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Dr. Mike Rucker on Living a Deliberate Life (and having fun along the way)

Dr. Mike Rucker on Living a Deliberate Life (and having fun along the way)

“fun, and different aspects of play, really do have medicinal benefits”

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Mike is an author and entrepreneur and he also conducts research into workplace wellness. So what does this mean, and how does it fit into the theme of play? Well, I’m glad you asked. Mike has created some fantastic tools for measuring and assessing how you spend your time – in order to live a more deliberate life – and this includes simple things you can start doing today to put more fun into your life.

Some of the topics we cover include:

  • why a ‘balanced life’ is a fallacy
  • we explore Mike’s Play Model (see below), which offers a helpful vocabulary for categorizing different activities in your life
  • using a time log to really focus on how you’re spending your time, and where you might be able to, as Mike puts it, “sprinkle a little more fun into your life”
  • how to be more proactive and avoid waiting for pain to move you into action

And how Mike uses long-term goal setting to create the life he wants now, and in the future (and ensuring that he has fun along the way).

Plus, Mike leaves us with a challenge to take some of the ideas in this conversation and apply them to your own life, by examining how you spend the 168 hours of your week.

If you’ve ever heard the saying that “life is about the journey, and not the destination” and wondered how to have more fun along the journey, there are definitely some ideas in this conversation that will be of interest.

Finally, if you’d like to have a go at Mike’s challenge and apply his Play Model to your 168 hours, you can find out more here.

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Playing in different worlds with puppeteer and sci-fi author Mary Robinette Kowal

Playing in different worlds with puppeteer and sci-fi author Mary Robinette Kowal

“It’s about remembering to trust your taste.”

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Mary Robinette is a puppeteer, audiobook narrator, science fiction author, and she is no stranger to winning awards. One of her short stories won a Hugo award, she won the Campbell award for Best New Writer, and one of her novels was nominated for a Nebula – all of which are a big deal in the science fiction and fantasy genre. But her list of accomplishments goes on, with Mary Robinette also winning two UNIMA awards for her work in puppetry.

I was delighted to get the opportunity to talk to Mary Robinette about her work; particularly as she has found success in what appear to be two very different worlds – although she disagrees, and you’ll hear why.

Some of the topics we cover include:

  • the importance of ‘doodling’ and how she uses to get out of feeling ‘stuck’
  • managing depression as a creative, and still getting work done
  • the importance of valuing your own taste

And a wonderful writing challenge to encourage you to ‘cross pollinate.’

This was an intriguing, and surprisingly frank, conversation that covered a wide range of topics and offers an insight into two fascinating, creative worlds.

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Author and Filmmaker Charlie Hoehn on Play as Work, Wrestling, and Shifting out of ‘Seriousness’

Author and Filmmaker Charlie Hoehn on Play as Work, Wrestling, and Shifting out of ‘Seriousness’

“you can approach work through the lens of work, or you can approach work through the lens of play”

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Charlie is an author, filmmaker and marketing strategist. His work has led to rubbing elbows with the likes of Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi, Gary Vaynerchuck, the list goes on, and he’s given talks for Google and The Pentagon. Charlie’s written two books about play, one chronicling his discovery of play as an antidote to anxiety, and another celebrating how luminaries throughout history have valued play; including Bob Dylan, Plato, JK Rowling, Einstein, Jay-Z and Mark Twain.

Charlie has a fascinating relationship to the spirit of play and it’s value to mental health and happiness – which we really dig into.

Some of the other topics we cover include:

  • how Charlie used play to treat his anxiety which then lead to writing ‘Play it Away’
  • some of the mindshifts he made to bring more joy into his life and work
  • how improv and wrestling can foster play
  • how he turned writing a book into a playful project collaborating with 50 artists from around the world
  • the value of journalling
  • how to create opportunities for more play in your daily life

And there’s a brilliant challenge at the end to help kick-start your own play project

Charlie was an amazing guest, and this conversation is full of so many great takeaways – please enjoy!

Charlie’s books can be found on Amazon:

And Charlie recommends this TEDx talk by Dr. Peter Gray:

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