Conan went from being a writer on SNL and the Simpson’s in his 20s, to taking over for Letterman as he turned 30. Talk about a promotion. No pressure! To make things worse, he wasn’t just filling big shoes, he was also charged by the network to help find a younger audience. That gave him … Continue reading When Feedback Is Full Of It (With Conan O’Brien)
“You’re a beautiful girl,” the old man from her ancestral country said. She felt the warmth of his compliment glow deep inside her. He continued, “Don’t ever shave your mustache.” Poof. It was out. Dr. Kristen Neff is a leading researcher on self-criticism and that’s one of her stories. It made me laugh out loud … Continue reading Self-Compassion > Self-Criticism
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. This week’s Podcast of the Week is… Musician/producer extraordinaire - Raphael Saadiq on the Questlove Supreme Podcast. Raphael Saadiq started off as a kid trying to break into the local Oakland … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Raphael Saadiq, Renaissance Music Man
Raphael Saadiq said that as a bass-playing kid growing up in Oakland, any band you’d want to play with was going to put you to the test with a specific song. You had to be ready for it because it was going to be sink or swim. What do you play, bass? Yeah? Ok. Let’s … Continue reading Sunday Music: POW – Battlefunk!
Every now and then Ben Thompson lets an article/podcast out from behind his paywall, and if you’re interested in strategy, you’ll want to take note.* There’s a lot of technical and jargony stuff going on here, but listen (or read) "Cloudflare's Disruption" and focus on this core concept: A small company (Cloudflare) is figuring out … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Strategic Stratechery
It's a conversation about loving life, seeking change, and tenaciously persevering in the face of everyone telling you "well, that's never going to work." I've long loved both of these people and never quite imagined them sitting down to chat. But, after hearing it, it makes perfect sense why there's so much joy here. Check … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: RZA On Men In Blazers
RZA said one of the best pieces of advice he ever heard came from Quincy Jones: “When it rains, get wet.” If something good is happening, partake. And not “good” meaning perfect, or positive, or not confusing, but… natural. Don’t grab an umbrella, don’t run inside, don’t hide from the tide - if it starts … Continue reading When It Rains, Get Wet
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
Two podcasts I didn't know I needed this week: Michael K Williams' two Fresh Air interviews (already discussed here). Norm Macdonald on WTF in 2011 talking life, comedy, and more life. Enjoy. Heard anything good? Send it my way.
We lost one of my (and tons of other people’s) favorite actors in Michael K Williams last week. Right after the 30-minute mark in this Fresh Air interview, he has a beautiful statement about how feeling good starts within. Whatever we’re struggling with, this matters. Williams explained how he never felt like he had the … Continue reading Michael K. Williams On The Source Of Happiness