why jerry seinfeld didn’t do a 10th season (despite being offered $110M+)

Jerry Seinfeld co-created the most successful show in the history of television, and after nine seasons they offered him $110 million to do one more season—and he said no. Years later, Howard Stern asked him why he didn’t accept the offer, and his answer was beautiful: The love affair between the people that were making … Read more

even the greats make stupid mistakes – dominic miller’s ridiculous audition with sting

One of the great musical collaborations of recent times had quite a funny origin. Sting and Dominic Miller created incredible songs together, including Fields of Gold, and Shape Of My Heart. But Miller almost screwed it up. He was a musician in London at the time, and got invited to audition with Sting, who at … Read more

Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art has been so influential to my life and my pursuit of prolific practice, that I naturally went down a Pressfield rabbit hole, reading nearly everything written by the man himself, a lot written about him, and watched dozens of interviews. The more I learned about him, the more … Read more

turn pain into art

Painting of the eyes of an artist who turned pain into art

We all hurt. We all feel pain. I sure know I do, and if you’re reading this and you think you’re not, then you’re kidding yourself. (Or you’re enlightened, but then why the heck would you be reading this?) That’s not to say that life can’t be beautiful. I love life. But the pain is … Read more

charlie kaufman on being yourself, finding your own voice, and wanting to be liked

charlie kaufman drawing black and white

Charlie Kaufman has written movies like Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Anomalisa, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, and others. What I love most about Charlie Kaufman is the depth of his thinking, and how his art expresses truth. The following are quotes from a BAFTA lecture he gave on 30 … Read more

rick rubin on staying open to creative clues (and the making of system of a down’s chop suey)

It was the year 2001, and System of a Down were working on Chop Suey—which would become one of their most iconic songs. Serj, the songwriter, didn’t have words for a certain section of the song. He was in the library of his producer at the time, Rick Rubin, and Rubin told him: ”Pick some … Read more

how to let go of resentment & stop feeling bitter

photorealistic image of 2 dandelions with dramatic lighting, black background, representing resentment

When you resent someone, your brain produces a constant stream of negative thoughts that are toxic to your own well-being, and hinders your creativity. It’s time to get real. Yeah, you ended up with the short end of the stick. Yeah, you didn’t get what you deserved. Yeah, someone disappointed or mistreated you. But holding … Read more