A Lesson From Coldplay

A Lesson From Coldplay

I was recently watching the Coldplay documentary “A Head Full Of Dreams”, and lead singer and songwriter Chris Martin said something that struck me in a profound way. He said something like, “The best songs all come in 10 minutes, but it’s the...
Shooting For The 3

Shooting For The 3

Invisible metrics and hidden agendas can sometimes prevent us from producing the work we are capable of. How did pop music become so bland? Not because people didn’t want to make great music. It’s because the entire industry was driven by something they c...
Standing Out and Fitting In

Standing Out and Fitting In

I recently spoke at an event, and one of the other speakers – Chase Jarvis – said “you can’t stand out and fit in at the same time.” I think most creative pros oscillate between these two things: a fear of standing out too much, to the...
Bury The Butterfly

Bury The Butterfly

When beautiful things die – like our ideas, our hopes, our dreams, a career path we thought would pan out – we often just move on and focus on the next thing without stopping to consider how we’ve been affected by the disappointment of it all. Even...
Stimulus Dive

Stimulus Dive

No matter how long you’ve been doing what you’re doing, it’s easy to get into assumptive ruts. Thought ruts. Ruts that prevent you from seeing potentially great ideas. On this episode, I share a few ways to use a “stimulus dive” to get...
Lower Your Expectations

Lower Your Expectations

Paralyzed and unable to gain traction on that big project? Maybe it’s because your expectations are too high. (What? Too high?!?!) By lowering your expectations for regular output you can increase the likelihood of actually making meaningful progress on your...