In this episode we explore how to make something you love for someone who’ll love it, why it’s worth it to leave a bit in your creative tank at the end of each day, and the importance of being intentional about who you allow to take up space in your mind and in your heart while you’re doing your creative work.
The Doug Neill Show: Episode #4
Recorded on January 4th, 2019
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Make Something You Love
0:37 – 6:08
Create helpful boundaries to your work by focusing on a process that you enjoy with a small group of people in mind – only those who’ll love what you make.
- Seth Godin’s latest book: This Is Marketing
- My favorite of his recent podcast interviews: The Moment with Brian Koppleman
- Turns out it was Todd Henry (another favorite podcaster of mine) who said “Make something you love for someone who’ll love it.”
Leave a Bit in the Tank
Why you might not want to expend all of your energy (physically or mentally) on any given day.
- I share more about my 3-day exercise cycle in this 2018-2019 annual review video at Verbal To Visual.
- It was Hemingway, not Stephen King, who shared the stop mid-sentence technique (second incorrect attribution today! I’ll be more careful with that in future episodes). Here’s a deeper dive into that technique (and why it might not be for you).
- This segment pairs well with Shoot for 80% back in Episode 1 and the idea of maintaining buffers that Greg McKeown shares in Essentialism. Try building a system that gets you to 80% impact and still leaves you with some energy in the tank.
Who’s Paying Rent?
11:38 – 16:52
On being intentional about who you allow to take up space in your mind and in your heart while you’re doing your creative work.
- The tweet from Sarah Kay that prompted this segment.
- My sketchnotes from Kay’s 2011 TED Talk.
- I mention that this is the 8th episode I’ve recorded. The first four are only available to supporters on Patreon!
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