In our culture, we’ve been taught that life is supposed to be hard. The narrative of the American dream always includes a long period of hard work and struggle and heartbreak before success. We are taught that the struggle is the path to success. If you consider the rags-to-riches stories we are so familiar with in our culture, it sounds as though people just kept pushing and struggling until they finally got their big break. We tend to latch on to the parts about homelessness, rejection, abuse, and bankruptcy because it seems unbelievable that the wildly successful stars and businesspeople we know today could have ever experienced that level of adversity.
No risk, no reward. Learn how to increase your personal risk tolerance by leveraging that basic human need that drives everything you do. You'll also learn the questions I always ask myself whenever I'm making a big risky decision.
When I first started writing, I didn’t understand my own creative process. I would often ram my way from one creative project straight into the next without pausing to recharge or reflect. Sometimes after completing a novel, I would hit this wall of exhaustion and begin to feel really depressed. I didn’t understand why my … Continue reading How to Work With the Seasons of Your Creative Cycle
Being a solo entrepreneur requires intense self-mastery. Learn about the trifecta you must master before you become CEO of your own creative business.
Every writer and creative needs an accountability system. This week I discuss how to use your tendency from Gretchen Rubin's Four Tendency framework to build your own custom accountability system. I also share the six pillars of my personal accountability system.
Today I share my personal story of becoming a full-time author. I talk about how to break your big scary goal down into smaller goals and what it takes to leave the 9-to-5 grind to run your creative business.
You’ve heard the expression “follow your fear.” It’s the sort of advice we usually nod along with when we hear it and then immediately disregard. None of us enjoys doing the things that scare us: having that tough conversation, going for that thing that seems out of reach, or deciding to do what we really … Continue reading Why You Should Do That Thing That Scares You