How to Redefine Achievement and Live a Truly Creative Life

Interview by
Dr. Chad Prevost
Dr. Shelley Prevost
Published on
April 26, 2024

In this episode

The central focus of the first month's theme for The Humanist is understanding Authenticity. Why? Partly because the title of the podcast almost featured authenticity in the first place. Partly because authenticity seems to be having "a moment" culturally, and we aim to find out what's going on: How authentic is authenticity really when it comes to ways it's used an understood?

Chad Prevost and Ben Cake discuss the creative process and flow states, emphasizing the importance of embracing the unknown and not over-strategizing. They also explore the concept of compromise in relation to living an authentic life, highlighting the need for individualized metrics and prioritizing self-awareness and sustainability in personal growth.

Later, they discuss the challenges of balancing creative aspirations with practical considerations, emphasizing the importance of setting terms with oneself about what success looks like and embracing a creative life without compromise or shame. They also address the fear of failure and pressure to constantly produce content.


Creativity, flow states, and the source of inspiration.

  • Chad Prevost and guest discuss creativity as a vehicle for a higher power, drawing on Rick Rubin and Elizabeth Gilbert's ideas.
  • Ben Cake experiences flow state when nearing project completion, feeling momentum and possibility.

Compromise and taking one for the team, with insights on self-doubt and fantasies.

  • Ben discusses compromises made in pursuit of authentic life, framing them as pragmatic decisions rather than losses of faith.
  • The importance of framing compromises in a way that reduces shame and increases positive outcomes.
  • The idea of "taking one for the team" and how it can be a form of self-sabotage, where individuals prioritize the needs of others over their own goals.
  • Examine your own stories and decisions, and to ask if you are holding yourself back from pursuing your true desires.

Living a creative life, overcoming fear and shame, and finding sustainability through self-care and personal growth.

  • Chad discusses living a creative life without compromise, experimentation, and freedom to try new things.
  • Ben argues that setting terms with oneself about success can limit creativity, leading to a different definition of success.
  • The importance of living a fulfilling life, and the need for sustainability and balance in daily activities.
  • Ben describes an ideal day, including self-care, family time, intellectual conversations, and a business meeting, highlighting the importance of nurturing various aspects of oneself.

Creativity, authenticity, and overcoming fear and shame in the creative process.

  • The importance of authenticity in personal growth and transformation coaching.
  • Chad discusses how creating an intentional creative life can lead to positive results, but acknowledges the potential for idealized metrics.
  • The importance of taking action and showing up to create opportunities for success.
  • Stop overthinking and debating, and instead, start doing something to manifest luck and success.
  • Embracing discomfort and overcoming shame and fear in creative pursuits.

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Guest Speakers

Ben Cake