Craig Burgess — The Most Prolific Creator on the Web Shares His Habits, Routines, and Mindsets for Unlimited Creative Output (#38)

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I choose to publish my daily reps, whether they’re bad or not.

Craig Burgess

This conversation blew my mind.

Craig Burgess is a graphic designer, illustrator, writer, and podcaster from the UK. Craig epitomizes the definition of prolific: he creates something every. single. day. Yes, that’s every with an E. Where does Craig find the energy to sustain such a radical amount of creative output? How does he avoid burnout? Easy. What Craig spends energy on gives him back energy in return. A never ending cycle.

You can find Craig Burgess on The World Wide Web at…

Genius Division

Craig on Twitter

Craig’s Blog

Craig’s Podcast (he hosts several)

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In this episode we cover…

  • The meaning of Craig’s surname (8:00)
  • What was Craig doing before he began creating on the Internet? (10:00)
  • “I wanted to be a cop” (15:00)
  • Craig’s first job using Adobe Flash — remember that? (20:00)
  • Did Craig have any mentors growing up? (24:00)
  • Quality is an excuse (25:00)
  • Does creating and sharing something everyday work for everyone? (28:00)
  • What would happen if Craig stopped creating? (35:00)
  • How does Craig find guests for his podcast so frequently? (38:00)
  • Should a podcaster chat with anyone on a podcast? (42:00)
  • Impostor syndrome and podcasting everyday (48:00)
  • How much does authenticity actually matter? (52:00)
  • Empty space in speaking, conversations, and podcasting (58:00)
  • Differences between radio and podcasting (1:00:00)
  • What is Craig’s most difficult daily creation habit? (1:03:00)
  • Reply guys (1:07:00)
  • Blogs aren’t dead, they’re thriving (1:10:00)
  • What does Craig’s daily routine look like? How the hell does Craig maintain his energy? (1:12:00)
  • Uncle Ed (1:16:00)
  • Exercise routines, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (1:20:00)
  • What is the deep, symbolic meaning behind Craig’s right arm tattoo? (1:25:00)
  • What the fuck is rucking? (1:29:00)
  • What should a morning routine be? (1:32:00)
  • How to write and publish e-books on Gumroad, and how to overcome fear of sales (1:34:00)
  • Free content vs paid content (1:38:00)
  • Paid communities and cohorts (1:45:00)
  • What does Craig do to get unstuck?…If that ever happens (1:52:00)
  • Outside of design, who inspires Craig Burgess? (1:54:00)
  • Getting better everyday in public, organic Twitter growth (2:00:00)
  • Building friendships to build an audience (2:03:00)
  • Flow states, design meditations (2:09:00)
  • Red Dead Redemption, Zelda, Cyberpunk 2077 (2:11:00)
  • The Last Question, parting words (2:14:00)

Mentions

Jack Butcher

Robbie Crabtree

Seth Godin

David Goggins

Jocko Willink

Steph Smith

Boards of Canada

Sleaford Mods

Run The Jewels

Killer Mike

Bionicles

Notion

Gumroad

Please enjoy!

Cheers, and here’s to your good health.


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