Delay on the Will Bryant Episode of CPT


HEY! I just posted an interview with WILL BRYANT on Creative Pep Talk, but as I was listening back again I decided to take it down!

Sorry for inconvenience.

Actually with the skype interviews I have been having trouble keeping a natural / conversational pace with the digital delay. This episode in particular had a really bad delay and I was trying to make up for it, which resulted in my cutting Will off over and over! Just too hard to listen to!

Although I think there was a lot of good stuff in the episode, I'm taking it down for now.

Apologies to my boy Will Bryant, and I will keep you all posted!

AGAIN sorry for the indecision as well, this podcast has taken me to some great places, HOWEVER it is still just a little thing that I do on my own and sometimes it's hard to manage it like a pro!

Your Weakness can Give You an Edge

I suck at basketball but I love to play. 

We went to my parents house this weekend so I took the chance to play Saturday morning with my dad's friends.  

Here's something that I came away with: I suck at normal parts of ball, i.e. Shooting and dribbling... But I'm above average at rebounds, passing and defense. 

Here's the lesson: if you find yourself in a situation with dramatically less talent than the competition, play the opposite way. 

I assisted many of of teammates to scoring crucial shots by passing when others would have taken the shot.

Many musicians with no vocal talent have used there voice in totally unexpected ways and therefore cut through the noise and gained people's attention. 

Sometimes your weakness can help you think differently and give you an edge.

When do you give up on an idea?

The recent Tim Ferris podcast with Seth Godin is fantastic. One of the best interviews I can remember hearing. 

One topic they spoke about that's been on my mind constantly: when should you give up on an idea?  Currently I'm rolling three or four boulders along side my client work. Some feel uphill some downhill.

When you roll a boulder uphill long enough you start to ask, is this a Sisyphus situation? (Rolling uphill for eternity?) and when you get really tired you ask: even if I make it to the top of the hill, will it be worth it? 

We've all heard of the heroes who were rejected thousands of times but just kept going. What we haven't heard, are the millions left in obscurity who had failed the same amount of times and never succeeded!

So I'm gathering techniques and thought experiments to help me test some of these things, here's what I've got so far:

1. Seth Godin Idea - tell 10 people about your idea and if they don't tell anyone else about it, it probably sucks

2. Are you working to win the lottery or a paycheck? Because you can't work to win the lottery! (Andy Stanley idea / Conor Oberst ha!)

3. Are you selling something people want to buy? (Seth Godin idea)

4. Are you in a bottleneck situation? Thousands of people all trying to fit through the same tiny hole.  I've found it's a lot easier to find gateways that will one day be a bottleneck but haven't currently exploded yet.

I don't know if you can know if you've got a good idea on your hands or not, or if you can know if you're in the right race before the finish line. Pat Flynn is writing a book on this topic. 

It's driving me mad actually. Any tips that have helped you?