When Self-Awareness Is Just Selfish-Talk

Yeah, I've noticed things are broken and passively ignored them before. Let he who hasn't cast the next stone through the already broken abandoned factory windows. Tasha Eurich is the kingpin of self-awareness research. She recently tweeted this Alan Mulally quote, If you don’t have a vision, a smart strategy, and a detailed plan to … Continue reading When Self-Awareness Is Just Selfish-Talk

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

Podcast Of The Week: Don’t Bite The Hook

It's a 3-hour long audiobook and not a podcast, but it's my newsletter and I'll cry (or post, or write) what I want to. Pema Chodron's Don't Bite The Hook is a lecture she gave on not getting triggered by the frustrating crap in our lives. At first, it feels like it's about addiction, anger, … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Don’t Bite The Hook

Help (I Need Some Continuum)

There's a continuum to helping. If you want to be helpful, it helps to know where you're coming from. On one end is the bad samaritan. They see and don't help. We'll assume that's not what you're looking to do, but we have to acknowledge it exists. Next is the non-judging-but-passively-listening friend. This is good … Continue reading Help (I Need Some Continuum)

Your Creative Streak Is Worth (Much) More Than You Think

"What are you going to do with that degree? You're going to need a plan B. And a plan C. You're wasting your money." Ever been told that? Good. This one is for you. Listen up - your creative streak is worth (much) more than you think. The world may not know how to value … Continue reading Your Creative Streak Is Worth (Much) More Than You Think