The name Rick Rubin might not ring any bells, and his image certainly doesn't conjure up the idea of a multimillion dollar music producer. Even if you've never listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Jay-Z there is a lot to be learned from this amazing man.
After listening to Tim Ferris interview him it dawned on me that Rick's simple ideas and willingness to try new things without resistance are part of what has made him so successful personally and professionally.
He is able to get the best of the best from the artists he works with. How does he do this? By breaking down problems into small steps. For example, an singer songwriter he was working with was having trouble getting his ideas out on paper or in song. He was having a severe case of writers block. So...
Rick gave him a super simple assignment: go home and write one word on a piece of paper that related to the idea he wanted to express in his song. Sounds crazy right?
I find it to be total genius. Anyone can write one word on a piece of paper in 24 hours, but it can be the simple act of doing so that breaks the paralysis of the creative process.
Simple. Effective. Doable. You might want to give that a try if you are feeling stuck.
You can listen to the entire interview here, it's full of gems you can apply to your own life.