I’m back in podcast mode—and I brought a friend! Marie Forleo. Forleo and I have huddled many a time about creative conundrums and opportunities. I trust her smarts. Her book, Everything is Figureoutable, entered the NYT bestseller list at #1. Because that’s how Forleo does things—impeccably. And her yearly marketing and business development program, B-School is about to roll out.
“This is what I’d do if I were you,” I said…
Before I was a working author, I did one-on-one strategy sessions with (mostly female) entrepreneurs. “Fire Starter Sessions.” It was $1000 for a 90 minute session and I think, on the whole, people got what they came for and a bit more: idea clarity, a sequenced path, and pragmatic encouragement. I was very clear, “I’m not a coach, I’m a strategist.” I gave people what *I* wanted in terms of business council—straight up advice. Seasoned, sincere wisdom.
Growth phases—for conscious entrepreneurs.
Exploitative capitalism is tapping our life force. Conscious enterprise is one of the most powerful vehicles for restoring our vitality.
If you want your work to matter… If you want to get more money in the door so you can live more—and give more… Then you have to learn to leverage online tools. And connect with people who know this terrain and take its high roads.
I implore you: Do not dumb down.
You have a gift. It’s your truth. Honour it and it will honour you — with every kind of fulfillment.
I’ve been asked to dumb down. More than once. By bosses. By advisors. By magazine editors. And I have one line for that…
Coming out of the closet about following your intuition
We work so courageously to hear and heed our intuition, and yet sometimes we lie about following it. We make up “reasons” for our choice that sound more logical and acceptable.
A hunch can be hard to justify to others when the hunch is telling you to choose something other than them.
8 questions to ask yourself before committing to a goal (or a person, or anything for that matter).
Think about something you really want. A desired thing, experience, person or place. A goal. Hold that longing in your mind and run through these questions…
Dive into your psyche. 3 personality tests for introspection.
A good personality test can help reveal the innermost workings of your psyche. Anyone who applies for a job with Team D takes these three tests. And, they’re kind of… fun…
Comfort zones, truth telling — and by the way, I’m no guru
Here’s what happens when I do a speaking gig. Every time. I try to dispense some luminous #truthbomb and how-to advice — because that’s what I’m there to do…
My recent confessions on writing, and a word of advice: Keep going.
1. At the moment I have 225 notes in my “Blog – DRAFTS” notebook in Evernote. At least half of them will never see the light of day. 2. I read some of my shitty first drafts and…
The story of Freddy & the iPhone — and 4 questions for Creatives
I’ve been thinking on behalf of Creatives everywhere. I have some questions for us: What have you got in your archive that can be turned into art today? We’re so occupied with creating new and innovative that we can forget our past experiments or the ideas whose time hasn’t come yet. Remember that one idea you had…? Dust it off now and see if it’s got some glimmer to it….
A few guidelines for innovating
When it comes to innovating… Be willing to start over. Be willing to make other people uncomfortable. Be willing to lose money. Be willing to…
How To Visualize Results…really, really, for real.
My entrepreneurial sister and dance floor partner, Marie Forleo and I got gritty about visualization techniques and manifestation and all the misguided hooey that I think gets in the way of truly powerful inner perceptions.
Launching fire, reframing obligations, high heels, abounding love. The April roundup.
We did it! We launched THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS into the world like a rocket. The reviews are raving and the parties were magic. Hardcover, digital, audio… your FIRE STARTER awaits. Thank you, thank you for fanning these flames. I’ll be writing more next week about what’s been happening since launch day.
We partied. And we have the pictures to prove it.
Some kids dreamed of accepting The Academy Award. I dreamed of book launch parties.
Dream shrinkage, graceful loss, and my gold medal race: the March roundup
March 2013 Roundup: Charging toward the New York Times Bestseller List and not getting there + Dream Shrinkage + Do you compare your pain to others’?
The Gold Medal Race To The New York Times Bestseller List. Write Your Heart out. Run your ass off.
The creative process of having an idea, putting that idea into a medium: a bound book, a film, a seminar, an app and giving that to as many people as possible, is as much a sport as it is an art.
6 minutes on time management, the science of creativity, other love notes
I love Pecha Kucha events — 20 slides at only 20 seconds each to talk about your current inspiration. Here we go — rapid fire style….
interview how-tos and the glory of 11th hour changes. monthly roundup
February 2013 Roundup: You’re down to the last minutes, poised + ready to go after months of planning and jamming, when suddenly… you want to throw up. Embrace the potential genius of the last-minute knowings.
what do you want to revolutionize?
My heart has a long list of things of things that I would like someone else to revolutionize.
Why we (should) change our minds in the 11th hour.
You’re about to ship your product, wrap the gift, get dressed for the event, name the baby. Go time. Launch time. Deadline-to-meet-time. It’s time to make the final call. You’ve been working toward this for months. Money invested in designers, endless jam sessions, deep thinking, working toward THAT goal. And then…and then you look at it (clock is ticking, we’re waiting for you to sign off), and you think…it’s not quite right…
how to be a (profiting) truth o’mmercial, rather than a slickster
Speak very directly about the benefits. I say, 80% simple language and 20% poetry and flash lingo. Sass and personality are beautiful, but you do need to speak plainly about the benefits of what you’re offering.
world-changing writing, creativity, and ‘tude: an interview
And this all goes back to waving the flag of your passion. Your passion is your qualification. It’s your leading qualification.
ode to the entrepreneurial spirit: an apology to 9 to 5r’s everywhere
When we peel back the labels, and the job titles, and being cool, all work can be an opportunity for liberation.
qualified requests: how to ask for stuff
Just ask. Ask and It Is Given. Ask and you shall receive. Good things come to those who…ask. Agreed. Emphatically. Ask and keep asking. Ask the universe, your boss, your crush, bank manager, bus driver, car salesman…ask for what you want and keep on asking. But if you want to increase your odds of receptivity, you’ve got to go about it with some style, darling…
traffic, tears and tenderness: lessons from 5 years of on-line hustling
The internet is a massive landscape, and the turkeys have email access. You need to learn to chuckle when they squawk.
THE secret to success. this is IT. for reals.
Tell the truth, tell it fast, deliver it with sincerity and care. Words are arrows.
how much money do you want to make this year?
This ends a message to your subconscious, and your subconscious takes things way too literally (this is one of those times when you want your subconscious to take you way too literally.)
building trust and other tactical bullshit that you probably don’t need
“Ain’t it kind of sad that you gotta talk to people about being themselves?”, he asked me.
art + cash, truth + freedom: recent interviews
Here’s a formula: Start telling the truth to yourself in as many ways as possible. And then start telling the truth to a few more people. Extend.
11 wisdoms that you can turn into cash…and crazy love
The stories of hardship, and resiliency, and exceptional wealth that were so open-heartedly shared with me from women and men in four different countries… well, be still my heart.