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05 2014

On Impact: The Great Work Interview Redux

Syndicated from: Box of Crayons

This month, I’ll be exploring the theme of impact – from how to improve your personal impact to do more Great Work to how to influence and take chances. There are some wonderful Great Work Interviews coming up, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to review some of my favourite Great Work Interviews that talk about how two very smart people went about creating impact in their lives and careers. Austin Kleon The first is Austin Kleon, author of the book Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.  Austin describes himself as a writer who draws, but really he has merged these two worlds into a career. In this interview Austin and I discuss the secrets to help unlock your creativity, and how to pare down your work so you get more done. We also cover why it’s important to turn your work into a game. Listen to my interview with Austin Kleon Gina Trapani Next up is Gina Trapani, the founding editor of Lifehacker a popular blog on productivity in the digital age. Even though things were going great at Lifehacker, Gina left after 4 years to find her next challenge. Currently, Gina is a Project Director at Expert, where she’s leading development on ThinkTank. In our interview together, Gina and I discuss her decision to leave Lifehacker, even though she loved her title, her staff, and her paycheque (and how she decided when was the right time to leave). You’ll hear about why it’s a good thing when a new job makes you uncomfortable and maybe even makes you cry. She also delves into how to trick yourself into being productive, get peace of mind and stay focused on the work that matters. Listen to my interview with Gina Trapani I hope these interviews have inspired you to rethink how you can improve your personal impact.  

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