Hello courageous creators!
Well, today is a bittersweet day as I am going to bid farewell to a series on the C2C that has been with the blog for some years now: interviews.
That’s right, after today, I will no longer be featuring interviews on the C2C. My new job has put several time constraints on me and that has made it harder for me to find the time to secure interviews with great subjects and then make sure the interview itself meets the high standard that I set for myself in everything that I do.
So, instead of allowing the C2C interview series to gradually reduce in quality over time, I have decided, instead, to let the series end on a high note.
So today, as the series officially comes to an end, I would like to review 10 of the most though-provoking interviews I did on the C2C over the last few years.
But before I do, I would like to thank each and every one of my interview subjects over the past few years. Not only did you help the C2C grow and thrive, but you brought us tremendous insights that have helped shaped the C2C and have influenced the way my readers (and I) see life and this business of creating.
Finally, without further ado, here the 10 most thought-provoking interviews I did on the C2C over the last 3 years.
10 Thought-Provoking Interviews With 10 Courageous Creators
In this interview with Grammar Girl (possibly the most popular grammar expert on the internet), we explored the idea that grammar is really about clarity of expression rather than just another excuse to chide someone else for their shortcomings.
In this interview with Jane Friedman (the former editor of Writer’s Digest), Jane gives us possibly one of the most thorough explanations of how to make sure “authorities” online are the authorities they say they are. This interview with Jane also led us to think about what gives anyone–in any type of business–authority and how all of us can achieve this type of authority in our own careers.
Fear is a powerful deterrent to fully-lived life and it can also really hamper our creativity. In this interview with travel writer Annabel Candy, Candy challenges us to take our writing journey outside–quite literally–around the world. She teaches us how to conquer our travel fears and start living a more adventurous and, therefore, a more creative life.
In this interview, performance artist Adelina Anthony teaches us how to overcome our internal fears. She teaches us how to have the courage to take a different kind of journey: the journey within. She also explains why it’s so important to tell our own stories without comprising our inner truth–no matter what the cost.
Michael Stelzner, the man behind the wildly popular social media blog Social Media Examiner, teaches the number 1 rule of how to sell yourself without selling your soul: building relationships. It isn’t a surprise that when I talked with Michael over the phone for this interview, I found him to be one of the nicest, most sincere, and friendliest people I had ever talked to. I guess you don’t become The King of All Social Media without being the kind of person everyone wants to follow and be friends with.
One of the most fascinating discoveries in this interview with freelance writer Sean Platt, is the idea that the faster you can learn how to write, the closer you get to your true writing voice.
Why is that, I wonder? Is it because we doubt ourselves less when we write faster? Is it because we lose our inhibitions in the process? Or is it because we are actually a lot more talented than we think we are?
Possibly. And that is truly thought-provoking.
7. The Smart Person’s Guide To KEEPING Your Day Job While STILL Following Your Wildest Dreams: An Interview With Jeff Goins
Turns out you don’t have to quit your day job to follow your wildest dreams. (Okay, but you may have to sacrifice a lunch break or two.)
8. The Smart Person’s Guide To Quitting Your Day Job and Following Your Wildest Dreams: An Interview With Joanna Penn
It’s everyone’s fantasy: quit your day job and follow your wildest dreams.
Some people try it and they fail miserably. But self-published writer and blogger Joanna Penn tried it, and it worked.
But she did it the smart way.
In this interview, Joanna teaches us all how to follow her lead.
What began as an interview about “storytelling in the media” suddenly went down an unexpected route: the interview quickly became a thorough analysis of the way our news media does reporting today.
I have to admit, this interview with former CNN journalist Porter Anderson probably belongs somewhere in the pages of The New Yorker, and not on The C2C, but I’m still very honored to have it in the blog’s archives. Truthfully, the credit for this powerful interview all goes to the incredible insights provided by my interview subject, Porter Anderson, who I am sure will eventually write an entire book about the subject which we’ll all be incredibly eager to devour and praise when it comes out.
The man is probably the most popular self-help blogger in the world and, for a moment, he dropped by the C2C to blow… our… frakking… minds.
In this interview, Leo does what he does best: leave us with a sense of what is really important in our lives and in the things we create.
Today’s Courage Exercise
Share with us which one of these interviews was your favorite (and what kind of thoughts it provoked in you) in the comments below.
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