When in Doubt, Drink the Kool-Aid: Wisdom from B-Boy and Social Entrepreneur Michael Huang

If you ever find yourself worrying about or doubting your own abilities, decisions or path - just remember to drink the proverbial Kool-Aid. Most people who’ve achieved at the highest level believed in themselves to a delusional fault.
If you ever find yourself worrying about how others perceive you, that you may be doing it wrong, or worse, that you could be hurting others in that pursuit - just remember that humility takes care of all that. Others are great and you have your limitations, so treat them like gold and stay in your lane. We can all prosper together.
— Michael Huang (aka Mikeskee)

Michael Huang is a Seattle-based b-boy (breakdancer), community organizer, and entrepreneur. His experiences range from competing in and organizing international breaking competitions to marketing Fortune 100 brands. In 2011, Michael helped found a non-profit focused on mentoring at-risk youth through dance and the arts. More recently, he founded a digital marketing agency specializing in growing start-ups and small businesses.

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Don't Do It: Advice for Success from Painter/Muralist Hueman

Don’t do it for the Instagram likes, don’t do it for the brownie points, do it because you literally can’t see yourself doing anything else.
— Hueman

Hueman grew up drawing and painting in Northern California, and received her degree in Design | Media Arts from UCLA in 2008. Whether she is painting delicate visions on canvas, or crushing massive walls with a spray can, she often draws on the human condition to create freestyle mash-ups of the abstract and figurative, and the beautiful and grotesque. She is interested in creating ethereal motion and dimension on otherwise flat, two-dimensional surfaces. 

Hueman’s work can be seen on walls and in galleries worldwide. Her art has caught the attention of media outlets and publications such as CNN, the History Channel, Complex, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, and last year graced the cover of LA Weekly’s 2014 People Issue. 



Where Do Creative Breakthroughs Come From? Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Writing Process

I think breakthroughs come from putting an inordinate amount of pressure on yourself and seeing what you can take and hoping that you grow some new muscles. It’s not really that mystical, you know? Repeated practice over and over again and then suddenly, you become something that you had no idea you could really be.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates, Writer

Watch the full clip featuring the acclaimed author via The Atlantic below.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on writing: "I always consider the entire process about failure, and I think that's the reason why more people don't write."

Posted by The Atlantic on Wednesday, August 5, 2015