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“Start Before You’re Ready” with Chandler Bolt (GWTW608)

Have you ever felt the desire to write a book, started writing, only to give up for some reason? Chances are, you are like most people. Fortunately, there is a way to get a book out of your head and into the world. Chandler Bolt of Self-Publishing School is today’s guest on Getting Work To Work and he is here to share a few of the methods he uses to write books and create business revenue with them. In this conversation, he introduces the MORE Writing Method, why writing is a short-term sacrifice to develop a long-term asset, and why you don’t need to worry about imposter syndrome. He also explains how he prioritizes his work to get a lot done.

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“Learning in Unexpected Ways” with Michael e. Stern (GWTW607)

As creatives, there is always something new to learn, and occasionally learning opportunities can be found in unexpected places. Michael e. Stern is a commercial photographer, educator, and fine art photographer who is here to share a recent experience engaging with an email scammer. There is so much to learn about clear communication, negotiation strategy, and paying attention to the fine details from this exchange between Michael and the scammer. We also talk about his transition from commercial photography to fine art photography, including websites, identity, and mindset.

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“Catching Lightning in a Bottle” with Tim Tortora (GWTW606)

Today’s guest on Getting Work To Work is Tim Tortora, an ex-movie-producer and outsource CFO for producers in Hollywood who has poured his wisdom of a 30-year career into a book, How To Make It In Hollywood: What Writers, Directors, Actors, Producers, and Crew Need To Do To Break In. In this conversation, Tim explains what goes into the production process and how it’s like catching lightning in a bottle. He also shares how to make a career in Hollywood, avoiding “The Hollywood Con Men,” and how technology is changing the industry. Whether you want to land your dream job in Hollywood or run a thriving creative business closer to home, you need to hear what Tim says.

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“Building a Life-First Business” with Ashley Gartland (GWTW605)

Do you have a life-first business, or do you let your business rule your life? Ashley Gartland is a business coach obsessed with time freedom and space for the things that matter most—for herself and her clients. In this conversation, we explore her subtractive, life-first approach to business, how to do less but better, and the role of experimentation in making changes. We dive deep into permission, beliefs, assumptions, and the stories we tell ourselves. If you are a business owner struggling with burnout or needing to find a better way to run your business, Ashley’s wisdom can help you find a path forward toward success and enough.

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“Getting Educated” with gough (GWTW604)

Back on the show to talk about his latest production with BeernutsProductions.com is a long-time friend of the show, gough, from Australia. In this conversation, gough shares stories about all the vignettes, insights, and stereotypes that went into making The Education System. In typical gough fashion, he provides numerous lessons in marketing, brand naming conventions, and handling criticism. Not to mention how to pay better attention during interviews. For filmmakers, he also illuminates deeper insights into his writing style and how he manages his film productions.

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Fresh Routine or Day-Old Poutine? (GWTW603)

I love routines. I used to get up early, read for several hours, write and gather my thoughts for years. Then two weeks ago, my established and well-worn routine crumbled to pieces as my wife and I welcomed a new member into our family: Cosmo, The Wonder Pug. He doesn’t care about my need to read and write. He wants to eat, poop, play, and sleep. Quickly we learned that puppies need structure. As we planned his days, I realized just how much my routine required a reset. It had become a disgusting pile of day-old poutine leftovers.

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Recalibrating Success (GWTW602)

Last week, several friends got together to talk about success and career development. I was invited to participate but couldn’t attend due to an appointment, but I’ve been thinking about the question, “What is success to me?” since then. I didn’t feel I had much to offer at the moment. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have traditional notions of success anymore. Maybe it’s just that I don’t feel successful or even deserve success. But I think it’s more that I have outdated definitions of success. In today’s monologue episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m going to share a few thoughts, stories, and ideas about what success is to me today versus 25 years ago when I was starting my career.

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“Exploring LeadershipSOPs” with Edward Tyson (GWTW601)

What does leadership mean to you? Today’s guest on Getting Work To Work answers that question by focusing our attention on the intensely personal journey of leadership instead of gimmicks, tricks, and mimicking our heroes. Edward Tyson is the CEO of PerSynergy Consulting and author of From Expert to Executive: Mastering the SOPs of Leading. In this conversation, Ed shares the story behind the LeadershipSOPs: the “Standard Operating Procedures for Structuring, Operating, and Perfecting your Communities of Effort.” He also talks about his love of patterns and people puzzles, where insights for leadership come from, and what it means to run people-centered businesses.

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“Craft and the Art of Change” with Gary Rogowski (GWTW600)

Not a day goes by lately where I’m not thinking about reinventing myself and the work I do. I find myself working more with my hands, which lead me to reach out to Gary Rogowski and invite him back on the show for another conversation about craft, failure, practice, process, and constant improvement. Gary is a furniture maker, writer, and teacher. In this conversation, he shares how he reinvented his work over the past year, along with his curiosity for geometry, storytelling, and bird watching. He also has a lot to say about problem-solving, the secret to focusing, finding success with the small things, and how teaching truly impacts a craftsperson.

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“Happiness is a Verb” with Pamela Gail Johnson (GWTW599)

What comes to mind when you hear the word happiness? Would you be surprised to learn that there are 31 types of happiness? Pamela Gail Johnson is today’s guest on Getting Work To Work and shares her passion for all things happiness. From her early days of wondering where all the happy people were and forming the Society of Happy People to the four principles she writes about in Practical Happiness, Pamela’s work will hopefully broaden your understanding of what being happy means to you. She also describes what happiness zappers are, the impact of happiness in the workplace, and the three happiness holidays recognized worldwide.

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Forgotten Loves (GWTW598)

It’s been a week full of reminders of past loves. At times, I was reliving distant memories from the pre-pandemic days, and other times, seeing the echoes of dreams lost in the passage of time. From travel, chasing down photo opportunities in the desert of Arizona, and meeting my brother, to listening to everyday people telling stories about their lives and impacting the community through their service, I felt the rekindling fire of what I once loved to do. And it felt refreshing as I continue my creative journey into the future. What are the forgotten and forsaken loves you’ve left behind in your creative journey?

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“Demystifying Productivity” with Paul Minors (GWTW597)

Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I use my time more effectively?” What about, “How can I be more efficient?” Paul Minors is a productivity consultant who helps his customers answers these questions and better understand the tools and systems that ultimately deliver more value to customers. In this conversation, he shares his tools of choice—Asana, Pipedrive, and Zapier—and much of his philosophy around automation and productivity. He also illuminates some fundamental concepts, including the source of truth, making time to work on your business, being his own client, and time blocking.

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Make Something Worth Finding (GWTW596)

I’ve been thinking about two practices lately: making and discovering. At first, I thought they were two different ideas, but I’ve come to understand that they rely upon one another. The chance of being discovered increases as you create, and the more you make—especially something worth finding—the more likely it will be found. So many people I know want the right strategy before putting in the work, but I argue that the best approach is to work. In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I will explore what it takes to make something worth finding and why discovery is the hidden skill of the 21st-century.

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“The Impact of Your Story” with Dr. Tara T. Green (GWTW595)

What are the questions and stories that fuel your curiosity and life’s work? Dr. Tara T. Green is “a Black feminist community-engaged scholar, mentor, and university professor.” Her latest books—Love, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson and See Me Naked: Black Women Defining Pleasure in the Interwar Era—provide the foundation of our conversation about storytelling and the impact of stories on the past, present, and future. From silence in storytelling to the role of memory in activism, Tara shares what she has learned in her career. She also talks about the importance of preserving and archiving stories.

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Aspirational Hoarders (GWTW594)

Hello, my name is Chris Martin, and I have a confession to make: I am a hoarder. But not in the way you might be thinking. I am an aspirational hoarder. I collect all of the labels of who I want to be and what I want to do. From the earliest dreams to the weird, early-morning fantasies of living off the land, I don’t want to eliminate anything that could define who I am. So, I call myself a multi-hyphenate and feel better about the fact that I can’t let go of the past or accept that some dreams have run their course. Fortunately, I don’t think I’m the only one.

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“The Dynamism of Life” with Jinny Uppal (GWTW593)

“What’s the point?” A great question from today’s guest on Getting Work To Work, Jinny Uppal. Jinny is the author of In/Action: Rethinking the Path to Results, a growth executive, team builder, and thought(ful) leader. In this conversation, she shares how thoughtful pauses and strategic inaction help progress. Jinny also talks about the fine line between motivation and burnout, the importance of trusting the process, how goal setting fits into the mindset of inaction, why boredom is a good thing, and how learning to be okay with silence is a must to connect with the dynamism of life. Most importantly, she lets us know what horseback riding has to do with being more present in life and work.

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The Gradient Ascent of Life (GWTW592)

I can’t stop thinking about a concept I read in Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment by Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas. It’s called the gradient ascent. Instead of looking at the destination and plowing straight ahead, no matter what, you proceed until you need to recalibrate your direction. And change accordingly. I’m not sure why this has freed my thinking this week, but something feels different. And that change is showing up in expected places, from my mind and body to my bookshelves and living space.

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“Propagandist for the Positive” with Cbabi Bayoc (GWTW591)

How do you shape the world the way you want to see it? Cbabi Bayoc is a visual artist and illustrator whose mission is “painting the world that he wants to see his and your children thrive in.” In this conversation, Cbabi shares his drive to dig deeper in his art and be an artist who has something to say. Whether he is working on a canvas or a mural, he uses surprise, randomness, and perspective shifts to see new possibilities for his work. He talks about his process, philosophy of practice, how he feeds creativity, and the story behind his name.

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Learning to Let Go (GWTW590)

As I reflect on life, business, and everything in-between, I recognize I’ve let too much head trash accumulate to the point of overflow. I’ve been raising the flag of surrender, talking with friends and professionals, and bringing in the bulldozers to make piles, sort and organize, off-load, and burn. Metaphorically, of course. Living a creative life, running a business, being a good person, all of these pursuits take a toll on each of us; that’s why we need to learn to let go of the stories that are no longer serving us. In this episode, I’ll share a few that I’m learning to let go of, hoping you can identify a few for you.

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“The Simplest Biz” with John Wilker (GWTW589)

What does it take to get to simple in a world of complexity? What problems are you solving permanently? How can you better serve your customers? These three questions form the foundation of my conversation with John Wilker, the man behind the simplest biz. For 24 years, John has found a way to solve problems for his business and his customers’ businesses and teach others how to do what he does. Whether you are looking for another revenue stream, time freedom, or a side business, John’s wisdom will hopefully spark your curiosity and help you discover new opportunities.

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Do Your Thing! (GWTW588)

One of my favorite questions to ask people and reflect upon myself is: What advice would you give your younger self? While it’s a question that reveals a future direction by examining past decisions, it sometimes isn’t enough to get you out of a rut. As I was thinking about the question today, I felt a variation bubble up from the recesses of my mind: What advice is your younger self giving you today? Like most of us, I often lose my way, and it is the wisdom of past experiences that are the best teachers, so it’s time for me to pay attention.

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“Everyone Needs Words” with Emily Crookston (GWTW587)

From philosophy professor to ghostwriter and entrepreneur, today’s guest on Getting Work To Work has fascinating insights into the world of ideas, words, and collaboration. Emily Crookston, AKA The Pocket Ph.D., loves working with rebels, renegades, and mavericks who not only innovate and disrupt the status quo but want to pass their knowledge and wisdom along. In this conversation, Emily talks about how she has learned to collaborate, the art of giving and receiving feedback, the most crucial question she asks a prospective client, and the role empathy plays in her creative process.

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Practice Makes Perfect? (GWTW586)

As this month’s theme of practice comes to an end, I want to reflect on the following question: Why do you practice? Perhaps you’re like me and were indoctrinated as a young child with the phrase, “practice makes perfect.” It’s a simple statement with profound consequences over a person’s lifetime. To be perfect, or said another way, the best, you must devote yourself to daily practice. You must sacrifice everything you have. But what if there is more to practice than perfection? I think there is, and chances are, you believe that too.

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“Looking for Wonder” with Kate Nason (GWTW585)

In the good times and the bad times, where do you look for wonder? Kate Nason is a writer, artist, and storyteller who has lived an unbelievable life. Our conversation begins with what she is learning while writing her second book: discovering past family secrets as she pieces together the story by working with a genealogist. From there, we go on a journey of art history, collage, and memoir, learning to balance the past, present, and future and finding meaning in what befalls us. She shares her writing process—working with scenes and making collages to get unstuck—and learning how to trust herself.

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Practice Becoming Performance (GWTW584)

When I was thinking about the theme of practice, the first thing I wrote down was the connection and confusion between it and performance. With social media and digital technology keeping us connected to everyone and everything 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it’s no wonder we have turned every possible moment into a stage. But non-stop performance is exhausting and unsustainable. What could we become if we took even an hour of our day and stopped performing and started practicing? What if we took a break from brand management and tried something new? What if we stopped playing the hits on repeat and created something new, something daring and bold?

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