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Making Work That Lasts (with Ryan Holiday)

Have you ever considered whether the work you're doing today will still be around in five years? How about ten or twenty years? Many people don't think strategically about how to create work that will resonate deeply for a long time to come. Today's guest Ryan Holiday...

Avoiding The Comparison Trap (with Carrie Wilkerson)

When you work as a freelancer, or are doing creative work largely on your own, it can be difficult to find a rhythm that allows you to simultaneously bring your best work into the world, and also keep yourself on-track and healthy. On today's show, Carrie Wilkerson...

Finding A Place Of Your Own

My question for you this week is very simple: where is your sacred space? Do you have a place in your life where you go in order to retreat from the world, to think, to write, to create, to read? Do you have a dedicated space where you can simply play with ideas, free...

Be More Focused With A Weekly Checkpoint [podcast]

Many creative pros charge into their week like a bull and collapse over the finish line on Friday. Then, they may take a few days off and the cycle begins again. However, there is little consideration given to their rhythms, and how sustainable their work habits are.

Three Practices That Will Change Your Life [Podcast]

It’s not the big things that take out most leaders and creative pros, it’s the little ones. Over time, they forget to do the small things that position them to bring their best effort to the table every day. Everything might look fine to those around them, but the decay has already begun and they are on a path of slow decline.

3 Daily Habits That Will Change Your Life

It’s not the big things that take out most leaders and creative pros, it’s the little ones. Over time, they forget to do the small things that position them to bring their best effort to the table every day. Everything might look fine to those around them, but the decay has already begun and they are on a path of slow decline.

The Art of Radical Candor (with Kim Scott) [Podcast]

At some point in your career, you've probably had "that boss". You know... the one who's either obnoxiously aggressive and issues orders from on-high like the ruler of a small kingdom, or the one who wants so desperately to be liked that they refuse to speak the...

How To Find Your Leadership Voice

In my time working with leaders across dozens of industries, I’ve discovered one key factor that often determines their success or failure: whether or not their team actually believes what they are saying.

You can have a phenomenal vision, maintain mastery of your industry, and command complete respect from your peers, but if your team doesn’t fully believe you when you speak, they’re unlikely to put it on the line at critical moments. This can mean all the difference between a successful project and a failure.

Don’t Apologize For Your Existence [Podcast]

Have you ever been in a meeting, and introduced an idea, then felt the urge to discount or qualify your idea with "well, that's just my opinion", or "just my 2 cents"? Or, do you find the need to apologize anytime you speak up or offer an insight? Please stop. If...

The Two Reasons You Procrastinate or Under-deliver

There are two fundamental fears that are endemic to the work of creative pros, and they both can prevent you from experiencing the work you're capable of doing. In today's episode, I discuss each of them and how they can cause you to self-limit your creating and your...

Avoiding The Hustle Trap

Everywhere you turn, people will tell you that the secret to success constant hustle. Yes, hard work is necessary to success in any area of life. However, it’s possible that your perpetual hustling is a kind of trap that’s keeping you from making progress. In today’s episode of The Accidental Creative podcast, I share how to avoid the “hustle trap”.

Why Your Constant Hustling Is Getting You Nowhere

Yes, work hard. Of course you need to put your full effort into whatever you’re doing at any given time. However, be careful not to fall into the hustle trap. You might find you’re only sprinting on a treadmill rather than making true progress.

3 Ways Leaders Unknowingly Limit Their Team’s Creativity

There are many things a good leader does to help their team gain focus, stay motivated, and produce great work. However, there are also some very common mistakes that many leaders make that they don’t even know are killing their team’s ability to engage with their work. This is especially true when doing creative work, because it requires tremendous trust and an ability to take risks that could be costly to correct later.

Turning Hunches Into Brilliant Work

I had the privilege of chatting with Bernadette Jiwa, brand strategist and author of the new book Hunch, about how to mine our everyday experiences for great insights and creative ideas. It's so easy to blitz through life and largely ignore bits of inspiration in your...

This Is Really About That

What are you really trying to do with your work today? An answer probably popped to mind immediately, and it was likely the one that made you feel the most purposeful or on-target. However, ignore that one for a moment. What are you really, really trying to do with...

The Lunch Pail Manifesto

A few years ago, a mysterious package arrived at my office doorstep. Inside was a lunch pail containing a handful of new books by Steven Pressfield – one of my favorite authors – along with a nice note. In addition, there were two copies of something called “The Lunch Pail Manifesto”. It was a creed declaring the ethic of the workaday artist and a challenge to approach every single day as an opportunity to apply your craft.

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