Learning to embrace what's in front of you.
Regardless of your role, you have to be creative every day. You have to solve problems under pressure, make connections, see patterns, and convince others. On this episode, Kathryn Haydon is here to share some insights into being more creative with tips from her book The Non-Obvious Guide To Being More Creative.
A few months ago, I had the chance to speak at the STORY Conference in Nashville, TN. It's a gathering of 1,200 creative pros across multiple disciplines designed to talk about the power of story in our work and lives. My talk centered on the unique pressures of creating for a living, and a few opposing forces that are especially difficult to identify and surmount. I also shared the importance of identifying Productive Passion as a method for working through those forces and putting your best work into the world.
There's a hidden dynamic that inhibits your ability to connect dots and do brilliant work. Unfortunately, it's also misunderstood. Fear can erode your ability to think creatively and to take necessary risks, but not all fear is something to be shunned. Sometimes fear can help us stay alert and make decisions. It can be a signal that you have a healthy respect for your environment and its potential dangers. On this episode, I talk about the two kinds of fear and how to begin to dismantle them and produce your best work.
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 leadership and cause later regret.
If you do your work in public, it’s inevitable that you’re going to attract criticism. Often, very public criticism. You hear a lot of advice about how to deal with this kind of blowback, but it’s often anecdotal. Today’s guest, Jay Baer, has just launched a research-based book about how to deal with criticism - both in public and in private - called Hug Your Haters. He’s going to help us understand how to deal with our critics, and how to treat feedback - even harsh criticism - as a favor, not a problem.
Are you "rejection proof"? Jia Jiang has just released a book by that title, and in this interview he shares his journey of struggling with rejection and how he overcame it.
We each have danger zones we have to watch out for in the course of our work. They can be particular habits or patterns we fall into when we go into "coast mode" or areas or situations where we are likely to get irritated and short-circuit collaborative relationships.