Or So I Thought
Summary: A show about the challenges and surprises that arise on our journey to the things we want: career, relationships, and health. Because the big lessons show up after the phrase “Or So I Thought...”
In magazines and TV we constantly see stories of individuals going from rags to riches. Regardless of whether you want to get rich or not, there is a lesson hidden inside these stories of triumph. Today we look at artists and entrepreneurs that have laid out the formula of how we too can profit from our pain.
Andy Warhol and Bill Murray were right all along. They practiced a certain strategy that is easy to comprehend, but tough to master. They understood human nature and that our goals are best accomplished indirectly. In this episode we hear examples from business, art, acting, and martial arts about the real reason why we often fail to reach our goals-- and how to flip this equation in our favor.
Maybe you've heard this one before, but I hadn't. It's a concept that many multi-BILLION-dollar companies have used to build a fanbase. We would do well to pay attention...
What does a genius know that normal folk don't know? How can we give our work, and art, and businesses the best chance at success? In this episode we look at masters of their craft --like Stephen King, Elon Musk, Aaron Sorkin, and Michael Bloomberg-- to figure out what advantage they've cultivated in their fields.
The key to winning a car race is the same way you build a successful business, and it's the same way you make great art. I made a huge mistake recently, in this episode I compare that with examples from the entertainment industry. (Elizabeth Gilbert, Dua Lipa, Ross Golan, Lauryn Hill, and more) There's a lot to learn, and I want to bring you along for the ride!
Here's a quick level-up for any type of writing you do: start with the TITLE before you do ANY of the actual writing. But for this to work, you have to understand WHY this hack is effective. In this episode we look at tons of examples across all writing industries: books, blogging, songwriting, script-writing, etc. And we give you a couple tips and tools to optimize your headline-writing game. Music written and produced by Ben Murray-Smith and Julian Avila
Good news all around... Oh, and I just launched a new podcast, check it out at http://RenditionPod.com New stuff coming for Project Book in 3... 2...
Christopher Nolan is one of today's MASTER filmmakers. He's gotten to this level because all his movies have substance, but also, are SUPER-entertaining. One of his movies stands above all though, and one scene in that movie taught me EVERYTHING about what great writing should be.
How can the small guy win in today's world? Listen to a few entrepreneurs break it down for us.
Movies are a BAD example to follow. When it comes to learning, there is a bitter truth that most creators typically ignore. In this episode we dig up research from Robert Greene and some wise Venetians who know very well what it takes to Master any discipline. Can you handle the truth?
You feel there are many reasons why you're struggling to break through with your work. I tell you that there are really only two. Everything falls under one of these categories. Let's talk it out!
Be thankful that you don't live in 1899. Or in 1932 when Henry Ford was battling the Auto industry. Matter of fact, be thankful that you are a creator in no other time but TODAY. In this episode we bring in stories from Business, Music, and Health that help us figure out the ins and outs of building your consumer base.
I've been thinking about this a lot. I noticed there are TWO main types of problem-solvers out there, and they're VERY different. I had a gut-check moment and I realized we're thinking about this all wrong. So in this episode I challenge you to ask yourself: Am I a Process-First Problem Solver, or a People-First one?
Stephen King knows a thing or two about writing. And about discipline. And about pretty much anything that has to do with being successful with your art. Well guess what, Lil Wayne knows a thing or two as well. These are the reasons why he can serve as a role model for any artist, creator, or entrepreneur.
Expectations are a mother! I'm talking here about expectations before we start a project, but really, it applies to any aspect of life. How we manage our own expectations can be the difference between a long successful career, or quitting three days into a project. In this episode I talk about a chapter from Austin Kleon's book where he describes the "shape" of any creative endeavor. I wish I would've known about this YEARS ago...