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Learn Speak Teach Episode #63 with Matthew Dicks.

Ever find yourself bogged down by time-wasting activities that hold you back from reaching your full creative potential? You’re not alone! It’s time to break free from the chains of unnecessary tasks and focus on what truly fuels your creativity.

In this exciting episode, we’re joined by Matthew Dicks, an internationally acclaimed storyteller and novelist, who shares invaluable insights from his book, “Someday Is Today: 22 Simple, Actionable Ways to Propel Your Creative Life.” Discover the secrets to overcoming that nagging feeling of never getting enough done, and unlock a world of creative possibilities.

Matthew reveals how to kick unproductive habits to the curb by daring to see what happens when you stop doing them. He also introduces the powerful concept of incrementalism – tackling small tasks throughout the day to prevent wasted time and energy on being a completionist. Stay productive, even in the face of distractions, and learn how to use the future version of yourself as a guide for better decision-making today.

Don’t miss this opportunity to revitalize your creative life! Tune in now and ignite the spark you’ve been searching for!

Tune in!

During this episode, you will learn about:

[03:18] Get to know our guest; Matthew Dicks

[03:38] Learn Speak Teach #4: Matthew Dicks || Why You’re A Bad Storyteller… And What To Do About It:

[04:15] Why he wrote his new book – Someday Is Today: 22 Simple, Actionable Ways to Propel

 Your Creative Life

[11:11] Productive things you can do within 6 minutes

[15:30] Ways to ensure you remain productive in boring, unproductive meetings which steal your time

[18:52] What to do when you get caught doing something unrelated to an unproductive meeting 

[20:07] The ‘I am not gonna do it, and let’s see what happens’ strategy

[22:37] What Matthew has learned from teaching elementary school kids

[25:50] How he motivates his students to improve their performance in mathematics, and what we can learn from that

[32:56] What enables Matthew to remain optimistic during difficult times?

[35:48] How optimism impacts brain health

[44:10] What you can do to find optimism and feel more productive

[49:33] Exercises you can implement to help you live a more fulfilling life

[51:20] Support Matthew:

[52:00] Join Storyworthy: Storytelling for Business and Professionals:

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Key Takeaways: 

  • When money is limited, the need to save it and do things like coupons increases. However, when you have enough money, it is a terrible decision to make. [09:59]
  • If you feel like you are doing better than the people around you, that’s a great feeling, and it causes you to want to continue doing that. [17:54]
  • So many pointless and needless things in our lives can be eliminated by saying let me see what happens if I don’t do it [20:42] 
  • Think positively, and you will have a more optimistic view of life [39:06]
  • Happiness is a lot smaller than we often think.” ~Matthew Dicks [42:36
  • Don’t look to the moon if all you have to do is take a little jump to feel better because those little jumps are often easier to get to. [45:02]
  • If you smile even if you are not happy, your brain thinks you are happy and releases the chemicals that will increase your level of happiness [46:03]
  • Our brains are wired to feel good in nature because that’s where we evolved [47:21]
  • Pile up enough little tiny things over the course of the day, and you will be happier at the end of the day [47:38]
  • “There is a future version of you, and that future version of you is a much better decision maker than you are today.”.~Matthew Dicks [50:02]

People Mentioned and Other Resources:

  1. Someday Is Today: 22 Simple, Actionable Ways to Propel Your Creative Life:
  2. TED Talk- Homework for Life:

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