CIP 018: Youngman Brown on Creative Motivation

In this episode of The Creative Introvert podcast I interview Youngman Brown of Your Creative Push.

An interview with Youngman Brown on creative motivation and dream journaling >>

I’ll admit it. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been going through a real slump in motivation. May be it’s the change of season – there’s something about being by the sea – even in England – that when the sun comes out, it becomes intensely hard to think of anything other than grabbing a beer and taking the afternoon off.

Just me? Hope not.

This is why I’m so grateful for people like today’s guest whose podcast Your Creative Push is there for me to give me a much needed dose of motivation and inspiration.

Really – the conversations and topics that Youngman Brown covers on his podcast have been a real source of creative fuel for me. It’s so comforting to know that – as much as I love being alone – I’m not alone in this creative journey.

If you’ve ever felt that slump in your creative drive or just need a kick up the bum to get that project finished – or started – then I think you’ll get a LOT out of today’s guest interview.


We discuss:

  • Why Youngman encourages people to pay attention to their creative drive and just start
  • Overcoming the resistance to creating
  • My favourite motivational quote
  • When we should incubate an idea and when we need to get it out
  • Is having multiple creative outlets a good thing?
  • Why goals aren’t everything (and can be harmful)
  • What 200+ guests on Your Creative Push have in common
  • The dreaded… imposter syndrome
  • Why it’s OK to have the fear
  • Nervous farts!

Links mentioned:

YCP’s 200th episode

How to Thrive as a Creative Introvert

Words Plus Music

Meg Kissack’s interview

Dream journalling

Waking Life


The Meetup group I started

Ira Glass on ‘The Gap’

Inner Enemies to Creativity (free eBook)

The Introvert’s Superpowers

We Are Upfront

Martin Stellar interview

Youngman’s Youtube channel


Connect with Youngman:


Twitter: @yourpush

Facebook: /yourcreativepush

Youtube: Your Creative Push



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