You never know how one day or one idea can change your life!

13 06 2014

This Photographer Just Made $15K In One Day On Instagram

Daniel Arnold had $90.03 in his bank account on Thursday when he had a clever idea: Why not sell some photos on Instagram?

Arnold, a Brooklyn-based photographer, enjoys a bit of fame on the network: He was lauded by Gawker as “the best photographer on Instagram” two years ago, after getting his account suspended for posting a photo of topless sunbathers at the beach. He’s since returned with a new account and now has 22,000 followers and more than 1,300 photos in his stream.

In addition to his photography, Arnold has written for MTV and The Fader. Right now, he says via Gchat, “I am between classifications, and until yesterday wasn’t really making money doing anything. Been looking for photo work but in its absence i spend most days walking around the city taking photos (iphone and 35mm) for up to 8hrs a day.” His mode is what you might call humanist urban voyeurism: street scenes, faces on the subway, people having un-self-conscious moments. Stuff like this:

Photo by Daniel Arnold (

But walking the streets with an iPhone doesn’t pay the bills. On the eve of his 34th birthday, Arnold didn’t have a clue how he was going to make rent for the following month, so, at midnight, he posted this message on Instagram:

Hello, I just turned 34 this second. For one day only I am selling 4×6 prints of whatever you want from my Instagram archive for $150 each. I swear I will never sell anything this cheap again. If you’re interested, send a screenshot of the photo(s) of your choice to (one d) and I will send a paypal invoice, followed by a signed print. Easy peasy. Happy my birthday. I love you

The response overwhelmed him. Orders poured in. A day later, he’d received nearly $15,000 worth of requests, and collected some $5,000. One buyer offered him $1,000 up front for prints of any photo that had received more than 1,000 likes; Arnold still hasn’t tallied how many that is.

Because he has so many photos, no single image has emerged as the overwhelming favorite, he says. A number of people have ordered this one of a pantsless subway Santa Claus, and this one of an affluent-looking gentleman getting a shoeshine on Ash Wednesday is popular too. One man asked for a print of the topless photo that got Arnold’s original Instagram account banned. He’s French, naturally.

Originally, the sale was only supposed to last for 24 hours. Arnold, who’s still working through a massive backlog of orders, says he hasn’t decided what to do about that restriction, but it sounds like he won’t turn them down. After all, “I’ve been eating toast three meals a day all February.”

“And it’s not like I’m any kind of entrepreneur,” he adds. “I’m a business idiot.”


Disclosure: I’ve known Daniel Arnold for about 20 years, and own several prints of his photos.


The 2 Most Important Days In Your Life

8 07 2013

The 2 Most Important Days In Your Life

One is obvious. The other? It will help you enormously as you lead your company.

Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images

American baseball player Jackie Robinson (1919 – 1972) of the Brooklyn Dodgers in Miami, Florida, circa 1950.

I just got back from a road trip to Cooperstown, New York, where I introduced my two young daughters to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

My daughter Charlotte asked me who my favorite baseball player in the Hall of Fame was–and, after explaining that none of the current or recent New York Mets were in the Hall–I told her my favorite was Jackie Robinson. I chose Jackie not because of the ball player he was, though obviously he was an excellent one. I chose Jackie for the person he was, and for the influence he had on others, and on the world.

Jackie Robinson said: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

Mark Twain said: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

These are two of the most powerful quotes I’ve ever read, and I try to live by both every day. I believe I was born to help build a more “likeable” world for my children, my family, and those who I affect through my writing, speaking, teaching, and leading. I believe I was born to help my children and others become more transparent, authentic leaders who put others’ needs first.

Why were you born? What is your purpose in life? 

If you know the answers to those two questions, you’re off to a great start, and I’ll simply suggest that you remind yourself the answers every day.

If you’re not sure yet, it’s never too late–or too early to figure it out.


Dave Kerpen is the CEO of Likeable Local. He is also the cofounder and chairman of Likeable Media and the New York Times bestselling author of Likeable Social Media and Likeable Business@davekerpen

Can I sleep here tonight?

26 10 2012


One of the most important things we do for our children….

24 08 2012

Parents have to be clear about their own values. Children watch us closely. If you want your children to be able to stand up for their values, you have to do the same. If you believe that a summer spent reading, taking creek walks and playing is better than a specialized camp, then stick to your guns. Parents also have to make sure their own lives are fulfilling. There is no parent more vulnerable to the excesses of overparenting than an unhappy parent. One of the most important things we do for our children is to present them with a version of adult life that is appealing and worth striving for.

Madeline Levine is a clinician, consultant and the author, most recently, of “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success.”

via Raising Successful Children –

Top 10 Challenged Books from 2011 via ALA: Which of these have you read?

20 08 2012

For 2011, the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, compiled annually by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), ranged from Lauren Myracle‘s ―ttyl‖ series to stalwarts such as Brave New World, which was published 1932 — 80 years ago! — but is still a regular on the list; from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to The Hunger Games (published in 2008 and made into a film that is now a smash box-office success).

Here‘s the OIF‘s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books in 2011:
 ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
 The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
 The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
 My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
 Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
 Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
 What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
 Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
 To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee




2011 Veteran’s Day Free Meals and Discounts

11 11 2011

Veteran’s Day is soon approaching and there are many restaurants and companies who want to thank our veterans by providing them with discounts or a free meal. To those companies offering veterans a free meal or discount, the military community gives a collective thanks!

Our goal is to share as many of these free meals and discounts with our military veterans and we will update this page as soon as new information becomes available.

Two notes before jumping in:

Proof of Military Service. First, most companies require some form of military ID – including a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may only require a photo of you in uniform, or go by the honor system.

Participation. Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info.

2011 Free Veterans Day Meals

Please credit this resource: We are frequently updating this list with new deals and offers for the military community. If you use items this list, please direct your visitors to this page so they can find the most up to date information: Thanks!

Applebee’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11: Last year, Applebee’s served 1,024,000 million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. There will be 7 entrées to choose from. Military ID or proof of service required. Find locations at

See more via 2011 Veteran’s Day Free Meals and Discounts.

A little Friday inspiration going into the weekend

4 11 2011


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech