Productive Flourishing

Lisa Nicole Bell: How Creativity and Curiosity Can Fuel Success (Episode 246)

Episode Summary

This episode features writer and Behind the Brilliance podcast host, Lisa Nicole Bell. She has some great wisdom and golden nuggets about rethinking time management, creating and sticking to a “to don’t” list, and both avoiding and bouncing back after burnout. Lisa shares her own personal story of walking away from one career to focus on the simple and small things that moved her more in the direction of her values, passion, and natural energy.

Episode Notes

Key Takeaways:

[4:54] Lisa would consider herself mentally ambidextrous. She likes structure and hard problems but also enjoys free thinking. Both these qualities help her as a storyteller and entrepreneur.

[5:04] Lisa talks about deciding that she wanted more out of early retirement than sitting and eating pancakes all day!

[8:36] As a polymath, you can both be multidisciplinary and singularly focused.

[12:44] Sometimes people put themselves in a prison of their own making. Lisa talks about how we can lean into creativity and fun rather than being stuck feeling like we have to do one thing.

[13:21] When we start thinking about making decisions that affect our evolution, we tie in three factors that make them super hard and high-stakes: we make a decision, it is non-reversible, and it seems like it’s non-recoverable.

[15:02] Sometimes we think that we are failing, when we're really in the middle of succeeding, but the only way you know that is to know that you are trying a new thing and experimenting.

[27:00] Lisa discusses how her definition of success was flawed and how she was basing success on outcome rather than creating a process that really reflected where her money and time were going, and if this matched her values.

[38:26] Lifestyle changes can take time.

[1:04:29] It’s often what we are ashamed of and embarrassed about that can lead us to really get what we want.

[1:08:03] Lisa’s challenge to you: make yourself a “to don’t” list.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Productive Flourishing

Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done, by Charlie Gilkey

The Academy

Momentum App

Behind the Brilliance Podcast

Lisa Nicole Bell


A Whole New Mind

Mr. Money Mustache