The Lifeblood of Creativity

On today’s show I talk about the connection between staying creative and building a delightful product. Both have the same “guiding principles”, in that they are expressions of serving others.

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Fire Phone

This week I’m joined by my pal, Ben Brooks, to talk about the Amazon Fire phone and Amazon compared to Apple as two different manifestations of companies that have “obsessive attention to detail”.

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Behind the Scenes at WWDC

On this week’s show, some thoughts on the WWDC Keynote and what it says about Apple, plus a behind-the-scenes look at what my life is generally like when I’m in town for the conference.

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Keynote Hopes and Dreams

On today’s show, I talk about what every other Mac nerd is talking about this week: The upcoming WWDC keynote.

New iPhones? (no way) New MacBook Airs? (maybe) New Thunderbolt Displays? (doubtful, but a guy can dream, can’t he?) Plus: OS X 10.10, iOS 8, iWatches, and Beats headphones, oh my!

(Published a day early this week, for yours and my traveling convenience.)

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Delight in the Journey

Today’s show is all about what I consider to be the foundation of a successful creative career: delight in the journey and enjoyment in the doing of the work. It’s for those of us who have the primary goal of doing our best creative work every day and building a relationship with our audience, rather than having our primary goal be to make as much money as possible before death.

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Fear of the Blank Page

Advice from the best about how to move on past our fear of the blank page and why writing a crappy first draft is so important to doing amazing work.

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Managing Our Time

Following up with last week’s episode, Regret and Focus, today is about the need for having a focused schedule, why it’s especially important for creative people, and a step-by-step walk through for how to get started.

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Kids and Touchscreens

On today’s show I’m joined by my internet pal, Stephen Hackett, to discuss a topic that is near and dear to any parent out there: kids, touch-screen devices, and screen time. In short, how do we raise our kids to have a healthy relationship with something that can be so easily addicting.

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Urgent vs Essential

On today’s show: choosing to focus our time, energy, and attention on creating something worthwhile instead of constantly checking our inboxes and trying to keep up with the “new” and “cool” and “urgent”. Because so long as our attention is focused on the urgent or the incoming, we won’t be able to do our best creative work.

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