It’s been almost two years since my “Global Microbrand Rant”:
Frankly, it beats the hell out of commuting every morning to the corporate glass box in the big city, something I did for many years. Just so I could make enough money to help me forget that I have to commute every morning to the corporate glass box in the big city.
There are thousands of reasons why people write blogs. But it seems to me the biggest reason that drives the bloggers I read the most is, we’re all looking for our own personal global microbrand. That is the prize. That is the ticket off the treadmill. And I don’t think it’s a bad one to aim for.
Though a lot of the personal details have changed since then, it still holds up pretty well.
That’s one of the main reasons I started this website, back in the day. I saw it as a ticket off the treadmill. Not exactly sure how it all happened, but for the most part, my evil plan worked.
I’ve noticed that building a Global Microbrand, whether you’re a tech consultant or a maker of hand-built guitars, is a lot like learning how to teach oneself to be a cartoonist i.e. you need the same three basic ingredients: Talent, stamina and discipline.
Like any good Kung Fu master will tell you- There are no secrets. There is no magic formula. Just a lot of hard work.
On the money!
we need more people like you telling this to students (And teachers!)
Hugh, I just discovered your blog and really enjoy it. Your latest cartoon is very, very good and applies to a far broader subject than just women. Where we want to live, where we want to work, our government, fast food, the Web.
Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your work. It inspires me.
My blog is a diabolically wonderful way to come face to face with my own level of discipline and commitment.
No matter what others think – I can see exactly how much I still would like to slack off at times.
It will be wonderful to reach the point where I just naturally show up and do what needs to be done every time.
Perhaps global-microbrand = enlightenment too?
Peace and thanks for your cartoons.
Sometimes I feel some people have it easy like the milliondollarhomepage or icanhavecheezeburger…
Keep telling us about what men don’t want please. Us lady folks need to know your darkest secrets.
Also thanks for sharing interesting ideas, it’s enjoyable to be challenged by them.
The Global Microbrand idea is what keeps me going.
You should seriously consider writing your second on book on this. I think it would be a winner.
D’accord! There is no magic formula. You do not need the skills of some milionaire entrepreneur. It is just hard work. This was a great discovery for me.
“Talent, stamina and discipline.”
Maybe necessary. Not sufficient, though, is it?
absolutely agree hugh, i started on that track some years ago but went about it in the wrong way as i was young, naive and didnt realise the tools i had to my hand. Now, i’ve started a fresh really, been pushing it and keep will – albiet with a break for the last 2 weeks as i was in budapest – but my mantra has always been; the harder you work, the luckier you get. Perseverance and panache, both will do you well.