learning

Imagination and the Power of Change with Beth Comstock

One of the world’s most powerful women in business, Beth Comstock, recently left a 27 year career at GE as their Chief Marketing Officer and Vice Chair to go in a completely different direction – to a new life beyond the enterprise-exec world whe…

The Dirtiest Secret in Photography

I’m often asked: where I get my inspiration from, how to stand out? AND why I’m sharing less BTS videos of my photo shoots? Well….glad you asked. Because in today’s episode of #cjRAW, I answer those questions specifically……

Find Your Calling In Career And Life with Chris Guillebeau

Today on the podcast we’re answering one of the most popular questions I receive: “how do I find my passion”. Yeah, not an easy one. Super tough! And if you’ve struggled with this or are struggling right now, this episode will help you find your way. I…

Caterina Fake: Teach Yourself

Caterina Fake is best known for being the co-founder of Flickr, which pioneered a ton of the things that we now take for granted on the internet: social networking, tagging, and content surfacing algorithms to name just a few. But like many of us, her career path has been – to say the least – unpredictable. On the way to becoming the co-founder of Flickr, Caterina Fake explored everything from banking to graphic design to writing novels, and she’s now the Chairman of the Board for Etsy, a board member at Creative Commons, and on the board of advisors for the Berkeley School of Information. And while there’s a narrative in our culture that this sort of winding path indicates that something went wrong, I believe the opposite – I believe that it creates the sort of eclectic, versatile people who will (like Caterina) thrive in the new “skill economy.” Today on the podcast, How Caterina ended up co-founding Flickr and ultimately selling it to Yahoo even though she grew up as a self-described “artsy girl” – a far cry from what many would expect of a tech founder Some great advice for writers, specifically around how to create the kind […]

Harvard Has a Free Online 12-Module Digital Photo Course

Want to learn photography from Harvard? (Yes, that Harvard.) It turns out you can easily do so, even without being a student. The oldest institution of higher learning in the United States offers a free 12-module online digital photography class. The Digital Photography course has been available over at the free certified learning service ALISON […]

How to Find Mentor (and what to do when you get one)

As I’ve said countless times before, there are no magical, hidden secrets that will catapult you to success. By almost any measure, sustained success is a ton of work. And when the going gets tough, we can get sucked into spinning our wheels looking for direction or help. That’s where a mentor comes in. It’s the ONE PLACE YOU CAN MAKE USE OF A SHORTCUT…one that will make the path to your goals much straighter and less bumpy. We all know learning from someone who’s been there can help add clarity, connect us to new resources, encourage us when we’re uncertain, but how many of us have successful+meaningful mentor relationships? Over the years, I’ve been asked how to find a mentor and what to do when you have one … I caught up with a designer pal Ram Castillo fresh off the launch of his new book “How To Get A Mentor” to lay out the blueprint: 1. Get clarity on what a mentor is. If you’re thinking of a mentor as Yoda, Gandalf, or Dumbledore then you probably want to do a little mental reboot– no interstellar travel is required. Mentorship doesn’t need to be (and in fact, rarely is) a lifelong […]

How to Find Mentor (and what to do when you get one)

As I’ve said countless times before, there are no magical, hidden secrets that will catapult you to success. By almost any measure, sustained success is a ton of work. And when the going gets tough, we can get sucked into spinning our wheels looking for direction or help. That’s where a mentor comes in. It’s the ONE PLACE YOU CAN MAKE USE OF A SHORTCUT…one that will make the path to your goals much straighter and less bumpy. We all know learning from someone who’s been there can help add clarity, connect us to new resources, encourage us when we’re uncertain, but how many of us have successful+meaningful mentor relationships? Over the years, I’ve been asked how to find a mentor and what to do when you have one … I caught up with a designer pal Ram Castillo fresh off the launch of his new book “How To Get A Mentor” to lay out the blueprint: 1. Get clarity on what a mentor is. If you’re thinking of a mentor as Yoda, Gandalf, or Dumbledore then you probably want to do a little mental reboot– no interstellar travel is required. Mentorship doesn’t need to be (and in fact, rarely is) a lifelong […]