daily bizcard 02: pam slim

["Permission". You can buy the print here etc.]

Entrepreneur/Author Pam Slim did such a good job guest blogging for me the other day I thought, why not? Give the gal her own daily bizcard.

She gave me some themes to work with: freedom, claim your own authority, you don’t need permission. I went with the latter.

Pam has the same book publisher and editor as myself (that’s how we got to know each other). Her book, “Escape From Cubicle Nation” is wonderful.

[Pam, please send me an email (gapingvoid@gmail.com) with the details that you want to see on the back, and I’ll print up a free batch of 100 bizcards for you. Thanks!]

[The Daily Bizcard archive is here etc.]

Comments

  1. When I first left uni I worked for an arts festival. You work until your head falls off, doing everything you can do while typing with your foot and begging for favours using the powerful rhetoric that art MEANS something and so it’s an important and rewarding thing to contribute.

    Anyway. I digress, and I haven’t even made a point yet.

    The Artistic Director was a lovely guy who taught me many lessons which I have carried through my life to date, one which resonates with this post:

    It is easier to seek forgiveness than permission.

    Now, as long as you’re not a Catholic on the wrong side of the law, I think that’s a pretty good marker for going for it.

  2. The business card gift idea is awesome. I love it. :)

  3. Randy Bosch says:

    Heartfelt recognition! Pam’s guest post was also heartfelt & fantastic.

    The best artists can do – gift themselves to others.

  4. Thanks for the recommendation, Hugh. I just added Pam’s book to my queue at the local library.

    When I think about one needing unnecessary permission to do something, I think of the following passage from William Zinsser’s On Writing Well:

    “That’s the last thing any good teacher wants,” I tell them. “No teacher wants twenty-five copies of the same person, writing about the same topic. What we’re all looking for–what we want to see pop out of your papers–is individuality. We’re looking for whatever it is that makes you unique. Write about what you know and what you think.”

    They can’t. They don’t they they have permission. I think they get that permission from being born.

  5. Thanks for the recommendation, Hugh. I just added Pam’s book to my queue at the local library.

    When I think about one needing unnecessary permission to do something, I think of the following passage from William Zinsser’s On Writing Well:

    “That’s the last thing any good teacher wants,” I tell them. “No teacher wants twenty-five copies of the same person, writing about the same topic. What we’re all looking for–what we want to see pop out of your papers–is individuality. We’re looking for whatever it is tha tmakes you unique. Write about what you know and what you think.”

    They can’t. They don’t think they have permission. I think they get that permission from being born.

  6. Perfect.
    As a matter of fact, I recall her telling me that very same thing. ;-)

  7. Awesome. Especially around the ponytail.

  8. I can’t help remember about 4 1/2 years ago when I stumbled across your site. I had a fledgling blog and tiny handful of readers. I was awed by your artwork and writing. I would come back and visit when I needed a boost of “stop whining and make art.”

    So this is a dream come true. Thank you for your gift, for your art and your heart. It means something.

    Big hugs,

    -Pam

  9. I like it – it fits Pam very well. Nice job

  10. Awesome! I love the yellow arch…the golden light…Pam’s halo!!! She’s an angel in human form.

  11. what a great idea! I could do this – totally different arena and probably not a cartoon, but the foundation idea’s totally worth stealing!

    And I love that passage about teachers – too many artists get all twisted up about people copying them *even when they’re teaching those people exactly what they (teachers) do! I believe each person’s unique energy can be given a space to express itself: foundation same, totally – completely different (much like what I’m going to do with this idea).

    Thanks!

  12. Nice shot-in-the-arm inspiration. May I remember it at the right moments.

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