Category: Episodes

Episode #30 – “To Grad School or Not To Grad School?”

Welcome back to Get Some Grit, the show where we learn the many ways that grit can serve artists as they press towards their goals. You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio! No matter what you’re going through, GRIT is the armor that will protect you from the barrage of attacks that can stifle creativity and output!
“Work or Grad School Next?” was the clear winner with 58% of the vote, so that is our topic for this week.
Things to remember about the “work or grad school’ conundrum:
  1. If you have a mentor teacher, reach out to them and get their honest opinion.  Professionally, they should know you better than anyone at this point.
  2. Each person’s path is unique.  What worked for me was the opposite of what worked for my wife. Revisit the decision regularly and consider as many angles as possible.  If you think it through, it’s hard to get wrong.
  3. Some consider grad school another hoop.  Others cherish life long learning. If you are the hoop jumper, consider going straight to work, use what you have learned right away, and see if the allure of grad school comes to you later.
  4. If you are a “natural” learner, you can go right ahead, but remember that the benefit of working first is that you can really gain a laser focus on what you want to learn more about.
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Take care of each other this holiday season.  There will always be someone more fortunate, and someone less fortunate.  Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.
Credits to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com and the good people at freesound.org for the use of their music!


Episode #29 – “Failing Forward”

Welcome back!  Episode 29, “Failing Forward” is a bit of a mixed bag of a show.  Follow along as best you can!

First and foremost, GSG is now on iHeartRadio! We are expanding our reach to serve you, the listener, better each week.  Check out the weekly Twitter poll for your vote on future episode topics! @getsomegrit

On my most recent Indiana road trip, I listened to the entirety of Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, and consider it one of the finest books I’ve read in recent memory. Three big “take aways” include:

  1. Pressfield struggled with early professional failures, and his biggest commercial success only came about because he didn’t listen to those who told him it would be a failure.
  2. Don’t fall victim to comparison!
  3. Resistance to our work is very real, and evil!

You can learn more about Mr. Pressfield at his website, www.stevenpressfield.com

This is followed by a discussion on how to “fail forward” in all that you do, and the dangers of diminished grit once you reach your goals.

I believe that this is one of my better recent episodes, so please don’t wait to check it out!

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“Eyes Gone Wrong” and “Jingle Bells” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Episode 28 – “5 Tips to THRIVE in Final Exam Week”

Tomorrow marks the last day of classes on my college campus, and final exams begin on Wednesday.  When I was a student, I felt like I had a pretty good plan to get through exam week each semester, but now when I look back on it, I wonder how I made it through.  Here are five tips that can help you get through finals relatively unscathed and ready to enjoy the holiday season:
  1. When you have the choice, do something selfish each day for 20 minutes.
  2. When you have the choice, don’t wait on deadlines.
  3. When you have the choice, spread out your studying.
  4. When you have the choice, drink water and eat a balanced diet.
  5. When you have the choice, choose sleep.

f.lux is available for download at justgetflux.com

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“Eyes Gone Wrong” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Episode 27 – “Scrap It!!!”

Episode 27 is a call to action episode!  This week, I take a few minutes to talk about why growth of the show is important to me (it’s not about the numbers), and why my original plan for this week’s episode will have to wait a week.

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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for “Eyes Gone Wrong” and “Acid Jazz.”


Episode 26 – “Happy Thanksgiving!”

Just a short message during Thanksgiving week! Frustrated because your “recipe” for life doesn’t seem to be working?  It’s OK!!!

Have a great holiday, everyone!  We all have lots to be thankful for.

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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for “Eyes Gone Wrong.”


Episode #25 – “Milestones”

After more than a year, we’ve finally reached the milestone of 25 episodes.  Rather than celebrate, of course, I dig into why things happened this way, and what I can do to learn from my experience. 🙂
I spend lots of time analyzing my behaviors, and trying to find patterns, to break the bad ones and nurture the good ones.  This spawns a talk on the role of “should be” in our lives and how it paralyses us from massive action.
Thanks for listening and sticking with me through everything!  This episode, like all others, is for you!!!
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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for “Eyes Gone Wrong.”


Episode #24 – “Perfectly Imperfect”

Hey friends!  This week’s episode is about the worth of the product you create, and how the pursuit of perfection shouldn’t stifle you from sharing your art with the world!  Whether you make music, paintings, sculpture, write books, etc, it is important to remember that there is merit in your creation, even if it isn’t yet everything you want it to be.

Here is a link to the Ira Glass video I mention:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ResTHKVxf4
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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for “Eyes Gone Wrong.”



Episode 23 – “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

Don’t worry, your host isn’t going anywhere!

In this week’s (late) episode, Bruce answer’s a listener’s email which asks the question, “Should I stick with it, or is it time to go do something else?”  This is a question everyone eventually faces, and Bruce’s answer, of course, is nowhere as simple as “yes” or “no,” because complex questions require thoughtful answers!

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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the cool “A Current Affair” styled bumper music at the beginning of the episode.


Episode 22 – “A Gentle Reminder”

This week’s episode is a gentle reminder that there may be forces at work in the world around you that cause the funk so many of us feel this time of year.  Hang in there, my friends!

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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for “Eyes Gone Wrong” and “Memory Lane” music.


Episode 21 – “How To Stay Stressed”

Hey friends!  This week’s episode is centered around a list I found on a faculty member’s door several years ago during grad school that really convicted me.  I felt like he had written it specifically for me!  The list comes from David Gordon, Oregon based musician and teacher.

You can learn more about David Gordon at his website, www.spiritsound.com, which contains over 600 pages!!!  The specific list can be found at http://www.spiritsound.com/stressed.html

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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for “Eyes Gone Wrong” and “Memory Lane” music.