Merlin Mann | Jan 26 2010
43 Folders - Interview with "Linchpin" author, Seth Godin (audio mp3, free on iTunes)
I talk with Seth Godin, whose new book, Linchpin (Kindle, Hardcover, Worldcat, ISBN), comes out today. Topics include, "The Lizard Brain," Bob Dylan, protecting the well, and beating back the fear and resistance that drive mediocrity.read more »
Merlin Mann | Nov 2 2009
I honor any project to write something — especially to write a long piece of fiction. It's something I've always wanted to do but, like most people, I have always been too scared to attempt it.
But, here's the thing: it's hard to start writing, and it's almost as hard to keep writing. Believe me, I know. And, there will be times every day when you get discouraged or you want to throw in the towel because you feel lost or depressed or useless or just plain tired. Empty. That's the word. Empty.
All I want to say is, keep at it. You can do this.read more »
Merlin Mann | Oct 22 2009
Here's a video I made about a video I made. Consequently, it's also about writing a book, fake self-help, the long road to developing expertise, and the ups and downs of repeatedly asking the world to tell you who you are.
The video is long. As usual. This is how it works.read more »
Merlin Mann | Aug 4 2009
Here’s the audio from a short talk I presented a few weeks ago at Jesse Thorn’s awesome1 MaxFunCon in Lake Arrowhead, CA. The talk is subtitled, “With All Due Respect to the Seduction Community”2, and it contains my typically NSFW use of, well, words, I guess.
It’s about how to get started—just started—with any project that really matters to you.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jan 29 2009
Merlin Mann | Jan 27 2009
Here's a video of my presentation, "Toward Patterns for Creativity," from earlier this month at Macworld, here in SF.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jan 13 2009
I'm sharing it here, because in addition to delivering a thought-provoking slap at the self-abuse of productivity pr0n ("Certainly if you find yourself reading productivity book after productivity book you’re missing the point" [ouch]), it includes a canny synthesis of the overlap between (the best, non-fiddly parts of) GTD and those patterns that seem to help folks like Twyla Tharp to keep making for decades. Nice work, Paul. Loved this (and sorry for arriving so late to the party; I am now subscribed).
So, first a quote from Paul's post, followed by (forgive me) a long-ass re-quoting of Tharp's chapter, "Start with a Box", which I've lovingly copied straight from Paul's swell post. Paul said:read more »
Merlin Mann | Jan 2 2009
If your mall's bookstores look anything like mine (and it's probably safe to assume that they do), you'll find numerous sections devoted to helping writers, painters, musicians, and other aspiring artists to become successful in one way or another. There are books chock full of tips on finding an agent, on painting like the masters, and on composing and selling a hit song.
There are also dozens of books on "creativity" itself. Guides that are meant to help you access and unlock the artist within and to see the world in more creative ways. How to "be" creative, how to generate ideas, and how to learn to think "laterally."
Creative work only seems like a magic trick to people who don't understand that it's ultimately still work.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jan 1 2009
In other places, I’ve heard Cleese himself talk about his work ethic within the Pythons, mentioning how Graham Chapman might slip out early to start drinking, while Cleese would stick around and revise a sketch for another half-hour or longer. Over time, he felt the extra effort was what made the difference in the enduring appeal of his material.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jan 1 2009
the show with zefrank (2007-11-06 / “washington, ideas, brain crack”)
Ze Frank, on executing ideas even, or especially, when you can’t do them perfectly. (PNSFW)
[video via Waxy Links]
As some pals and I have been banging around ideas for new projects, I’ve been thinking a lot about Ze Frank, and realizing what a talented and brave fellow he is.read more »
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