What I’m reading: “Damn Good Advice” by George Lois. You don’t have to read it from front to back. Just pick it up and pick a page. This book is not just for creatives.
What I’m watching: Simon Sinek’s TED Talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”. This TED talk is almost 8 years old and continues to be relevant today. The first time I watched it I got goosebumps. Do yourself a favour and make sure you watch this.
What I’m listening to: I love Freakonomics Radio, but this particular podcast I keep returning to “How to be more productive.”
A quote I’m pondering on: “Creativity can solve almost any problem — the creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” — George Lois
I was walking for hours in the streets of Rome. It was summer and it was hot. I stopped and smiled at this man across the street. He smiled back. I looked down at my camera and took his photo. He was stoked to be photographed and I gave him my spare change.
What I’m reading: Seth Godin’s “Purple Cow”. Being remarkable is the hard part.
What I’m watching: “The Boy and the Dog” by deaf performer Hii_een. Clever storytelling and hilarious!
What I’m listening to: Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote As Kids. Funny, sad, weird, excruciating… funny. And I love listening to the Canadian accent.
Go see: La La Land. A charming film for artists and dreamers alike. I’m inspired to play the piano again. Note to self: Play the piano this year. ❤
I took this photo while standing on the Great Wall of China in Mutianyu. It’s rare to see blue sky in this part of the world. We were lucky that a thunderstorm blew across Beijing the day before and pushed away the smoke produced by all the factories. There are almost 2 million factories in China.
Beginning this year, 2017, at the start of each week I’m going to post a list of 3 to 4 things I’m reading, watching, listening to and a film I’ve seen that I highly recommend. I’m calling it ”Adrian’s Monday Starter.” To kickstart the year, here is my first Monday Starter. How exciting!
What I’m reading: Austin Kleon’s “Steal Like an Artist”. Brilliant, inspiring and true.
What I’m watching: The Crown on Netflix. At the end of each episode I find myself speaking in a posh British accent. Endlessly compelling.
What I’m listening to: Tim Ferriss’ podcast “What I learned in 2016.” If you need some energising and affecting words to kickstart the year — Tim’s most recent podcast should be useful.
Go see: Lion the movie. Beautiful and uplifting. Dev Patel absolutely nails the Australian accent.