A few times a year, I get a

Notes on the Creative Process: Monetization

As I approached the two year anniversary of the channel (September 12, 2020), I started putting down my thoughts regarding the lessons I have learned about balancing creativity, passion, and business. I am blessed and lucky. Three years after publishing my first book and two years after launching the Creo Parametric YouTube channel, I have found how to support myself from YouTube. I never expected that to happen; when it did, it was a shocking moment of clarity. “This is how you do it.” The financial independence gives me the freedom to pursue my creativity full time. This is not a “rise and grind” story. The path that I took will work for everyone. I got very lucky along the way. Someone co

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