There’s No Such Thing as Writer’s Block with Seth Godin, Ep # 1
My first guest on the all-new Anthony Iannarino show truly needs no introduction! Seth Godin has written many bestselling books — among them are Linchpin, Tribes, The Purple Cow, and The Dip. He recently released his latest, The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. Just released on November 3, it has already become the #1 New Release in several categories as well as #1 Bestseller on Amazon in Popular Psychology, Creativity, and Genius! Listen today to hear Seth and I talk all about it!
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- How Seth distinguishes between career and work.
- Why Seth believes there is no such thing as writer’s block.
- What makes you an artist and how to find your voice.
- What people can do to start trusting themselves in their work.
- Why generosity cannot be transactional.
- What Seth sees as the job of the future.
Career vs. Work
I had a discussion with a friend recently regarding the difference between having a career and having what I consider my work. We didn’t necessarily agree about the distinction.
I asked Seth to clarify for me.
Seth replied that the subtitle of his book is “Ship Creative Work,” so he HAS to know how to define “work”. He defines it as something we don’t do as a hobby and something we don’t do for ourselves. It has to have an “otherness” to it as well as a level of professionalism. If we make something and call it our work, it is a reflection of our choices about how we decided to contribute to whatever situation that we are in.
Doing the work is a fulfilling way to spend one’s day. Your work is NOT your career. The word “career” implies that the industrial system is in charge of the arc of your work. More than ever before, many people don’t have careers — they have a series of projects that reflect THEIR choices, instead of what their employer decided they should do. Listen to this episode to hear this and several more of Seth’s revolutionary ideas. They are sure to cause a paradigm shift in the way you see things!
There is no such thing as writer’s block.
Many people believe writer’s block is real. Seth counters by saying there is no such thing. He says The Practice contains thirty to forty ideas that counter what people believe — writer’s block is one of those ideas. Writer’s block is really just fear of bad writing. If you’re willing to do bad writing, then good writing will slip through — it can’t be helped. When people say “I don’t have any ideas,” what they mean is they don’t have any guaranteed-to-work ideas.
Seth believes that creativity is a professional practice just as much as any other professional practice. Professionals show up every day. They don’t wait for the muse or the right emotions or “flow”. They don’t know if it’s going to work. They just DO the work. They can’t be the critic or determine what will create value for someone. They just have to put it out there consistently and see what happens. Listen to hear more about the fascinating views Seth shares on creativity, consistency, and value!
What is Seth selling?
Seth says that with this latest book, he wants to sell people on finding their potential to contribute to our culture in a way they are proud of. To stop hiding and whining and scamming. To start trusting themselves. To start showing up and creating art with generosity. And to learn that trust is worth WAY more than attention on social media.
There are so many fantastic ideas we touched on that I can’t even begin to tell you about them all here. You’re going to want to hop on the podcast and listen to this episode to get all the wisdom Seth shares!
Resources & People Mentioned
- The Practice: Shipping Creative Work by Seth Godin
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson
Connect with Seth Godin
- Seth’s Website
- Seth’s Amazon Author Page
- Follow Seth on Medium
- Follow Seth on Twitter
- Follow Seth on Instagram
- Follow Seth on Facebook
- Seth can be found on LinkedIn at Akimbo Workshops and altMBA