Over the course of this summer I'm going to share a few legacy episodes of The Accidental Creative podcast. These are some of my favorite conversastions of the past 12 years. Today's episode features a 2008 sit-down conversation I had with Peter Block. Peter Block is...read more
About a month ago, a memo from comedian and TV host Steve Harvey made the rounds and earned him a lot of criticism. It was directed at his team, and instructed them not to approach him in public spaces, not to interrupt him when he's in the makeup chair, and not to...read more
Yes, work hard. Of course you need to put your full effort into whatever you’re doing at any given time. However, be careful not to fall into the hustle trap. You might find you’re only sprinting on a treadmill rather than making true progress.read more
There are many things a good leader does to help their team gain focus, stay motivated, and produce great work. However, there are also some very common mistakes that many leaders make that they don’t even know are killing their team’s ability to engage with their work. This is especially true when doing creative work, because it requires tremendous trust and an ability to take risks that could be costly to correct later.read more
I had the privilege of chatting with Bernadette Jiwa, brand strategist and author of the new book Hunch, about how to mine our everyday experiences for great insights and creative ideas. It's so easy to blitz through life and largely ignore bits of inspiration in your...read more
What are you really trying to do with your work today? An answer probably popped to mind immediately, and it was likely the one that made you feel the most purposeful or on-target. However, ignore that one for a moment. What are you really, really trying to do with...read more
A few years ago, a mysterious package arrived at my office doorstep. Inside was a lunch pail containing a handful of new books by Steven Pressfield – one of my favorite authors – along with a nice note. In addition, there were two copies of something called “The Lunch Pail Manifesto”. It was a creed declaring the ethic of the workaday artist and a challenge to approach every single day as an opportunity to apply your craft.read more
It’s easy to convince yourself that it’s the big acts of willpower that make a difference in your work. It’s the massive, once-in-a-career project that falls into your lap, or the big deal that you spend two weeks around the clock trying to close. Yes, those are important, but they’re also rare.
More often than not it’s the little things that you do every day that actually move the needle. It’s your everyday practices that sharpen your skills and hone your instincts to the point that you’re able to take advantage of those big opportunities.read more
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