I recently interviewed Jackson author, Latoya Lawson, about her book Ma'Sitter. In the interview, we talked about her book and her plans for the next installment in the series. We also talked about how she finds the inspiration and courage to create work that has a huge impact on the world. Latoya has really good advice on how to create really good work - take one step at a time. Just start and take the first step towards creating your final work product.
Enjoy the conversation and I apologize for the noise. We did the interview at the Mississippi Museum of Art and it got quite noisy in the middle of the interview. I will look for a quieter place next time.
There are so many known benefits to being creative. Yet, few of us make creativity a practice or habit. In this week's podcast episode, we discuss some of the known benefits of creativity, why being creative and sharing your work with the world is hard, and finding the courage to do that. As we discussed in Episode 4, if we are all able to meet the world's deepest need from our place of deep happiness, we will be truly fulfilled and happy. Being creative is a great way to access our heart-center but we should not just stop there. We should share our creative output with the people around us and with the world. And we need to find the courage to do just that - share our creativity with the world. American columnist, Erma Bombeck's quote about creativity sets the discussion in this podcast about having the courage to be creative:
In this podcast, I discuss what courage might look like and how I find the courage to create and share my creative work you and with the world. I've...
Creating a business that is successful is difficult. It takes a lot of thought, commitment, hard work, and foresight to build the momentum to get your business off the ground and to then run a successful business. A successful business does more than maximize profits to satisfy corporate shareholders, venture capitalists, and other financiers. A business that truly thrives creates an environment that employees love and feel safe in, provides goods or services that their customers rave about, and is able to comfortably and effectively scale. Here are 5 essential things you absolutely must do well to create a thriving business.
1. Be creative about business decisions.
Businesses make many decisions, big and small, each year. However, businesses that make creative decisions, i.e. decisions that are made from a fresh perspective after considering all possible solutions, often are more successful in the long-term. Creative decision-making in business can be...
In this week's podcast episode, we discuss being an effective advocate for our clients by, first, grounding our emotional, spiritual, and mental stability in things that bring us deep joy and peace before we turn around and meet our clients where they need us most. This episode centers on a quote by Frederick Buechner in his book, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC:
Buechner's definition of a vocation helps us zone in on how we can think about our role as lawyers and advocates for our client's best interests, which sometimes, ironically, may not be what the client wants but what the client needs. We must be sensitive to the difference and to be sensitive to our clients needs, we must first be sensitive and empathetic to our own need for self-care and attention. I've included a downloadable PDF with questions to take you through this process of being an effective heart-centered advocate for your client while you take care of your own well-being.
Here are links from the show notes:...
In this weeks podcast episode, we discuss 5 effective ways to calm those jitters we all have before a BIG event. At the end of the day, our success in life is dependent on our ability to deal with anxiety and nervousness in a healthy and productive way.
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In today's world, more so than ever, there is the need to cultivate the skill of good effective communication. Communication that cuts through noise and conveys a message that can influence thought, behavior, and action is essential if you want to thrive as a professional, educator, or entrepreneur.
Here are 3 insider secrets to good communication that persuades and influences people to take action.
1. Know your audience by creating an audience persona.
Truly understand who you are communicating with and try to understand their fears, desires, emotions, role, challenges, and what success or failure looks and feels like to them. You would also need to know how to say what you have to say in a way that makes sense to your particular audience. A message might resonate deeply with one audience but not with another. The manner of communication, even if the underlying message is the same, must also be tailored to the particular demographic, culture, education level,...
Living a heart-centered life has tremendous transformative value because heart-centered decisions are always aligned with who you are. Because heart-based decisions are aligned with who you are, your interactions with the world around you tend to be more authentic, courageous, errorless, and fulfilling. In this week's podcast, I discuss the significance of the thinking heart and how it is different and more effective than other thinking parts of our bodies such as our minds and gut when we are confronted with difficult choices or stressful situations.
The show notes are on the podcast website but if you are listening to the podcast here on my site, here are the accompanying show notes. Don't forget to download the PDF to help you think about some of the things I talked about in the podcast.
One key essential to the heart centered life is authenticity: the quality of being real, truthful, and genuine. Authentic people tend to be trustworthy because they consistently tune in to an inner moral compass to guide their interaction with the world around them. They make excellent leaders because their mission in the world is deliberately aligned with their most authentic personal values.
Being authentic, however, goes much deeper than sharing personal bits of information about yourself and being so vulnerable that you become an open book to the world.
Here are 5 surprising but important truths about authenticity that will help you become a leader who inspires and is highly respected:
1. Authenticity is not a leadership style, it's your character.
Leadership styles are manifestations of your responses to a particular situation. You may use an authoritative, supportive, or democratic approach to managing people in your team or resolving a...
People often ask, "What is the Heart-Centered Life?" and what does it mean to be "heart-centered?" when I talk about the launch of my website and the Heart-Centered Life Podcast. Since I get asked these question quite a lot, I decided to devote this post to answering that question and going a step further to explaining why living a heart-centered life is especially important in this time and age.
What is a "heart-centered life"?
A "heart-centered life" is a life where we live our daily life in true alignment with our values, purpose, inner morality, personal experiences, and intuition. It is life where we can access our authenticity (which I take to mean a realistic view of one's self and others) and powerful emotions like empathy, courage, kindness, inner resiliency, strength, and integrity to be better people and leaders. A heart-centered life is the most fulfilling way to live because we draw from our inner reservoir of positive emotions in our approach to the world.
Many of us enter professional life as professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators because we want to make a difference in the world. We would like to reduce the suffering, pain, inequality, and injustice we see around us and contribute to making our world better.
Building bridges for those who come after us is one way to make a difference. When I graduated from Stanford in 2004, my commencement speaker was Sandra Day O'Connor, whom as you know is my hero as a legal powerhouse and as a good, kind, and incredibly resilient human being.
Here is a quote from her address that I wanted to share with you:
"A single generation of public servants cannot bridge all the gaps of inequality and injustice nor span the chasms of our nation's critical needs. But if we focus our energies on sharing ideas, finding solutions and using what is right with America to remedy what is wrong with it, we can make a difference."
Sandra's message resonated with me a lot when I sat in the crowd of...