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The Weekly Briefly is a very short, weekly podcast discussing creativity, technology, and the like. It serves as the once-a-week public episode of the daily, members-only podcast, Shawn Today.

The Weekly Briefly Shawn Blanc

    • Technology

The Weekly Briefly is a very short, weekly podcast discussing creativity, technology, and the like. It serves as the once-a-week public episode of the daily, members-only podcast, Shawn Today.

    Taking a Weekly Briefly Break

    Taking a Weekly Briefly Break

    The Weekly Briefly went on accidental hiatus as I've been spending all my time over the past month with the launch of the Focus Course. Now, on the heels of that launch, and a relatively busy year, I'm taking some time off to be with family and plan for the next season of the show. I'm putting a pause to the Weekly Briefly podcast for the next few weeks and will be back in late August. Talk to you then!

    • 9 min
    WWDC 2015: Highlights and Awesomeness

    WWDC 2015: Highlights and Awesomeness

    I'm back from San Francisco and am glad to return to the podcast microphone. Yes, I hear you, I could have taken my podcast rig with me, but I went to SF to meet with friends and peers in the industry and drink delicious coffee and so I had very little time for "work" stuff. I'm bad at multitasking.

    On today's show I talk about the highlights from the WWDC Keynote (there are many), Apple Music, and my thoughts on Apple's new publishing platform slash RSS reader slash news aggregator, Apple News.

    Sponsored by


    The New Uuni 2: Food. Fire. Uuni.
    The awesome members of shawnblanc.net: Their support makes the work I do a sustainable possibility.

    • 23 min
    Money Buys Opportunity

    Money Buys Opportunity

    On this week's show I want to unpack the topic of money. I’ve been asking people what’s their biggest challenge is when it comes to doing work that matters. And a lot of people say money. As in, a lack of money.

    I wrote about this on shawnblanc.net this past Wednesday. Today I want to share more about my own personal approach to money and how it helps me to do my best creative work. I also want as share some ideas to think outside the box for those who see money as a hurdle for doing work that matters.

    • 27 min
    4-Day Weekend

    4-Day Weekend

    Just a short note that there's no real episode this week. Enjoy your weekend, and I'll talk to you next time.

    • 2 min
    Your Best Creative Work

    Your Best Creative Work

    On today’s show I want to talk about doing your best creative work. What does that even mean?

    Here’s a picture of someone doing her best creative work:

    She shows up every day. When it’s easy and when it’s hard. It doesn’t matter. She is committed.

    This is something only she can do. Yet even still, it might not all work out as planned. There is no clear path about comes next. There is a lot of guessing. There is fear.

    Some days the work is so much harder than others. Some days everything comes together and it’s amazing. At the end of the day, it’s always rewarding.

    She is telling a story. Every day she is trying to connect with others. Her work is emotional. Relational. There is learning. Teaching. Guessing. Loving. She is a mother.

    * * *

    When we talk about “doing our best creative work”, it’s easy to define creativity as “artsy”. Writing. Designing. Taking photographs. But creative work happens in a variety of forms.

    I was recently talking to a friend of mine who is a project manager, and he very much views his work as creative. Creating a spreadsheet to analyze data — that is a form of creativity, and it should be validated as creative. The way a mother or father raises their children and the tactics they deploy. The choices we make as freelancers, small-business owners, founders, or CEOs. It’s all creative

    The scope of creativity and meaningful work goes far beyond art.

    Any degree of freedom you use to do your work means you have a choice about how you go about it. And that is creativity. You’ve been given the gift of choice, and you can use that to give back and do work that matters.

    * * *

    What do you think about when you think about art and creativity?

    I think about emotions. Fear, doubt, joy, happiness, love, and honesty.

    I think about telling a story. Encouraging, inspiring, educating, and entertaining others.

    I think about people. Relationships and connecting.

    * * *

    Doing my best creative work is an amalgamation of both doing work that matters and also taking joy in the journey.


    Meaningful work, work that matters, is something that I have to do. I am compelled to do it. If it doesn’t work out, if nobody likes it, if I never make a dollar, that’s unfortunate. But I still had to do it. And so, if it didn’t work out or it didn’t make a dollar, I have to figure out how to keep doing it better.

    Meaningful work is also something which I hope will make the lives of other people better. Either by entertaining them, educating them, or helping them in their journey.
    Having joy in the journey is just that. Having fun. Pursuing “mastery”. Being present in the moment. Getting in the zone. Creating without inhibition. Trusting your gut.


    Put these two together, and boom. You’ve got yourself a recipe for your best creative work.

    When you define your best creative work like this, it changes everything. Suddenly it’s less about the quality of art you produce and it’s more about being valuable, meaningful, and honest.

    And you realize that your best creative work is part of every area of your life: work, family, rest, personal life, etc.

    Doing your best creative work every day is a choice. You get to choose to do work that matters.

    I try to make that choice when I’m at my keyboard, when I’m on a date with my wife, when I have half an hour of quiet alone time, and when I’m playing catch in the back yard with my two boys. In those moments, it’s not about the context. Art. Relationships. Business. Each one is a chance to choose to be honest, true, vulnerable, and personal.

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    • 14 min
    Avoiding Burnout

    Avoiding Burnout

    Today’s show I want to talk about “learning”. More accurately, I want to talk about how thirsty you are to do your best creative work. Because it takes more than just showing up every day to do our best creative work. And if we focus too much on just t...

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

jcsdarnell ,

Shawn is my kind of creative

Shawn’s is a good show. He thought process is much like mine, but he’s interested in different stuff. He stretches my way of thinking yet turns it to focus on the essentials every step of the way. I like the way Shawn analyzes products, then how he implements them to their fullest. He studies his gadgets, then shares what he makes of them with the world to the best of his ability without pretenses. He’s a regular guy with an extraordinary level of concentration.

‘The Weekly Briefly’ is just one of the episodes each week Shawn’s records for his other membership-exclusive podcast. I’ve not listened to membership one before, but I enjoyed Shawn on the ‘B&B’ podcast back in the day, so I have been giving ‘The Weekly Briefly’ a try.

PlanetMike.com ,

Interesting

The "professional grade iOS" chat was interesting, but I don't think the 21 minutes it took to listen to Shawn talking was worth it. Had this been text, it could have been skimmed through in only a few minutes. Perhaps this is just a problem with Podcasts in general. Also, only having one person on the episode seems a bit odd. But would yet another conversation between various Mac experts be better? At this point, it'll take an incredibly interesting topic to get me to listen to an entire episode.

(Edit: I just listened to the Indie episode, and again it was very interesting (and certainly relevant for me). It did take about nine minutes to get to the meat of the conversation. If you've got the time to listen to Shawn regularly (e.g. a commute) then you'll probably enjoy the podcast.

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