Have you ever heard someone say, "I don't have a creative bone in my body?" Maybe you've even said it yourself. Well, it's not true.
You might think that creativity is some superpower reserved only for people who identify as artists (i.e., writers, musicians, etc.). But everyone, including you, expresses their creativity and whether they realize it or not. It doesn't matter if you're an accountant, knowledge worker, computer programmer, or even a stay-at-home mother.
Recently, I was watching the TV show Brothers and Sisters. Sally Field, who plays Norah Walker, wants to raise money for a charity, but an investor questions her lack of experience, and she says the following response.
I organized the schedules of 5 extremely well-rounded children. I ran carpools, bake sales, and bluebird groups. I negotiated, coddled, and mandated all at the same time. Not to mention what I had to do for my husband to keep him happy and productive. And I did all of this without taking a sick day. The problem is no one values the experience of a stay-at-home parent, which is truly ashamed because running this "big enterprise," as you put it, would be a day on the beach for me.
What I love about her response is that she spun her perceived disadvantages. People often underestimate the value of their previous experience and overestimate what they don't know. As I said to our Prime members, if you can run a household, you can run a business or bring an idea to life.
When we asked our readers about the biggest obstacles that prevent them from achieving their goals, some common themes emerged. Do any of them sound familiar to you?
These obstacles often become so intertwined with your identity, it's easy to believe you're stuck with them. But you're not. I know this because I've overcome tem and helped 100's of others do the same.
The secret of every perennial creator is the systems that support them when they feel like they don't have enough time, can't see the path laid out in front of them or lack the confidence to pursue their ideas. Successful creators don't rely on their willpower or good intentions.
Thanks to this material, I developed a consistent habit of adding to my body of work every day.
In the past, I had some small wins in building content that got noticed, but I could never sustain the effort long enough to really build a following. I had done a 30-day microblogging challenge, a 30-day LinkedIn video challenge and produced a pilot season of a podcast. Nothing stuck.
Thanks to this material, I developed a consistent habit of adding to my body of work every day.
I cultivated a system for bringing those bits and pieces together to seed work I could publish regularly and walked away with a wealth of insights I could tap into when I felt stuck in a rut.
What I really appreciate is that Srini wasn't in it for flash and dazzle. It's not about quick hits that are unsustainable; he intentionally spent time helping me build a strong foundation that would carry me forward.
Not only have I developed an understanding of what systems one puts in place to create consistently, but what my creative process is specific to my field and my life
I didn't even know where to begin with deciphering all the random creative thoughts that float around in my head. In this material, Srini outlined so clearly and meticulously what the process was to go from 'lots of creative ideas' to actual execution.
From tackling the inner critic to using your brain as a creative space and not an inventory of lists to visual representations of your successes, each one of these became tools for me to have and use as I developed a creative practice that worked for me. Now, twelve weeks later, not only have I developed an understanding of what systems one puts in place to create consistently, but the creative process specific to my field and my life.
What if You Had an Idea and Knew how to Make it Happen?
You'll learn the methods that writers, artists, entrepreneurs and other people with ambitious goals use to make their ideas happen. Whether it's figuring out an innovative marketing plan, writing your first book or building your first app, you'll unlock a powerful strategy to start, take consistent action and FINISH any creative project.
This is my secret weapon that enabled me to make the transition from writing blog posts to taking on much bigger projects like writing books and planning conferences.
You'll learn to build your creative confidence and develop the mindset and habits that successful creators use to overcome self doubt, deal with impostor syndrome and work on projects regardless of their current level of experience.
You'll learn the methods that successful artists, creatives, entpreneurs and knowledge workers use to reduce information overload, and organize their lives in a way that makes it easy to bring their ideas to life.
What this taught me was to build a system that allows you to create work that an audience will feel passionate about.
Unmistakable Mastermind Student
My name is Srini, author of The Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author of The Art of Being Unmistakable and host of the Unmistakable Creative Podcast.
I’ve seen 100's of aspiring creators give up on their dreams. And I don't want that to happen to you. There are a lot of reasons people give up. But on in particular is what separates people who stick with it from those who quit: Belief in themselves and their work.
The Monthly Subscription for Creatives Who Want to Make Their Ideas Happen
Unmistakable Creative is a monthly subscription service that provides the tools and resources to help you make your ideas happen. With courses, live webinars, monthly office hours and a thriving community of like-minded peers, Unmistakable Creative provides every resource needed to build and maintain a creative life.
By following these methods, you can and will cut years off your learning curve, learn skills you can apply in multiple creative domains and build up your confidence and momentum organically. You might be thinking: "How can one subscription help me work on so many different ideas?"
People who struggle to make ideas happen are always searching for a mythical silver bullet. They worry about what plugins to install on their website, what mic to record their podcast with or what brand of pen is the best to write with. By obsessing over the minutiae, they lose the energy to focus on what matters.
It doesn't matter what your creative project is. The foundational skills and processes needed to make it happen are exactly the same. After working on dozens of creative projects and helping many others bring their ideas to life, I've realized that there are 4 key elements to living a productive and rewarding creative life.
These 4 elements are force multipliers and the foundation of making any idea happen. Once you master them, you'll stop wasting time and energy. And you'll start making progress.
We're all busy. But when we learn to manage our attention, we find that we spend less time on low-value activities and more time on high-impact tasks. With just one hour of focused attention each day, you'll be able to accomplish more and finish what you start. You'll also find that you're able to make consistent progress on your tasks while maintaining a healthy level of stress.
Creative habits are the compound interest of a successful creative life. The effort you put in each day pays off a year from now, 10 years from now and for the rest of your life. When you set up your creative practice, you become less dependent on inspiration, you deliver consistently and your confidence increases exponentially.
Every industry has its systems. As creatives, the rules are just background noise until you can’t avoid them any more. You only need to focus on your creative process once you have a system in place to do everything else for you. Unless you've developed a productive and repeatable workflow, steps will never be done right or on time because they're being tackled for the first time each day – if they're even addressed at all. Systems offer structure that lets creatives thrive without compromising their other commitments like family or friends.
Many of us do not have many other creatives in our lives. We do our creative work on our own, in secret - and it feels lonesome. One of the greatest obstacles to achieving goals is the misguided belief that we can do it alone.
Nothing of great significance is achieved without the help of other people.
Look at any successful creative endeavor like a movie, book, or record album. It takes more than the artist in the spotlight to bring those ideas to life. Therefore, a key element of Unmistakable Prime is the community of like-minded people.
We connect with each other thorough live events, courses, thoughtful questions. We go through obstacles together, hold each other accountable, brainstorm and uplift each other. Our community is hosted on Mighty Networks, with a clean design, no ads, no aunts and uncles sharing 'inspiring' memes, only creative material and amazing creatives, just like you, supporting each other.
Do you feel like your day is constantly derailed by pointless distractions? Do you need to power through everything on your to-do list but never seem to make any progress? Have you ever considered that the solution might be as simple as learning how to better manage your attention? Attention Mastery is for people just like you.
This course will teach you proven, powerful ways of managing your attention and developing unshakable focus. You'll reclaim your precious time, make your environments work for you, and end self-sabotage.
Build Creative Habits Like a Pro
Maybe you've always wanted to write your first book, but you don't know where to start. Or maybe you're writing a blog post and want to know how to grow your readership. The Fearless Writers Workshop will teach you how to take the most important step: getting started.
This course will help you develop your minimum viable actions, track your progress, and create momentum so that you can finally push less and create more. Or maybe you want to get into the habit of making art every day, but you're not sure if it's worth the time investment.
The 100-Day Project will lead you through a series of prompts designed to help you develop new habits, find inspiration, and reflect on what your life might
Create Systems that Work as Hard as You Do
Do you ever think to yourself, "I wish I could make my to-do list shorter," or, "Why is it that I'm so inefficient and always feel like I'm being pulled in a million different directions?" Well, we've got the solution for you.
We'll teach you how to create a system for taking better notes and organizing your ideas, because that's what will feed your creativity for years to come. We'll teach you how to create checklists, standard operating procedures, automation, and other useful strategies that will free up your mental bandwidth and make you dangerously effective. You
A Creative Community Where You feel at Home
You're feeling stuck. You're not sure how to make your life, your work, or your business more meaningful. You want to be the best version of yourself, but you don't know where to start.
You're looking for a place where you can feel at home. Prime is a creative community that works with like-minded people who are looking for a place where they can feel understood and supported.
We are here to help you find your path and uncover what it is that you want to create in the world. You'll get an inside look at how other Prime members are dealing with their challenges, and we'll be on hand to help you overcome them too.
Monthly Office Hours and Webinars
All webinars are recorded and included with the subscription. Previous topics include:
Additionally, every month, we are hosting live office hours in AMA format. Our community finds these events immensely helpful to meet other members, gain accountability and obtain various perspectives on issues they may be facing.
What you'll get as a member of prime is my curated insights from 10 years of making ideas happen, reading more than 1000 books, and interviewing more than 1000 people. You'll also have an opportunity to learn from the experts in my network (some of them charge over $1000 an hour if you're even able to hire them).
If you've read this far, you might be wondering what makes Prime different than all the other courses out there. Prime members aren't just passive consumers, they're active participants. Live real time conversation are our bread and butter. We're not going to give you a login, password, access to our courses and leave you to fend for yourself.
Don't you hate being bombarded with automated content that's completely divorced from the current reality? Yep, we feel the same.) Although we love automation, being unmistakable means being imperfect human and keeping it real. That's what we promise you in 2021. By joining Prime, not only will you get mentors and peers, but TRUE FRIENDS that see you and get you and cheer for you every step of the way.
We know Unmistakable Prime is full of talented, diverse, smart, and generous folks who will become your creative BFFs – but you haven't met them yet.
We know that our former guests who've taught workshops and webinars to our community are providing priceless wisdom and insight - but you don't.
We know that what we teach will help you make progress fast and sustain it because it worked like a charm for our members - but you don't.
We also know that you've probably enrolled in online courses, where your passively consumed content, but never actively engaged with other students.
We've worked really hard to make this community an invaluable resource to our members. But, given how many times you read something like this online, we understand if you might be skeptical.
Give us 60 days to wow you with unprecedented access to exclusive content, live conversations with our former podcast guests, personalized advice to help you get unstuck, and an easy to use social platform.
If you're not convinced we can help you overcome the obstacles in your way or help you make massive progress on your creative projects in the next 60 days, we'll refund your membership, no questions asked.
I'm getting more done with less drama. At the end of the day I'm able to call it a day and spend more time with my family.
Unmistakable Mastermind Student
These calls every month are a really, really big help because I feel more connected.
The big problem I have here is that I feel lonely as a creative. I work in the arts and should have a lot of people with whom I can exchange ideas.
But what I realized is that my position in the art community here is as an organizer and an adviser to artists. I tried to share my experience, my doubts and my issues with a lot of people. But people do not understand that I am more than what they see of me. What I love about this community is that every time I see what you guys write and the comments etc., I feel like you guys get me. And that's invaluable.
What I've found in the listener tribe is a group of people from around the world who have self selected to come together to make their creative ideas happen.
I find something valuable or worth trying in nearly every episode, but having hundreds of episodes to choose from makes for a lot of information to digest. Fortunately now there's The Listener tribe. It's hosted on mighty networks which does a good job of encouraging people to gather and communicate without the distraction that comes with other social networks.
My content is resonating in far greater ways than it ever has.
Prior to these courses I was writing a lot, but hardly publishing at all. And when it came to publishing, I would just get paralyzed. In the writer's workshop, I changed my beliefs around writing. One of the most significant shifts came from understanding that volume trumps perfection.
I committed to writing 500 words a day and publishing consistently, and I'm excited and happy to say that I've been able to stick to it. My content is resonating in far greater ways than it ever has, and I'm absolutely writing more fearlessly. Stop thinking about it and do it!
The tools I got from this material got me writing on a daily basis for the first time in decades.
They showed me how to take all the daily writing and craft it into focused articles and stories. It helped me lay a solid foundation as a writer for my long term goal of getting published and become a money-earning writer.
If you have a passion for the written word, if you really want to express yourself and develop a voice to be heard in today's noisy world, the Fearless Writer's Masterclass is a great place to start.
If you're expecting a magic bullet that requires no work and solves all your problems, save your money.
But if you're willing to take small consistent daily actions, then you'll have everything you need to make your ideas happen. All the material is backed by research and has been tested on hundreds of creative projects.
This is what one of our mastermind participants had to say about the time commitment:
"I am a working mom of a toddler and a baby. I already had a lot on my plate. And then a freaking global pandemic hit and my son's preschool closed. And yet, what Srini taught me made me truly realize just how much progress can be made through tiny actions, executed consistently and systematically."
Unless you're a rocket scientist with a 100 million dollars to spare for rocket parts, we can't help you build the next SpaceX. And we probably can't help you become president of a country. But that leaves a lot in between. If you're on the fence, email us at email@example.com.
1. You're Searching for a Silver Bullet or Shortcut
If you're expecting to be famous and successful overnight, you'll be disappointed. Developing these foundational skills takes time, energy, effort and engagement. You have to be willing to take consistent action.
2. You're unwilling to focus on the process instead of the outcome
If you want fame, fortune, status and accolades without a commitment to the process, you'll not only find it difficult to make your ideas happen, but also, any level of success you achieve will be temporary.
3. You're unwilling to take a baby step outside your comfort zone
Making your ideas happen is uncomfortable. It means changing behaviors you're comfortable with. It means exposing yourself to the possibility of failure and criticism.
Ten years ago, I found myself in a situation similar to the one you might find yourself in now. I had graduated from business school without a job and was financially and emotionally bankrupt. After drowning my sorrows in vodka and wallowing in my misery, my dad talked some sense into me. Indian parents have little tolerance for unemployed alcoholic adult children living in their house.
He agreed to give me the $97 a month I needed to sign up for a blogging course. If I hadn't enrolled in that course and the next 9 months, I wouldn't have become an author, speaker, or podcast host. You wouldn't be reading this.
I didn't start that blog so it would lead to a book deal or anything else it has. I just needed a way to pass the time, and the simple little creative project that I started to keep myself from going crazy changed my life.
Starting one could change yours as well.