Category: Learnings

Don’t Follow Your Passion

Don’t follow your passion. I believe writing is magic. It helps us think and process the world. The magic is really in the lines between the words. In the pauses. When I was writing our last book, The Passion Conversation, that journey sparked some questions in my own life. Am I really following my passions? …

Internview: Farewell Ellen

Interns come and go, but the impact they make on Brains on Fire is something that endures well beyond their time in The Firesphere. We also like to think that the lessons learned (both the good and the nutty) during their internships will serve them well, wherever the post-BOF path may lead. We recently reached out to one …

Four Ways to Attract People to your Organization

Like many other people in the world, addiction has affected many people I know and love. So lately I’ve been earnestly attending Al Anon meetings and working the steps. Al Anon is for friends and family of people with the disease of addiction.   One of the interesting traditions of Al-anon (and AA for that …

8 Lessons Learned at WOMMA Summit

Moe and I recently had the opportunity to attend the WOMMA Summit in NYC (along with Robbin and Geno). It was a whirlwind 48 hours, and we left The Big Apple with some big things to think about. If you weren’t able to make it, never fear. We’ve curated our top WOMMA takeaways for you in …

Brene and Seth and Good Advice.

I read a lot about leadership and I believe with my whole heart that we all have the capacity to lead. I’m also an advocate for reading. So much so, that we have a tiny little book club going at Brains on Fire and we reward reading books with cold hard cash. We really do. …

Lessons Learned Night Caving

The other day I was looking for something and found a slip of paper with 30 things I wanted to do before I die.  Can’t remember when I decided to craft this list. Most likely on a plane. I tend to get reflective on planes, don’t you? Number 28 made me laugh. No. 28:  Go night …

Nine Profound and Not-So-Profound Things I’ve Learned While on the Road

Seven months ago, I had never traveled for work. Not really, anyways. In a previous life as a journalist, I’d stayed in boutique hotels and tourist towns for travel assignments. But as I’ve learned, working while traveling is an entirely different beast than traveling as work. Since mid-May 2016, I’ve flown over 23,500 miles and …

Lessons from a Telegram to Katie Couric.

My first real job out of college was with a firm that did car dealership advertising. We represented about 22 dealerships in all. Whew. Fun times. One of the men who owned the firm was an interesting man. He had a very nice luxury car (makes sense, right) but he was absolutely TERRIFIED of driving. Part …

How not to live an ordinary life.

I grew up in a small town. So growing up, my world was very small. We never went on vacations because my dad was a workaholic. He was always at work. My mom drove, but not far. Just to the store or downtown or to visit my Grandmother. And she never drove after dark. She …

Okay, but really, what do I do?

I’m not a professional photographer and would never claim to be one. But chances are you aren’t one either. But maybe you want to get better at making images, and you don’t know where to start. This is for you, fam.  Where were we again? Oh. Right. I’d just overwhelmed you with WORDS about PHOTOGRAPHY …

Letting Go – Part II

When I came Brains On Fire, I had heard about this thing called “community,” but I had never really experienced it in action. Certainly not in a Brains On Fire-y way. (We like to do things a little different around here.) The last year as a Community Manager at BOF has enriched me in so …

There’s no such thing as a rock star.

I hate it when I hear people call someone a “rock star.” Being in the business I’m in –marketing –I hear that word more than the average person. We love to label. And I just can’t stand it. The other day I shared with you the first line in a book I am reading, Play Bigger by …

A letter to myself.

I often write letters to myself. Usually in time in of stress and change. It calms me to talk to myself. And helps me set my intentions.  Anyway, I found one of my letters today deep inside a folder on my desktop. (When I get a new computer Jack puts my entire desktop on a …

You’re not BUSY.

I have always been a huge fan of Change This Manifestos. The limited format forces smart people to edit themselves and get straight to the point. I know, we did a couple ourselves and it’s great exercise in restraint.  Today I stumbled on one from Anese Cavanaugh called Showing Up: 32 ways. Good stuff I plan …

Lessons Learned in 2015

Have I told you yet how excited I am about this coming year? We have lots of new plans and excitement to look forward to in 2016. I hope you do as well. Since the year is about to come to a close, I’ve decided (as usual) to take a look back at the lessons …

Nobody wants a JOB.

I’m reading The Great Game of Business. Brandy recommended it. It’s been around for over 20 years, but it’s finally made it way in my hands. About 45 pages into it, I stumbled on this sentence: Nobody wants a JOB. That is so true. Jobs suck! Growing businesses, innovating, learning, starting things, shaping minds, taking …

The Power of Purpose

I used to get annoyed when I woke up in the middle of the night. But years ago, I decided it was something I would celebrate. So. I developed this little trick. Before I can think one single thought, I start singing this crazy little song: “Party in my head. Party in my head, oh my goodness …

Find Your People.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of attending the Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit in Austin. When I returned and others asked me how it went all I could say is: “We have found our people.” Like Brains on Fire, Conscious Capitalism Companies recognize that every business has a Higher Purpose that includes, …

Happy Social Media Week!

In celebration of Social Media Week, we tossed some questions at Brains on Fire’s resident Social Media + Community Managers. Check out what they had to say about the struggles, triumphs and future of social media and social media marketing…   What’s your creative process for developing content? Amy Taylor: I’m a big believer in …

Personal Branding Matters

The conversation about personal branding seems to be popping up everywhere these days. Fast Company recent dubbed it “essential to career success.” 99u says “the resume is dead, the bio is king.” Inc says “virtually everyone” needs to care about personal branding, because “how people see you matters; it is a fundamental truth of being a human.” …