"We gather knowledge faster than we gather wisdom." - William Bell

Get Out There

Posted: November 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Pitching Ideas | No Comments »

I saw this quote a couple of days ago. It’s amazing how most of life’s most valuable lessons are all taught in books that we read before we are 12 years old.

- Christian

Thoughts On Handwritten Notes

Posted: November 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Idea Drunk's Ideas | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

When was the last time that you got a handwritten note? Or wrote one? When’s the last time that you posted a real letter instead of sending an email? The key to marketing is standing out. So, if everyone fires off hundreds of emails a day, the person who really stands out is the one who sends a letter.

Because letters take time. To craft. To write. To post. The recipient knows that you took more than five minutes in thinking about the communication.

And you leave the person with a real physical object. That they can toss or treasure. That they can recycle or remember.

The first time that I dropped off a thank you letter after an interview was also the first time that I got hired in advertising. I’m not saying that the letter did it. But it helped me stand out from the pack and reminded them about me a couple of days later after they had met all of the candidates.

The holiday season is coming up, and I think that there is a real value in writing proper cards. And personalizing them with real messages for the person you are writing to. There’s nothing worse than a generic family card that just says “Best Wishes From The Smiths” inside. I mean, if you’re not going to take the extra effort, why waste the paper? Send an e-card instead to your entire mailing list.

Idea Drunk has been fortunate enough to get a flood of thank you’s and compliments on the posts.  Not to get all soft, but they mean a lot and they’re awesome to get. From now on, I’m going to make it my goal to write a proper thank you note to everyone who emails me with their address. I can’t promise you that it’ll be pretty. I can promise you that it will be on paper and written with a pen.

- Christian

Friday Inspiration

Posted: November 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Chris Milk, the director of music videos for Kanye, U2,  and Arcade Fire, dropped a 42 second film for Beijing’s 42 Second Film Festival. Life is short. Make sure you have fun. Happy Friday!

If you can’t view the video, click here.

- Christian

Thoughts On Age

Posted: November 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

There have been a lot of birthdays over the past couple of days. It’s at these instances that you gain a lot of perspective on how turning a year older impacts people differently. I’ve had a couple of in-depth conversations recently and I thought I’d share. So here are some thoughts on age:

1. Age. It is really just a number. Just because you’re 13, doesn’t mean that you can’t be one of the most powerful fashion bloggers out there. Just because you’re 30 doesn’t mean you shouldn’t skateboard to work. Just because you’re 90 doesn’t mean that you can’t fall in love.

2. Growing older is about momentum. Each year we live, we gain experience. Learn new things. Perfect new skills. You need to carry that momentum with you. Build on the progress and experiences in your life, whether they be big or small. Carry them with you.

3. Glance back, but look forward. It’s good to look back at your past every once and a while. But don’t dwell. Whether what you’ve done in the past was amazing or awful, it’s already been done. There is no use in reliving it. So look forward. You will never again be as young as you are today. Take advantage.

Remember that no matter what happens, the best is yet to come.

- Christian

Influencers – A Short Film

Posted: November 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Random | No Comments »

If you can’t view the video click here.

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.

The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach. It’s opinion. It’s hearsay. But it’s also awesome. One of the most insightful quotes from the film comes from a creative director of a fashion house. He says, “Places where people assemble for PASSION is where you see the most influence.”

It’s dope.

- Christian