Srinivas Rao

Best-selling author of The Art of Being Unmistakable and Host of the Unmistakable Creative Podcast


Advice to Graduating Seniors: What I’d Tell Myself If I Could Go Back


I returned to the class of my high school AP English teacher after almost 20 years. This is based on a talk I gave to her graduating seniors

I’ve thought over the last week about what I’d share with you. Not too long ago…. well actually 20 years ago (which will go by in the blink of an eye), I…


Why Interviewing “Famous” People Is a Lousy Growth Strategy for Your Podcast


A few days ago Chris Brogan posted the following image from a podcaster who was a bit “aggressive” in asking Chris to promote the interview.


The Blank Page is a Place Where Your Imagination Can Wander

The blank page, the empty canvas, the ball of un-sculpted clay give us places where the imagination can wander…

A place where dragons fly

A place where we have superpowers

A place where our pens, pencils and paintbrushes turn into magic wands capable of bringing damn…

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Will I die? Will I go to Jail? Will I go Bankrupt?: A litmus test for ambitious ideas


Chances are you have a big idea, one that scares the hell out of you, one that you’re afraid to put out into the world. It’s the kind of idea that requires a compass, not a map. But something has kept you from putting it out in the world.


Embracing Reckless Abandon, Optimism And Curiosity


1. Write and Tell Stories


If you ask a child to tell you a story, all you have to do is say the words “Once upon a time”, they’ll fill in all the blanks with no concern for a plot that makes sense, characters that are properly developed or any of that. They approach it with a sense of reckless abandon, optimism…


In All Honesty: Thoughts on 37 Years


* I originally wrote this post to friends on on FB and to listeners of the Unmistakable Creative Podcast on my 37th b-day, which was just a few days ago.

“Let whatever mysterious starlight that guided you this far guide you onward into whatever crazy beauty awaits.” — Cherly Strayed


Why the Greatest Work of Your Life Will Require A Compass, Not a Map


We are given maps early and often in our lives.

  • A map to successfully get us from grade school…

You Were Born to Create


“In order to become unchained , you must accept the fact that you exist to create. When you engage in this idea, you express your unique passion” — Erik Wahl

The world around you is human made. The paper or screen you are reading these words on, the ink on the page, and every, word, sentence, paragraph and chapter are all human made


On Waves and Words: The Lifetime Journey of Surfing and Writing


Somewhere between waves and words our hair turns grey and decades go by. We spend hours, years and months between big waves, small ones and epic ones and forgettable ones. And every eventually reaches the shore. Every wave eventually closes out. This is the life of a writer. This is the life of a surfer.


On Walking in the Storm


When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm is all about- Haruki Murakami

The dark night of the soul, the crucible, hell on earth. The darkest times of our lives have been called just about everything. We can’t plan or prepare for them. Like a storm, they just show up…