Make Garbage

Good Enough Donut Shop

“The safest way of not being very miserable is not to expect to be very happy.” Arthur Shopenhauer – German philosopher We’re all familiar with beginner’s luck. You play Backgammon for the first time and beat the pants off your opponent – even though you have no clue what you’re doing. You play Street Fighter II for the first time and demolish your brother despite the fact he’s been working on his special moves for weeks. You paint your first

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Counterfeit Diamond

Retro counterfeit diamond

This diamond isn’t real. I mean. Yeah, it’s an illustration. But it’s also not a real illustration. I got lazy and made a Frankenstein diamond. Let me explain, I interviewed my friend Dina Rodriguez (AKA Letter Shoppe) for an episode of Passive Income for Designers. She made a really solid point about getting good at stuff. You can’t Frankenstein different images and ideas together. Sure, that can help you learn. But she said the most significant growth she ever experienced

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The Importance of Wasting Time

I was listening to Brené Brown’s Audible book The Power of Vulnerability today on a trip to IKEA. Through qualitative research (I’m recollecting the audio, so I’m probably not wording this correctly), she discovered that people who unconditionally love themselves shared similar qualities. Here are two of the qualities people who unconditionally loved themselves shared: They spent a greater amount of time playing. I’m not talking creative play at work or anything like that. We’re talking actual play. For example, jumping on a trampoline

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Why It’s Awesome to Be a Beginner

Why Knowing Nothing is a Good Thing

A few days ago I purchased Shunrye Suzuki’s book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. One of the first things Suzuki emphasizes in the book is this quote: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” One way of looking at this is the expert tends to become blind to opportunities and stubborn in his ways. The beginner sees opportunity and novel solutions everywhere. For example, I’ve run RetroSupply for five years now. The business

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I Made This for You

Retro casette tape

I’ve always been fascinated by marketing. From why so many fast food restaurants have used red in their branding (it makes us hungry). To the psychological tactics used by infomercials to persuade us to buy (social proof, scarcity, pricing tactics, etc.). As a result, I’ve purchased dozens of books on marketings and psychology. I worked with my friend Jonathan. A fantastic small business owner and copywriter. Jonathan built a six-figure business by himself mainly due to his copywriting skills. Between

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Why You’ll Always Be Anxious

Anxious Man

I’d be willing to bet you’re feeling anxious today. Maybe you’re behind on a project. Perhaps you have to meet new people at an event tonight. Or you’ve spent weeks wondering whether you’ll ever get your new career off the ground. So you look for solutions to eliminate your anxiety. Work harder. You put in extended hours to get ahead on your work. Once you’re ahead on all those projects, you’ll feel better. Numb yourself. On the way home from

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No Deprivation

Polaroid of girl with wings drawn on it.

I own two hard copies of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and an audio version. I probably listen to his words at least once a day. On quote always stands out to me… “No one can lose either the past or the future – how could anyone be deprived of what he does not possess? … It is only the present moment of which either stands to be deprived: and if this is all he has, he cannot lose what he does

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How to Use Frameworks to Solve Creative Problems

When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a songwriter/guitarist. I spent hours in my room with my four-track writing music. Many times it was a mystical experience to hear the instruments combine to create beautiful soundscapes. But sometimes it was a frustrating struggle. If the inspiration wasn’t there, I would have battles with my Martin acoustic, notepad, and four track. The bummer part is it didn’t have to be so hard. We often attribute creativity with picking ideas

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How to Turn First-Time Buyers into Long Term Customers

This November was RetroSupply’s biggest sales month ever. We had 1355 transactions. 613 were brand new customers. You’ve probably heard the advice that an existing customer is 10x as likely as a prospect to purchase from you. Personal experience with RetroSupply has told me this is true. A customer that has bought once is way more likely to buy again. These customers result in reliable revenue, higher cart values, and an active community. We want to invest a disproportionate amount of

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This site is about everything that doesn’t fit anywhere else

For the past four years my online life has been about two things: RetroSupply Co. and Passive Income for Designers I love both of these projects. I feel blessed to wake up every day and spend my time working on stuff I love (and getting paid for it)! But I’m interested in tons of other stuff.

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