In this episode we meet Mike Lamb an IT manager by day and life coach by night who realized it was time to stop drifting through life when his daughter was born. We talked about moving from "hustle culture" to the purposeful hustle and shifting your identity to recognize that you're a writer if you're writing.
In this episode we meet Noel Dávila, a career copywriter and ad agency veteran who's band membership informs his leadership style. He told me that even a life-long writer can struggle with the discipline of daily writing, and some of the ways he deals with it.
In this episode we meet Kevin Packer who put his decade of product management experience to work developing "values-based living"; a way of living like the the person you want to be. Kevin told me that empathetic communication is 80% of product management, and that he found writing online was a way to validate the ideas he wanted to turn into a book and lighting beacons to attract like-minded people.
In this episode we meet Spenser Warren, a 3 time action-thriller novelist and former pantser who was named for a fictional Boston investigator. Spenser told me about how Ship30 helped him transfer from an HR professional to a content designer in 8 months.
In this episode we meet Samantha Postman, a multi-learned, multi-career, multi-creator who believes that many neurodiverse people might benefit from thinking of themselves as polymaths. Samantha told me that she lets her community lead her and about the power of taking on topics that others don't or won't.
In this episode we meet Brian O'Connor, a business consultant trying to democratize strategy by making the knowledge and tools big companies have more accessible to the little guy on Twitter. Brian talked about realizing his writing was too logical and how he started to add emotion and resonance.
In this episode we meet Natasha Tynes, an experienced journalist whose personal journey into entrepreneurial-ism mirrors changes in the broader publishing industry. Natasha reminded me that "retweets and likes are not going to pay your bills" and talked me through the diverse set of offerings from which she draws her sustenance.
In this episode we meet Aida Alston, who only learned she could draw because she figured out how to write online. We talked about stepping off a linear path and why she wants to tell people about it, a deep (but not shared) love of editing, and making #ship30for30 a family affair.
In this episode we meet Susan Abel, a life long educator who is on an epic daily writing streak that she doesn't want a vacation from. We talked about the importance of reading chapter books to young kids, the ideal ratio of details to ideas in an essay, and why a small audience can be a gift.
In this episode we meet Sandra, who talked to me about the rhythm of writing daily, the upwelling of ideas (and why she doesn't struggle with a blank page), and her Hemingway challenge to write "the truest sentence she knows" for 100 days.