I’m Too Old

A week or so ago, I was bantering over text messaging with Chris Martin about some blog posts I made. Chris suggested that I add to my posts how I felt about the topics. I replied “I’m too old. I’m done creating and enjoy consuming”. Man did that open a podcast of worms.

I’ll be the first to admit it, over the past few years I have been heavily focused on delivering exceptional class experiences for my students at the college. My “creative” work had been put on hold. As many of you know, it’s my creative work that created such things as OpenNTF.org, The Taking Notes Podcast, Elguji Software and IdeaJam and even this blog.

Well, Chris fired back with this “Getting Work to Work” podcast which stuck a chord with me and truly inspired me. I’m happy to report that I’m back to “creating”, while not at the same capacity I once was able to, I’m back and I’m typing. Thanks Chris for your motivation, friendship and “push”. Please listen to this inspirational 8-minute podcast entitled “I’m Too Old”.

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Getting Work to Work: Coming Up with Ideas

How do you come up with ideas? Do you just sit down and they magically appear? Do you have a ritual you go through in order to properly summon the muse? Do you copy, transform, or combine things that you come across? Perhaps you steal old ideas? In this episode of Getting Work To Work, Chris Martin shares some insight into the creative process from Austin Kleon and Kirby Ferguson, as well as seven ways you can come up with ideas.

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Getting Work to Work: Results May Vary

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Not all advice you will receive throughout your life and career will be good for you. In this episode of Getting Work To Work, Chris Martin shares the importance of developing and fine-tuning your filter of advice so that you are able to discount what is not helpful, think about what is useful, and apply what is important.

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Create Your Own Resources

As a creative professional, creating your own resources and intellectual property is a great way of establishing yourself as an expert, learning to communicate what you do, and helping others. In this episode of the Getting Work To Work podcast, Chris Martin shares his journey of creating his own resources and the ways he has been building up his creative discipline. Finally, he talks about five questions to ask yourself as you begin to create your own resources.

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Dream Big, Act Bigger

Do you know what the dreams for your life and business are? Are you daily acting to turn those dreams into reality? In this episode of the Getting Work To Work podcast, Chris Martin shares the importance of writing down your dreams for your business, why you should daily act to make them happen, and five ways you can dream big and act bigger.

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Jealousy, Envy & Complacency

Being a creative professional is amazing, but there is a trio of deadly emotions that can cause you to doubt your abilities, spend more time obsessing over other people, and become lazy: jealousy, envy, and complacency. Chris Martin shares how he struggles with these emotions and five ways to fight them. The secret weapon? Gratitude.

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What is the Value of Your Work?

As a creative professional, it can be hard to determine the value of your work, especially if your sense of worth is skewed from reality. In this episode, Chris Martin talks about how worth (internal barrier) affects our value (external barrier), how society views the value of creative work, and how we can change the ways we think, talk about, and communicate our value.

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Feast and Famine

Most freelancers read the same information when researching how to run a business: plan for slow months by saving when the projects are plentiful, seemingly never-ending. While you may think of feasts and famines as a financial concept, Chris Martin talks about how your creativity follows the same peaks and valleys, often in the inverse direction to your finances. He shares five ways you can keep your focus on your goals during times of feast and famine.

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Perfection is an Illusion: Fighting Perfectionism

For as long as Chris Martin can remember, he has fought with perfectionism. He has wanted his work to be perfect and over time, his productivity slowed down. He struggled getting ideas off the ground because he would evaluate the merit of the ideas before they were finished. In this episode, Chris shares a few ways perfectionism impacts creative professionals and six ways you can fight perfectionism today.

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Getting Work To Work Podcast: Filling Your Journal

Chris Martin is a huge fan of notebooks and sketchbooks, both expensive and cheap. He loves the feeling of writing his thoughts down on paper. At any given point in time, he has at least 4-5 notebooks to write in. These are his journals. The map of his life. A friend recently asked him, “What do you put in your journal?”  In this episode, Chris shares what he puts into his journals, the fear of journals, and five ways you can begin filling your journal.

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