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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September 20, 2019
Writing Today (In 8 Rules)

When you’re locked into good writing it activates your mind in a way that audio may not. You’ve got less raw materials, so your brain has to do more work, which is better for you because it gets the gears turning. Hence the jolt of inspiration.

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September 19, 2019
A Heuristic for Great Brands

“The People Who Need to Know, Know.”

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September 18, 2019
An Artist...

Relies on their own motivation to build structure, and then relies on structure to build motivation.

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September 11, 2019

Today there are so many variables, big decisions, and lateral moves we make just to build a career. It makes sense that coaching is an industry growing to help support knowledge work.

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September 4, 2019
Taking Control and Letting Go

Taking control is like a trust fall with time and space.

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