The Fearless Creative

The Fearless Creative
Conversations about the creative life. The Fearless Creative is a podcast for writers, artists, and creative entrepreneurs who want to build a business around their passions and live a life that feeds their soul. Tarah Thornburg discusses the ups and d…

Is Your Business Idea a Good One? (Part 2) How to Vet Your New Idea
May 25 • 41 min
In this episode, I explain how you can play the devil’s advocate for your new business venture and test your big idea.
Is Your Business Idea a Good One? Use These Steps to Vet Your Idea: Part 1
Apr 27 • 56 min
I go through the first series of steps any creative entrepreneur should take to vet their new business idea.
Crystals for Creatives — 5 Stones to Help You Feel Inspired, Confident, and Enthusiastic
Apr 20 • 52 min
I highlight five of my favorite stones for promoting creativity, inspiration, confidence, and enthusiasm.
My Favorite Non-Obvious Ways to Unlock Fresh Creative Ideas
Apr 13 • 32 min
This week we go beyond the more common tips we’ve discussed in previous episodes to some of my off-the-wall, wacky — and perhaps downright weird — tips for getting your ideas flowing.
Adapt to Thrive — Not Just Survive — During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Apr 6 • 45 min
I share some advice on how creative entrepreneurs can thrive — not just survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Shadow Side of Creativity: Antiheroes, Art as Medicine, and Harnessing Our Inner Darkness
Mar 30 • 39 min
I talk about the shadow side of creativity and how you can harness your own inner darkness to create your best work.
Hack Your Day to Feel Good and Get Sh*t Done While You’re Stuck at Home
Mar 23 • 45 min
I share my best tips for structuring your day for positivity, productivity, and creativity while working from home and while staying in during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Teach Yourself to Be an Optimist: The Science Behind Learned Optimism
Mar 16 • 37 min
I discuss the benefits of optimism for creative entrepreneurs and how you can actually alter your world outlook through learned optimism.
My Top Hacks for Brainstorming Your Best Creative Ideas
Mar 9 • 42 min
I discuss my own creative process and share tips for encouraging inspiration so you can come up with those big ideas.
The Ultimate Positivity Hack: Master Your Mental State With Mantras
Mar 2 • 32 min
I explain why mantras and affirmations are the ultimate mental tool to help you achieve your goals and create a more positive outlook.
How to Use Patreon to Get Paid for Creative Work
Feb 24 • 48 min
I do a deep dive into the basics of Patreon — a platform that allows creatives to get paid for their work.
Build Contagious Excitement Around Your Creative Work — Even as a One-Woman Show
Feb 17 • 36 min
Everything we’re seeking must come from within. When you create a piece of art — whether that’s a book or a painting or a piece of music — you don’t need to promote that thing. You need to share it with the world as a wonderful and exciting event. This…
Reimagine Your Website and Take Your Fans on a Journey
Feb 10 • 38 min
In this episode, I break down the top mistakes I see creatives make when designing a website and why you should think about taking your site visitors on a journey. I touch on the different types of fans/customers that might visit your site and how you…
How to Get Back Into Writing, Creating, or Whatever Practice Keeps You Sane
Feb 3 • 23 min
I share my best tips for getting back to doing that thing that keeps you sane — whether it’s writing, making art, meditating, or working out.
You Can’t Work Nonstop: How to Stay Sane When You’re Insanely Busy
Jan 27 • 33 min
I share my best tips for protecting your health and relationships during periods of intense busyness.
How to Use Facebook to Build Real Human Relationships With Bestselling Author Lindsey Pogue
Jan 20 • 45 min
I interview bestselling author Lindsey Pogue on how to build real human relationships on Facebook in 2020.
The Project Doesn’t Define the Growth — You Are Being Forged
Jan 13 • 34 min
I talk about how our goals and experiences are constantly shaping us as creatives and human beings.
Creative Goals for 2020: Creation, Sustainability, Branding, and Confidence!
Jan 6 • 43 min
I break down my creative goals for 2020.
6 Great Alternatives to the New Year’s Resolution
Dec 30, 2019 • 36 min
I explain why I’m NOT setting a New Year’s resolution for 2020 and discuss six things you could try instead.
A Very Dickensian Christmas: 6 Creative Lessons From Charles Dickens
Dec 23, 2019 • 17 min
In this special Christmas episode, we share some wisdom gleaned from the life and work of Charles Dickens…as well as some truly astounding facts about Christmas itself.
The Hard Truth Behind “I Don’t Have the Time”
Dec 16, 2019 • 43 min
I explain the hard truth behind the phrase “I don’t have time” and give tips for conserving your energy for those things that really matter.
Beat End-of-Year Burnout: Try Taking a Staycation!
Dec 9, 2019 • 36 min
The end of the year means holiday chaos and the inevitable rush to meet our goals for the year…beat that end-of-year burnout by taking a staycation.
Warren Buffett’s 10 Rules for Success — Translated for Creative Entrepreneurs
Dec 2, 2019 • 38 min
I go through Warren Buffett’s 10 rules for success and explain how creative entrepreneurs can put these timeless business ideas into practice.
How to Combat ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’ and Focus on One Idea
Nov 25, 2019 • 29 min
I talk about how to deal with an abundance of ideas when you need to focus on a single project and give my best tips for managing all of your passion projects.
Stay Flexible: Questioning Assumptions and Adapting to Grow Your Creative Business
Nov 18, 2019 • 39 min
I discuss how staying flexible can help you identify new business opportunities, abandon what’s no longer profitable, and find creative solutions to old problems.
My Best Productivity Hacks of the Year
Nov 11, 2019 • 41 min
I share my greatest discoveries of the year for being more productive, including why you should wake up an hour earlier and how to make procrastination work for you.
Why You Should Set a Totally Crazy Goal This Year
Nov 4, 2019 • 38 min
I discuss the concept of “totally crazy goals” and why they are transformative for you and the success of your creative business.
Engage Your Fans — Yes, You Have Fans! (Plus How I Survived the Tech Apocalypse)
Oct 28, 2019 • 34 min
I talk all about fan engagement — including the email I sent that brought me a flood of fan mail after months of radio silence.
Wild Places, Wild People: Unlocking the Possibilities to Create a Life on Your Own Terms
Oct 21, 2019 • 41 min
I share my recent travel escapades “glamping” in the Arizona desert and explore how our environment shapes our outlook on life.
How to Get Out of a Creative Funk and Do Your Best Work
Oct 14, 2019 • 35 min
I break down the most common causes of a creative funk and how to get yourself out of it.
My Morning Routine for Optimal Creativity
Sep 30, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode, I share my personal morning routine from Creative Morning Magic. I discuss the power of first priorities and why you should “pay yourself first” in terms of creative energy. I also discuss the astounding benefits of meditation — as…
Minisode: Two Things Every Creative Should Know
Sep 24, 2019 • 20 min
I celebrate the launch of my book, Creative Morning Magic, and share two things every creative should know.
Can Stress Give You a Creative Edge? Plus a Weird Psychological Hack to Feel Better
Sep 23, 2019 • 28 min
I interview Dr. Derek Novacek about the impact of stress on creative performance.
Finding Freelancers, Giving Feedback, and Collaborating With Other Creatives
Sep 16, 2019 • 38 min
How to collaborate with freelancers and creative partners in a way that makes both parties happy.
How to Manage Self-Doubt as a Creative
Sep 9, 2019 • 38 min
I discuss how creatives can get past self-doubt and put their work out into the world with confidence.
Minisode: Happier Labor Day—My Reflections on the Creative Life
Sep 4, 2019 • 14 min
I share my reflections from “Happier Labor Day” — the movement sparked by author Gretchen Rubin.
Can You Run a Creative Business Online Without Paid Ads?
Sep 2, 2019 • 45 min
I discuss the problems and pitfalls of paid advertising for creative businesses — as well as some alternatives.
The Surprising Trait That Predicts Creative Success and How to Develop It
Aug 26, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode, I discuss the trait that’s most highly correlated with creative success and how you can develop it.
Leaving the Day Job to Go Full Time? 4 Hurdles Every Creative Must Face
Aug 19, 2019 • 46 min
I discuss the four big hurdles of leaving the 9-to-5 to pursue creative entrepreneurship.
5 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Creative Business
Aug 12, 2019 • 35 min
Five questions all creatives need to ask themselves before turning their creative venture into a profitable business.
Dharma, Ikigai, and Discovering Your Purpose in Life
Aug 5, 2019 • 36 min
How to tell if you are “in dharma” — using your unique talents to serve the world and fulfill your purpose in life.
The Power of Teamwork: Two Successful Businesses, One Amazing Life
Jul 29, 2019 • 18 min
Two entrepreneurs are better than one…if you can use your skillset (and your partner’s) to maximize success.
Creating Calm and Orderly Spaces for a More Creative and Productive Life
Jul 22, 2019 • 42 min
How to tackle chaos and congestion in the home to create more peace and creativity in your life.
Stressed and Overwhelmed? Stop Trying to Control Everything
Jul 15, 2019 • 30 min
Reduce stress and overwhelm by surrendering to the flow of life rather than trying to control every outcome.
Should You Move to Your Dream City for Your Art?
Jul 8, 2019 • 26 min
The pros and cons of moving to a new city to pursue your creative dreams.
The Power of Incremental Progress
Jul 1, 2019 • 28 min
I discuss the creative struggle of not seeing the results we want on the timeline we want and share my best tips for appreciating the power of incremental progress.
Design Your Life for Happiness
Jun 23, 2019 • 36 min
The transformative shift that has helped me prioritize my happiness — and why Americans are so unhappy.
How to Win Any Negotiation and Other Business Lessons From My Dad
Jun 17, 2019 • 24 min
I discuss the greatest business lessons I’ve learned from my dad — including the phrase that will win any negotiation.
Killer Systems and Processes to Increase Productivity for Creatives
Jun 10, 2019 • 23 min
I talk about creating killer systems and processes to increase productivity in our lives and creative businesses.
Minisode: Don’t Take Advice From Curmudgeons on the Internet
Jun 5, 2019 • 14 min
Breaking the bad habit of looking for advice on the Internet and why I am channeling my inner Granny.
Future-Proofing My Business: 5-Year Plans, 10-Year Plans, and Clarifying Values
Jun 3, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode, I discuss the importance of long-term planning and share my journey of creating a 5-year and 10-year plan for my business.
Minisode: Mistakes Are an Opportunity for Connection and Competence
May 29, 2019 • 12 min
In this minisode, I talk about mistakes I’ve made in work and business and how our mistakes are an opportunity for connection and competence.
Don’t Rule It Out Because It’s Never Been Done Before
May 27, 2019 • 22 min
In this episode, I talk about how companies and individuals are experimenting with mature digital mediums to connect with their audiences in surprising new ways.
Increase Your Risk Tolerance—Even if You’re Not a Risk-Taker
May 20, 2019 • 22 min
Learn how to increase your risk tolerance as a creative entrepreneur by tapping into the human need that drives your entire life.
You Must Master These 3 Key Areas Before You Go Into Business
May 13, 2019 • 32 min
The three key areas of your life you must master before you go into business.
The Life-Changing Strategy to Unlock Unstoppable Creativity
May 6, 2019 • 36 min
The strategy I use to unleash unlimited creativity and rejuvenate after a big creative project.
Want to Ditch Your 9-to-5? Just start.
May 6, 2019 • 20 min
I left my day job to do what I love — and you can, too.
How to Create a Custom Accountability System
May 6, 2019 • 22 min
Learn your tendency and how to create your custom accountability system.
Apr 29, 2019 • 1 min
Coming May 6: conversations about the creative life.