As a culture, we underrate the value of starting small and overvalue grand ambitions. This is reflected in graduation speeches, book titles, and celebrating those with aspirations to make a dent in the universe. But…

The prolific creator understands that fame is a possible product of mastery, but that’s not what drives him. What drives him is the desire to bridge the gap between ambition and ability, to reach his…

Anything that’s trendy is tempting. Somebody becomes successful from an industry and others follow. Podcasting is a perfect example. Up until the freakish success of Serial, it was a form of media that appealed only…

For every writer who is at the top of the best-seller list, every actor that wins an Oscar, and every person who ends up on Oprah, there are thousands of people doing important work. Just…

Before the internet, social media, and the endless supply of on-demand content, we consumed media in a different way. If we didn’t like what was on the radio, we switched to another station. If we…

A few days ago, I was talking to John P. Weiss on The Unmistakable Creative about what it means to live an artful life. The simplest definition of an artful life is one that’s filled…

There’s an eternal gap between our ambitions and abilities, between who we are and who we want to become. Ira Glass calls this the taste gap. We have a taste for art that we admire,…

When I asked some of my readers what their greatest challenge was, one theme came up multiple times. You have ideas. Lots of them. But they don’t translate into results or reality. Up until 2013, I was…

As sites like Buzzfeed rose in popularity, and authors like Jonah Berger published books like Contagious, we got obsessed with reverse engineering virality. Creating content become more about reaching eyeballs than touching hearts.Out of the…

In every story you tell yourself, you get to choose whether you’re the hero or the victim.If you’re a victim, you argue for your limitations. As Jim Kwik once said, “if you argue for your…