The Truth Talk to me

I use a process in my work that gets me to the core of any challenge, and leads to what I call an Essential Truth that – once formulated – informs everything else. So, what’s the Truth about Andrew Crighton and iPrimate? It’s HELP.

I’m at a place in my career where I’m exploring new horizons and breaking boundaries to help others… and help myself. I’ll tell you a lot more about it sometime, but, essentially, the new horizons have to do with VOCATION and the breaking boundaries has to do with LOCATION.

VOCATION means publishing… for a writer. And for this writer that means non-traditional publishing (you’re reading it). And it means content (you’re reading it). Whether my new horizons serve ME or YOU, they’re challenging and rewarding.

LOCATION is about flexibility. Kids have gone; home in the city less relevant. I still have one foot in Toronto, but I’m really living on the shores of Georgian Bay. Some people know I have a 1989 Volkswagen bus/camper in which I can go anywhere, anytime to write. And meet. And collaborate. But, mostly, breaking boundaries has to do with the Internet. I’m determined to get more clients/patrons/working relationships/ partners in other geographies, because we all really share the same geography, these days (you’re reading it).

So, it’s about VOCATION, LOCATION. And it’s about HELP.

May I?

Andrew Crighton, iPrimate
127 Kingswood Road
Toronto, Ontario m4e 3n4
416.356.4262

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April 12, 2012

THE B.S. THEORY

Batman and Robin calling bullshit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This theory is slightly cynical, but eminently practical. It’s about making one’s way in the world, and will be of particular interest to young people starting out. It goes like this: In this universe we inhabit, we each have the inalienable right to bullshit – to go out on a limb and bluff our way to success. It’s how careers are made. And, it’s this unlikely principle upon which much of the Western world is built.

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I developed this theory soon after I came to North America in 1966. Coming from the ‘olde world’ (England/Europe), I didn’t feel as confident a b.s.-er as I do now. Let’s be clear, I’m not saying that the Brits are not bullshitters. They’re some of the best. And then there are the French. And the Germans. However, in the olde world, there is a more obvious structure of entitlement in society that seems to ‘keep you down’ if you try to move beyond your station… too soon, too audaciously, too optimistically. “What makes you think you have the right, you impudent upstart?” – that sort of thing. Here, I’ve found this to be much less the case. It’s practically engrained in one’s constitutional privileges as a citizen to have the inalienable right to fake it. I think it’s because of the wide open space. In Europe, there’s a fence, a hedgerow, a barrier every which way you look.

People respect a good bullshitter over here – in the business world, anyway. Fundamentally, it’s about saying you can do more than you’re actually sure you can. People can respect that. Especially when you prove to them (and to yourself) that you can!

Anyway, the good news is that there is actually more to success than b.s. If you’re like me, you’ll find that after a number of years of bluffing your way into more and more challenging situations, one day you find yourself in the middle of a sentence and you realize that you actually know what you’re talking about.

You recognize the voice of experience talking… and it sounds a lot like yours.

So, does that mean that older people b.s. less than younger ones?

I’ll let you decide that:)