Inspire, or die trying.

[Originally sent out in today's newsletter etc. Buy the print here etc etc.]

Like I said on Twitter earlier today, the people who REALLY taught me “How To” do anything worthwhile, didn’t write a big ol’ list of instructions, didn’t hold my hand, they just led by example.

The great British advertising man, Dave Trott once did that for me, back in the day…

THIS is what REAL leadership means. THIS is what REAL inspiration means.

And you’d better get used to it. Because in the world we now live in, there are no more jobs. There are no more bosses. There are only clients and customers from now on.

The employees who don’t get that, are dead in the water. And so are the “bosses” who still like to be treated as “bosses”. Good riddance to them all.

So… go read Dave Trott’s stuff. Find out who he is. Go learn from a MASTER. Do it. Rock on.

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His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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