Quick Quotes | The 2x4x2 Edition

A while back, I moved my interview series, 2×4, to Lifehack at the urging of my buddy and podcast co-host, Mike Vardy. The goal of this ongoing collection of interviews is to ask those who make things on the web the same eight questions on how they approach creative endeavors and to get a feeling for how they manage to actually get things done. While I’ve been regularly updating the official 2×4 page here on the site, it’s been a while since I’ve shared some of the stellar and smart things people have been saying in the series.


By putting a productivity system in place that you can trust, you’ll go from doing productive to being productive. And that’s when you’ll get to go places.

Mike Vardy <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


Get to work. If you love something, want to become an artist, go and hook up with those who are already doing it. Study, get training, do it. Suck a lot, but get better.

Randy Murray <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


The act of transforming some nebulous concept from my mind to something feels like magic and still amazes me every time it happens. Whenever I get in a rut, creating something pulls me out.

David Sparks <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


It took me a long time to realize the thing I enjoyed the most. I tried so many different projects before I came to podcasting and now I don’t want to do anything else. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things out; you just don’t know what you might find.

Myke Hurley <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


Anyone can be creative if they can figure out how to fight their brain’s need to avoid the pain of creation. If you’re not feeling that pain, you’re not pushing yourself enough.

C.J. Chilvers <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


Hit publish on the work you’re compelled to do every single day.

Ev Bogue <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


I don’t follow movements. I prefer to focus on what makes me happy. I don’t cut things out to achieve an ideal. I just spend more time with the things I like. I do the parts of GTD I like. I don’t clean my desk to be minimal. I don’t have inbox-zero. Movements and mantras are insidious and counterproductive to me.

Gabe Weatherhead <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


While I’m sure most people would say “Don’t give a shit about what others think,” for me, not caring what I think is more important in many ways. I often find myself dismissing one of my own ideas before I act upon it, censoring myself. Sometimes, that can be good, but for me, it often means that I don’t do things that I probably should.

Stephen Hackett <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


Creativity isn’t about being able to paint or write or make music; it happens every day on a much smaller, less glamorous level. When I discover that I can use a binder clip to hold my iOS charging cable firmly to my desk, that’s creativity applied to problem solving (except people don’t usually use the world “creativity”).

Brett Kelly <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


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