Frank Warren (@postsecret) is founder of PostSecret, an art project inviting strangers to anonymously mail in their secrets on homemade postcards. What started as a passion project quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. PostSecret.com has become the largest ad-free blog in the world with over 800,000,000 visitors and has evolved into six New York Times bestsellers, a viral TED Talk, a MOMA and Smithsonian exhibit, and hundreds of PostSecret Live events. Frank has received over 1,000,000 postcards mailed to him from around the world.
From a sunny balcony in San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Frank Warren and I uncover and discuss his three most formative books and pull out the resonant themes affecting us all. How do we give people a voice? In a flattening world, how do we build trust with new people? And what are the lessons we can take and apply to our own lives from these three life-changing books?
Listen to Chapter 2:
What You'll Learn:
- The somewhat embarrassing strategy I first used to connect with Frank
- What was the first book to give voice to "the people" versus the power?
- How did Frank become "America's Most Trusted Stranger"?
- What are 2-3 specific suggestions Frank shares to help us build trust with new people?
- How do we learn to become better storytellers?
Ideas Worth TWEETING:
CONNECT With FRANK:
- We reveal Frank's first book [7:54]
- We reveal Frank's second book [20:28]
- We reveal Frank's third book [28:12]
- Hard Times by Charles Dickens
- The Social Security Act of 1935
- 1000 Awesome Things
- Humans of New York
- Edelman Trust Barometer
- Youtube video: On how I approach strangers in the street | Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton | UCD, Dublin
- The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
- The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
- MoMA PostSecret Exhibition
- Smithsonian PostSecret Exhibition
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Keith Haring
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- 1984 by George Orwell
- One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
- Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
- The Book Thing of Baltimore
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville