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Don’t be a hero, be the guide

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You know those moments where you finally actually listen to something that you’ve heard a thousand times, and thought you already knew? It happened to me twice this last week. First of all, my girlfriend was right and we should’ve started watching Ozark sooner. Second of all, my good friend Reagan Pugh blew my mind with the Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s …

Launching and a new sense of empathy

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One night in August 2012, I felt completely defeated. I had been working all summer towards the launch of my first startup, MarketOSU. It was a simple idea – basically Craigslist for Ohio State students that required a student email to create an account. For months, I had been marketing an August 20th launch date for the website, and checking …

line of sight

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When I think about marketing (whether it’s Unreal, upside, or myself) I think a lot about awareness. The idea I wrote about a couple weeks ago — do you even exist to the person you want to the attention of? When we become aware of something, we start to slowly make the (erroneous) assumption that other people are aware of …

do you even exist?

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Over the last couple of months, my messaging and inbox traffic has exploded. It’s still manageable; I’m an inbox zero person and have curated my “Primary” tab in Gmail to be very effective in filtering out the stuff I actually need to see/action. And some of it is still garbage, but it’s probably 5-10x busier than it was a few …

simplicity is not simple

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As I study more about marketing, persuasion, and communication, it’s becoming clearer and clearer to me that simplicity wins out. The more simple you can make something, the easier it is to understand, talk about, remember, refer, and generally attract others. Great — so make everything simple! That should be simple, right? Not quite. Simplicity requires focus and clarity.  Simplicity …