Skill Over Success – according to Great Filmmakers and Songwriters


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When you create, what is your goal? Is it recognition, money, excitement, or respect? Well, according to masters like Picasso, Aaron Sorkin, and Max Martin, all the previous goals are WRONG. As a creator, our first aim should be to attain SKILL, not success. It all derives from this. In this episode we analyze the words and works of these artists to decipher what a pure work philosophy really is.

Music by:

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

Sources Referenced:

Aaron Sorkin’s Masterclass(on sale for $90, a great price!): https://www.masterclass.com/classes/aaron-sorkin-teaches-screenwriting 
Max Martin accepts Polar Music Prize: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50TyNDPjHxg

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A Time-Tested Way to Get Better Ideas


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Who said ideas are worthless? The right idea, at the right time, could be worth BILLIONS. For creative folk, ideas are our LIVELIHOOD. Here’s a tried and tested way to generate BETTER ideas. Let’s look at some examples from science, business, and art in this dash across the ideasphere.

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

Sources Referenced:
Weird Habits Successful People Have to Be More Creative http://www.businessinsider.com/weird-habits-successful-people-have-to-be-more-creative-2014-3
Everything is a Remix http://everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/

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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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