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TED Talk: The Art of Asking


A friend of mine recommended this really inspiring TED Talk presented by Amanda Palmer, a musician and highly successful crowd sourcer.

In this short 13 minute video, Amanda talks about how creating a connection with your community or crowd can create amazing things for yourself and your projects. To give you a quick background, Amanda’s band was signed with a record label as their popularity grew. After selling just 25,000 records, the label dropped the band and they were forced to go back to the drawing board. Amanda decided to give the music away for free and start one of the most successful music kickstarter campaigns. Initially asking for $100,000, the campaign quickly grew to over $1.1 million. Amanda attributes this success to the ideal that people genuinely want to help each other and if you aren’t afraid to ask, then you will be amazed at the results.

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5 Tips on Moving Your Ideas into Action


Great ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s what you do with that idea that matters.

Lot’s of people get stuck thinking that they need to find their life purpose or have their business idea solid before they can make the leap. You don’t necessarily need to have everything ready to go at once. You just need to take incremental steps forward to making your dream, business or idea a reality.

It’s easy to get stuck thinking that your conditions have to change or that you’re too busy with life to move towards your goals and dreams.

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Start a 30 Day Challenge

I had lunch with my good friend Alicia yesterday who was telling me about her recent commitment to 30 day challenges. I was immediately intrigued by the idea. I’d heard about lot’s of 30 day challenges for a wide variety of things including yoga, weight loss, reading and goal setting.

Alicia’s commitment was to implement a beneficial habit, ritual or project every 30 days to make sure she kept up the momentum with her goals.

Check out Alicia’s blog at the Goldsmith Project.

So I’ve decided that I’m going to adopt the same commitment to 30 day challenges. Starting this Saturday, I am going to post new content on The Pinstriped Suit every day for 30 days. This will be a great way for me to kickstart my creative juices and get my ideas out there.

I’ll be writing about a number of different topics over the 30 day challenge including: books, marketing tips, digital marketing, goals, personal development, fashion, and inspiration.

Another brilliant idea that Alicia challenged me to do was to post my goals on the website. That way, it will keep me accountable for sticking with my intentions and moving my goals forward.

In order to put these two challenges in action, I’ve set up new pages where you can see and comment on my goals and 30 day challenges. I’m looking forward to updating all of you on how it goes and you’ll be able to watch my progress starting on Saturday.

Wish me luck!

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The value of design

I was listening to the audiobook “A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink recently and one of the many great ideas I got out of this book was to learn more about the fundamentals of design. Pink says that studying Design allows an individual to further appreciate the world around him and inspires creativity. Design can be appreciated in many ways including architecture, drawings, art and of course the design of tangible items.

One of the tools that Pink recommends is called the IDEO Method Cards. The IDEO Method Cards were developed by the international design firm of the same name. This 51 card deck has a series of exercises and examples that can be used as tools to further your design ability.

While the physical card deck is a whopping $49 at William Stout Architecture Books I found a cheaper alternative in the form of an Iphone app. The IDEO Method Card app available for Ipod touch and Iphone includes all 51 cards in digital form for a steal at just $4.99 on the Itunes store.

After purchasing this app, I have to say my favorite card is the one on behavioral mapping. On the front, it shows an image of a floor plan with colored lines running all over the place. On the back, the description reads:

Behavioral Mapping

HOW: Track the positions and movements of people within a space over time.

WHY: Recording the pathways and traffic patterns of occupants of a space helps to define zones of different spatial behaviors.

Tracking the paths of visitors helped designers to identify the traffic spots and the vacant, underused areas of a museum lobby.

As both a valuable design tool and fun conversation piece, the IDEO Method Cards are a great way to train your brain and expand your appreciation of design!