Have you ever thought that it must be easier for other people to do their best work and rack up accomplishments OR that other people have it all figured out? Or that you’re missing some X factor that’s keeping you from playing your best game?
If so, check out the podcast that dives behind the scenes to talk about what it takes to thrive as a creative person who’s actually making a difference in the world. This podcast is a mix of interviews, jams, and riffs with leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs at varying levels of success.
I want you to hear that their challenges are very similar to your own so that you find inspiration to actively change your story about what you’re capable of. Think of the show as a loving and fun swift kick. (I’ll leave it to you to determine where the kick needs to land.)
One thing to note about the Productive Flourishing podcast: we go places other shows don’t, because I want us to see life as it is, not as it’s marketed. So we’ll occasionally go into topics like depression, suicide, divorce, death, bankruptcy, addictions, and whatever else comes up for people. Life is beautiful AND imperfect – appreciating the beauty while navigating the hard is the name of the game.
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Below are the last ten episodes of the Productive Flourishing podcast. Want to go deeper into the podcast? Click here to see the archives.
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In this last episode of The Creative Giant Show, we discuss why we’re ending it and what comes next.
Today’s episode is a requested reading of a previously published post on Productive Flourishing named ”12 Simple Ways to Be Present.” This post gives, as you might guess, 12 simple ways to be more present in your day-to-day life.
Entrepreneurs who become dads or dads who become entrepreneurs often run into role challenges, but there often doesn’t seem much room to talk about those challenges. This is especially the case when fathers decide to be the primary caregiver for their children while their partners go to “traditional” modes of work. In today’s episode, Mike Bruny and Jeremie Miller join me to discuss some of the challenges and realizations they’ve had while learning to balance entrepreneurship and stay-at-home fatherhood.
This is our 11th question and answer episode and Angela is joining me today to discuss some of the questions that we’ve received from our community at Productive Flourishing and in the Creative Giant Campfire. We’re going to be discussing habit stacking, how to focus on important but not urgent projects, and I’m going to be sharing a few tips on using Medium.
If we were to play the “which concepts don’t go together?” game, creativity and grief would be contenders. And yet, creativity and grief are very much related. Cath Duncan and Kara Jones join me today to jam about how grief and creativity are related and why it’s so important for you to do your grief (and creativity) your way.
Today’s episode is a requested reading of a previously published post on Productive Flourishing named ”The 3 Goals of Any Business Activity.” The article shows how using the lens of cash flow, opportunity, and visibility is useful for sorting through complex business decisions to decide your most relevant next step.
Many creative people have a love/hate relationship with systems. On the one hand, systems can help clear up a lot of mind chatter and resolve frustrations, and, on the other hand, they’re just not that fun and creative people tell themselves that they don’t think systematically or get systems. Marina Darlow joins me on today’s jam to discuss the relationships between systems, creativity, and emotion and some of the real reasons people avoid building better systems.
Episode 136: Q&A #10: Having a No-Electronics Rule, Switching Your Focus, and Conducting a Mid-Month Review
This is our tenth Q&A episode so Angela is going to join me again to be prompting the questions and have a little conversation. Today we’re going to be talking about why we have a no electronics in the bedroom or dining room table rule, how to determine if your current focus block just isn’t going to work and how to switch to something else, and how to conduct a mid-month review.
A lot of creative people thrive on having multiple side projects, at the same time that having side projects can cause your main project to suffer. Nicole Stevenson joins me today to jam about the flip side of the coin: how might side projects help you with your main project. Given that Nicole has a business partner with her own side projects, we also discuss how to manage the potential conflicts and energetic shifts that occur when side projects collide.
Today’s episode is a requested reading of a previously published post on Productive Flourishing named ”5 Ways to Get Through the Creative Red Zone.” The article lists 5 ways to get creative projects through that indefinitely almost done stage and across the finish line.
As entrepreneurs and small business owners, we have the capability to create solutions that promote positive social change. We can promote diversity and inclusion, distribute wealth, create opportunities for people, and provide for our team and community. Pam Slim joins me today to jam about the power of small business as a vehicle for social change and that being that change may not have the costs many people believe it will.
Episode 132: Q&A #9: Decision Fatigue, Business Growth, and Managing Multiple Projects while in Overwhelm
In our ninth Q&A episode, Angela joins me again to answer questions from our Facebook group, The Creative Giant Campfire. Today we’re talking about decision fatigue, business growth problems, and how to manage multiple projects when you’re already overwhelmed.
Larry Robertson joins me today to jam about creativity: what it is, where breakthroughs come from, the unhelpful myths that keep us from understanding creativity, the key roles that space and time play in the creative process, and the different modes of creativity. That’s a lot of topics, but hey, that’s what you get when you get two thought leaders on creativity talking about creativity, and this is just the first of many shenanigans that Larry and I will get into.
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