Tips For The Unrelenting Creative: How To Stop Watching The Clock

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Hi everyone,

Happy Tuesday! I hope all of you are having a great week and you enjoy this week’s edition of my newsletter!


  • How To Deal With Rejection: ​Between 2006-2007, I was a finalist for seven different collegiate teaching positions and was not offered a single job. That was a painful experience and the rejection almost sent me down a different career path. When I finally landed a tenure track position I was so thankful to have the job offer, and (oddly enough) equally thankful to have the experience of going through all of that rejection in such a short period of time. 

    Tip: Give yourself regular opportunities to confront and handle small instances of rejection so that you are equipped to work through the time when big moments of rejection occur. Rejection will never be easy, but normalizing it now and identifying how you will work through it helps a lot. 

    Related: ​Three Career Fears To Tackle In Five Years
  • How To Stop Watching The Clock: I admit that I am a workaholic. For years, I put extra hours in at work to get ahead. Doing so gave me a great sense of joy and pride about my job. However, over the past two years, my mindset has shifted. While I still put in long days, the pandemic helped me focus on working smarter with the time I have in the day.

    Tip: Look for opportunities to be more efficient with your time by cutting out distractions, identifying opportunities to save time on your commute, and focus on outcomes instead of time served on a project. This great article by Aytekin Tank has some great ways to reframe the how to define productivity.

    Related: Balancing Your Career And Your Family
  • How To Get Yourself Out There: I am horrible at self promotion. If I had a choice, I would spend 98% of my time creating beautiful things and 2% of my time sharing those things with my community. The notion that great creative work should speak for itself without self-promotion comes from my days as a bassoonist, which causes real challenges when it comes to getting my ideas out into the world. 

    Tip: Identify the type of personal marketing strategy that works best for you and try to spend equal amounts of time promoting your creations as you spend creating beautiful things. If you’re not sure where to begin, here is a great article that lays out a strategy for how to put your ideas out into the world. ​

    Related: The Inception Of A Good Idea​

Things I Loved

  • This site helps you find a great movie to watch.
  • Ever wonder how many people are in space right at this moment? Click here to find out.
  • This handy site lists everything you need to know about pricing psychology.
  • The new theme song for How I Met Your Father is lovely.
  • Need help finding new music? This site generates a playlist based on a song you suggest.


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Nate Zeisler is the Dean for Community Initiatives at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He envisions a world where students majoring in the arts have a clear path to a sustainable career, where creative minds are empowered and inspired to rule the workforce, and where access to the arts is not just for the privileged few, but for all.

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