Our guest on Story Signals this week is Brett Henley, who gave this very wry description of himself;
I’m a writer with a long track record of doing everything except writing
One of the things that draws you toward Brett right away is his honesty and ability to cut to the truth of the matter, even when it applies to himself. Brett had several good pieces of advice to share with us in this interview, here are just a few of the things that stood out to me.
- Why the creative process is supposed to be a struggle.
- How we can apply the routines of other people in the context of our own life.
- Why we need to give up on creating the perfect entrepreneur, author, designer, etc.
- The importance of cultivating personal grace.
- Why Brett thinks our age of disruption is nearing disruption itself.
- What the difference is between bookends and rigid brakes.
- Why our work can’t only be purposeful to us, but be driven by a purpose meaningful to others.
- What it takes to be compelling, not just build the facade of being compelling.
Brett and his wife Amber run an independent publishing company called We Craft Stories. They’re currently wrapping up their first major project, Little Girl and the Hill, which describes the dangers of chasing perfection.
I know you are going to hear great stuff from Brett in this episode, I was furiously writing notes during our chat, and couldn’t wait to come back and edit just so I could hear it again. Enjoy!
Where to Connect with Brett
- Twitter @BrettHenley (click to say hi!)
- Book trailer for I Am Convicted, written by Brett about his friend who spent 28 years in the Tennessee prison system.
- Jason Fried’s TED talk on Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work
- Everything I Know, by Paul Jarvis
- The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller
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