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Doing What Works is a nationally-syndicated radio talk show that helps you fix what you don't like about your life.

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Doing What Works is a nationally-syndicated radio talk show that helps you fix what you don't like about your life.

    How do you stay inspired?

    How do you stay inspired?

    You don’t need a cabin in the woods or a months-long swath of time to make art. You might find that paralyzing, actually. And in this edition of Doing What Works, our current favorite musician with a day job, Kate Stanton, shares what she does to keep the creativity flowing. Katie and I think you’ll be so fired up to go after your own dreams you won’t wait until the end of this show to get started. But we hope you will! Wait, that is. And then get started.

    Here are your show notes…

    You can stay inspired by reading the work of Steven Pressfield [https://stevenpressfield.com/blog/].

    You can learn more about singer-songwriter Kate Stanton on YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLyqGvwXVDQux9htf7MY7TA].

    “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” That’s from Gustav Flaubert [https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/480219-be-regular-and-orderly-in-your-life-so-that-you].

    Do the Work and The War of Art are both by Steven Pressfield [https://stevenpressfield.com/].

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    What helps you process grief?

    What helps you process grief?

    You are not alone. That’s the message of a new book, Grief: Insights and Tips for Teenagers, by Joe Jansen. Joe joins us on the show to talk about a paradox -- that while no one will ever have the same relationships you have, the loss of relationships is a universal part of life. His book follows the stages of grief through the perspective of several teenagers. If you’re grieving, or know someone who is, we hope you’ll find some solace in this edition of Doing What Works. And, eventually, in Joe’s book!

    Here are your show notes…

    You can learn more about our guest, Joe Jansen, from his Amazon.com bio [https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Jansen/e/B08KGT77B4?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000].

    Joe’s book is Grief: Insights and Tips for Teenagers [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08K43RZK5/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0].

    Joe knows a lot about a lot of things thanks in part to his work as an editor on the For Dummies book series [https://www.amazon.com/dummies-books-list/s?k=for+dummies+books+list&rh=n%3A283155].

    Maureen got to know Joe in the comments on Steven Pressfield’s blog [https://stevenpressfield.com/blog/].

    Are you a Scanner? Career coach Barbara Sher wrote a book about them [https://www.amazon.com/Refuse-Choose-Interests-Passions-Hobbies/dp/1594866260].

    Brooke’s Place [https://www.brookesplace.org/], based in Indianapolis, helps children learn they’re not alone in their grief. So does Portland’s Dougy Center [https://www.dougy.org/].

    Tim O’Brien is the author of, among several other books, Dad’s Maybe Book [https://www.amazon.com/Dads-Maybe-Book-Tim-OBrien/dp/0618039708].

    Does it ever seem like, as at least one person put it, that whatever you’re seeking is also seeking you? You’re in good company [https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/w_h_murray_227700]!

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    Do you know when to quit?

    Do you know when to quit?

    When does persistence become stupidity? Well, that depends. Do you still want what you thought you wanted? Do you keep trying different ways of getting it? Then keep going. If not, give yourself the grace of knowing it’s okay to change your mind. In this edition of Doing What Works we’ll give you a checklist to help you decide whether to stick with something.

    Here are your show notes…

    “A sunk cost is a sum paid in the past that is no longer relevant to decisions about the future [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunk_cost].”

    “Be curious, not judgmental.” That’s from Ted Lasso [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ4YSXv6Xkg].

    “After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret.” [https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep_your_goals_to_yourself]

    Thinking of changing careers? You can talk with an expert in the field you’re interested in [https://www.pivotplanet.com/].

    Sometimes you change so much you can no longer fit in your old life. That’s from Glennon Doyle [https://twitter.com/GlennonDoyle].

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    How well do you read the room?

    How well do you read the room?

    When you’re interviewing for a job you’re likely to be asked for “a little bit” about yourself. Did you catch that? A little bit. Not your life story. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you. Take a breath, save your breath, get the job. That’s just one of the scenarios we cover in this edition of Doing What Works. We also talk about how to gauge each other’s moods on a Zoom call without prying, how to delight the customers in your convenience store, and the advice Katie got that helped her land a dream job.

    Here are your show notes…

    Of his twenty years of dating, Jerry Seinfeld said it was “a lot of acting fascinated [https://sive.rs/book/WarOfArt].”

    Dan Savage [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Savage] is a relationship expert.

    Do you have chicken or cow energy [https://twitter.com/waitbutwhy/status/1393394900515885056]?

    “Every time you tell a story it becomes less true.” That’s from Storyworthy’s Matthew Dicks [https://www.amazon.com/Storyworthy-Engage-Persuade-through-Storytelling/dp/1608685489].

    “The moment that you feel, just possibly, you are walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind, and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself…that is the moment, you might be starting to get it right.” That’s from Neil Gaiman [https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/620433-the-moment-that-you-feel-just-possibly-you-are-walking].

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    Do you have the right tools for the job?

    Do you have the right tools for the job?

    Maybe you’ve heard the expression that a shortcut is the longest distance between two points. In this edition of Doing What Works we’ll share our contention that using cheap tools is the most expensive and time-consuming way to work. So spring for the better miter saw or the faster computer. You’ll have more time to indulge your passions. Katie’s eager to tell you just how much her life changed when Darrell gave her a professional tablet that real artists -- like she is! -- use.

    Here are your show notes…

    Would you like to see the long version [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T2GmGSNvaM] of the Seinfeld clip we featured?

    Here’s more information on the tablet Katie uses [https://www.wacom.com/en-us/products/pen-tablets/wacom-intuos] to create art like you see here.

    Not having everything you want is one key to happiness [https://gretchenrubin.com/podcast-episode/little-happier-dollhouse-bertrand-russell/].

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    Want the latest on our adventure?

    Want the latest on our adventure?

    It’s summer, and the livin’ is easy. Unless you’re us! We’re living in an RV that’s older than Katie, which is parked on an incline at a campground in the Pennsylvania mountains. In this edition of Doing What Works we’ll give you an update on the challenges we’ve been facing so you can either avoid them yourself, or be glad you aren’t us!

    Here are your show notes…

    The premise of Nomadland [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9770150/] seems to be that everyone wants to hit the road.

    Want to browse privately? Use DuckDuckGo [https://duckduckgo.com/].

    A pre-mortem [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-mortem] involves imagining a future failure so you can take steps to prevent that.

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Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

Claire Feuer ,

Favorite Podcast

Doing What Works is my favorite podcast. Maureen and Katie are down to earth, hilarious, and pass on practical advice. You'll also walk away with a long list of book recommendations. Maureen also has an infectious laugh that brightens my day. I’m looking forward to hearing more episodes.

MattMcWilliams ,

Well done Maureen!

WOW…Doing What Works Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Maureen. Keep bringing it.

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