How do you uniquely contribute to the world? On this episode, Tom Rath is here to help you understand why you are here on this planet.
People love to encourage you to chase your dreams. They mostly mean well. What they don’t tell you is that you are probably going to fail a lot. And, the problem with pursuing a dream is that it’s hard to know when to quit. On this episode, we discuss the difficulties of giving up a dream, and how to move on when it's no longer a part of who you are.
There are a number of creative battles that must be won in order to get from where you are to where you want to be. Unfortunately, many creative pros are "taken out" of the game because they aren't prepared for what's inevitably going to come there way. Tim Grahl has been in the trenches for years, and on today's episode we discuss some of the common pitfalls creative pros face in building something great with insights from his new book Running Down A Dream.
How do you make decisions in your work, about your career, or for your life as a whole? If you don't have a clear framework for making those decisions ahead of time, then you'll be tempted to compromise your values in the moment. On today's show, I share a simple framework for identifying some of your core drivers so that you are prepared to make decisions before you get into those high pressure situations.
Ever tried to get your manager to go along with a great idea, but faced resistance on every front? You're not alone. In fact, today's guest Jennifer Mueller argues that most of us are actually resistant to creative change, regardless of what we say. However, she also says that there are some things we can do about our bias against creativity, and they can also help us be more effective in leading change within our workplace. In this episode, she shares insights from her new book Creative Change.
Julien Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Breather, a company that allows anyone to book beautiful, private, professional spaces whenever they need them. However, it's an idea that almost didn't happen. In this interview, Julien shares why he felt the need to launch something, why it's important to be an "operator", and why you need to focus on building something a few people will love rather than something a lot of people will like.
It’s the start of a new year, and of course that means that many people are beginning to think about where they’d like their life and work to go over the coming months. It’s easy to use this season to set big goals and make big plans, but I often find that even my best plans are thrown by unexpected opportunities and obstacles. Yes, it’s important to have objectives and a strategy for executing them, but I want to challenge you to consider a roundabout way of getting to them. Instead of simply writing a list of goals, begin with a set of questions that might help you think about the upcoming year in a new way.
What does it mean to live a good life? How do you build your life and your work in such a way that it reflects the best of who you are? On today's episode, Jonathan Fields shares insights about all of this from his new book How To Live A Good Life.
How well do you see? I don't mean just what's there, but also what's not there? Amy Herman has spent years training people how to see patterns and nuance in works of art, and today she's going to help us improve our perception with tips from her new book Visual Intelligence.
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.
How do you stand apart from the noise, and avoid becoming a "me too!" in the marketplace? You have to build your work upon something that matters to you. In today's episode, author and teacher Dorie Clark shares insights for how to do so from her book Stand Out.