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 episode, Angela joins me to discuss how we balance service work and volunteerism within our personal and professional lives. We’ve both taken on new commitments with various organizations, and have been examining how much time we’re giving to service and volunteerism, as well as making some important decisions about what those boundaries look like.
Patricia Bravo runs Bravo for You, a consultancy that accelerates leader capability through the use of empathetic leadership. She joins the show this week to discuss empathy and leadership, and to share why it can be so hard to weave the two together, even though it seems they should be natural partners.
In today’s episode, New York Times Best-Selling author of eight books and creator of the Open Heart Project Susan Piver, joins me to talk about the links between mindfulness and creativity. During our discussion, we both share some of what we’ve learned in our own practices that help us go back in when we get distracted, lost, or afraid.
Meighan O’Toole is a digital strategist who previously ran My Love For You, and was recruited by Yahoo! to work as a social media strategist. On today’s episode, she shares some of what she’s learned during her years in the digital trenches of creative work. Meighan and I cover topics like the role of her community in her online work, the importance of starting and continuing to make things online, and working through the fear that comes along with creative stuff with and for other people.
In this episode, Angela joins me to talk about tipping points in your career or business that require you to change something. These tipping points could be a change in family arrangements, burn out, or a number of different things. Together, we look at these periods of time when you’re going through something and you can’t do “business as usual,” how to recognize those times, and what to do to deal with them.
Our guest this week is Bryce Bladon, author of Hell to Pay 2: Everything a Freelancer Needs to Earn Good Money, and editor-in-chief of Clients From Hell. He joins me to discuss the differences between being an entrepreneur and a freelancer. So many creative professionals get stuck and confused because they are unsure about what type of business they’re building, and why they’re choosing that kind of business.
In this episode, Cory Huff joins me to discuss how to think through whether to start a new business, jump to another project, or to not grow your business as you consider dimensions of your life that you’d like to advance. He’s coming to this conversation after a year of striving to scale his business and learning the hard (and perhaps only) way that The Abundant Artist may not be a massively scaleable business.
In today’s episode, Fiona Dawson and I have a wide-ranging conversation about fluid identities and sexualities, the role that the US military plays in social change, and what happens on the other side of success.
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.
Want to see more episodes? Click here to see the podcast archives.