I recently launched a new series on the blog called 2×4. 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. This past interview with Marcus Sheridan marks the eighth in the series and I wanted to take a moment to share my favorite thoughts from each participant. If you’re new to the blog or haven’t been following these posts, be sure to click the links and read them, there are a lot of really smart thoughts from some truly smart people. If you like what you see, please Subscribe for free by Email or RSS to receive future 2×4 posts and more!
Write down everything you need to accomplish in a day. Include reading and responding to email, reading and commenting on blogs, entering your time, returning phone calls, everything. It’s important to list the stuff that you do every day without a to-do list. That way you can see what you really need to accomplish and prioritize.
Gini Dietrich <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!
Let go of having a specific goal or endpoint. Not forever, but just at first. Give yourself some room to mess around and screw up. For me, that’s a very powerful space to be in.
Yuvi Zalkow <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!
Make time every day – even if it’s just five minutes – and take a picture, or write a blog post, or shoot something on your video camera. You don’t have to publish it – just get into the habit of doing it, and learning your trade. You’ll be surprised at how you grow, both in creativity and the strength to actually make your creation public.
Danny Brown <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!
I kinda cringe when I hear expressions like creativity, being an artist, etc… It raises expectations and gets people to close even more. If you are not creative, you are not. Just stop thinking you have to “be an artist” and do what ever you feel like doing.
Brankica Underwood <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!
Increasingly, [...] I let the digital slide. Personal must come first, and that’s the difference between healthy lives and myopic ones that can go astray.
Geoff Livingston <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!
Do what you love, and don’t worry about how viral it becomes. Learn to find success in niches and overlooked places. Admire, but don’t be distracted by people who’ve had mainstream success.
Eddie Smith <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!
I’ve reached a point where the dots are starting to connect and they tend to forge a clear path forward. I don’t expect anything to happen on its own; I still need to show up and do the work. But life offers up a multitude of circumstances that often lead me to where I need to go.
Dan Gordon <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!
I find creativity in actually going out and doing stuff. I’m not one to just sit around an analyze something. I launch an idea fast, and am not afraid to experience the pain and pleasure that come with such quick action. But when I’m actually in the grind, making things happen—that’s when creativity seems to work its magic.
Marcus Sheridan <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!