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Protection From Other People's Words (GWTW685)

When thinking about protecting yourself from other people’s words, the first thing that might enter your mind is criticism or feedback. Criticism is being externally thrust upon you by critics—either professional or merely haters—and feedback is being requested from others and received by you. At least, that’s how I differentiate between the two. It can be challenging to open yourself up to criticism and feedback, it is a necessary skill, but that’s not what I mean by protection from the words of others. I mean those moments when people treat you as a commodity, a demographic, or a willing audience member to spread their ideas. In these moments, words can do the most damage when an element of control is in play, so I will share a few ways to protect yourself and your creative spirit.

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Why Work? (GWTW684)

This past Saturday, I attended a podcast conference in Portland, Oregon. It was a chance to step away from the computer and be around people, talking about podcasts. It was exciting and exhausting, with a ton of takeaways. Inevitably, every conversation led to the same question: “What’s your podcast about?” A simple question with many answers, but I still struggled to answer succinctly. I wanted a one-sentence explainer, but there are so many stories explaining what Getting Work To Work is all about. I shared the origin story with one person and another, the show’s evolution. At the same time, another conversation centered around a single word to describe the episodes where I don’t have guests. After the conference, I kept thinking about these conversations and thought, “Why work?” So, that’s what I’m going to talk about today.

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"The Future of Content" with Matt Gerchow (GWTW683)

Imagine it’s 2019, and your mentor tells you that artificial intelligence will disrupt your business and you need to diversify. What do you do? Today’s guest on Getting Work To Work answered that question by pivoting from being a content provider to building a marketplace for agencies to get the services they need. Matt Gerchow is a serial entrepreneur, having built multiple businesses, including SteadyContent and the most recent, AgencyHub. In this conversation, Matt shares his thoughts about the future of content and society in general. We begin with his curiosities about optimal routines and travel, his entrepreneurial journey, and finish with what brings him hope.

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More Important Than Tech (GWTW682)

My mind is wrestling with how to stay creative and productive as I grow older. Naturally, I think about technology and ensuring I use the latest and greatest cameras and equipment. But as I look at my actual process versus what is idealistic and even fantastical, I realize I’m a few years behind. That’s because there are more important values and ideals in my life and, ultimately, my business. Before you indict me as an anti-technological heretic, I will make my case for what could possibly be more important than the latest and great technology.

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"Surfing on Life & Love" with Peleg Top (GWTW681)

What force drives your creative spirit? Is it fear or love? Can you imagine how different your life and creativity would become if you loved yourself? Today on Getting Work To Work, I dive deep into these questions with mentor and artist Peleg Top. The conversation begins with focusing on rest and how Peleg is emptying his curiosity tank to prepare for what’s next. From there, we talk about identity, the nurturing and evolving nature of our creative free spirit, the difference between fear- and love-driven energy, and the power of self-acknowledgment. If you’re seeking something deeper and more fulfilling for your life and work, I hope you’ll consider this conversation the first step on what Peleg describes on his site as “your journey of self-unfolding.”

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What Are You Going To Do About AI? (GWTW680)

Have you ever had one of those conversations that reveal how stuck you are and show you what you need to move forward? The question was simple: “What are you going to do about AI?” My response was swift, “I don’t know. I’m just not curious about it.” This is where friends in life are helpful to call you on your stuff, “Aren’t you the curiosity guy? Now’s not the time to bury your head in the sand.” Truth comes in many forms. Sometimes we hear it at the moment, but more often, we find the truth in replaying the memory. At least, that’s how it works for me. The reality is that the answer to this question of AI is a lot more complicated and complex. In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m diving into the many answers to this simple question.

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"The Three Cords Approach" with Rocco Carriero (GWTW679)

How do you define success for your life and work? What does truth wealth mean to you? Rocco Carriero is today’s guest on Getting Work To Work and he answers these questions based upon his experience as a wealth management advisor and author. Central to our conversation is his book, Three Cords Approach: To Life and Wealth Management for Business Owners, and the core strands: your business, important relationships, and your own well-being. Rocco shares his journey of learning to listen and help people, what he learned from his father who was a tailor, how to build trust, and why pre-scheduling is crucial for making sure the three cords work together. If you are a business owner and struggling with balance, then this episode is for you.

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Strengths in a New Light (GWTW678)

Over the past ten years, I’ve read and heard a lot about the value of knowing your strengths. From understanding how they show up in your life and work to ensuring that you are operating from a position of power if you want to be at your best, it’s better to build upon a foundation of strength, not weakness. But recently, I read a quote from Bono’s book, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story that got me thinking differently about strengths. Could it be possible that what was once a strength would become a weakness? What if, at some point in our lives, weaknesses become strengths? That is the premise that I’ll be exploring in today’s episode of Getting Work To Work.

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"Why You Should Be Yourself" with Kris Bryant (GWTW677)

What keeps you from showing up on social media? The amount of work it takes? The fear of people not liking you? Kris Bryant is a social media and brand strategist who shares her passion for being yourself and connecting with your audience. In this conversation, Kris shares her entrepreneurial journey and how she learned to show up for herself online. We also talk about marketing lessons and tools, tailoring your message for a specific audience while being yourself, the value of audience research, and how people go from followers to buyers. Kris also gives a few tips on reaping the positive rewards of social media while keeping your distance, especially useful for people like myself who struggle with the negative aspects of social media.

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What's a Curiosity Tank? (GWTW676)

My favorite types of questions are what I call launching questions. They are not only open-ended, as the best questions tend to be, but also so ripe with potential, meaning, and direction that I could generate an entire hour of conversation from a single question. Before recording an upcoming interview with Peleg Top, a mentor, and an artist, he asked me about one of my favorite launching questions: What’s filling your curiosity tank? He wanted to know more about the foundation of the question and what I was hoping to learn from it. As I examined my intentions, I was able to recognize my assumptions and understand more about what I want to ignite in others. Not to mention, Peleg’s answer in the interview found its way into today’s monologue.

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A Different Story To Tell (GWTW675)

I’ve talked a lot about my journey on the podcast, especially where I find myself today: in the middle. I’m not anywhere near the beginning, nowhere near the end. Some days I can see to the very end. On other days, I can’t see anything at all. In these dark days, creativity provides an escape, a respite from the vicious storyteller in my mind as long as I let creativity do its job. It’s easy to get stuck, make excuses, and lie down to let the day pass to the next. Hoping things will change without action, petitioning the silence within for a change. But the best course of action is to move, even the slightest bit, to gain a new perspective and find a different story to tell.

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Who Taught You To Dream? (GWTW674)

As children, no one teaches us to dream. We see the stars and put on our helmets, for we are already flying amongst the galaxy. We hear the songs and sing along, for the melodies and words are already in our imagination. We see the animals and run alongside them, for we are one. No one needs to tell us why or how; we just do. Then we become self-aware. The dreams will make us outcasts, so we conform. Thus, beginning the journey of our lives from knowing who we are to becoming who we are. Fortunately, there are people along the way to teach us to dream. If we only pay attention.

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Slower Learning (GWTW673)

In the last monologue, I shared how much I need to unplug. This morning, Austin Kleon wrote about a “Slow Learning” project conducted by two European organizations. Curiosity piqued, I downloaded the collaborative book that includes a Bill of Rights, reflections from 19 authors and artists about what slow learning means to them, and experiments for incorporating slow learning into your life. In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m exploring this idea of slow learning by sharing a few quotes from the project and how I’m incorporating slower learning in my life and work.

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Time to Unplug (GWTW672)

“Have you been spending too much time on social media?” I hated that I was asked that question for two reasons. First, the answer was yes, so I didn’t want to admit it. And second, I wasn’t ready to make different decisions on the other side of that question. But the question was actually more profound and complex than just social media. It was everything: news, social media, email. It seemed that no matter what I did, I was triggering my cynicism and hopelessness. The robots were coming for my creativity. I was both good enough and not good enough. Pity, despair, it was all there. And I hated every minute of it. It’s time for me to unplug, and in this episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m sharing five ways to escape from the “always on” culture.

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The Work of Your Future (GWTW671)

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about retirement? For me, it’s whether I can retire or not. I’m not sure why I’ve been thinking about it more, but the proverbial clock sure is ticking loudly. But after a call last week with Tom Morin, I’m starting to think about retirement differently. Why? Because I can and I must. There’s more to it than money, and if I start planning now, I’ll be ready for the shift of priorities that will be sure to come in my 50s, 60s, and 70s. Wherever you are in your creative journey, I hope this episode inspires you to blaze a new trail for the future of your life and work.

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Breaking the Cycle of Relevance (GWTW670)

If there is one word that seems to trigger me daily, it’s relevance. Not only must I be relevant as a creator, but my work must also be. I didn’t really know why until I wrote this episode. But if you want a quick hint, I think it’s because, as a technologically-driven culture, we treat relevance like a constant variable that never changes when, in fact, it never stops changing. This confusion causes us to reset and reinvent ourselves every single day, sometimes multiple times a day. Instead of stopping and reevaluating our behavior, we say, “That’s just the way things are if you want to stay top of mind.” No wonder we get exhausted. If only we could do something differently.

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The Lab, Process, and Recipe (GWTW669)

I love doing great work, but more than that, I love having a creative process that grows as I do. But lately, I’ve been doing some soul-searching and reflecting on the other side of burnout. What was the cause? Was it the constant need for perceived perfection? Was it the never-ending comparison to other professionals? I think it was the lack of experimentation. In this episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m exploring three areas of creativity: the lab, process, and recipe. And why returning to the lab is just as important as having an excellent product.

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Fight For Your Creative Vision (GWTW668)

How would you describe your creative vision when you look at your body of work? Is it present throughout, or can you see something missing? Earlier in my career, my creative vision was strong. I chased after my ideas. I created the work I wanted to see in the world. Eventually, I got tired and didn’t allow myself to rest. I chased distractions down rabbit trails, started over too many times, and allowed lies and stories to hold me back. I still got my work out into the world, but my vision was a fraction of what it once was. In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m talking about creative vision and how I am building it back up for a better future.

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"Take a Deep Breath, Humanity" with Christopher Butler (GWTW667)

How would you describe your intention when you think about the most significant issues we are facing as a society? Do you give yourself the space and silence to be curious, or are you rushing to an answer so that you can be first and right? In today’s conversation with Christopher Butler, we explore not only the topics of artificial intelligence, ethics, and technology but how we can better set the stage for our lives in a world constantly plugged into the Internet. I found this conversation with Chris insightful in numerous ways, from having a deeper understanding of breathing and silence to the role curiosity can play as I think about my position in the bigger picture.

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"Metal, Horror & Film" with Mike Schiff (GWTW666)

Some of my favorite people to talk with on Getting Work To Work have transformed an obsession with a subject or idea into a creative project. Today’s guest, Mike Schiff, took his fascination with filmmaking, horror, and heavy metal and created a documentary film, The History of Metal and Horror. In this conversation, he tells stories of getting hooked on horror listening to film scores and soundtracks, watching Universal monster movies, and learning how to create practical effects. From there, Mike shares how he got into filmmaking, when the idea for a documentary on metal and horror came to him, how he kept the project alive year after year, and the art of interviewing celebrities.

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"For the Love of the Craft" with Pat Cheung (GWTW665)

When you are curious, how do you chase new ideas? In today’s conversation, Pat Cheung shares how he uses the concept of side quests to bring cohesiveness to his pursuits as a tinkerer, designer, startup founder, author, and podcaster. It’s important to note that Pat really loves podcasts. Not only is his own podcast about podcasts—Podcast Growth Hacks—but his company, PodInbox, serves the needs of podcasters. In our conversation, we dive into many topics in and around the world of podcasts, including why he started listening to them, what led him to create his own, the psychology of fans supporting creative projects, and PodConf, the upcoming podcasting conference in Portland, OR.

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Live to Create (GWTW664)

I often get asked how I keep coming up with ideas for Getting Work To Work. I usually talk about the continual search as I read books, watch films, and listen to music. But what I don’t talk about enough are the occasional moments when nothing is there. Today is one of those moments; every idea that pops up gets vetoed by some vicious part of my brain. But the one idea that got through was what I needed: “Remember that one episode you wrote last year and never recorded?” Originally written in August of 2022 and inspired by a show on Disney+ about Industrial Light & Magic, today’s episode is what I needed to hear.

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"Entering a New World of Art" with Heather Crank (GWTW663)

How do you respond to new technology? Are you open, curious, and neutral, or hesitant, fearful, and convinced that life as we know it is over? Heather Crank is a motion designer and visual artist exploring the world of AI-generated art with daily morning meditations created in Midjourney. In our conversation, she shares her positive take on the potential for AI tools in creative work and the broader world. Heather also explores a few areas of concern, from ethics and copyrights to the responsibility to ensure AI truly reflects all of humanity. We also touch on how she overcame imposter syndrome, her love for Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey, and the importance of being gentle with yourself.

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Never Stop Pitching Your Ideas (GWTW662)

If there’s one thing I wish I had known earlier in my career, it’s that the best way to transform ideas into finished projects is to attach them to the right people and never stop pitching ideas. Even if they aren’t ready, especially if they aren’t. There is a lot of fear about sending off half-baked or raw ideas, but something magical happens as you type up the idea and hit send. Even if the project has zero chance of happening, you’ve gotten over the first step of creation: wondering who the audience is and whether they’ll “get it.” In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m unpacking the art of the pitch, or at least how I do it.

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"The Change Mindset" with Cyriel Kortleven (GWTW661)

When you think about change, what comes to your mind first? Fear and frustration or hope and positive action? Today’s guest on Getting Work To Work works in the world of change, practical ways to go from being stuck to making the necessary changes in your life and work. Cyriel Kortleven, also known as the Simplifier, is a global speaker on The Change Mindset. In our conversation, he shares his passion for changing people’s hearts and minds and how change works in organizations. He introduces the three pillars of The Change Mindset—Yes And Act—and idea killers, which keep us from making change happen. One thing you’ll notice about Cyriel is the way he infuses creativity into everything he does. It’s certainly infectious.

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Creative Joy Trails (GWTW660)

When you think about your creative career, what memories fill you with joy and pride when you recall them? Building upon the concept of joy trails from Christina Tosi’s excellent book about dessert, I’m reflecting upon a few moments in my career that fill me with joy. I believe it’s important to remember, but we must also share memories and reflections with others. Not to be boastful or arrogant but to be a witness to hope, joy, and possibilities. After all, there is enough depressing news out there, so why not celebrate the good times with friends?

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"Keep Marching Forward" with Miriam Schulman (GWTW659)

Are you a creative entrepreneur struggling to find your way forward and ready to give up? Do you dream of becoming an artist, but you’re afraid of what people will say? If so, this conversation is for you. Miriam Schulman is an artist, teacher, podcaster, business coach, and author of Artpreneur: The Step-By-Step Guide to Making a Sustainable Living From Your Creativity. In our conversation, we explore many of the principles in her book, from choosing to believe you are an artist to selling happy endings. She also shares the five Ps of running a successful creative business, leading from your values, embracing your inner weirdo, why polarization is essential, and how myths and beliefs of creativity can guide us throughout our lives.

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Popcorn & Pimples (GWTW658)

What do you love more than anything in the world? Do you share that love with everyone you know or worry that you’ll be judged and not taken seriously? If you’ve been at your craft for longer than a day, you’ve bumped up against the wall of expectations. You want your audience, family, and even the world to perceive you in the best light possible, so you censor yourself. Then one day, you wake up hating that there is so much inside that you want to say but don’t know how to, so you stay stuck in the debilitating loop of people-pleasing. In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I want to encourage you to love what you love, share it with the world, and never stop being the delightful weirdo you are.

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Creative R&D (GWTW657)

Today, I’ve got creative R&D on my mind. At first, I thought I’d be clever and change the R&D from “Research & Development” to “Routine & Discipline.” I was going to talk about the importance of a daily routine and why discipline is both needed for maintaining performance and a byproduct of what you do. But as I gathered my thoughts, I realized research and development are equally important in our creative lives. In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m talking about why we need to broaden our boundaries of research, slow down and spend more time experimenting and exploring sub-sections of our crafts, and align those efforts with our established creative processes.

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You Are The Storyteller (GWTW656)

We are storytellers—every one of us. From the day we enter the world to the day we die, we live in a world shaped infinitely by stories within and around us. We learn at a young age about good versus evil, heroes and monsters, beauty and beasts. When we are young, we are curious about everything and want to tell the world the stories that shape us. We go on quests, gain inspiration and experience, and realize there is so much we don’t know or understand. Our stories evolve. We repeatedly try until we become tired of fighting, of telling a story that no longer serves ourselves and others. So we cede the power to be storytellers to machines and industries and become collectors of stories. But that doesn’t need to be the end of the story.

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Skip to the End! (GWTW655)

How much pain and suffering would we avoid in our work and creative lives if we intentionally skipped to the end? If we took our present striving and extrapolated it into some point in the future and examined how we felt, how we lived, and what we became? We aren’t pre-cogs in a science fiction film trying to prevent the future, but we are trying to find ways to be more proactive in creating a life worth living. That is why we should probably skip to the end more frequently, especially as we get older and see the end more clearly.

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Tough Questions to Ask Yourself (GWTW654)

There often comes a moment in our careers when we need to wrestle with some tough questions. You know the type: existential, philosophical, realistic. Cue your eye-rolling, hit stop, these questions are downright frustrating. Not just because we do not like asking them, or even answering them, but because they lead us to a new future that requires decisive action, change, and breaking down the walls of our comfort zone. As I was writing in my morning pages, I kept writing down question after question, wanting to find the tough questions I have been avoiding. I’m going to share what I came up with and encourage you to use them to find your own tough questions too.

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