Podcast Of The Week: Habits And Vulnerability (James Clear w/ Brene Brown)

Hey! On Saturday’s I highlight a podcast about being a creative professional. Sometimes it’s direct, sometimes it’s indirect, but it’s always entertaining and educational. Check these out and send anything good you’ve heard lately my way! The best podcasts allow us to be a fly on the wall for a conversation we’re so lucky was … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Habits And Vulnerability (James Clear w/ Brene Brown)

Podcast Of The Week: Brené Brown On What Vulnerability Isn’t

Adam Grant is lining up all my favorite people at the moment, and this WorkLife podcast with Brené Brown does not disappoint. What I like most about this conversation is they focus on how vulnerability, shame, guilt, authenticity, boundaries, and more – belong in our conversations at work. Not fit in, belong. Uncomfortable yet? It’s … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Brené Brown On What Vulnerability Isn’t

There’s No Hope Without Struggle

A storytelling lesson that extends way beyond the page: There’s no hope without struggle. There’s no struggle without hope. One is a function of the other. If there aren’t stakes, there’s nothing to overcome. If there’s nothing to overcome, there can be no hope, only handouts. Hope, struggle, and how we face them are learned … Continue reading There’s No Hope Without Struggle

How To Know If It’s “Creative” Work

How you’ll know if it’s creative work: you can’t do it perfectly. You can’t write the perfect message, play the song exactly right, fully nail the presentation, crush teaching the class, figure out where the blender looks best on the countertop, etc. Maybe you think “they” can. But that’s not how creativity works, it’s how … Continue reading How To Know If It’s “Creative” Work

Don’t Fit In, Belong. Don’t Alternate, Integrate

Ok, I make a lot of notes on my phone and somehow this one went in completely unlabeled. I’m pretty sure it’s a Brené Brown-ism, but if not, I’m sorry to whoever said it. Anyway, look at this: The opposite of true belonging is fitting in. Stop alternating, start integrating. We don’t have to force … Continue reading Don’t Fit In, Belong. Don’t Alternate, Integrate

You’ve Got The Personality Of A Blocked Punt

“You’ve got the personality of a blocked punt.” – Bill Campbell, aka The Coach of Silicon Valley Bill Campbell, aka “Coach,” had a way with words. He could level with everyone from eighth-grade girls on his powder-puff football team to world-class executives like Steve Jobs. He didn’t just build relationships, he built communities everywhere he … Continue reading You’ve Got The Personality Of A Blocked Punt

Our Work Is A Prepared Response To The Surprises Of Others

“History is the study of surprises.” – ProfessorEdward T O’Donnell It’s been a tough year. It’s been a challenging year. It’s been a surprising year. And, it’s also just been another trip around the sun on the little rock we call home. It sure feels like a lot more than a 365-day cycle. There’s no … Continue reading Our Work Is A Prepared Response To The Surprises Of Others