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Welcome to Productive Flourishing!

First things first: Hi! I’m Charlie. I’m what you get when you mashup an entrepreneur, an Army officer, and a philosopher. If you’d like to know more about me personally, you can check out my bio page. I’d much rather talk about what’s here for you, though.

Productive Flourishing is a cross between a haven and an armory for the doers with the vision to see how the world could be, the smarts to figure out how to make it happen, and the grit to do the work. I call these doers Creative Giants.

And we’re living through a sea change when it comes to the way we work. Traditional careers are gone, and those who thrive in Project World – the new world of work that’s divided into 3- to 5-year projects – learn to finish the stuff that matters and leverage it into the next best possibility our work has created.

People like us spend our days dancing in the void between who we are and who we could be. That gets us in a whole host of troubles, at the same time that it helps us co-create a better world for ourselves, our families, our communities, and the world at large.

Many Creative Giants gravitate toward entrepreneurship, freelancing, and other ways of being a self-sustaining professional creative, while others fall into leadership positions because of their talent and ability to get things done that others can’t. You’ll thus see content here that addresses a wide variety of ways that we can show up in the world – what our current job or project is is far less relevant than the root strengths and talents we cultivate or the weaknesses we strive to overcome throughout our lives.

The bedrock of our success is a combination of self-mastery and personal effectiveness, so a lot of what I share focuses on how to channel our time, energy, and attention into finishing the stuff that matters. Much like Lao Tzu said: “those who master the world are strong // those who master themselves are truly powerful.”

If this resonates with you, I’m glad you found me and the others. You don’t have to hide out and play small around here.

Apparently others dig the content here, too, as it’s been featured in Lifehacker, Inc., Mashable, The Next Web, the Huffington Post, the NYTimes, the Washington Post, Copyblogger, Under30CEO, BNet, American Express Open, Choice Magazine, and many, many other places. Productive Flourishing is consistently placed in the global top 50 productivity websites when people do roundups and my work and I have been featured in a few books.

Getting Started

I’ve curated the pages below to help you dive into whatever’s most calling to you to learn and apply. Check back often, as I’ll be adding new pages or updating resources every month.

If you’re the sharing type, I’d appreciate it if you’d share the pages that resonate with you with your friends and network. I’m out to help people finish the stuff that matters and I could really use your help reaching the people you know who I don’t. Thanks!

Coming Soon: Best Books!