Your "sweet spot" of effectiveness is discovered through active contemplation, not passive reflection. The broader your base of experience, the more patterns you will be able to discern.
We must actively search for our creative voice, and clear a path for it to emerge. It is uncovered, not manufactured. We may not even like what we discover at first, but by embracing it we will position ourselves to occupy the unique space for which we’re wired.
Here are a ten questions that will help you uncover clues to your unique contribution.
Do you have a framework for making larger decisions about your life, your career, and your work? How do you decide what you're trying to do with your life? In this episode, I address a question from a listener about how to make decisions about the larger questions of life and career.
The hardest part of any creative project isn't the beginning or the end, it's squarely in the middle. This is where you'll encounter three common roadblocks, or hurdles, that will make it difficult to complete your task. In today's episode, we deconstruct these three hurdles and discuss how to overcome them.
To "communicate" means to "make common". What common ground are you trying to build with your intended audience through your work? What impact are you trying to achieve with your intended audience? In today's episode, I read an excerpt from my new book Louder Than Words and challenge you to consider how you can make your work resonate more deeply.
I just spent years researching and writing a book about voice. Voice? Seriously? Why would I do that? Honestly, if I offered you ten potential books to read, and a book about voice was among them, I'd guess that the voice book would probably be among the least...
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.
On any given night, you'll find DJ Z-Trip entertaining tens of thousands of fans at sold-out shows or at festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, or SXSW. In this interview, he shares how he developed such a unique, resonant style, and how each of us can follow his example to develop our own unique voice.