Prince Gave Me Permission
25/04/16 Uncategorized

Prince Gave Me Permission

We all need permission.

Permission to do.

Permission to be.

Permission to try.

Permission to have.


I talk a lot with my clients and associates about their brands providing permission. About them standing for something that’s real, putting forth messages that are meaningful, saying things — out loud — that other brands won’t have the courage to say.


I encourage business owners to make it easier for their clients and customers to own themselves and speak for themselves by aligning themselves with brands that feel the way they do about things that are important to them. To give their clients permission.


Last week, the world lost an amazing soul and an amazing brand: Prince Rogers Nelson.


And this morning, as I danced around the house nearly shouting the lyrics to “Cream” and “Gett Off” and “When Doves Cry,” I shocked myself a little when I cried. I was more than a little surprised at the size of the hole that had opened in my heart just days ago when I learned that an icon I longed for — straight from my soul, for so many years — had died alone, in his elevator.


And I realized something for the first time:


Prince gave me permission.

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Seeing Things for the First Time
11/04/16 Uncategorized # , , , ,

Seeing Things for the First Time

I woke up this morning and had the strangest sensation: I could see.


I mean I could see everything. The sun was just beginning to rise, and I could see the geometric patterns of shadows on the ceiling. I could see the La Costa valley beginning to take shape outside my bedroom windows, and the traffic light across that valley, turning from red to green. I could see the tops of the palm trees in our back yard, painted with light. I could see Diego, our Golden Retriever, and his kind amber eyes staring back at me from the floor beside my bed.


It’s the first morning that I remember, in my life, that I could see upon waking.

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