Tom Collins posts

The Japanese phrase wabi-sabi means to celebrate imperfection. These five reasons show why you should apply wabi-sabi to your work. Read more →


As I turn 70, in this post I'm sharing on three of the topics occupying my attention in this moment of transition: time, transition, and success. And how much those three concepts overlap — especially when recast into verb form, as I believe nouns often should be. Read more →


Confession: I'm a fan of sports metaphors as life lessons. So when I saw the title of Chip Conley's Wisdom Well blog post a few months ago, Punt on a "Pivot" – well, I recognized a kindred spirit! His focus is mostly on the ways and reasons a business might... Read more →


It's been three years since I posted the story of how I made the task of creating a brand statement into a fun process. I've recited the Learning Partners verses many times at networking events, but always meant to get a video version done. And finally, I've done it! Doggerel?... Read more →


I had the good fortune to have Angela Duckworth teach several segments of the Positive Psychology certificate program I took a couple of years ago. She used the research that led to her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, as examples throughout. So I continue to follow her... Read more →


It doesn't matter whether you're writing a fantasy novel, a memoir, history for a popular audience, a nonfiction business book, or any other genre you can think of, your job will be easier – and your book will be better – if you take the time to find your throughline.... Read more →


When Yvonne showed me the Stories from the Trenches she'd collected over the years from our author friends to include in our upcoming book, The How to Write a Book Book: Your Step-by-Step Plans for Bringing BIG IDEAS to Life One Page at a Time, I decided my contribution would offer a few specific lessons derived from the HGTV stars we enjoy watching together. Here are excerpts from that chapter: Read more →


This is an update of a post I wrote way back in 2005, in our early book publishing blog, A‑ha! - Authors Helping Authors. Now that Yvonne and I are working on a new book together, called The How to Write a Book Book, I revisited the topic and found... Read more →


I gathered a lot of quotations while researching the topics covered in Read ‘Em & Reap! Many are spread throughout the book, so I thought I’d collect my favorites and share them here. A few I’ve put into images that I hope you’ll feel free to share. A couple are... Read more →