The ugly truth is that great work isn’t enough. No one tells you this early in your career; It’s something you learn over time. Cream doesn’t automatically rise to the top, and we don’t live in a meritocracy. If you want your idea to be heard, you have to go the extra mile to ensure that it’s framed to resonate with the right audience.
After expending so much time, energy, and focus on something you care about, it can be devastating when it just doesn’t click. What you do next is very important.
Because I’ve been writing much more “out there” over the past few weeks than around here, I’ve compiled a list of some of the interviews and articles featuring Louder Than Words.
There are some common “sticking points” that can stall your work’s impact. You must push through them to take your work to the next level.
I am awash in paperbacks! My publisher just re-configured its office space, and sent me a few boxes of Die Empty and The Accidental Creative paperbacks.
Books aren’t meant to be kept in a box, they’re meant to be read, so I’m giving giving away 15 signed paperback copies of Die Empty and The Accidental Creative.
Back in April I received an e-mail from Marie Forleo and team asking if I would come to NYC to chat about Louder Than Words on an episode of MarieTV. I thought for – oh – about one second before saying “yes”.
It’s noisy. Not physically noisy, but culturally noisy.
Everyone is clamoring for attention, and clanging their gongs trying to win a few seconds of your precious time. Clickbait, shock tactics, and distractions are so commonplace that they are now used even by previously “credible” institutions. It’s tempting to follow suit and fall into these tactics with your own work. Don’t do it.
You can’t afford to put the fate of your work into someone else’s hands. Fight for it and be tenacious. No matter how great the trainer, every boxer has to step into the ring alone.
Don’t spend your life chasing a vapor. Don’t waste it bouncing from one comfortable place to another, hoping things work out in your favor. Commit to doing the difficult work of excavating, then utilizing your authentic voice. The journey is challenging and the hurdles are very real, but in the end you will point with pride to a body of work that represents you well. It begins now, in this moment.
People who choose bravery know what drives them, and they care more about the outcome than they do about temporary discomfort.
There are times when it’s wise to settle for the most reasonable answer, but don’t allow the daily grind to lull you into mediocrity.
Winning is often a game of percentages. Practice and hone your skills through unnecessary creation, follow your instincts for opportunity, and don’t be afraid to take shots and miss.
With the increase of information crossing your attention span each day, it’s easy to forget even the most impactful experiences. Make every effort to capture these, and to ensure that they become a valuable part of your creative process.
Controlling behavior never leads to results beyond your own grasp. However, when you are able to achieve influence, you multiply your efforts and reproduce your values and principles in the lives of others.
Stretching always requires that you risk failure, which means you will probably feel a little over your head from time to time. Don’t mistake a little nervousness for weakness. Use it as fuel.
The good news? Die Empty is now officially available in paperback, and with a new cover and preface. It’s been quite a year and a half since its original release, and it’s been fun to watch the book grow in influence.
The better news? We have 15 copies to give away!
Many people allow their life to become cluttered with passive yes’s, not active ones. They are living with a decision they made months or years ago, and are not making the effort to re-visit whether it’s still the right decision. Sometimes you have to say “no” in order to re-focus your efforts.
If you make things and share them, your heart will at some point be broken. If you never share, it will harden. Your choice.