I’ve been in love with books ever since I read the Great Gatsby in high school.  After reading  _This Side of Paradise, _which is loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s undergraduate experience at Princeton, I…

Creativity begins with an impulse or desire to express something or act on that impulse. This can manifest in many ways:    It could be handing out 3000 self-addressed stamped postcards asking people to share…

A couple of nights ago I was interviewing my friend Sarah Peck during a live taping of the Unmistakable Creative.  She asked me what I had learned about conducting interviews. Below I’ll dissect the entire…

A few nights ago I was having dinner with a listener of the Unmistakable Creative, and he asked me “how do you build an audience for your work?”  I found it difficult to answer his…

Working the rigorous schedule of writing a book and producing a podcast has taught me one thing: when I feel better, I do better. Thus, I discovered the critical importance of our physical health and…

The Hero’s journey and the artists journey are real. They come with the promise of change, of passion, fulfillment, and self-actualization, and they come with the curse of Eden – “henceforth shalt though eat they…

People frequently ask me what I’ve learned from the 100’s of people that I’ve interviewed.  In attempting to summarize what they’ve taught me I’ve written a book, another book, and 100’s of articles.  They’ve changed…

The advice to follow your passion makes for great commencement speeches, self-help books, and Instagram memes. It sounds nice in theory but doesn’t translate in practice. It’s based on assumptions without evidence. It causes people…

A few years ago I wrote a piece about how writing 1000 words a day changed my life. That article resulted in a two-book deal with a publisher and became the basis for my new…

It’s easier than any time in history to go from idea to execution. What used to take months takes days and what used takes hours takes minutes. Because we can execute a plan in minutes,…