Learning to play as hard as I work.

Hey Gritty Musicians! This week’s episode was inspired by another person’s podcast episode. Check out the show here:
Aaron is rapidly becoming one of my heroes. Here is the top line of his bio:
“I want to help you restore balance and discover your path to a well-lived life. I write and speak on how to make adjustments to your thinking, your beliefs and your habits. The rewards are experiencing more joy, adventure and connection.”
I like it. I like it a lot. And his story can serve as a lesson for those of us out there who are struggling in this area. He is a writer, podcaster, adventurer, and author of the best selling book, Fire Your Boss: A Manifesto to Rethink How You Think About Work.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to fire my boss. I like my boss! But I DO want to rethink how I do my work so that I can be better at all aspects of my life. I work hard at my job year round. I’m not saying that because I want an award or pity from you. I say it because I think you work hard at your job too, and I bet that neither of us take the kind of time off we need to take.  It’s not about “deserving” the time off. It is about creating the sort of sustainability in our lives that give us long term effectiveness, and more importantly, long term health.
Look, I may get hit by a bus crossing the street tomorrow.  I may be diagnosed with an incurable terminal disease next year.  But what is the point of living if we can’t consistently take time to pause? I believe that mastering the concepts presented in this week’s episode to be the single biggest indicator of long term success in life. More on this to come in the future, as I unpack a new approach to life throughout the year!
Like the show? Tell a friend! Love the show and want to help? Send Bruce an email to grittymusician@gmail.com. There are lots of ways to help!


“One slip of paper away from happiness.”

I’m in a nostalgic mood today, friends. Today’s episode was recorded on the 20th anniversary of my high school graduation, and I have several thoughts knocking around in my head about the past 20 years.
 
This episode is centered around three lists: the goal sheet that I completed around graduation; the reality of what these past 20 years looks like, and how my current life, though very different from my plan, is better than I could imagine. I wrap things up with the list I would like to take back in time and share with myself.
 
I WANT YOUR QUESTIONS! Whether you are at the center of your own journey, or helping someone else along the way, I am happy to answer as best I can!
 

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“Cold brew, a new start, and a story.”

“Cold brew, a new start, and a story.” It seems like a pretty clear title for the first episode of Bruce’s relaunched podcast, The Gritty Musician! Today’s episode starts with super-concentrated coffee drinks, an explanation for the change in show branding, and a story to help college students trying to explain to mom and dad why their grades weren’t as good this spring as they were back in the fall!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the reboot. We’re glad you’re here!

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Sometimes in life, it is important to stop and take stock of what really matters. Right now, my wife really matters. My family, career, and faith matter. This podcast matters, but right now, I need to take some time to figure out how to deliver great content worthy of your time and attention.

I only ask one thing of you – please stay subscribed – it takes very little space on your device, and when I DO come back with new content, you’ll be the first to hear it!

Thank you for all of your support, friends!



Episode 37 – “What is Your Fear Antidote?”

Our mind is our most powerful tool, but one that we have to handle responsibly! Make sure that the same creative forces that push you to regularly improve and evolve as a musician don’t turn into the dark creative enemy that starts writing chapters of your story to discourage you!


Get Some Grit! is available in on iTunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIN, iHeartRadio, and at www.getsomegrit.com. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook @getsomegrit so reach out today!

Enjoying the show? Tell a friend! Want to do more? SUBSCRIBE in iTunes! Want to do even more? Leave a review in iTunes!

Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the use of his music!


Episode 36 – “Take a Break!”

Hey everybody! Today’s episode is a short one, but I think the message is still solid. When was the last time you took a break? Working hard is super important, but when you start to see diminishing returns, it’s important to take a break, if only for a few minutes. We’ll be back next week with a much longer episode, I promise!


Get Some Grit! is available in on iTunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIN, iHeartRadio, and at www.getsomegrit.com. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook @getsomegrit so reach out today!

Enjoying the show? Tell a friend! Want to do more? SUBSCRIBE in iTunes! Want to do even more? Leave a review in iTunes!

Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the use of his music!


Episode 35 – “The Pen is (sometimes) Mightier Than the Phone!”

I love technology!  I am surrounded by iDevices and can’t imagine my life without their benefit – but sometimes, it’s nice to have alternatives. This week, I take a few minutes to talk about the benefit of keeping an actual paper notebook and pen in addition to my technology – and five reasons why I believe it can be of benefit to you, too.

1. It makes me slow down!

2. Hundreds of color options.

3. It can be more convenient when used in conjunction with tech.

4. People appreciate and handwritten note!

5. If for not other reason…it brings me joy.

Please visit www.getsomegrit.com/writingtools for my suggestions (and links) to materials that will get you started.

                                                   

Get Some Grit! is available in on iTunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIN, iHeartRadio, and at www.getsomegrit.com. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook @getsomegrit so reach out today!

Enjoying the show? Tell a friend! Want to do more? SUBSCRIBE in iTunes! Want to do even more? Leave a review in iTunes!
Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the use of his music!


Writing Tool Suggestions (companion post to Episode 35)

Want to get into (or back into) on-paper writing and note taking, but not sure where to start? Here are Amazon links to help you get started! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at getsomegritpodcast@gmail.com!

Pens

It’s hard to beat a fountain pen from the German company Lamy. Click here for a package that combines the Lamy Safari with ink cartridges for a no-mess option.

Paper

It’s hard to beat this AmazonBasics hardbound notebook to make shopping lists, journal entries, and scribbled notes for under 10 bucks!

Inks

If you want to expand into artisan ink colors or keep multiple pens with different color inks, below you can find some links to what you’ll need to take your writing game to the next level!

The Lamy Refill Converter allows you to ditch the cartridges and stock Lamy ink.

Noodler’s EEL Black ink will help a new fountain pen writer write with ease. The contrast is pretty amazing. Not all black inks are made the same! There are many colors available in the Noodler’s line – check them out!

I keep everything in this canvas bag from Rapiddominance, and I love it!

 



Episode 34 – “Becoming a Bookworm…Again!”

This episode’s topic outlines my return to reading after years of not being much of a reader, how reading has really helped me with some struggles that I thought I might never overcome, and how I believe reading is the best thing you can do right now to “break the logjam” in the creative part of your mind.
My list of ten books that have really made a difference include:
“The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield
“Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live” by Ken Davis
“Psycho-Cybernetics” by Dr. Maxwell Maltz
“The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle
“The Little Book of Talent” by Daniel Coyle
“The Dip” by Seth Godin
“Effortless Mastery” by Kenny Werner
“Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown
“The Art of Happiness” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
and the Holy Bible 🙂
If you’re having any trouble getting back into reading, maybe I can help! Shoot me an email at getsomegritpodcast@gmail.com.

Get Some Grit! is available in on iTunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIN, iHeartRadio, and at www.getsomegrit.com. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook @getsomegrit so reach out today!
Enjoying the show? Tell a friend! Want to do more? SUBSCRIBE in iTunes! Want to do even more? Leave a review in iTunes!
Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the use of his music!


Episode 33 – “Margin”

This week’s topic, margin, is near and dear to me, and I hope that if this episode speaks to you, that you’ll consider your margins as you go through the week. You probably know the word margin as a part of your word processing software.  If you look on a page in a book, the margins are the blank spaces around the text.  The narrower the margin, the more words you can fit on the page. The wider the margin, the cleaner and less cluttered the page can look, but few words fit on the page.
Margins also exist in many facets of life: financial, emotional, etc. The more margin you have, the better! It’s easy to justify giving up ground when you call it “working hard” or “not settling for average.”  It’s hard to stand your ground, be confident in the work you do, and let the world know when you’ve reached your limit. You have to learn how to say no! Remember, “Each time you say yes to something, you’re saying no to something else.”
The things on your calendar should fall pretty squarely into three categories:
1. something that is directly tied to our job description
2. something we simply do because we want to do it in our free time
3. something we do because when we don’t do it, others make us feel guilty about not doing it
The first two are healthy, but the third is not! Want to learn how to trip the guilt trippers? Tune in next week!

Get Some Grit! is available in on iTunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIN, iHeartRadio, and at www.getsomegrit.com. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook @getsomegrit so reach out today!
Enjoying the show? Tell a friend! Want to do more? SUBSCRIBE in iTunes! Want to do even more? Leave a review in iTunes!
Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the use of his music!