Is Anybody Listening?

August 11, 2014

Introducing my new book, “The Art of Impact, How to Be Heard in the Age of Noise.”

It’s good to be back! Thanks for your patience! I finally finished fulfilling the Brick by Brick Kickstarter, and guess what, I’m now ready to start selling physical copies of the book to the general public!


And it’s not just physical copies of the book– you can also buy the Brick by Brick workbook, a 20 page companion volume that helps you implement the Brick by Brick philosophy. Not only that, but the poster versions of the Be Friends with Failure essay and the Be Proactive Not Reactive essay are now available.

Take a look!

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32 Responses to Is Anybody Listening?

  1. Bennet on August 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Is exciting to see how you well you will portray the topic of getting exposure.

    This question may be covered here but it relates towards learning the right tools. Due to the information age I am fortunate to have so many helpful tips just a few short clicks away. The issue is fighting both the overload knowledge and the distractions. How do you filter between which information is truly helping you versus it being a top ten list on how to get through life? As you said before we need specific rules to paradoxically succeed beyond constraints. My frustration is knowing which among the abundant will tailor my needs.

    I am trying to understand how to be a freelance artist but I need to know where to build my foundation. Whether through website design, business contracts, tax return I am truly a novice at this. I am afraid of going through the consumption to find the sources I need to help my future only to accidentally found myself into the vortex of internet distraction. I am flying blind here and was wondering taking online courses or community college classes will help me to get to where I need to go. Thank you for your time.

    • stephen on August 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Hey, I’m in a similar situation with understanding finances. What I’ve been doing is, whenever I encounter a tax law or finance term I don’t know, I’ll make a flashcard of it and memorize what it means. Taking a class might be good too– but I’ve been learning a lot just by doing. Sometimes I’ll make mistakes that cost me money, but I look at the money I lost and pretend that it’s the tuition for my “street MBA.” It’s money I pay for lessons I won’t easily forget.

      Instead of trying to find the perfect spot to build your foundation, I would recommend you just start building. Some stuff you make will come tumbling down, but some won’t– and whatever works you can expand.

  2. Apricot on August 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Cannot wait for the continuation! I am really intrested in this topic and very glad that Doodle Alley is still alive and grows up! :) It’s noticeable that the colours got cooler in the comparison with “Brick by brick”. Hope the essays will be cool as well as the previous ones or even more (which sounds impossible)! Keep creating!;)

    • stephen on August 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Apricot! I’ll do my best!

    • Raine on July 25, 2015 at 3:47 am

      Dear Students in the Squirrels Nest,My name is Mrs Hossack. I teach grade one in Shanghai, China. This weekend I met your taecher at a technology conference and he told me about your blog. It’s fantastic! We have a class blog too. I have never read that book Alphabet City, but I am going to look in the Library for it on Monday because this week we are making alphabet books kind of like you did. Instead of looking for letters in shapes we will be looking for things that start with letters, like B is for book and taking pictures of the book. When we are finished I will send you the link so you can check it out.Have a great week,Mrs Hossack

  3. lea on August 12, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I like the way you present ideas. They’re very simple and is easily understood. When i wanted to explain something, i hope i can go down to this level where my audience can relate to my messages. Keep up the good work. I hope this new book would be a successful one. Cheers!

    • stephen on August 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Me too– thanks!

  4. Matthew Sample II on August 12, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Looks like you have people who are listening even after you’ve been quiet for a while. Glad you are back at it. :)

    • stephen on August 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks Matt– it’s good to be back.

  5. kait on August 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Aw, Steve, so proud of you. Love you lots!

    • stephen on August 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm


  6. Jeff on August 12, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I’m definitely glad you’re making more comics. I’ve always loved your style and message. I’m planning on buying your paperback soon because I’ve always enjoyed a physical copy over an electronic one. Important lessons portrayed in a creative and expressive manner, very appealing work. Keep it up!
    And you know, when the time comes, it may be a grand idea to share your comics with reddit. You seem like a very genuine guy, and the folks of reddit support genuine people with real ideas worth sharing. Check out a subreddit called “get motivated.” They will love your comics.

    • stephen on August 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      I’ll check that out, thanks Jeff!

  7. Rachel on August 16, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Wonderful! This is perfect as I’m in the process of creating and developing a product for my niche websites.

    Love your book, art, and essays!

    Thanks for sharing your talent, knowledge, and experience with us!

    • stephen on August 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks Rachel!

  8. Mitzi P. Delima on August 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    A new book! Hope you’ll be selling a digital release as well!!!!

    • Ramin on August 19, 2014 at 3:29 am

      Woot, another one coming! :)

    • stephen on August 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm


  9. Aurora on August 19, 2014 at 10:42 am

    This new book looks very interesting, thank you for your hard work! :)

  10. Ralph and Marilyn Stevens on August 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Cheers, Stephen, for another gift to the world! It’s stimulating for us to see how you analyze and create–a beautifully balanced working out of the talents God gave you.

    • stephen on August 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      THanks guys! Love you guys!

  11. Rachel on August 30, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Yes! So psyched for this book! I’ve been rereading Brick by Brick this week, trying to apply the principles to my latest comic project. If you do another Kickstarter for this one, count me in!

    • stephen on September 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Will do! Let me know how your project turns out!

  12. Cheryl on September 1, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Just finished devouring “Brick by Brick.” Thank you, Stephen, for sharing your Light and wisdom. I am looking forward to how you sort out the challenge of being heard as a creative entrepreneur!

    • stephen on September 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks for buying the book Cheryl! More to come–stay tuned!

  13. Mohammed Ali on September 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Hi Stephen, I just bought your book Brick by Brick. I loved it! You’ve got an amazing ability to put across abstract ideas on paper, and present them so beautifully! I’m looking forward to check out more of your work.

    • stephen on September 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Mohammed!

  14. Shaun McMillan on November 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Hey Stephen, remember how much fun we used to have at the flight forums? Well I’m considering to start drawing my own comics again and I’m wondering if you know of a good community online where I could ask for feedback among fellow comicers? I’m on deviantart but it feels like I’m swimming in an ocean.

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  16. Farxiyo on July 25, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    May 18, 2012 12:14 pm by Hi Barrie,Firstly may I apologise for the delay in reopnsding to your post, I have had a few server problems and almost lost our database. It has taken several days to get in functioning correctly again and fingers crossed all will stay well. Your brickwork looks very Impressive and has transformed the look of the house. Did you take part in the build yourself or did you have builders in?I was recently involved in a similar project for a friend of mine where we had the lower half of the house bricked. All went well other than the numerous visits by building regs inspectors constantly monitoring every stage of the job. Not only was it costly but we were building it to all current specifications including foundation depth etc. Each time he or she came they would look at the work and say yes that’s fine. That was the easy part.The hard part was halting the work at different stages so that they could inspect before we could start on the next stage. Having builders standing around twiddling trowels was not good lol.The wet room sounds fantastic, was it easy to achieve and was it incorporated in the house itself or in the extension? Do you have any images you could share with us as we always welcome seeing new designs?Marc

  17. […] SM: My new book, which is currently coming out on Doodle Alley, is called The Art of Impact, How to be Heard in the Age of Noise. It’s a book about branding and how to stand out from the crowd and get your work noticed. Check out the first essay! […]

  18. Lark Freeman on December 30, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Thank You I love what your doing Stephen! Are you familiar with Spirit Science? How do I get these books in libraries without costing me money?
    Can we make posters for classrooms? Your important and I see you and I honor you and I thank you.I live in California near SF would I ever get the chance to meet you and talk to you? I would love that if you ever going to be her for something I would meet up with you and buy you a lunch just to enjoy a lovely experience talking to someone I admire I am a artist and have many friends at burning man who are better at art than I well anyway I wish you the best no matter what may you always feel thankful and blessed and always have a fabulous now. P.S. just realized I will need to learn how to publish myself to do what I want. Do you have any directions I don’t know where to start to be my own publisher so much noise I need a McCraine to lift me up please help Love Lark

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