Early in 2012, CreativeMornings/Stockholm was graced by the eccentric duo Fredrik Öst & Magnus Berg who make up the design, brand, and film agency Snask. Between bunny suits and drumrolls, they spoke on how to be a creative entrepreneur. Here are a few tips from their talk.
Make enemies. It’s important to make enemies. Not so much going out to actively make enemies, but more so to not be afraid of doing so. If you have fans, you inevitably will have enemies. Follow your beliefs, stick to your guns, and defend them.
Niche yourself. If you you’re a full-service agency, you’re probably sh*t at most of what you do. If you’re good at everything, you’re not groundbreaking at anything.
Say yes. Say yes more than you say no. “All of my life, I had more fun saying yes than saying no.”
Pee on yourself. Stay down to earth. Don’t take yourself too seriously. You have to maintain a critical distance from yourself to avoid becoming a precocious douchebag. Be nice to people. Smile.
Show them balls. Be bold. Have courage. Life is about ambition. Go for it. Take risks.
Tell pink lies. Pink lies are the fake-it-til-you-make-it lies that boost yourself and make yourself sound awesome. Spice things up with pink lies occasionally. White lies are boring.
There is no such thing as luck. We live by the rule that luck is ambition. You must have ambition.
In the autumn issue of Stanford Business magazine, we explore the theme of “boundaries,” from how to come up with breakthrough ideas to how to build relationships with higher-ups in your organization. Read it online now → http://stnfd.biz/r1y0o.
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Gran Turismo, the elder statesman of driving games, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year in grand style. Its developer, Polyphony Digital, has asked the world’s leading car manufacturers to produce real-life concepts that look into the future of sports car design. Mercedes-Benz is first to take part in this Vision Gran Turismo project, introducing the audaciously styled concept supercar you see before you. Carrying the company’s AMG designation, it’s designed to evoke the sense of a predator poised to strike — and its aggressive combination of a low, streamlined body with oversized wheel arches and LED-illuminated grille certainly gets that point across. It’s basically what Michael Keaton’s Batmobile would look like if it were dropped into the Tron universe.
From Amy Purdy’s TEDxOrangeCoast talk, "Living beyond limits.” Amy is a professional snowboarder who lost her legs at age 19 due to bacterial meningitis. In her TEDx talk, she describes how she dealt with this loss, and encourages us to take control of our lives — and our limits.
Watch Amy’s entire talk below, and learn more about Amy and her non-profit Adaptive Action Sports, dedicated to introducing people with physical challenges to action sports at her website.