“Leap into a Phenomenal Life” with David Lindsay (GWTW583)

What happens when you can no longer do what you have trained to do? Do you give up, or do you find a way forward? Today’s guest is David Lindsay, a personal trainer and professional speaker who brings an athlete’s mindset to the corporate world. In this conversation, he shares what it takes to live a phenomenal life. We talk about building trust with people who have faith in you, dealing with what life gives you, getting comfortable with the uncomfortable, and how to train your mind like the muscle it is. Most importantly, he reveals rest’s impact on our bodies and minds.

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Practice Your Process (GWTW582)

Continuing the monthly theme of practicing your creativity, today I’m exploring how practice defines an entire creative process while simultaneously shaping each step uniquely. I’ll share a few examples and set you up with all you need to define your process and specify what you should practice next. Whether you’re new to creativity or an established professional, nothing will shake up your work quite like practice.

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“An Infinite Well of Creativity” with Ashanti Anderson (GWTW581)

Why not poetry? According to today’s guest, the power of a poem is in its brevity, the ability to focus and precisely say what needs to be said. In her words, Ashanti Anderson is a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional essayist. Starting with a reading from her debut short poetry collection, Black Under, Ashanti brings us onto common ground. From there, we talk about her quest for creative self-discovery, how she found poetry, and the visual nature of crafting poems. I hope this conversation opens you to new avenues of creative exploration and limitless possibilities.

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Deep Dive into Practice (GWTW580)

This month on Getting Work To Work, I’m focusing each monologue on one theme: practice. I’ve been thinking a lot about practice each day as I play my guitar. Even though I’ve been playing for 27 years, my fingers have minds of their own. Practicing scales and exercises make sense with the guitar, but what does practice look like in other parts of my creative life? What does it look like in your creative pursuits? In this episode, I will set the stage for practice and do a deep dive into what it is, why it’s essential, and why it isn’t as popular as it should be.

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“Path to Predictable Success” with Scott Ritzheimer (GWTW579)

There are three questions at the core of this episode with Capacity Architect Scott Ritzheimer: 1) What type of leader are you? 2) How are you bringing people together? 3) What stage is your business at in the lifecycle of an organization? In this conversation, Scott shares the four types of leaders in every organization, what predictable success is and where it fits into a company’s lifecycle, how companies lose their way, and why systematizing decision-making is the secret to scaling a business. Grab something to take notes with because there is a lot to learn in this episode.

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Screw It…Still Do It! (GWTW578)

As we wrap up 2021, fully immersed in the fog known as the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I was thinking about words of wisdom to share with you. Nearing 600 episodes of Getting Work To Work, what’s left to say? How can I inspire aspiring content creators? How can I encourage the hardened cynics who have been at this game longer than I have? In the spirit of episode one of this show: screw it…still do it!

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“Decoding Your Burnout” with Dr. Sharon Grossman (GWTW577)

It’s that time of year where the topics on many people’s minds are burnout and self-care. Today’s guest is Dr. Sharon Grossman, a burnout and success coach who helps people create the lives they want. In this conversation, she shares how the P.E.P. Model—programming, environment, and personality—helps people find clarity as they ask themselves the question, “Who are you going to be next?” Sharon also answers a crucial question, “Is burnout inevitable or can it be avoided?” Whether you are deep in burnout or can feel it setting in, I hope you’ll be able to decode your burnout so that you can find hope.

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7 Important Lessons in 43 Years (GWTW576)

Today, I’m celebrating my 43rd trip around the sun, so I thought I’d take a moment to share a few things I’ve learned in my time here on planet Earth. Seven important lessons, to be exact. No matter how young or old you are, I hope that something I say helps you take a step or two toward the creative projects and ideas of your dreams. As one of the beautiful lyrics from the musical RENT proclaims, “No day but today.” Let’s get into it!

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“Living a Healthy Creative Life” with Desiree Lotz (GWTW575)

What is the connection between your current hydration level and how you feel? What role does sleep play in a healthy life? How can you prepare your body for a long-lasting creative career? The answers to these questions are all related and just might surprise you as they did me. Desiree Lotz is a detox specialist and nutritionist whose primary purpose is to help people get their bodies sorted out to get their attention off their issues and live their lives. In this conversation, she shares her passion and knowledge for nutrients, minerals, and health in order to fully live our lives because life is fun.

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“The Perfect Wedding?” with gough (GWTW574)

Have you ever wondered how gough of Beernuts Productions would plan and execute the perfect wedding? His latest film, A Guide to a Perfect Wedding, explores all of the ridiculous scenarios and behaviors involved, from clothes and venues to ceremonies and receptions. In this conversation, gough shares how he planned and shot the film like an actual wedding. He tells me about his favorite jokes and moments in the movie, why podcast hosts should research their guests, and how critiquing his past work helps him grow as a filmmaker.

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“The Moments of a Creative Life” with Joanna Paola Honeyman (GWTW573)

What would you do if you knew you were burnt out and needed to reconnect to your values and rediscover the artistic vision for your life? Joanna Paola Honeyman took a year-long sabbatical from running her design agency to pursue classical painting and art. As she immersed herself in classes and honest feedback, her paintings took on new shapes and forms, leading her into a future of new possibilities. In this conversation, she shares her curiosity for the creative process, why vulnerability sucks but is essential, being open to failure, and the importance of mentors. We also talk about the ups and downs of marriage when both partners are highly creative.

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Blow Up Your Creative Process (GWTW572)

Lately, I have been immersed in the creative process: exploring my own and talking to other creators about theirs. And in doing so, I’ve realized that I am way too comfortable and need to blow it all up. Sure, it’s scary to consider the business ramifications of doing that, but what are my clients actually buying? Stale solutions with an efficient system or courageous content that willingly touches the edge of the unknown? It’s in the rubble of the creative process that you can reconnect with intuition, vision, speed, and the visceral nature of creativity.

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“Living the Enneagram” with Erin Baute (GWTW571)

If there is a tool that I’ve been skeptical of because of its popularity, it’s the Enneagram. Fortunately, Erin Baute is a Certified Enneagram Teacher and Trainer ready to dispel my skepticism and broaden my thinking and understanding of what the Enneagram is and is not. Erin shares her curiosity for people, infinite possibility, and a limitless approach to life in this conversation. She unpacks the Enneagram, the difference between a tool and using the tool, and how ultimately it honors who you are.

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5 People I’m Thankful For, Pt. 2 (GWTW570)

Last week, I shared five people I am thankful for, but as I listed person after person, I realized I would need additional episodes to share all the people I’m grateful for and how they’ve impacted my life. So, today I’m sharing five more people and how you can be inspired by their work as well. If you haven’t taken the time to list out the people you are thankful for, do it. Then take a moment to let them know just how they’ve made your life better. December is also an excellent month to reach out to your favorite artists and content creators to show them your appreciation.

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“Tap into Intellectual Curiosity” with Richie Lokay (GWTW569)

What will the discovery of new ideas and experiences look like in the future? Will you run into the unknown to find them or perhaps wait for others to shape the novel into stable and predictable interactions? These are a few questions inspired by today’s conversation with Richie Lokay, the VP of Product Design and Services at Wunderkind. He brings his energy and intellectual curiosity to his team to solve visual problems and experiences at a growing scale. In this conversation, we explore the stages of invention, design rigor, the value of deadlines, perfection, and why swinging for the fences is an essential skill.

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5 People I’m Thankful For, Pt. 1 (GWTW568)

I was feeling a little discouraged yesterday. Unsure of what my monologue would be about, I was ready to pull the plug on monologues through the end of the year. But inspiration struck as I watched my wife get an idea for her YouTube channel, film, edit, and then release a video by the end of the day. I saw her drive, passion, and care for her growing audience. I remembered the early days of this podcast. It’s not to say that I don’t have those same feelings five years later, but producing content week after week can be exhausting. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m going to share five people I’m thankful for and the impact they have had on this show and my life.

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“Let the Magic Happen!” with Lauren Krasnodembski (GWTW567)

What are you passionate about? A simple question that requires time and intention to discover the answer. Lauren Krasnodembski wasn’t sure what she was passionate about until she began to find the breadcrumbs that led her to a life of impact. Lauren is a transformational life coach, creator of Mind Muscle Motivator, and the author of Reclaim Your Power: A Guide to Allow Your Passions and Purpose to Discover You. In this conversation, she shares her journey of reclaiming her power and how you can too. She talks about the importance of understanding your strengths, learning where you may be limiting yourself, and taking messy action.

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Stuck in Your Creative Ways (GWTW566)

I love the creative process, especially when it’s fresh and new. The beautiful and frustrating moments of understanding a craft as you develop a repeatable system that transforms raw thoughts and ideas into some finished form. But over time, as you become more skillful in your work, your process becomes internalized and habitual. Before you know it, you’re on autopilot. This episode is for those running their creative lives on autopilot and who need more. It’s not a question of whether you’re stuck in your creative ways. You know you are; you can feel it. It’s simply a matter of how aware you are of the depth and necessity for expanding your creative vision and process.

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“Twisted Business!” with Jay Jay French and Steve Farber (GWTW565)

Where do you even start an introduction when talking with Jay Jay French, the founder, guitarist, and manager of Twisted Sister? Along with Steve Farber, his writing partner of my #1 Business Book of 2021, Twisted Business: Lessons from My Life in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jay Jay and Steve bring their business insight and wisdom to Getting Work To Work. From the never-ending drive to reinvent and the power of collaboration to finding a new audience every day and embracing the boredom of excellence to get better constantly, there are many human and business lessons to learn from the stories and moments in this conversation.

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“A Möbius Strip of Curiosity” with Matt Wastradowski (GWTW564)

If there is a question that today’s guest inspires me to think about in my daily life, it’s this: “Why should people care?” Matt Wastradowski is a travel writer who uses his curiosity and insatiable drive to discover Oregon’s majestic places, people, and experiences. In this conversation, he talks about his latest travel guide, Moon Columbia River Gorge & Mount Hood: Waterfalls & Wildflowers, Craft Beer & Wine, Hiking & Camping, and shares a few of his favorite moments in the research and writing phases of the project. There is something for everyone in this guide, from a neon sign museum and wine tasting to picnics on the Columbia River and apple orchards in Hood River and everything in between.

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“The Path of the Hard Way” with Christos Kalogirou (GWTW563)

If you were to write a book about your life, what would be the captivating moments that would reveal themselves? Christos Kalogirou mined his memories to share stories of his youth in his book, Wild Dogs: An Adventure in Adolescence. From attending a prestigious private school and being expelled to eventually returning, graduating, and even receiving an Alumni of the Year award, he has lived a life of urban legend, entrepreneur, and prankster. In this conversation, he talks about the power of perspective, what he learned about business, his process for writing his book, why you should value your time, and what he learned living on the path of the hard way.

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Let the Goal Go? (GWTW562)

For the past two years, I have kept a reading list of all the books I’ve finished. My goal in 2020 was to finish 120 books, which meant I should read about ten books a month. I hit 121 books on December 31, 2020. This year, I’m on track to finish closer to 130. Before you think this episode is a flex about how many books I read—which it totally is—it’s really about goal setting. Specifically, what happens when you stop obsessing over goals and let things happen naturally.

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“The Beauty of Words” with Sara Rosinsky (GWTW561)

As a self-professed word-slinger for capitalism, Sara Rosinsky brings words and stories to life through her company, Shiny Red Copy. She is also the author of Unflubbify Your Writing: Bite-Sized Lessons to Improve Your Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar. In this delightful conversation, she shares her love for words and the stories behind every single word. We talk about the origin story of her business, the power of mentorship, the ethereal nature of copy, and the beauty of limitations—not to mention her curiosity for typefaces and etymology. Sara has a lot to teach you throughout this conversation if you want to have more fun with your writing.

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“The Hilarious World of Art” with gough (GWTW560)

If there’s one line of dialogue that I will never forget, it’s from the movie Empire Records: “I don’t feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren.” Fortunately for us, gough is here to explain his art to us, the latest film from Beernuts Productions, Biography Of A Star — Christian Victoria. In our conversation, we talked about all things art, including criticism, snobbery, and reverence. We also dive into his collaboration with an artist to create Christian Victoria’s body of work, the challenges of casting his films, and his hot tip for using social media.

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“A Story About Growth & Resilience” with Michael e. Stern (GWTW559)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to navigate and sustain a 42-year independent creative career? Michael e. Stern is here to share a story about desire, goal-setting, perseverance, and resilience as he moves from being behind the camera to leading a team. In this conversation, he talks about who taught him what a producer does, his approach to communication and leadership, how he trusts his instincts and team, and how he meets people. I always learn from Michael, and this conversation is rich with wisdom and insight.

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