China, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Motivation

The Other Side of Fear: Regret for The Risks Not Taken

Will I be able to lead a life of regret? The most powerful reason that helped me make a decision to start a business was related to one other type of fear. It was this question: ‘If I don’t take the risk now, will I be able to lead a life of regret?’ I tried… Continue reading The Other Side of Fear: Regret for The Risks Not Taken

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Art, Cartoons, Comics, Design, Manga

Cartoon Character Design: Creating a Character with Appeal

Today, I’d like to talk a little bit about character design.  Specifically, I would like to address the question of how to take a traditionally intimidating character and making them into an appealing protagonist.  We’re going to talk about the decisions that led to taking this: To this:   Before we go doing a point… Continue reading Cartoon Character Design: Creating a Character with Appeal

Business, China, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Motivation, Uncategorized

 Saying NO to Your Excuses

I remember that when I was starting my career I had a plan:  I wanted to start my own business one day. But I told myself that I needed to work for a large corporation for at least 5 years to get the necessary work experience. I also told myself that I needed to work… Continue reading  Saying NO to Your Excuses

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Business, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Motivation, Uncategorized

Do You Fear the Unknown? The Fears that Stop You from Starting a Business.

It is very natural to feel afraid about starting a business. An average person might have a stable job, great pay, vacations, and a social life. When you become an entrepreneur things change:  you realize that you have to work long hours, you have less time for family and friends, the future looks uncertain, and… Continue reading Do You Fear the Unknown? The Fears that Stop You from Starting a Business.

China, chinese culture, Uncategorized

Mass Migration, Forced Recession, & Racing Animals: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese New Year

Hi everyone! This week is a special time in China as we are preparing to celebrate Chinese New Year. When it comes to this time of the year there are some things worth mentioning as they typically happen only in China: “The Great Migration” Imagine what happens when companies, factories, shops, restaurants, and stock markets… Continue reading Mass Migration, Forced Recession, & Racing Animals: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese New Year

Art, Business, Design, Entrepreneurship, Humour, Management, Motivation

How To Train Your Artist! A Handling And Obedience Manual For All Managers!(Part 2)

In my last post I wrote out some of the details specific to the variety of artist that I work with.  This time I will go into some of the major Do’s and Don’ts of dealing with these strange creatures.                              … Continue reading How To Train Your Artist! A Handling And Obedience Manual For All Managers!(Part 2)

Art, Business, Cartoons, Design, Entrepreneurship, Humour, Management

How To Train Your Artist! A Handling And Obedience Manual For All Managers! (Part 1)

In this week’s blog I’ll discuss some of the techniques and tricks for training and working with artists.  Having an artist can be a fun and rewarding experience.  If not handled in a stern but caring manner however, you might find yourself in a world of trouble, heartache, and frustration. There are many varieties of… Continue reading How To Train Your Artist! A Handling And Obedience Manual For All Managers! (Part 1)

Art, Business, Cartoons, China, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Motivation

Talent Can Be Learned, But Can Ambition?

     My first job in China was an HR position for a start up company. I was looking through many applicants’ CVs each day, but it wasn’t until a year after I started that I received a CV of a talent that left me completely in awe:   …In thirty years’ time he has… Continue reading Talent Can Be Learned, But Can Ambition?

Business, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Motivation

Talent or Ambition, Which Matters More When Starting a Business?

When we hear about someone who has succeeded in business, our first thought might be that this person is very talented. By reading the stories of some of the most successful people in history, we can see that not all of them were born talented. On the contrary, they often attribute their success to their… Continue reading Talent or Ambition, Which Matters More When Starting a Business?

Kindle ebooks, publishing, Self Publishing

Tips For First Time Self Publishing: Things No One Told Me

So it finally happened, we self-published for the first time. We ran a free promotion for 5 days and made it to #1 in three of our key categories: Comics & Graphic Novels, Cartoons, and Humour & Entertainment. The promotion went well and we were able to connect with our target readers and get their… Continue reading Tips For First Time Self Publishing: Things No One Told Me