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July 6, 2011 - No Comments!

Not Bad vs Good Thanks – The Power Of Positive Response

When someone says Hello, how are you?, which response is the first to mind, Not Bad or Good Thanks?

If your first response is "Not Bad", don't worry, you're not alone. More people often than not reply with the exact same response. But have you ever stopped to consider the negative impact you may be bringing to the exchange?


The definition of Not is: Used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition (adverb). In short, it's a word used to describe a blocking or negative situation. Leading your conversation with 'Not' may be commonplace, but often it's detrimental  in generating a flow on discussion.


The definition of Bad is: Not good in any manner or degree (adjective). Bad is just one of those words that sounds bad no matter how you may try to spin it. By preceding this word with Not, we get a double negative cancellation, and start our discussion with a flat response.

But things get interesting when we our first response is "Good, thanks". If said in the right tone, with a slight hint of excitement it can open up the discussion by intrigue, often leading to a more beneficial exchange.


The definition of Good is: Morally excellent; virtuous; righteous (adjective). In essence, the word Good describes a positive emotion, thought or feeling, which extends into our discussion. By leading with Good we openly encourage positivity and motivate the discussion to advance.


The definition of Thanks is: To express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment (verb). Ending your response with Thanks has double the value. First, it acknowledges the person asking for their question and second, it solidifies the first positive response allowing the discussion to start on a strong, open ground.

By switching your response from "Not Bad" to "Good Thanks" you will find yourself becoming enlightened allowing the conversation to flow easier. If you are feeling down, try responding with "Good Thanks" to the caring question to coach your mind back to a more positive place.

TRY THIS: Go one week without saying "Not Bad", then move on to 2 weeks and so on until it is completely removed from your conversations. Let me know how you go in the comments.

May 25, 2011 - No Comments!

Is Theft Worth Focusing On?

Theft has risen dramatically since the invention of the internet. It has always been present before then, but with the online channels it's much easier to get a hold of someones design, art, music or writing and recreate it as your own. Plagiarism and 'Remixing' have also been heavy hitters in the online world, often causing debates over 'fair use' and similar copyright issues.

So with the constant shuffle back and forth, and the millions that piracy/plagiarism is apparently taking away from the artist, how can you make the most of it if it were to happen to you?

A while back when I was designing t-shirts a friend of mine alerted me to a shop overseas that had copied one of my designs and reprinted it with slight modifications. Because of the way I view the world, my first thought was "Great! My design was good enough that someone stole it!". Of course, this thought pattern wasn't born overnight - it was something I focused on for years after realising that stealing was here to stay - especially in the design industry.

If someone steals, plagiarises, remixes your work or uses your name to get known (the 'coat-tails' scenario) how can you make the most of it? After all, it surely couldn't be good for you - could it?

Skrillex (signed to Deadmau5's label) posted this on Facebook recently. While he makes very valid and honest points about the illegal and unethical activity - is it really necessary to bring attention to it? After reading this, and the majority of negative, annoyed and 'You're a sellout' comments underneath, did he just disrespect his fans for spreading his name (even by illegal means)?

Here is an example of the mental work through that most people go through when something of theirs meets the same fate:

  1. Artist is alerted to illegal merch sales

  2. Artist contacts sellers via email explaining they should stop the illegal activity

  3. Artist gets heavy hitters involved (lawyers, accountants etc) to see if they have a leg to stand on

  4. Calculations are made about the loss by this illegal activity

  5. Public scrutiny is pushed forth towards the companies/individuals working illegally

  6. Artist strengthens copyright of brand, shares less and hides more

  7. Illegal operations close down, prompting more to open

  8. Rinse and repeat

Now this list is just an example, but I don't suspect it to be far from the truth. While I believe 1 and 2 are important, unless the illegal activities are severely impacting sales (e.g. Napster vs Record Companies) then I don't believe it is worth going further - no matter how big the fight. The bigger the fight, the more attention, and we all know how the record companies have fared since their win with the demise of Napster. Would you invest in a traditional record company now?

Here is an example of how I handle situations like this now:

  1. Artist is alerted to illegal merch sales

  2. Artist contacts sellers via email explaining they should stop the illegal activity

  3. Artist realises that name recognition from illegal activities is helping build the brand awareness

  4. Artist realises that Brand awareness pays more in the long run vs focusing attention on stopping companies steal

  5. Artist focuses attention back into art to move forward and build off the new attention

  6. Artist writes a blog post saying he doesn't like people stealing, but accepts that it is going to happen

  7. Artist moves on and gets back to creation

Now I know a lot of people may see this and think "But you're just letting them get away with it!". In a way, yes I am. If you constantly focus on something negative your direction will pull you that way. It's the same thinking as trying to smile while being really angry (try it!). It's really hard to be creative and spontaneous if you are directing your attention on watching your back and being paranoid about everything you put out.

The quickest way to kill creativity is not to be.

Just to clarify, I don't condone illegal activities, but they're here to stay. Artists the world over need to keep focused on going forward and creating the works that got them noticed in the first place instead of fighting ongoing battles that often hurt them more than the initial theft.

Have you ever had anyone steal your work?