Every week Chris Martin starts his podcast with the same description: “…overcoming the barriers that prevent them from doing the work they were born to do.” In this episode Chris talks about the importance of finding the work you were born to do, the importance of doing work that impacts others, and six ways you can reveal the work you were born to do.
In this week’s episode of Getting Work To Work, Chris Martin talks about owning your schedule and the importance of taking care of your physical and mental health. As creative professionals, it can be easy to push your needs aside for the sake of the work, but sometimes you go back to bed to hit the reset switch.
In this week’s episode of the Getting Work To Work podcast, Chris Martin talks about whether an artist should be a generalist or a specialist. As a creative generalist with interests in multiple subjects including filmmaking, web design and development, photography, teaching and more, Chris struggles with the advice of picking one pursuit and doing only that.
They are what philosopher Harry Frankfurt would call “bullshitters.” Those that are giving advice for the sake of giving advice, without any regard as to how it is actually implemented, if it can even be implemented at all. “It’s not important to [the bullshitter] what the world really is like,” he says in a short video documentary about the phenomenon (below). “What is important is how he’d like to represent himself.”
This Bullshit Industrial Complex has always existed. But thanks to the precarious economics and job prospects of the creative person, it is often in a creative’s financial interest to climb the bullshit pyramid. In the short term, it’s creating a class of (often young) creatives deluded into thinking they are doing something meaningful by sharing “advice.” Long term, it’s robbing us of a creative talent.
Today in my Business Web Practices class, I had the pleasure of sharing this video with the class. If you are a creative, a programmer or involved in any type of business you must watch Mike Monteiro’s talk: