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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”.
Over the course of this summer I'm going to share a few legacy episodes of The Accidental Creative podcast. These are some of my favorite conversastions of the past 12 years. Today's episode features a 2008 sit-down conversation I had with Peter Block. Peter Block is...
About a month ago, a memo from comedian and TV host Steve Harvey made the rounds and earned him a lot of criticism. It was directed at his team, and instructed them not to approach him in public spaces, not to interrupt him when he's in the makeup chair, and not to...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
It’s easy to convince yourself that it’s the big acts of willpower that make a difference in your work. It’s the massive, once-in-a-career project that falls into your lap, or the big deal that you spend two weeks around the clock trying to close. Yes, those are important, but they’re also rare.
More often than not it’s the little things that you do every day that actually move the needle. It’s your everyday practices that sharpen your skills and hone your instincts to the point that you’re able to take advantage of those big opportunities.
The tools we use can’t replace simple hard work, but they can help us gain ground more quickly. Here are a few I’ve been using lately to help me stay inspired, connected, focused, and productive.
It’s human nature to seek greener pastures and new opportunities. Dissatisfaction with the status quo is often the beginning of growth and innovation, and is an essential part ofthe creative process. And, it can also mean an inability to fully appreciate the many gifts of your current situation.
It is challenging to argue against yourself. Once you’ve determined a course of action, it’s much easier to jump into execution mode and figure it out as you go. However, in the effort to “ship” we often fail to lay a sturdy foundation for our work, and the results can be disastrous. You need to ensure that you are respecting the work by giving it your best mental effort.
Have you ever had an idea burning inside of you that you knew could really take off, yet you just couldn’t stir up the courage to take the first steps? Unfortunately, many people choose to let those ideas die because they refuse to step outside of their comfort zone.
For many people, the idea of “study” died the moment that they graduated from school, but it shouldn’t have. In fact, most of the incredibly successful people I encounter in the marketplace have some form of study plan that they follow in order to help them spot patterns in their business, anticipate client needs, and simply spark new ideas and new categories of thought. Here’s how they do it.
Brilliant ideas often bubble up in the white space – the areas between our frenetic activity – and if you don’t take care to intentionally carve that white space, you might find that you’re active, but not productive.
Developing your voice is a lifelong journey. You never fully “arrive”. However, if you don’t have a clear sense of where you’re going, you’ll likely drift through your days until you one day realize that you’ve allowed the pressures and unremitting sameness of daily life to cause you to settle into a mold you never chose. To continue to grow, you need to embrace a few natural principles that I talk about in chapter nine of Louder Than Words.
In today’s marketplace, no one works in a vacuum. We all have to do our work in the company of others, and for many of us, we also have to lead others in doing great work every day. The leader is the chief “dot connector” for the team. This means that you are constantly looking for patterns and helping everyone else see the opportunities in front of them, even before they can see them on their own.
You have to help everyone around you develop their collective voice as a team. That’s what we’re going to talk about today, as we cover chapter eight of Louder Than Words.
It’s not what you know that makes a difference in your life, it’s what you do about it. You can have all of the understanding in the world of a topic, but if you don’t put it into action, you won’t see change. That’s why it’s important - if you want to find your sweet...
You can have a great sense of who you are and what you’re doing in the world, and a sharp sense of vision, but if you lack mastery of the skills necessary to bring that vision into the world, you will not be effective. No one will listen to you, because you will lack credibility. If you want others to listen to you, and better yet, to act on your ideas or respond to your work, then you need to achieve mastery of a few key things: timing, and skills. That’s what we’re going to talk about on today’s episode of the bookcast, with insights from Chapter Six of Louder Than Words.
You don’t do your work in a vacuum. Whatever kind of work you do, you probably have to collaborate with others, serve customers, and regularly explain why your idea is the best one in the bunch. But in order to do that effectively, you have to have a vision for the outcome you’re trying to achieve. In today’s episode of the bookcast, we discuss how to define your Intended Audience, and how to make your idea precise and consonant.
This week, we begin our discussion about the three drivers of the “voice engine” by diving into Identity. Do you know what really drives you? Better yet, do other people? If you want to be respected by others, and you want your work to stand out, people have to know where you stand.