By the time I was eight years old, I knew I wanted to be an author. Technically, I wanted to be an author “like JK Rowling,” but even then I would have been satisfied just to spend my days writing stories. I held onto this dream until about high school, when I began receiving messages … Continue reading Want to Make a Living From Your Writing? Start Here.
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My mom was a schoolteacher. In her lifetime, she taught nearly every age group from kindergarten to eighth grade. She was also really interested in self-help and the research around human behavior. On a personal level, my mom was hyper-organized, Type-A, and a high achiever in every sense of the word. You can see why … Continue reading How to Get Motivated to Write
This post airs today on The Fearless Creative podcast. If you’d rather read instead of listen, I’ve included the abridged transcript below. (Please note that I had to re-record this episode, so the transcript here is not an exact match to the final published episode.) If you do listen, please take a moment to subscribe and leave a … Continue reading Creating a 5-Year Plan and Future-Proofing My Author Business
In his book "Awaken the Giant Within," Tony Robbins suggests completing a 10-Day Mental Diet. Now, the word "diet" is sooo 1991. I like to think of this challenge as more of a mental detox. For 10 days, you commit to avoid indulging in or dwelling on unhelpful/destructive thoughts or emotions.
Deepak Chopra, Marie Kondo, Mark Zuckerberg, oh my! In this episode of The Fearless Creative, I talk about how companies and individuals are experimenting with mature digital mediums to connect with their audiences in surprising new ways. From Deepak on Instagram and podcasts to Marie Kondo on Netflix, I'll break down some exciting trends I'm seeing that creative entrepreneurs can take advantage of.
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.