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Emmet Audio

Emmet Audio

By Emmet Van Driesche
Welcome to Emmet Audio, the first podcast about spooncarving with a mix of business topics and other things related to working for myself, hustling out a living doing what I love.
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Time is wealth
Getting to choose how we spend it is one way to an abundant life
09:10
January 16, 2021
Boldness and messiness
Opposites?
04:16
January 15, 2021
Paying attention to what the body wants
And letting that dictate our plans sometimes
05:22
January 14, 2021
Don't compete with your peers
Find a way to attract an audience that is largely unique to you.
16:22
January 13, 2021
Deliberate practice
What I've learned from batching my work
13:43
January 12, 2021
Where do we go from here?
And how do we make sure it doesn't happen again
19:18
January 11, 2021
Showing up in the way we think is right for us
Emotional paralysis, feedback, and deciding how to exist in the world.
16:16
January 10, 2021
Getting out of my filter bubble
My latest thoughts on the riot
29:12
January 9, 2021
Silence is not an option
You MUST say something. Now is the time.
09:41
January 8, 2021
Bearing responsibility
Thoughts on the assault on the Capitol
15:51
January 7, 2021
Good karma
It's not just about what comes back to you
11:06
January 6, 2021
Deliberate improvement
Learning from our mistakes and finding creative workarounds for things we aren't immediately good at
14:02
January 5, 2021
Adding positive habits
Is easier than simply resisting bad ones
05:27
January 4, 2021
A common sense approach to the to-do list
How I think about it
10:42
January 3, 2021
The role of finesse in generating demand
Many times, the unlock you seek comes from understanding the mechanisms involved, not just trying to overpower them by force
11:02
January 1, 2021
Practicing stubbornness
A sometimes necessary mindset
10:26
December 31, 2020
Put your game face on
How we behave changes what we think about what we're doing
05:18
December 30, 2020
The financial side of being self-employed
This is not so much about cash flow, bt more about savings, insurance, all the stuff it is easy to ignore
28:24
December 29, 2020
How to get out of the long tail
It's the same process as it ever was
22:21
December 28, 2020
Retraining our habits
Making different choices than those we have slid into
11:35
December 27, 2020
Hit the ground running
Thoughts on ramping up for the new year and asynchronous effort with the herd
09:08
December 26, 2020
Three mistakes I made when starting my spoon carving business
And one overarching idea
19:19
December 25, 2020
Growth comes from letting go of things
The more you release, the more momentum there is in your life for change
10:01
December 24, 2020
How to generate demand
And why that's far more important than anything else you actually do
19:24
December 23, 2020
Remembering the habits we used to have
And picking them back up again
11:14
December 22, 2020
Stepping up
Being the person you want to be
10:20
December 21, 2020
Do all the small things
Making the most of our life by seizing the moment to make things better
05:42
December 20, 2020
A lack of contrast
When close comparison doesn't serve us
06:20
December 19, 2020
Running too lean
Taking employees for granted
08:15
December 18, 2020
Sometimes growth is a phase shift
Meaning things reach a tipping point and become, all of a sudden, something else
07:09
December 17, 2020
Shake up your space
Rearranging your furniture to give your brain some new pathways to walk down
06:59
December 16, 2020
Groundhog day
Self-improvement is a choice we make
06:08
December 15, 2020
Preparing for what's coming
Paying attention to forecasts
06:16
December 14, 2020
The thing about compromise
You don't need to arrive by the same path. But you're looking for where two different paths meet.
05:29
December 13, 2020
Avoiding the holiday slump
Burnout and depression are a real risk this time of year. This is what I do to stage them off.
08:30
December 12, 2020
Handling too much demand
Saying no and giving realistic timeframes
07:31
December 11, 2020
Not freezing up
Thoughts on reacting faster
08:22
December 10, 2020
Trying despite the odds
A lesson from Hanukkah
06:28
December 9, 2020
Things that make you feel official
But they don't make you more official and they are a waste
13:08
December 8, 2020
Don't make a plan around holiday sales
They are fickle
08:39
December 7, 2020
When and how to increase your prices
Make sure to listen to an episode about pricing your work first
15:16
December 6, 2020
Document your life
You'll be glad you did
04:18
December 5, 2020
Are you playing a long game or a short game?
Your behavior will tell even if you aren't admitting it to yourself
09:57
December 4, 2020
Understanding opportunity cost
When you can't afford NOT to drop a customer
16:13
December 3, 2020
You don't need a business plan
You need these things
26:56
December 2, 2020
You shouldn't appeal to everyone
And you should never try to talk someone into what you do
05:25
November 30, 2020
Plant more seeds than you need
And then thin them
12:00
November 29, 2020
Never put things on sale
But don't let that stop you from being generous
18:20
November 28, 2020
Old structures vs. new structures
Awkward compromises all around
08:54
November 27, 2020
The symptom and the cause
Not always one and the same
03:49
November 26, 2020
Making masks non-political
Our personal responsibility
13:16
November 25, 2020
Fit the task to the time available
Not the other way around
12:00
November 24, 2020
The need for aggression
A case study
10:42
November 23, 2020
When short-term money undermines the business you want
Choices we have to make whether we like them or not
09:28
November 22, 2020
Appreciating the small sensory things
Needed now, perhaps more than ever
05:55
November 21, 2020
Holding space open for new mid-sized customers
And maintaining good boundaries while doing so
11:59
November 20, 2020
Maintaining motivation
And kick-starting it in the first place
14:37
November 19, 2020
Go clean a secret spot
A trick for tackling what you're avoiding
03:16
November 18, 2020
What is my responsibility?
Three levels
09:21
November 17, 2020
Pay yourself first
Do the things that matter before you let your time be ruled by outside agendas
04:42
November 16, 2020
What do you want out of life?
A personal manifesto
15:48
November 15, 2020
Work/life balance
Prioritizing health and relationships
10:15
November 14, 2020
The risk of specialization
And the role of diversity of experience in keeping us healthy
08:52
November 13, 2020
Imperfection is the very thing that we love
And yet we think it is the other way around
08:37
November 12, 2020
What matters is what happened
Not what you said you'd do
05:54
November 11, 2020
The power and earnestness of pausing
To think, to act, and to allow others the same
11:58
November 10, 2020
Our moral responsibility for how we use social media
An antidote to letting it use us
25:18
November 9, 2020
Upgrading
A life strategy
04:49
November 8, 2020
Hassle-free
Two different meanings, both important
07:55
November 7, 2020
The outcome already exists
We are just waiting to learn it
04:54
November 6, 2020
When you don't know what to say or do
Say or do something
06:24
November 5, 2020
When there's nothing to do but wait
What do you do?
07:05
November 4, 2020
You only get the present moment
Don't wait.
04:42
November 3, 2020
Pace yourself
Two meanings
07:09
November 2, 2020
Mental resilience
Thoughts on staying grounded
15:25
November 1, 2020
Some realizations about resilience
Things I plan to work towards
18:14
October 31, 2020
The advantage of doing less
When inaction is actually the better path
07:57
October 30, 2020
Don't be afraid to try something that might not work
Precious objects that we don't want to mess up keep us from having this sort of relationship
08:16
October 29, 2020
Technology and ability
Two different ways to get the bar low enough to take action
15:26
October 28, 2020
Business is all about systems
And the systems on top of those systems
13:05
October 27, 2020
Work that is suited for the day
Strategies for aligning the weather with what you need to do
09:07
October 26, 2020
Fresh lumber as visual confirmation of something to see
Literal and metaphorical
04:40
October 25, 2020
A better bandaid
Resisting feedback versus embracing improvement
06:39
October 24, 2020
I don't do that, right?
Realizing that stuff applies to us
09:17
October 23, 2020
Musical modulation as a metaphor for life
What does it mean?
08:43
October 22, 2020
Good leaders have their people's backs
And we should celebrate that even when it means we don't get our own way
03:42
October 21, 2020
What is your voice for?
Earnestly engaging with the world and those who don't agree with us.
16:55
October 20, 2020
Symbiotic marketing
Creating something that is mutually beneficial for you and for the person it is intended for
09:59
October 19, 2020
Less clever
Prioritizing simple solutions
04:22
October 18, 2020
Priorities
The only logical way to improve
14:44
October 17, 2020
Cleaning up as you go
So you're ready to pivot
07:06
October 16, 2020
Piggybacking behaviors
Layering habits onto existing patterns to help them stick
07:44
October 15, 2020
Personal best
The power of competing with yourself
10:46
October 14, 2020
Learning to advocate
For yourself and for others
08:52
October 13, 2020
Three kinds of work
And how they interact
12:23
October 12, 2020
Conflicting Independence
Two different styles of packing, as two different needs for Independence
05:01
October 9, 2020
Life without electricity
The latest
09:23
October 8, 2020
Starting out vs. being in the middle of the journey
How we need to think about things when we begin
29:49
October 7, 2020
Kicking into high gear
The power and cost
13:42
October 6, 2020
What's the context your work will be in?
It makes such a huge difference and it's something we don't often take into account
12:50
October 5, 2020
Get over the hump
In any task, no matter how daunting
08:44
October 4, 2020
Taking ownership of miscommunication
And a little bit about stoicism
15:30
October 3, 2020
Less is more interesting
How I choose to photograph my work
17:16
October 2, 2020
Stop and gather the chestnuts
When the opportunity arises, take it
06:34
October 1, 2020
I want to talk to a person
The limits of AI
04:56
September 30, 2020
We can start the ratchet in the right direction
With small acts, small decisions
14:26
September 29, 2020
Be the hero. Don't ask for acknowledgment.
It works better that way
05:14
September 28, 2020
Many hands
Make big work possible
08:14
September 27, 2020
Political capital for what you do
So important for any business
10:30
September 26, 2020
What's the alternative?
The question we should be asking ourselves when we don't feel up to a task
10:29
September 25, 2020
Resiliency series: gratitude
Remembering EJ Osborne
12:54
September 24, 2020
Reclaiming agency
How I gave it up and how I got it back
18:43
September 23, 2020
Resiliency series: connection
Whatever you can manage
05:49
September 22, 2020
Resiliency series: meditation
Being with yourself
10:55
September 21, 2020
Resiliency series: exercise
Consistency and moderation
18:15
September 20, 2020
Resiliency series: nutrition
My take
19:54
September 19, 2020
Resiliency series: sleep
The foundation of emotional and physical health
16:48
September 18, 2020
Storing the wrong stuff
Tidying things away when we should be culling them
19:46
September 17, 2020
Waiting to make a decision
The value of holding back from your first idea
06:44
September 16, 2020
Losing out on wholesale to win the bigger picture
Keeping an eye on what matters
08:41
September 15, 2020
Messing up
Get over it
08:21
September 14, 2020
Why I use daily targets
And how they change
12:18
September 14, 2020
You should start a podcast
And it should be about yourself
12:36
September 12, 2020
Take responsibility
Even (especially) when you don't have to
20:24
September 11, 2020
Are you ready for the pandemic to get worse again?
What I'm doing.
29:50
September 10, 2020
Telling a true story
And determining what that is in the first place.
07:31
September 9, 2020
All hail the hasty half measure
The immediate solution is worth more than you think
08:13
September 8, 2020
Push yourself to be fast
There are many benefits both now and down the road.
12:48
September 7, 2020
Entering orders
Batching the process
06:50
September 6, 2020
More thoughts on process
So many details
32:52
September 5, 2020
Notes on process
What I do that makes the most difference
29:47
September 4, 2020
The unglamorous work of building something
Maintenance and incremental improvement
15:29
September 3, 2020
Potboilers and motivation
What actually matters
24:19
September 2, 2020
The neatness spectrum
Where are you on it and why?
05:22
August 31, 2020
What are you in it for?
And what do you hope to get out of the experience?
05:43
August 29, 2020
Will you be ready when the drought breaks?
What you can do now
07:23
August 28, 2020
Accepting a certain level of mistakes
Particularly as you scale up
08:51
August 27, 2020
The responsibility of passing on lived experience
And the difference between lived experience and secondhand
07:05
August 25, 2020
Seasonal cycles
And ennui
03:57
August 24, 2020
How do you know when something you're working on is done?
Whether it's art or craft
05:08
August 23, 2020
Using social media for business
In particular Instagram
26:37
August 22, 2020
The administration of a craft business
How I do it
23:01
August 21, 2020
Other people's technique
The challenge of seeing people do something that you believe to be dangerous or just plain stupid
17:51
August 20, 2020
Advice for my future self
Looking ahead ten years
09:41
August 19, 2020
Advice for my past self
A message for the me ten years sgo
12:28
August 18, 2020
Monday madness
And trying to keep it contained
07:45
August 17, 2020
Innovate how you use technology
Especially when you feel like the technology just isn't for you
12:05
August 16, 2020
We don't need to be in perfect alignment
Considering the opinions and views and beliefs of others
04:13
August 15, 2020
Mop-up Friday
Cleaning the slate
08:11
August 14, 2020
A great exit
What leaving a drive-in movie theater taught me about preparation and chance
14:24
August 13, 2020
Speaking up
Which is what I am doing now.
07:13
August 12, 2020
Personal responsibility
Why it matters and how to claim it
15:48
August 11, 2020
Combating perfectionism
An idea
05:13
August 10, 2020
Take a break
There's so much to be gained
11:54
August 9, 2020
Collaborate with someone
The result is greater than the sum of the parts
21:35
August 8, 2020
Nuance is everything
Especially when you're learning a skill
08:44
August 7, 2020
Are you presenting truthfully?
And will people be disappointed if they found out more about you?
23:39
August 6, 2020
Enjoy the journey
And the destination will take care of itself
04:45
August 1, 2020
The benefit of wrapping things up
Clearing the decks so we can see clearly
06:47
July 31, 2020
Unimportant mistakes are a good thing
And we should welcome them
08:17
July 30, 2020
Change doesn't have to take much time
Improving things in brief increments
09:05
July 29, 2020
Life changes. Debt remains.
The risk of carrying debt when you don't have to.
05:36
July 28, 2020
When the foundation is rotten
Steps for doing something about it
12:34
July 27, 2020
Underlying habits
That span across activities
07:18
July 26, 2020
What story are you setting yourself up to tell about yourself?
How the framework of obligation we choose matters for our mental health
10:40
July 25, 2020
Voluntary simplicity
And how it ties into our lives
26:47
July 24, 2020
Assessing and mitigating risk
Both singular events and long-term trends
22:07
July 23, 2020
A prepared mindset
Thinking about what we can learn from the pandemic
15:58
July 22, 2020
Invest in it
Pouring more into something than is needed to make it better for the future
11:18
July 21, 2020
Do you have the wrong followers?
When are community is out of alignment with our business
18:03
July 20, 2020
Creative destruction
When something breaks, space is opened for something new
08:22
July 19, 2020
Go on a microadventure
Also: podding up
09:48
July 18, 2020
Make a plan and go
The mentality of this
21:30
July 17, 2020
Deep order- how to get it, why we need it
A bit of a ramble
22:33
July 16, 2020
Make it simple again
It doesn't need to be complex
08:08
July 14, 2020
Whack-a-mole
A blessing in disguise
08:22
July 13, 2020
Seizing the moments
Sneaking up on getting things done
08:06
July 12, 2020
Two ways of meeting your goals
And how they interact
17:17
July 11, 2020
What is quality?
And who decides?
04:47
July 10, 2020
Be personal, act professional
Remember this
11:59
July 9, 2020
Long term vs. short term selling
Why Etsy is bad for you
26:03
July 8, 2020
Wait lists and creativity
A paradox, or is it?
13:31
July 7, 2020
You don't need a website
Yet
18:47
July 6, 2020
Getting over the hump
And pausing there
06:33
July 5, 2020
The utility and danger of fences
It's complicated
11:12
July 4, 2020
BONUS: Are you ready for the next wave?
Getting yourself into a stronger financial situation during a pandemic
13:04
July 3, 2020
Can you take on more?
Setting yourself up to be in a better place in the future
06:00
July 3, 2020
Bridging the gap
Between what you want and what is immediately possible
23:41
July 2, 2020
The dirty dish phenomenon
A metaphor
06:19
July 1, 2020
Can you be too much of a teacher?
And what do you lose when you do?
13:38
June 30, 2020
Setting up a work space
The unrecognized things that matter
12:28
June 29, 2020
Ambition that serves the rest of your life, instead of competing with it.
And how to get permission to feel that way
21:53
June 28, 2020
Prioritize your skill
Or risk becoming a commodity
10:57
June 27, 2020
Tipping points and how to avoid them
Using my lawn as an example
09:22
June 26, 2020
What do we do now?
Staying engaged over the long term
19:50
June 25, 2020
Rearrange a room
Rearrange your mind
13:54
June 24, 2020
Digital vs. physical payment
One aspect
06:01
June 23, 2020
5 things that help my mental state
That number might be off, I just thought it would look better to have a number than to say here are a bunch of things
21:48
June 22, 2020
Bringing value to social media
And getting value out of it
18:39
June 20, 2020
Be prepared to stop.
On a dime. Always.
03:14
June 19, 2020
Stepping away from what's working
To discover what you can't yet imagine
10:56
June 18, 2020
Salvage what you can
Out of a situation
06:35
June 17, 2020
Where self esteem comes from
It's not from being good at things
03:23
June 16, 2020
Sometimes you need the fake bear
A story
03:51
June 15, 2020
Find something to do
If you're feeling down
01:12
June 14, 2020
Change what you're doing but keep going
So hard to do. So important
10:37
June 13, 2020
Hold onto your goals
By holding onto your habits
07:54
June 12, 2020
It's on us
To change the culture
11:37
June 11, 2020
The most important thing
If you feel like disengaging
10:08
June 10, 2020
The long tail of follow through
Making short term change last
05:43
June 9, 2020
Enjoy all of it
Not just the part that fits the label
04:58
June 6, 2020
Seeking a new normal
Shifting priorities just a bit to get the ratchet going in a different direction
10:40
June 5, 2020
A tool for thinking about life
And some examples
10:55
June 4, 2020
Keep engaging
Even when it is hard
12:12
June 3, 2020
Being clear about your priorities
And how that helps both the small and large picture
22:50
June 2, 2020
What is your moral obligation?
And how does that extend to using your voice?
21:51
June 1, 2020
Becoming grounded in yourself
Letting go of FOMO
11:51
May 31, 2020
Pricing when you're starting out
How not to shoot yourself in the foot
17:41
May 30, 2020
The intersection of social media and price
This one went in about four different directions
27:24
May 29, 2020
Buyers and sellers markets
A framework
20:50
May 28, 2020
Your price is a tool for generating demand
It's not more complicated than that.
19:36
May 27, 2020
Only move heavy things once
This is one of the greatest tricks to increase efficiency that I know of
09:21
May 26, 2020
Secrets for tidying up
Sorry this didn't get posted yesterday!
09:56
May 26, 2020
The power of creative constraints
Being limited can actually be the thing that inspires you or pushes you to do your best work
07:51
May 24, 2020
Bite sized projects
That's my zone
08:39
May 24, 2020
Getting out of a rut
And why
12:31
May 22, 2020
What is the right interval for what you are doing?
And if it isn't, do you need a new interval or a new business model?
11:14
May 21, 2020
Celebrate the victories
Because the losses will happen all on their own
07:13
May 20, 2020
The beauty of being uncool
Why irony misses the point
09:40
May 19, 2020
My system for scheduling work
And how I keep it on track
17:48
May 18, 2020
Moving fast
After thinking slow.
09:30
May 17, 2020
Balancing out your energy
In either direction
07:59
May 16, 2020
Daily space for exercise
Forty five minutes of something
02:15
May 15, 2020
Dogma
And how it affects us
17:53
May 14, 2020
The flexible one
When you are self-employed, You are by default the one you can change your schedule. And this is both fine and not fine
08:42
May 13, 2020
You don't always recognize the impact you are having
But you are having an impact nonetheless
05:57
May 12, 2020
The case for simplicity
Complexity and entropy are two sides of the same coin
05:29
May 11, 2020
The power of collaboration
And the beauty
07:07
May 10, 2020
How I use the weekends
Chores and projects
04:36
May 9, 2020
Finding your own best process
You don't need to reinvent the wheel, but you might want to
07:50
May 8, 2020
Now is the perfect time to start something
Because you don't need to crush it, you just need to keep going
06:06
May 7, 2020