Dr. Linda Tucker of the award-winning Challenge Your Thinking Podcast interviews Repossible’s own Bradley Charbonneau.

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Linda Tucker on overcast.fmI was honored to be a guest on Dr. Linda Tucker’s podcast yesterday and the experience, feedback and energy that came from that interview were far beyond what I imagined.

If you're not challenging your thinking, one might suggest that you're not thinking at all.

If you’re not challenging your thinking, one might suggest that you’re not thinking at all.

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I hope it inspires you and moves you closer to following your own dreams.

Here are a few highlights:

“I liked the ‘idea’ of being a writer, but that is a huge, cavernous gorge away from being a writer. That is scary. The idea of being something is cheap, that’s easy. But being it is a whole different story.”

John Muldoon of Monthly Experiments helped make tomorrow today for me. Listen to his interview on Challenge Your Thinking from just a week prior.

“That withdrawal, that constant little nagging, that little churning in your stomach of something missing in your life.”

“Someday I’ll get back to it. But that someday wasn’t really coming around. Tomorrow is always tomorrow.”

“Good can be the enemy of the best. From Bradley’s account, comfort can sometimes be the enemy of thriving.”

“It’s not enough just to want to be good at something, while we may stumble into interests and passions, you’ll need determination to launch you and hard work to keep you in it.”

Enjoy the podcast!

  • Possible: record your dreams into a microphone
  • Impossible: wait for someone to ask you to be interviewed
  • Repossible: challenge your own thinking and let people know you did

Interview Highlights

  • I liked the ‘idea’ of being a writer, but that is a huge, cavernous gorge away from being a writer. That is scary. The idea of being something is cheap, that’s easy. But being it is a whole different story.
  • The Whisper of Passion is Relentless
  • How a simple 30-day challenge truly took on a life of its own
  • They’re called “experiments” so you can’t fail.
  • You can learn more from your failures than you can from your successes.
  • Fail even better and learn even more. It’s exponential, the failure to success ratio.
  • “I was whining about how I wasn’t a writer anymore.” Sound familiar? Listen in to hear how Bradley Charbonneau shuts up that whining.
  • “I was quite successful in the time that I did it.” Uh huh, that’s great. But I’m not doing it anymore. Where’s the disconnect? Listen in to find out.
  • “That withdrawal, that constant little nagging, that little churning in your stomach of something missing in your life.” Sound familiar? Listen in to how Bradley crushed that nagging.
  • “Someday I’ll get back to it. But that someday wasn’t really coming around. Tomorrow is always tomorrow.” Does this sound like your writing life? Listen in to make it happen today.
  • The blank page was my enemy. That creative void. It was scary.
  • Going cold turkey … slogging through … got some momentum … I’m going to make it … well, that actually wasn’t so bad.
  • People say to me, ‘Wow, you’ve written 1,000 days in a row, you must be so excited that this is over.’ It’s the opposite, I feel like I’m just getting warmed up.” (Au contraire, mon frere. I’m just getting warmed up.)
  • It took me 1,000 posts to “go pro” with my writing. How many will it take you? (I hope it’s less!)
  • They’re scared of the 1,000 days or the 30 days. Don’t make the goal 1,000 days or even 30 days. Make the goal 1 day. It was broken down into bite-size chunks that I could handle.
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  • In the past few years there’s been this aching of I’m not my true self.
  • This alien being has taken over my body. It’s not me, it’s not who I am. On the outside, all was well, but on the inside all was not well.
  • There’s something about that guy (John Muldoon) that pulls hopes and dreams out of people.
  • We have suffered from “being comfortable.” Everything is “just enough.”
  • Are your dreams slowly killing you like carbon monoxide?
  • Is it possible that it’s harder to come out of some middle ground than a terrible place?
  • If you’re in that middle ground, somehow it’s this quicksand.
  • Good can be the enemy of the best. From Bradley’s account, comfort can sometimes be the enemy of thriving.
  • It often takes an outside witness in our lives to notice our behaviors or even potential that we ourselves have turned a blind eye to.
  • Being awake and aware of your own life requires reflection and intentionality.
  • It’s not enough just to want to be good at something, while we may stumble into interests and passions, you’ll need determination to launch you and hard work to keep you in it.
  • I fell in love with a different world, something that I didn’t know, I fell in love with the unknown, with exploring.
  • I guess I’ll be a math major because I’m good at it. OK.
  • My biggest failure is not being true to who I am. It’s the slow poison. It’s the slow death of my soul.
  • Hey, what are you doing? Are you writing? Because I miss you as a writer. Would you come back?
  • I just got chills when you said that. (listen in to hear what gives Dr. Linda Tucker chills ;-))
  • ‘Everyone gets messages along the way. Whether or not you choose to listen is another thing.’ Yep, well, I wasn’t listening.
  • Two seconds more and that plane would have been on top of us. My aunt said, ‘Oh Bradley, it wasn’t your time because you have something to write.’
  • So 10 years went by, you weren’t listening to the messages and what do you now that you didn’t back then.
  • I had built up this dream of being a writer that it was a mountain. It was immovable, dark and scary. It wasn’t the Sound of Music mountain.
  • That big mountain I was chipping away at, but in the beginning, I was chipping away with a nail file. As I was getting in better writing shape, my tools were more numerous and larger and I was chipping away at that mountain. That Tim Burton mountain was turning into the Sound of Music mountain and pretty soon Julie Andrews is up there singing her song. It was a happy place.
  • That blank page that used to scare me was now my friend. The blank page was inviting my creativity.
  • Michelangelo said that there was a big slab of rock over there and had David inside and he just needed to let it out. That’s how I feel now.
  • Part of the problem for some of us is that there is absolutely no fanfare in the daily and often mundane task of showing up to do the hard work dreams require.
  • When you finally decide to chip away of the mountain of your fear, it loses its grip on you and showing up becomes a little easier as you keep on keeping on.
  • The things you once feared start to make their way out of the shadows and there is more space to occupy your dreams and creativity.
  • I challenge you to simply show up in a way that you haven’t before. Stare down the fear, whatever it might be: a blank page, a treadmill, a canvas, even a phone call. Simply take a first step to becoming the person you are going to be proud of.
  • This writer person that I’m putting on hold until who knows when … well, when is that day? That day needs to be now. There is no tomorrow. There’s today and that’s it.
  • Why am I wasting my time away doing things that I don’t care about whereas the writer in me is all my love. I was living with regrets and I need to put an end to them.
  • The writing every day wasn’t even a priority, it was like brushing my teeth. I was going to do it no matter what.
  • 1 plus 0 is still 1 and I’m on my own. But I believe more and more that 1 + 1 is more than 2. Asking for help and allowing that help to come into your life. Realize that people want to help.
  • The point of the book (The Secret of Kite Hill) was how to you don’t need to travel to Thailand to have an adventure.
  • Hearing the pride in his voice, something that he worked on and he did and now he’s secretly proud of it.
  • I joke that I don’t have 2 million Twitter followers, but I have 2 followers: my kids.
  • When your passion is so strong and you have those 2 followers, the other followers will come.