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Proud of Your Marketing?


What feeling do you get when you hand out your business card? Are you excited to hand over your business card or perhaps you feel a sense of dread? No emotion at all? I love experimenting with new ideas, unique shapes, textures, and colors, but I didn’t think much about the emotional transaction that occurs […]

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How to Support Creative Professionals


Last week I saw something on Twitter that enraged me: people were shaming people for using Patreon in the absence of a “real business model.” The reason I got a little testy was because a lot of creative professionals rely upon Patreon to fund their projects and businesses. One awesome example is Noclip, they make 100% crowdfunded […]

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Do I Lack Vision?


For the past few years, I have had a nagging question deep down inside: Do I lack vision? The question grows in scope and scale as I look at my work and analyze the way I think, approach problems, and make decisions. Do I lack a vision for originality? For uniquely showing up in my […]

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Innovation Redux


In Steven Johnson’s book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, he writes about the need for existing platforms that allow innovation to be built upon them: “Innovation thrives in discarded places. Emergent platforms derive much of their creativity from the inventive and economical reuse of existing resources, and, as any urbanite […]

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Innovation: A Heaping Helping of Hype and Hindrance?


Innovation is a popular word in today’s business world. In order to stand out from competition or be more profitable, the typical managerial response is something along the lines of improving the quality and amount of innovation, or in some cases, beginning to innovate. But is all of this focus on innovation a good thing […]

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Leaders and Managers


What is the difference between a leader and a manager? This question is what originally got me thinking about abundance and deficiency because there seems to be more managers and less leaders. Leaders Make Known the Unknown A leader is someone that influences the behavior of others by the way they live their lives. They […]

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About Chris

Chris Martin is a filmmaker, podcaster, educator, and coach in Vancouver, WA. He loves stories that are filled to the brim with heart, edge, and fearlessness and can’t get enough of people who live their lives daring to build a better world.