Hey, I'm David. I founded Death to the Stock Photo - which produces
refreshing and human media for hundreds of thousands of creators
all over the world. I write about what goes on in the heads of creators as they attempt to build work that matters to them.

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August 15, 2019
Harsh Truths

Harsh Truths show up in our lives whether we want them to or not.

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August 8, 2019
Today's Terms

The Age of Extremes means your career and life are periods of calm, followed by brief moments of massive swings, open doors, and acceleration. In the Age of Extremes, we become aware of unprecedented risks and rewards.

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August 7, 2019
Message in a Bottle

This isn’t about reading minds, rather it is about hearing the true person underneath the masks and representations that they feel as if they are portraying.

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August 1, 2019
Marketing Today: The Age of Extremes

If I had to sum it up in one sentence: Do that which feels uncomfortable socially but satisfying emotionally and creatively.

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July 25, 2019
Making Mistakes vs. Repeating Them

The really tough times are the times that you feel like you are repeating the same mistake twice.

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New Zealand

"If you're tired of the "gurus" telling you the same things in different ways, none of which are the balms you seek, look no further. David cuts through the noise and delivers a signal that many are too deaf to understand. He dives deeper into the squishy underbelly and writes what everyone believes, but can't find the validation to confirm."


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