Unthinkable with Jay Acunzo

Maker Monsters 3

Episode Summary

It's our third episode hearing from creative people about their internal barriers. Specifically, we'll hear stories and ideas about the fear of being unoriginal.

Episode Notes

No matter how new or experienced we are at the craft, inevitably, we face maker monsters -- these internal barriers that hold us down and prevent us from doing our best work. These aren't external factors like budget, time, team, or tools. Instead, they sound like imposter syndrome or fear of rejection or procrastination.

Today, we explore the fear of being unoriginal. In the working world, that might sound like "differentiation." Regardless of how it shows up, all we can do is learn to confront it.


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Qudsiya Naqui (lawyer, activist, board member, and podcast host of Down to the Struts) - https://twitter.com/QudsiyaNaqui  // https://www.downtothestruts.com/about

Joe Pulizzi (founder/CEO of The Tilt, founder of the Content Marketing Institute, author of 7 books, and host of 2 podcasts) - https://twitter.com/JoePulizzi // https://www.joepulizzi.com // https://www.thetilt.com

Marie Poulin (founder of Notion Mastery and Okie Dokie) - https://twitter.com/mariepoulin // https://mariepoulin.com // https://notionmastery.com/


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Unthinkable is a storytelling podcast about creative people who break from conventional thinking to make what matters most. We’re traveling the business world to learn how to create work that resonates — with powerful stories from makers, marketers, and leaders like the CEOs of Zoom and Patreon, execs from Adobe and Disney, and creators like writer Tim Urban, comedian Sarah Cooper, and photographer Chase Jarvis. From artisans to entrepreneurs, writers, designers, podcasters, video creators, and all the weird and wonderful nooks of the working world, we’re meeting inspiring people to learn what we can do to resonate more deeply with the work we create.

Listeners have called the show “This American Life for my work” with stories “as captivating as some of the best, like Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Carlin.”

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