In the early days of Primility.com, before I even really knew what the direction of the site would be, I posted this: 11 Good Thoughts For Your Heart (From the Bob Ross ‘Happy Little Clouds’ Remix).
It’s still one of my favorite posts that I’ve ever written, in large part because I’m still in love with the brilliant song it is based on.
Of all the great songify YouTube videos that have been put out there, and there have been a lot of them, this one (produced by PBS) is by far my favorite. The music is a small part of it. The message is the rest.
I was never a painter. I was never any kind of artist in the way Bob Ross was. Blank paper and word processors have always been my canvas, and words have always been my paint.
So I never learned anything from Ross’ specific tips on painting … but I sure have learned a lot from his views on work and on life in general. Those lessons are what the song highlights. And they are Ross’ most enduring legacy (he passed away in 1995).
Rafal Tomal, my incredibly talented colleague at Copyblogger, was also influenced by Bob Ross. On that original post I wrote, Rafal commented: “You just put together my entire life philosophy in this one blog post What do you think if we make a printable poster with these 11 thoughts?”
Of course, I thought it sounded like a great idea. And I’m excited to publish that poster today. Continue Reading