RecomMONDAYtions (Total Eclipse Edition) ~ 2024.04.08

Soon After Sunrise on Huzzah Creek, Crawford County, Missouri, April 2024 #allthisusefulbeauty

Recommended Reading

💡 On quantity and quality by Austin Kleon
I love this short blog post from Austin Kleon and the quantity vs. quality paradox. This is a must-read if you ever procrastinate or get stuck releasing your work.

Note: You’ll have free access to the first half of the post (which covers the key point). If you’d like the entire post (and his other posts), you need a paid subscription (which I recommend).

And his blog, in general, is a great example of how to curate content. (More on that in another email).

Recommended Reading

📚 Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Don’t let the name fool you. This book is NOT just for artists. This is for anyone who wants to stand out and be more creative in the digital age.

“Steal Like an Artist” is this month’s selection for the Mastermind Book Club. Each month, Ted Prodromou and I choose one book for the Club to read and discuss. On the fourth Thursday (4/25 this month), we meet live on Zoom to discuss the book.

The Club and meetings are free to attend. But you have to join the Club in advance to get the meeting notices and Zoom link.

Recommended Viewing

🎥Steal Like an Artist (The TED Talk)
After publishing “Steal Like an Artist” in 2012, Austin Kleon delivered this TED Talk in Kansas City. It’s a great summary of the book’s 10 principles, and it’s a great place to start with his work.

Podcast (The Story Power Marketing Show)

📡 Secrets to Black Belt Business Mastery (with Craig Cooke)
Craig Cooke is a successful entrepreneur who started started with a couple friends from college. Over the years of struggle, adaptation, and repositioning the brand, “Rhythm“ was sold to a world-class digital creative agency in 2019.

Craig stayed with the company for just over 3 years, completing a 26-year marathon of running the company as CEO. During his tenure at Rhythm®, Craig worked with middle market to large enterprise companies.

Today, Craig shares his business wisdom, experience, and expertise in three key areas: executive leadership, brand development, and marketing communications. He continues his training in martial arts, continuously learning and evolving his skills. He has studied and served as a practitioner of Chinese Medical Qigong since 2015, bringing energy healing to hundreds of people. Currently, he is pursuing a doctorate of Chinese Energy Medicine from the Temple of Change and Transformation.


~ The Connection Between Kung Fu and Business

~ The Simple Secret to Being More Productive

~ Overcoming Challenges to Create a Great Mindset

~ Harnessing Discipline Techniques to Excel in Business

View/Listen on Story Power Marketing Show Website

…or find The Story Power Marketing Show wherever you get your favorite podcast.

More Recommended Reading

🌖 How eclipses have shaped history
I’m in south-central Missouri, near the path of totality for today’s solar eclipse.

In preparation, I read this article, loaded with interesting stories about how humans have interpreted and responded to eclipses through history.

Recommended Memberships

🥳 Club Storyville is Now Open
Club Storyville is open! It’s an exclusive, online community and treasure chest for savvy business leaders who want to create more captivating, client-attracting, profit-generating emails, social posts, videos, landing pages, and other content — without getting stuck or working their tails off…

…and during our grand opening celebration, you can join at a discounted rate. (Grand opening celebration ends tomorrow).

Details and sign-up here.

Words to Ponder

The only way to find your voice is to use it.”

– Austin Kleon

Don't go away yet..

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Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.