Writing of The Alchemist: How a Change of Place Changes You


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Paulo Coelho did not write “The Alchemist,” his travels did.

In this episode I talk about the events that transpired to create this massive phenomenon of a book. We mine interviews Mr. Coelho has given and discover the environmental factors that affect the caliber of work an artist can produce. Whether you like it or not, your setting can work FOR you, or AGAINST You. Choose wisely.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith

Sources Referenced:
Paulo Coelho Talks to Oprah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tunnjh5fRzU
Paulo Coelho talks about El Camino pilgrimage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lSyWAMk8LI
Will Smith sits down with Tavis Smiley, talks about Law of Attraction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWAw7gxfB7Q

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Master Your Writing with Ed Sheeran’s FAUCET Approach


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Ed Sheeran is one of the most successful songwriters over the past five years. 

While I was listening to an interview Ed gave in front of young musicians, there was a one minute portion where he revealed his mental process for mastering his craft. In this episode we discuss this approach which we’ll call “FAUCET,” along with other methods described by Ira Glass, and Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith

Sources Referenced:
Ed Sheeran: Sing Launch & Interview with JacksGap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z7h6L4vBCU&t

Ira Glass interview on Current TV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2wLP0izeJE&t

The Best Way To Learn Something, Make A Lot of Pots https://medium.com/startup-leadership/the-best-way-to-learn-something-make-a-lot-of-pots-7f4aa97e1d3a​
 

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Deep Work is Your True Compass


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I figured it out!

Cal Newport’s book “Deep Work” made a big impact in how I approach my work. If done properly, the deep work we do can be our compass through our career journey. Let’s find out the how, why, and all points in between.

Music Written and Produced by Ben Murray-Smith

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Quality and Popularity are Not Connected w Adam Westbrook


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A must listen for Vloggers and Youtubers! Adam was living the dream: He was making a good living as a freelance video journalist, something he had been working towards since childhood. But then his view of the world got flipped upside down. He learned that quality and popularity aren’t directly related. This is depressing, but there is a silver lining.

In this episode we talk to Adam Westbrook, creator behind the exceptional The Long Game 3-part video essay. He shares all he’s learned, and where he sees the industry of video creation going.

Music Written and Produced by Ben Murray-Smith

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How To Create Your Best Self w Miss Nu


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People are always staring at her.
 
“Can I touch your stomach?” is the question that they always ask first.
 
Miss Nu is someone who’s gone from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs when it comes to personal acceptance, you’ll see what I mean.
 
She currently competes in national bodybuilding competitions, coaches others, inspires 10 thousand fans over Instagram, and does all this while maintaining a position as Director at a major Pharma corporation.
 
In this episode we go deep, I mean DEEEEP, on what she has done to climb out of depression and into her best self. These are things we should all implement into our lives IMMEDIATELY.
 
Music Written and Produced by Ben Murray-Smith www.benmurraysmith.co.uk

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