Day 164. “R” Word

It comes with the territory.  If you’re going to put yourself, your work out there, not everyone’s going to love it.  Not all the time.  It’s bound to happen, so the sooner we learn how to rejectiondeal with it, the better.

Rejection.

There.  I’ve said it.  And having suffered it, many times, I’ve got to tell you it’s not as horrible as you might think.  The pain is fleeting.  Really, it is.  And it leaves no lasting scars.  At least I don’t have any.

Maybe my skin is thicker than most.  In advertising, people don’t mince words.  There’s too much at stake.  And far too little time.

In my business there are dozens of people who get the chance to dump all over your work.  And trust me, they do. Not to be purposely hurtful.  Not to be nasty.  Not because they can.  Not most of the time, anyway.  Sure, there’s Continue reading

Day 67. It’s Debatable

Did you watch the debate last night?  I wasn’t planning to.  The first of the 2012 Presidential debates did me in; and I didn’t think I could inflict another one on myself.  But then, by about 8:00 p.m. I thought, “Who are you kidding?  Of course you’re going to watch.”

It wasn’t essential that I watch.  I’m a political junkie, but I’m not an American.  I don’t have a vote.  I’m not one of the ‘undecideds’, still trying to find a candidate I can believe in, and relate to.  But living in Canada, as I do, does make us close neighbours.  Whoever gets elected will make decisions that impact us.  Plus, if the U.S. continues to ‘hurt’, so will the rest of the world, Canada included, despite the fact that so far, we’ve weathered the storm better than most.  Whither thou goest, in other words.

So, yes, I did watch.  I’m not going to dissect every word that was spoken, though.  First, I’m not qualified.  Second, every pundit on the planet will be doing it, ad nauseum.  But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have something to say.  So here goes:

In my opinion, the clear winner last night was Martha Raddatz.  In case you didn’t watch, Continue reading