Sheep Dressed Like Wolves -
Have you noticed the way we push each other to grow? Humans have a funny natural instinct to see what others have or do, and then to emulate, adapt, and push the boundaries a little further.
This is the essence of creativity.
Creativity simply put is working in light of old boundaries and expectations, and finding ways to push them beyond their current position (solving perceived and/or real problems). It is waking up to a relative sense of dis-satisfaction.
I was recently invited to be interviewed on a great podcast that I listen to a lot. It is a fairly niche show that caters to a very specific audience. I had been sent the questions beforehand so I could prepare.
Is there such a thing as ‘social cohesion’? Are you the same person in all places to all people?
“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” ― John Wooden
I’m in the process of building up the distance I’m capable of running. I am working on a schedule where I add half a mile each week. I do each distance two or three times before stepping up another half mile.
At every stretch there is always pain. Moving the finish line further down the road is not the most welcome idea, especially in the early days. Half a mile has a much greater relative impact at two miles than at ten.
Stretching yourself beyond your current position often hurts. It’s uncomfortable; you are pushing your body and mind further than what they are used to and conditioned for.
And when we hit the pain barrier our ability to find the motivation to carry on may hinge on one simple question. A question which often gets overlooked by other more immediate concerns…
In this week’s podcast I wanted to talk about ‘silence’ and its impact on people. It’s a very powerful thing and can serve to produce inexplicable bonds between us, but can also make us uncomfortable and awkward.
I recently came across an article that Sophia Dembling referred to called 6 Things Every Extrovert Secretly Has to Deal With. One of the points in particular made me despair slightly:
“You’re expected to keep the conversation going. When there’s a lull in the conversation, do you know who starts it back up again? The extrovert does. However, being the engine and the fuel for social gatherings can be extremely tiring and feel like a lot of work, so sometimes it would be nice for us extroverts to be allowed a break and have other people take over (though, for some of us, not talking can be quite the challenge).”
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could rely on our brain to receive and process information objectively? i.e. to know that every person we meet, every new experience we have, and every place we visit is done so through an impartial, non-judgemental lens.
Unfortunately that’s not really how our brains work. In fact, we muddle through life, our minds already made up about things before we experience them, about places before we visit them, and about people before we speak to them.
All raw experience is channelled through a filter. Sometimes that filter is conscious but more often than not it is unconscious; it is the construction of reality in light of past knowledge and experience.
In other words we see the world as we are, not how it ‘really is’.
The podcast feed has returned. I apologise if you’ve tried to get hold of the past episodes through a syndicated platform such as iTunes or Stitcher. I added a new plugin to my website and it conflicted with the podcast feed. I identified and (hopefully) mended the feed. Let me know if you have any problems…
In light of my recent album launch this week I am discussing end points that are actually beginning points, and how we can find the momentum to travel over that threshold.
I’ve always been bad at keeping my momentum going. I’m a starter guy – I love beginning new things but then as I get towards completion my enthusiasm fizzles and I move onto something else. So this is a massive topic for me, and this is a podcast episode aimed primarily at myself.
I recently heard an interesting interview about solo-preneurship and self-employment. The ideas discussed have niggled me for weeks; however now I can’t remember where I heard the interview or who was involved (if these ideas ring any bells and you know what interview I might have listen to then please let me know!)
The interviewee presented the notion of the many hats you have to wear if you are going to make a sustainable living building your art as a small independent business.
I’m not very good at ‘having time’. I don’t think I’m very responsible with it. I realised recently that I have a tendency to see time as a utility; an object that I must use rather than a gift.
But it is best used when we use it as a gift. There is absolutely no financial pricing structure that you can put on your time. It is priceless.
Podcasts have become an incredibly important part of my life; I have been presenting shows for a few years, and listening for even longer. Over the years I have learned more than I could possibly be aware of from listening to a ton of shows; business, art, psychology, philosophy, and film reviews etc.
Starting my own podcast was a big leap for me, but one that has helped me grow my online audience, find my voice, and develop my art. This week I want to encourage you to dig deeper into the world of podcasts, and even to consider starting your own.
Flannery O’Connor famously said, “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say”. And this for me is exactly why podcasting has had such an impact on my ability to build my online ‘platform’.
This week I talk about why I can’t live without podcasts, how they’ve helped me build my website and develop the various aspects of my art. I discuss why it’s been so helpful not only to listen to podcasts, but also to produce them.