Rank #1: Pleasure + Purpose = Happiness
Travis talks with Chas about trying to balance pleasure and purpose to find happiness
Rank #2: Getting Started as a Public Speaker
In this episode, we unravel a thread of an idea and watch it unravel into a fantastic walkthrough from Travis around some potential actions we could take to get started as a public speaker.
Rank #3: Craft & Launching & Balance & Dark UX Patterns
Rank #4: How to be Self-learning Part 2
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How to be self-learning
I want to talk about the most impactful concepts I’ve encountered and developed while optimizing my learning. This episode is two parts.
Part 2 Intro (00:00:01)
6. Focus on Productivity (00:02:18) Hardest thing about learning is often finding time to do it. Working to become more productive will create the time and willpower you need. Focus on habits to increase productivity.
7. Mix it up (00:12:08) There are multiple ways to learn today so mix it up. Books, magazines, blogs, audiobooks, articles, podcasts, lectures, movies, documentaries, online video, apps, music and debates. Listening to experts disagree with each other is a great way to approach a topic with an open mind.
8. Avoid Confirmation Bias (00:23:09) Remember to always keep an open mind and seek out contradictory opinions. This will keep you more balanced, informed and objective on the topic. It’s easy to limit your consumption to content that agrees with you.
9. Bring your friends (00:45:06) Surround yourself by other people that are interested in the same things you are, it makes the learning process more rewarding. Book clubs, meet-ups, dinners or just spending the evening talking with someone close to you are great ways to grow and support each other.
10. Relate as you go (00:48:29) If you can attach a new idea or concept to something well established in your mind, grasping and remembering concepts becomes a breeze. I can retain new information well when I can draw connections to things I have experience with. At least Isaac Asimov thinks this is were great ideas come from.
Most important part to learning is putting what you have learned to use.
Rank #5: The Art of Listening
We talk about the importance of active listening and what you can do to get better at it.
Link to the article Los reads from: https://medium.com/designing-atlassian/how-to-get-better-at-listening-956736d499d8
Rank #6: Alex Tran + New Designer + Fresh
In this episode we talk to Alex Tran about being a Junior Designer and his journey into design
Rank #7: Full-Process Designer
A full-process designer concerns themself with the entire creative process (Reflect -> Make -> Observe -> Repeat)
A full-process designer does not let the excitement of starting a new project carry them past the important initial steps.
A full-process designer has focused their skill set on being able to take an idea from inception to completion, yet is able to interface with, and welcomes the collaboration of others more specialized in their vertical.
A full-process designer is more concerned with process than outcomes, trusting that good process will always lead to good outcomes.
A full-process designer is not confined by tools or trends although uses these things to achieve the desired result.
A full-process designer documents their thinking and will never expect someone to understand their vision without context.
A full-process designer can lead as well as follow.
A full-process designer asks questions throughout the entire process.
A full-process designer understands how to create as well as sell their work.
A full-process designer understands that the quality of the conversations held are largely responsible for the outcome of the process. The quality of the resulting product reflects the quality of the creative process—and the curiosity and determination of the participants.
Rank #8: How to have a better conversation with anyone
In this episode we remove a word from our vernacular and rethink our habitual sentence structures for better conversations.
- Remove "Just" and structure your sentences in a "yes, and..." format! Listen through for the full details!
- "No, But!" is more of a mindset to avoid than the word itself. The use of the word "but" is still good to use to contrast ideas!
Rank #9: How to find a mentor
Travis takes Los to the airport while they discuss the best way to find and engage mentors.
Review the podcast so far (00:00:01)
- It feels good to make, to publish
- Brocasting is fun
- Put in work up front to find your rhythm and voice
Finding a Mentor is like dating (07:17:16)
Best Practices in contacting a mentor (16:24:12)
- Choose the platform you contact them on carefully
- Keep a good tone, be thankful
- Try to offer value right away
- what can you supplement their operation with?
- who could you introduce them to?
- Ask for a job
- Ask for help right away
- Correct their mistakes
Value based relationships (33:44:11)
- You need to provide unique consistent value over time
- Offer value right away
- Don’t stop!
- Be ready, they will naturally offer value in return
- Show a lot of gratitude about any help you get. Make a big deal about it.
A few action steps (56:23:05)
- Make a list of potential mentors
- Note where best to make contact
- Contact them all
- Give first
- Be consistent, be ready
Rank #10: How I increased my creative output 150% by simply changing the way I sleep
What is your most valuable resource?
How would your life change if you added 4 to 6 more waking hours to your day? What would you do?
hours gained over time
- 16 hours becomes 20 per day
- That’s 28 hours a week
- 336 per year — 42 work days (month and 1/2)
- I call this new month “Slumbtember”
Rank #11: The Fantastic Story of Oliver Blank
Trav tells Los about meeting a designer who took a stand for what he believes in.
Rank #12: How To Get A Job and Keep It
Have you ever struggled in getting a job? What do you do during a phone interview? How do you approach an in-person interview? How do you negotiate an offer? What do you do in your first 90 days to keep the job? Tune into this weeks podcast and get some insights into "Interview Hacking"
We discuss all of these and more during this late night podcast.
Join in :)
Rank #13: Why You Should Be A Publisher
Why you should start publishing today
What is publishing?
- Creating content with a speciffic audience in mind.
Why you should start publishing today
You will become a better thinker
Knowing a skill or a fact is something entirely different than being able to relate it to an audience in a relatable and consumable way. You learn to simplify and clarify, which is an invaluable skill.
You will be more intentional about your life
Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. And that just may be reason enough to get started.
Everything is a potential source for your next blog post or video or podcast.
You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things
We pickup and discard valuable lessons every day. We have truly profound moments that never really crack through our ultra distracted attention spans.
Being responsable to an audience forces to look at life with a new lens. You are more critical and observant of cause and effect around you. You learn to draw connections that you would otherwise have no real reason latch on to.
Make friends and meet interesting people
This one is not hard to justify. We are on the phone right now with one of fthe coolest guys I’ve ever met and never would have had that oppertunity without making the descision to be a publisher.
You will be able to influence and inspire others.
About 5 years ago I wrote a blog post in which I said (I know it’s tacky to quote yourself, but at least its not a tweet, thats always weird.) I said “To be a valuable person, to truly live an extraordinary life, you must strive to reach and influence as many people as deeply and as profoundly as you possibly can.”
A few weeks ago here on this podcast I said that ”webs of weak ties are how ideas are spread”
So basicly, start blogging and live an extraordinary life.
Like anything, putting yourself out there becomes easier with repetition. Standing up in front of people and relying a clear message, wether it’s to an audience of 1, or 100K, is a great way to build self confidence.
It feels really good when people appreciate you
I’m not talking about an upvote or a like. I’m talking about when someone takes the time out of their day to thank you for being an instrument in changing their life
An audience is a hard-won, yet valueable asset that you can leverage throughout your entire career
- job oppertunities
- buy your product
- promote your product
- provide resources
- offer moral support
- provide man-power
- be social proof
- be your friends
Rank #14: Sell Your Work, Sell Yourself
Question: How are you a salesman?
There is a Documentary about him on Netflix, it’s called “Art & Craft” — he’s one of the most successful art forgers. It’s quite amazing he would recreate Picaso’s, among other
things magic markers and canvases bought at walmart.
He convinced over 45 museums to hang his paintings on their walls.
You or I could not tell the difference between an authentic Picasso and one from Landis. So what makes Picasso’s work with millions and Landis’s a scam?
“You might think that the pleasure you get from a painting depends on it’s color and it’s shape and it’s pattern. And if that’s right, it shouldn’t matter whether it’s an original or a forgery. — but our brains don’t work that way —When shown an object or given a plate of food, or shown a face, people’s assessment of it — how much they like it, how valuable it is — is deeply affected by what you tell them about it.”
— Paul bloom, Psychology Professor
So this is where I say that every successful artist and creator is a salesman.
Are you placing your work on in your portfolio unaccompanied by context or explanation?
A smart creative displays case studies, not portfolio projects.
If you think your art speaks for itself. You are wrong.
Rank #15: Focus Your Passion
06:18 - Travis and Los sing to you
02:10 - Travis reads an iTunes podcast review
06:50 - Light housekeeping
08:40 - Trav and Los rejected from a podcast network??
11:30 - Los shows up
16:30 - Travis talks about his mentoring sessions
29:48 - Travis continues to ramble... (ramblings with Travis)
32:48 - Question: How do you manage all your creative interests?
34:20 - Travis talks about creative interests
36:19 - Enjoy the work for itself
36:50 - Los starts to answer the question
37:44 - Travis gets real
38:44 - The importance of establishing your passion
40:40 - Los applies advice to himself
44:06 - What a modern designer uses
46:44 - Los sweats
50:00 - Travis is reserved on the notion of "Say NO"
55:48 - Los is frustrated with saying "no" and "yes"
56:18 - We question our effectiveness
59:40 - How do you determine what your passion is?
1:00:00 - Bro, you have to pick one.
Rank #16: It All Starts With Writing
Mustache, Mustache, Mustache, Mustache.
Rank #17: Set and Achieve Better Goals
Setting Goals and achieving them
- Only work on one thing at a time
- Make changes during periods of calm
- Make your goal as clear and specific as possible
- Set things up on autopilot (routines)
- Make to-do lists
- Tackle the tough things first
- Keep yourself and your surroundings tidy and clean
- Surround yourself with those who have similar goals
- Delay gratification instead of nixing it altogether
- remove deterrents. Don’t make the right decision over and over again.
Rank #18: A Case For Bravery
You are what you love, not what loves you. That’s from Adaptaion, written by Charlie Kaufman. I quoted that before, but I mis-attributed it.
The point is - so what? You will likely get rejected or even made fun of. So what?
"If you make things and share them, your heart will at some point be broken. If you never share, it will harden. Your choice." — Todd Henry
This one is easy. You already are obscure. So, move on.
What even is failure? On our patron podcast we talked about how failure is a necessary step toward success. All great works were born from great failures.
“I’m not good enough”
I as reading a comic book this morning on the train, and one of the secondary characters has this kind of throw-away line. “Well, you have to be brave before you can be good.”
Dr Brené Brown has studied vulnerability for over a decade. One of the key things her research has brought to light is that there wasn't ever a single instance of bravery that didn't require being vulnerable as well.
Rank #19: How To Get Constructive Feedback
In this episode we teach you some tips and tricks that will help you define the type of feedback you want from your peers or clients.
Rank #20: What do you do when you are not inspired?
- Break it down
- Make a list of the small parts of your project.
- Anthony Trollope, a 19th century writer said “A small daily task… will beat the labour of spasmodic hercules"
Do anything to move the ball. Don’t end the day having done nothing to progress your work.
Rely on your preparation
- Day work and Night work
leave your work half finished and now all you have to do is complete your idea.
Get a ritual
- Woody Allen famously said “80% of success is showing up”
- put your shoes on
loses idea of a token.
Harness the power of Frequency
- frequency makes starting easier
- frequency keeps ideas fresh
- frequency keeps the pressure off
- frequency sparks creativity
frequency nurtures frequency
Prune the branches
- Eventually the new branches will steal resources from the initial branches. Eventually the entire vine will succumb to systemic mediocrity.
- Cut out anything that is not essential
We don't have the luxury of inspiration. Inspiration is a nice companion on our journey to brilliance, but it is not a necessary companion at the beginning of the journey. Inspiration tends to join you when you are already on your way.
- Todd Henry