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Episode Info: If there’s anyone that can attest to self-actualization being the fruit of being able to take control over your life and the ability to master yourself, it’s Roberto Blake. In this episode, I talk to Roberto about his family life that influenced his mindset early on, how his non-linear career trajectory affected his work ethic, overcoming depression to get to where he is today, and his philosophy for doing the work he does.The top-tier creative entrepreneur, YouTube Certified content creator, and sought-after keynote speaker and I discuss:His recent tweet theme that circles around personal empowerment How his upbringing contributed to him being raised to be a self-empowered critical thinker His watershed moment and the many turns he took transitioning from agency work to freelance and eventually building his personal brand His views on self-initiated or free work as means to maintain creative control while gaining client references Working for experience vs working for exposure How he developed his abundance mindset and why he’s all about leveraging  Taking the “beatdown” of owning up to his choices at the expense of his self-confidence The “Fire Me or I quit” decision Why he sees himself as a true-born entrepreneur The standard by which he measures himself against Expanding his content themes and why he believes everything we do is a lifestyle How the difference between where he is on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and where his audience is affects what he teaches His Create, Grow, and Earn Framework Separating your economic value from your human value  How not having ownership of his time, work, and relationships pushed him into depression Taking back control through doing independent work and working out personal resentments  His radical transparency with his earnings and altruistic giving of learnings being means to pay it forward for all the training he himself received Why chasing the feeling of pleasing his parents translates to him wanting to empower and share knowledge to others His thoughts on achieving mastery, being multi-creative, and how to self-actualize creatively  Being intentional and purposeful about choices but trusting the process at the same time Why a career is like a web, not a ladder and how this is telling of a creative’s non-linear approach to life Why knowing what to do beyond victory is as important as knowing how to achieve it How he fell back in-love with taking photos, picked up wedding photography gigs, and allowed it to challenge himself and meet new people Finding the fulfillment of seeing growth in others through hands-on, people to people mentorship What’s next for him and what audiences can look out for in his next videos His concept of net happiness A practical guidebook of his Create, Grown, and Earn Framework that’s in the works How he applies the Japanese concept of Ikigai in everything he does Why he believes quality and quantity are non-combative and what should actually...
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