Wednesday, July 30, 2008
PAUL MEYER, Success Motivation International
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
- Charles McCabe
Reasoning, tested by doubt, is argumentation. We do it, hear it and judge it every day. We do it in our own minds, and we do it with others. What is effective reasoning ? And how can it be done persuasively ? These questions have been asked for a thousand years.
I was having a friendly argument years ago with a friend, and no matter what I said was like talking to a brick wall . . simply because that person had already made up his mind and had a rebuttal BEFORE I made the statement yet to be uttered. It was that moment I remembered what someone almost told me ( by his actions ): " DON'T CONFUSE ME WITH THE FACTS. "
What I learned from this and from a couple of seminars I attended when I had my business, was . . you must make sure that the person you are arguing with is in a RECEPTIVE mode at the time you are presenting your side. Otherwise it is fruitless.
It's good to remember that argumentation is mostly a social and cooperative enterprise by which we find truth and resolve conflict.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
It is no doubt a tough business. It is a HARD business . . but it's not TOO hard. No one ever said it was going to be easy. Then I gave him one of my favorite " Gold Nuggets " :
" The successful man lengthens his stride when he discovers the signpost has deceived him; the failure looks for a place to sit down. " ( J.R. Rogers )
The most important thing, I think, people fail to realize is that ( in my case ) I draw because I HAVE to draw, and I have to draw because I WANT to draw . . . . even if there was no such thing as money . . I would STILL be drawing !
I have a PASSION for drawing . . I have my eyes firmly fixed on the prize . . . you must want it so bad you can TASTE it . . you are willing to work for free . . walk on glass . . you must go after what you want with the trenchant zeal of a crusader . . . IF YOU CAN SAY " YES " to the above, then you have what it takes . . If you have to think about it or hesitate in any way, then, I can't help you any more.
I think my United States Marine Corps training helped.
I like the latest Marine Corps recruiting commercial . . " We're not taking applications, we're looking for COMMITMENTS. " Then I said, I don't know if any of this helps . . I've tried to be honest . . but all of this is my quick 'take' on the subject. . . I can only tell you what works for me.
Respectfully, Your collegue and friend, Roy Delgado
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
He went back to school and got degrees in Philosophy and Psychology and became a practising Psychotherapist in London for 2 years. All the time his dream of becoming a successful magazine cartoonist never left his mind.
He arrived in Washington-Dulles in 2004 and then looked me up and came to live in the next town here in WV, where he found work in sales and marketing .
I found him to be an interesting bloke ( He's got me talking like him ). We became good friends and he begged me to teach him the magazine style of cartooning. He told me he liked my style and would like to draw like me. I insisted that it is O.K. to practise by tracing other cartoonists drawings, but then you must stop and let your own style develop.
I gave him a couple hundred of old rejects to trace. Then he wanted some personal tutoring. I didn't know how to charge ( because actually, I didn't have the time and I really didn't WANT to) . Peter being such a great super-salesman talked me in to it. He made me an offer I couldn't refuse, even though I STILL didn't want to, my wife said, " Take it ! You idiot, that's more money than Harvard Business Review pays ! "
He told me he sold a couple to some obscure magazines I never heard of and he also told me he sold one to HBR. I'm not positive about that.
He got so he traced my stuff so much that I could hardly tell myself whether I drew it or not !
After spending $10,000.00 on my tutoring I told him you're ready to go . . you're ready . . it's up to you now . . you're already better than half of the New Yorker cartoonists . . then I told him to NOT learn any more about drawing because it will make you over-qualified at the magazine . . " You're too good now ."
I tried to emphasize to him the importance of being unique, and to "fit" in the magazine. Study it, subscribe to it, don't give up . . . last I heard of Peter he moved to Connecticut, we're hardly in touch any more. He told me if he doesn't make it as a cartoonist he plans on hitting the road on his Harley Hog and write a book along the genre of his favourite writer, Jack Kerouac. He told me that Kerouac's " On the Road " influenced him so much that he hasn't been the same since.
Good luck Peter Plum and lay off the firewater and remember to stay on the Lithium.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This cartoon appeared in Barron's in 2004. After receiving an OK from the cartoon editor, they requested it in color. In those days, I was using pastel chalks and pencils on a black and white copy. The lettering, ' DINER ' and the lady's hair was done with a pantone marker. All the rest is pastels.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Still another version of this cartoon would
be to have Roy Delgado as the patient on the
couch and the psychiatrist sayin: " DO YOU
THINK BOB MANKOFF IS HAPPY ? "
Another field I think I would have loved to do, if I wasn't a cartoonist, would be shrinking for a living. I'm constantly intrigued and interested in human nature and the way everything unfolds right in front of you . . constantly amazed at people's behavior . . like Mankoff and The New Yorker . . . Like, you mean to tell me that what you see in The New Yorker is the "best" in America ?
This cartoon appeared on page 78 of the March 2008 issue of Clinical Psychiatry News Magazine . . ( A Shrink's magazine ) I love shrink cartoons . .
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Right after it appeared, I received a phone call from the Pentagon and it came from the Aide to the then Army General of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It seems that the Army General was getting ready to retire and the office had planned to throw him a farewell party . . . Someone had seen the cartoon and they wanted to know if they could buy the original so they could give it to the General, framed, as a gift, because I was told, it was a spittin' image of him!
The only difference, I had to change the Marine uniform to an Army officer's uniform! That was no problem.
" A statesman is a politician who didn't get caught. "
" Isn't it a shame that all the people who know how to run this country are driving cabs ? "