The tighter they are, the better I like it …

No, I am not talking about my jeans.  Or Spanx.  I’m talking about deadlines.  Yeah, I’m one of those sickos who loves deadlines.  I thrive on ’em.  So stressneedless to say this WordPress Daily Prompt is right up my alley:

“Do you thrive under pressure or crumble at the thought of it?  Does your best stuff surface as the deadline approaches or do you need to iterate, day after day to achieve something you’re proud of?  Tell us how you work best.”

It’s a good thing I’m a stress junkie, because advertising is all about deadlines.  They’re a constant and they’re brutal.  And they seem to get worse and worse all the time.  As I think about it, it’d be a stressful business even without the deadlines.

Why?

You try sitting in front  of a blank computer screen every day waiting for an idea to hit you, or words and sentences and images to start forming in your mind.  It’s not easy, trust me.  I’ve been doing this for a Continue reading

Day 168. Too Obsessed

Over the weekend I saw an interesting status update on Facebook.  Essentially it said, instead of trying to fix our flaws  we should embrace them, understand them OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand respect their liabilities.  Sally Hogshead, who posted it, is an author, speaker and founder of a company where leaders can learn how to use their personality strengths to add value.

She makes a very important point.

We are a society striving for perfection.  We want perfect noses.  Perfect bodies.  Perfect hair.  Perfect nails. Perfect mates.  Perfect marriages.  Perfect children.  Perfect homes.  Perfect gardens.  Perfect lives.

And our obsession with perfection doesn’t end there. We want to be perfect at everything we do.  Whether it’s how we do in school, how we do our jobs, how well we cook, how good we are at sports, how good we are at gardening, or playing the piano, or singing, or dancing, or doing our laundry.

Our flaws are a constant source of frustration and angst.  And we’ll stop at nothing to get rid of them.  Plastic Continue reading