“Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.”

- Viktor Frankl

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We have more freedom than at any time in human history.

But the majority of us do nothing with this freedom.

Instead, we impose constraints on ourselves, despite fighting so…


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“I always had dreams of [starting a company]. And on some level, honestly, I was afraid to go out on my own and try to make it work. And I was with a bunch of friends [driving] into Rome and I kind of had this moment of clarity. And it was on the A24 [motorway]. And in that moment I was like: Now it’s time to go do this.”

Daniel Katz, Co-Founder A24

Moonlight. Ladybird.

The Disaster Artist. A Most Violent Year. It Comes at Night. Spring Breakers. The Lobster.

The Florida Project. Amy.


Mutual Admiration + Creative Execution = Shared Audience Growth

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When I was first appointed chief marketing officer of a hotel company, I was presented with an interesting situation, one I’m quite sure many marketing professionals have experienced in some form over the last five to ten years.

It was Fashion Week in New York City, and we’d allotted a small budget to offer complimentary rooms to some social influencers. It was 2014, and this type of marketing wasn’t as common as it is today, so we didn’t pay any fees, and the lost potential…


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Mutual Admiration + Creative Execution = Shared Audience Growth

When I was first appointed chief marketing officer of a hotel com- pany, I was presented with an interesting situation, one I’m quite sure many marketing professionals have experienced in some form over the last five to ten years.

It was Fashion Week in New York City, and we’d allotted a small budget to offer complimentary rooms to some social influencers. It was 2014, and this type of marketing wasn’t as common as it is today, so we didn’t pay any fees, and the…


“At this point I’m just doing what I like to do. People are gonna love it or hate it. But the one thing is that it’s gonna be honest. And between Kith Treats and all of these nos- talgic moments that we had, I’m just living a dream right now. This is what I love.”

Ronnie Fieg, Founder Of Kith

In the Jewish religion, a bar mitzvah is the ritual induction of a boy into manhood at the age of thirteen. It’s recognized as the time when he, not his parents, becomes responsible for his actions.

Ronnie Fieg took this…


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“My life has been a path at the edge of uncertainty. Today, I think we educate kids to be settled in the comfortable chair. You have your job, you have your little car, you have a place to sleep and the dreams are dead. You grow on a secure path. All of us should conquer something in life and it needs a lot of work and it needs a lot of risk. In order to grow and to improve you have to be there at the edge of uncertainty. ”

- Francis Mallmann, Chef, Restaurateur, Author

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Keeping our bedrock principles of manifesting in mind, now let’s get into some practical information, starting with a step-by-step look at how to manifest your ideas.

Step #1: Define Your Concept

The first step when manifesting an idea is to marry the emotional and practical elements of your idea into a defined concept. If you’ve worked through the process in Parts 2 and 3, you know your purpose and have a clear, concise statement of that purpose — one that should be entirely emotional. Now you need to connect that emotional purpose with a practical application.

As an example, let’s…


“Take it that you have died today, and your life’s story is ended; and henceforward regard what future time may be given you as uncovenanted surplus, and live it out in harmony with nature.”

- Marcus Aurelius

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Velcro was invented in 1948 by Swiss engineer George de Mestral. The miracle material that makes it possible for children to close their sneakers without shoelaces was conceived when he went for a walk in the woods and wondered what he could learn from burrs. Nature made these seed cases prickly for protection and sticky to spread…


“Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It’s something I don’t feel like I really control.”

- Tracy Chapman, Songwriter

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Tracy Chapman was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Deserted by her father, she and her sister were raised by her mother, Hazel. She was a quiet child and liked to be by herself. It was her mother who recognized her love of music and cultivated it from a young age. At the age of eight the future songwriter became captivated by a country music television show, which led her…


“The Chanel of downtown streetwear.”

- Business Of Fashion

When James Jebbia arrived in New York from London in 1983 he had, in his own words, “no training in anything and no loot.” He applied for a job at a Soho boutique called Parachute and, lucky for us, he was hired. Jebbia spent five years at the store learning about retail, but like most of us blessed with the entrepreneurial spirit, he eventually started to feel stuck and wanted to work for himself. So he began his own venture, a flea market on Wooster Street, with his then-girlfriend, Maryann.

Around…

Alan Philips — The Age of Ideas

Alan Philips is an executive, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and connector. He brings together creators and companies to create new opportunities.

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