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TDL160 Does It Make You Happy?

Read today's article here; Support the show here; Does it make you happy? Work I mean. Are you content with your lot? Our western industrialised culture says that you shouldn’t be. To be content, to be happy where you are equals lack of ambition and stagnation. “Become a better version of you!” The 30-something internet self-development man says. To be ambitious in the modern sense is to believe in a future where life is...


TDL159 Eddie Doherty: Handweaver

Read more from Larry here; Help keep the show advert free; This week on Sunday Letters I'm in conversation with Eddie Doherty from Adara, Co. Donegal. Eddie is a handweaver in the town over 60 years and weaves his tweed from the loom in the back of the shop and from another in the back of the family pub. Eddie and I get chatting about his work, about Gaelic Football and where a man might get a good breakfast in the town.


Eddie Doherty Handweaver [Snippet]

Read Larry here: Support the podcast here: A quick snippet of the chats I had this morning with Eddie Doherty, Handweaver. Based in Adara, Co. Donegal, Eddie is the last of a dying been of craftspeople handweaving tweed in Ireland. The full-length discussion is will available in the next episode on the show.


TDL158 Success Hacks: The Folly Of Shortcuts

Read the article here: Keep the podcast advert free: I received an email the other day that promised me “success hacks”, shortcuts, quick fixes to the realisation of my dreams. “Ooh, wonderful!” I said. “Finally, the solution I’ve been looking for. God knows I’ve tried so many. Maybe this one will work”. Or maybe not. The email was from a website whose material I once found interesting, or perhaps valuable. These days their stuff...


TDL157 When Creative Ideas Overwhelm

Read more from Larry here: support the show here: This week on the show I'm coming to you from a small coastal town called Narin, Co. Donegal and I'm discussing the problems of too many creative ideas.


TDL156 Engineering Consent, Paleo Eating + The Studio Project

Read Larry here: Help keep the show advert free here; Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the Daly Larb, episode number 156. I'm your host Larry G. Maguire. It's Sunday and that means it's Sunday letters. In today's Sunday letters, on somewhat of a trivial note, I'm talking paleo eating, and the new studio I’m building in the back garden. And on a more serious note, I’m discussing The dissenting Voice and importance of such in a society where the...


TDL155 Why You Should Work For Yourself

Read more from Larry: Become a patron: in today's show I'm talking about work, and why you should work for yourself. Check out these 10 reasons why you should work for yourself.


TDL154 State Of Flow & Expert Performance

Read more from Larry: Become a patron of the show: Hello and welcome to the daily lab I am Mary J Maguire Your host here on the show and today being Sunday it means it's Sunday letters. in today's episode, I'm discussing to books the first one is called Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and is an exploration into what makes us happy. the subtitle of the book is the classic work on how to achieve happiness but I believe that's simply a marketing...


TDL153 OffTopic: Getting Fit Again

Read more from Larry: Help keep The Larb advert free: I'm off topic this episode talking about getting fit again after three years of doung precious little to keep fit and healthy. Its a bit of a struggle right now, but that's how it should be. Any effort in a new or neglected direction will require increased effort. And there lies tge challenge. Im sharing what im doing and what I'm eating too.


TDL152 The Timeless Creative Mind

Read this week's Sunday Letters; Become a patron; In this chapter, we will explore the nature and function of time as it influences the creative mind, and why you, the artist, must find the space to create independently from it. In separation from the idea of time, we allow ourselves the mental capacity to make great things without restriction. This process happens for some creative people entirely automatically,...


TDL151 Carrauntoohil, Work & Creativity

Read me at follow me @larrygmaguire Become a patron at In this episode of The Daily Larb im talking about the merits for young people in engaging in manual labour at a young age and its creative benefit to them in problem solving and innovation. Im also sharing what I learned while descending Carrauntoohil on Saturday afternoon


TDL150 Will We Ever Be Wealthy?

Read me at follow me @larrygmaguire Become a patron at Can craftspeople, artists, tradespeople and creatives really be wealthy? Does wealth matter? How much money is enough? Can our work bring us a comfortable living or even a little more? Are these even the questions we should be asking? Today on The Daily Larb, I'm asking these questions in attempt to tease out an age old struggle that creative and labour focused solo workers have continually...


TDL149 Content Marketing For Creatives

Get your FREE ticket to the Content Marketing Summit and listen to my conversation with Liam Austin on repurposing content and avoiding the hypnotic nature of metrics. Today on the show I want to share with you the nature of the 30 minute discussion I had with Liam Austin of Entrepreneurs HQ for their Content Marketing Summit going live this month. Grab your free ticket;


TDL148 #AudioMo Day 1 Episode

Read more or subscribe to Larry's work here: Follow Larry @larrygmaguire on Twitter. If you enjoy this episode, please help spread the word and offer a review on iTunes. Today on The Daily Larb I'm dedicating the content to #AudioMo challenge. I'm talking podcasting, micropodcasting, socialising. Check it out


TDL147 Convenience: A Fool's Gold

Read more or subscribe to Larry's work here: Follow Larry @larrygmaguire on Twitter. If you enjoy this episode, please help spread the word and offer a review on iTunes. In today's episode of The Daily Larb Podcast, I'm taking a look at how our pursuit of Convenience may be a major contributing factor to our stress and anxiety, and how this pursuit of Convenience is actually robbing us of the ability to deal with stressful conditions. I'm using food as an...


TDL145 Fuck: Linguistic Taboo Or Legitimate Expressive Word?

Read more or subscribe to Larry's work here: Follow Larry @larrygmaguire on Twitter. If you enjoy this episode, please help spread the word and offer a review on iTunes. The word "fuck" is emotive. Associations people hold with the word often mean it causes an affront to their morality and ethical ideas around the proper use of language. I heard it said that writers who use fuck in their work have little inherent ability. They use it to make up for their lack...


TDL145 Life Always Finds A Way

This evening as the sun sets casting a milky orange hue over my local park, as I run I think about the finite nature of our existence and if the abortion vote on Friday really matters.


TDL144 More On Deliberate Practice

I've got a little more to add to yesterday's episode on Deliberate Practice. In particular I wanted to take a look at the role of reward and outside influence on our creative endeavors. Anders Ericsson says "we claim that deliberate practice requires effort and is not inherently enjoyable" well I beg to differ. What do you think?


TDL143 The Power of Deliberate Practice

In today's episode, I'm discussing the power of deliberate practice and introduce you to the work of Anders Ericsson, psychologist at Florida State University, on the psychological nature of expertise and human performance. We creatives already know the benefits of the intense, deliberate practice of our work. However, there are many distractions vying for our attention with which you and I must contend. Without cultivating the ability to shut...


TDL142 Why Shortcuts Fail

In today's episode I'm discussing Why Shortcuts Fail. We all take shortcuts. We take them in the naive belief that somehow we will get where we wish to be, or fulfill a desire or relieve our fears of some future event. we pursue shortcuts because this fulfillment we believe will somehow make us whole. We think we are not enough here and now and the quicker we get to that future better version of life, the better. But it never gets here and so we perpetuate our anxiety by the pursuit. So...