Ryan Stephens Marketing

This is Water

Occasionally, there things we read, movies we watch, and songs we listen to that penetrate our souls and shake us to our core. Sometimes these things inspire us for a period of time — perhaps forever, the way the late Oliver Sacks lifted up the wonderful talented Maria Popova. I watched David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement speech […]

11 of My Favorite Reads from April 2015

This is my effort to provide a little signal by curating some of the best/most interesting posts I encountered during the month of April 2015. I recommend identifying and diving into 2-3 that resonate with you. Focus less on the dopamine rush you get from hopping from article to article and more on how you […]

4 Timeless Business Lessons from Obvious Adams

“Obvious Adams: The Story of a Successful Businessman” was first published as a short story in the Saturday Evening Post in April, 1916. (Free PDF here). It’s been reprinted in book and Kindle format a couple of times, perhaps most notably by Forgotten Books in 2012. At only 70 pages I breezed through this little book and if you […]

14 of My Favorite Reads from November 2014

With all the noise overwhelming our lives and our social streams it’s easy to miss the good stuff. Content like tweets, in particular, are especially perishable. That’s why I’ve always been a fan of highlighting some of my favorite posts at the end of each month. This is my effort to provide a little signal […]

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Seventy-nine percent of smartphone owners check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up every morning. One-third of Americans say they would rather give up sex than lose their cell phones. Candy Crush, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Pinterest and Spotify. How many people download and use these apps on their phone so much so that using […]