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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Have you ever noticed when someone shares something amazing, people always want to know what they used to create it? Photographers get asked what lens they used, illustrators get asked about brushes, painters get asked about brands of paint. In this week’s episode of Getting Work To Work, Chris Martin talks about the value of using what you have today to create your work. Not what you wish you had or what you might have in the future, what you have today.
In this week’s episode of Getting Work To Work, Chris Martin talk about failure and share five ways to change the way you think about failure. Every week it seems there is a new blog post for creative professionals espousing the value of failing, but to a lot of people, failure is a negative experience and something to avoid at all cost. Is there a better way to think about failure?
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 Getting Work To Work, Chris Martin responds to listener feedback, discusses whether professional is a label or an attitude, share wisdom from books by Steven Pressfield and Austin Kleon, and encourages creative professionals to create work daily regardless of whether it is “professional” or not.