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You’ll never walk alone

I recently spent 12 days in Costa Rica for my little sister’s wedding. I officiated the proceedings, it was beautiful, and so so happy.

After the wedding weekend, we made our way to another location for more chillin’. I met a gentleman in one of the restaurants, who was wearing a Liverpool FC jersey (next season’s away kit) and I immediately told him how great it looked as he walked up.

We chatted about my seeing a Liverpool game in the mid-90’s that made me a fan forever. Robbie Fowler, 2 goals (a brace), on a rainy Saturday night at Highbury, the home of Arsenal FC.

We buddied up, and a few days later, this gentleman, Matt, walked up to me with a red flag rolled up in his hand.

He told me that the flag had been waved proudly in The Kop, the supporters end of Anfield, Liverpool’s famed stadium. I got goosebumps.

He gave me the flag, and I felt as though I had been knighted. We’ve since stayed in touch, chat on Whats App, and I’ve been invited to join him at Anfield one day.

You may not be into soccer, and you may not care that Liverpool is gearing up for an important season, but the point to be made, is that a simple greeting can open the door to some really cool experiences.

One mere commonality can not only create connection, but it also validates the idea that looking for the overlap goes a long way.

What if our first thought was about the space where the Venn diagram converges, not the portions where it doesn’t? What if we paired that with a smile?

If we’re open to it, the lyrics are true… You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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Socialized

When things are socialized, we do them together.

What’s so wrong with that?

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You make ideas real

I wrote this article so that artists can refer to a playbook when looking to get more eyes on their work, garner more shows, and sell more art.

The funny thing is, the word “artist” can be substituted for the words “business owner” or “entrepreneur”, as well as a list of other titles that essentially mean, you make ideas real.

Being strategic means giving our art a fighting chance.

Art = ideas in practice.

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Is this thing on?

It’s been a while since I’ve written here consistently… I hope your volumes aren’t entirely turned down!

I’m hoping to get back to it more regularly, and I’d love to discuss questions or ideas you have about communication, business, strategy, intentional living, or anything else, really.

Reply to this email with your angle, question, idea, or takeaway, and I’ll make it a topic for this blog.

Maybe it’s something you struggle with, need clarity on, or are looking to build strategically. Or maybe it’s a story of learning that you think could be applied broadly.

Whatever it is, it’d be fun to try your hat on for size in a way that might help other people on this list.

Thanks for opening this email and for coming with me on this continued journey of thought experimentation, value creation, and mission alignment.

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