The Behance Blog

Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark
Published November 18, 2014 by Jocelyn K. Glei

Finally, a business book for makers, not managers.

Are you ready to “make a dent in the universe”? As a creative, you no longer have to take a backseat. In fact, stepping up and embracing entrepreneurship is the fastest route to impact. But where do you start? And what sets the businesses that succeed apart?

We tapped 21 leading entrepreneurs and experts to share their best practices for launching a purpose-driven business, refining your product, delighting your customers, inspiring your team—and ultimately—making something that matters.



John Maeda2

John Maeda
Design Partner
Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers

Emily Heyward2

Emily Heyward
Founding Partner
Red Antler

Neil Blumenthal2

Neil Blumenthal
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Warby Parker

Aaron Dignan2

Aaron Dignan

Jane Di N2

Jane ni Dhulchaointigh
Inventor & CEO

Joel Gasciogne2

Joel Gascoigne
Founder & CEO

Tim Oreilly2

Tim O’Reilly
Founder & CEO
O’Reilly Media

Keith Yamashita2

Keith Yamashita
Founder & Chairman

Julie Zhuo2

Julie Zhuo
Product Design Director

Craig Dalton2

Craig Dalton
CEO & Co-Founder

Sebastian Thrun2

Sebastian Thrun
CEO of Udacity
Google Fellow

Shane Snow2

Shane Snow
CCO, Contently
Author, Smartcuts

Andy Dunn2

Andy Dunn
Founder & CEO

Sean Blanda2

Sean Blanda
Managing Editor

Scott Belsky2

Scott Belsky
Head of Behance
VP of Community, Adobe

David Marquet2

David Marquet
Turn the Ship Around

Chris Guillebeau2

Chris Guillebeau
The Happiness of Pursuit

Rich Armstrong2

Rich Armstrong
Fog Creek Software

Will Allen2

Will Allen
Senior Director

Warren Berger2

Warren Berger
A More Beautiful Question

Seth Godin2

Seth Godin
Author & Entrepreneur



3a0eda11071995 560f0e960110a

Volume Three

Make Your Mark

Edited By: Jocelyn K. Glei / Foreword: Scott Belsky


“Make Your Mark” will show you how to:

  1. Find the perfect alignment between your unique talents and what the world needs.
  2. Start small, by making one thing so great that people can’t ignore it.
  3. Refine your product experience by embracing the “first 15 seconds” and “invisible design.”
  4. Create an emotional connection with your customers by focusing on small acts of generosity.
  5. Build learning, experimentation, and creativity into the DNA of your business.
  6. Make the transition from founder/maker into fearless leader.


Praise for Make Your Mark

“This is not a book. It’s a sledgehammer. Now, go make a dent in the universe.”
James Victore, Designer & Educator

“At the end of our lives we will look back and ask ourselves, "Was it worth it?" The answer will be a resounding YES! if we commit now to make a mark in the world. This book is the perfect guide to help us on that journey.”
Simon Sinek, Author of "Start With Why" and "Leaders Eat Last"

“Make Your Mark has managed to distill the essential wisdom of some of the best creative entrepreneurial minds of our time into an easy-to-read, but hard-to-forget guide. A must-read for anyone who cares about building great things. ”
Susan Gregg Koger, Co-Founder & CCO, MODCloth

More about Jocelyn K. Glei

Founding Editor, 99U. A writer and the founding editor of 99U, Jocelyn K. Glei is obsessed with understanding how work gives our lives meaning. She has authored three books about work, creativity, and business, including the Amazon bestsellers Manage Your Day-to-Day and Make Your Mark. Follow her on Twitter: @jkglei

Find more posts about creativity on our blog.
Have a suggestion? Contact

Recent Posts

Ismail Inceoglu: Worm-Eat-Worm
Explore our moodboard of Dune projects, inspired by Frank Herbert's sci-fi universe and the visionary direction of Denis Villeneuve.
Mehmet Reha Tugcu: Fight! Free Pixel Font
Artist Spotlight
Self taught designer and type artist Mehmet Reha Tuğcu shares his ever-evolving creative journey, from design contests to logo design to typography.
Tatiana Vovchek: Unreal People
Tips and Tutorials
Experienced sellers share their valuable insights on striking the balance between accessibility and profitability.