THE SHUT UP SHOW
About This Show
The peaks and valleys of solopreneurship can be extremely lonely and daunting at times. Perhaps you just made the leap and you feel paralyzed about next steps… or you’re a corporate employee feeling trapped and straddling that line. We know the journey is emotionally and mentally taxing. You don’t have to do it alone. We’ve all made the same excuses before. “But I don’t have enough time… money… resources… connections… but… but… but!” THE SHUT UP SHOW will give you a raw look inside the mind, heart, and spirit of amazing people who bring their best work every day despite having these shut up moments that can often hold us back. We’ll share mindset strategies to help you brave through your fears and tactical advice to inspire your confidence. We’ll pack our episodes with impact-driven SHUT UP tips to help you define your moment so you can live and work on your own terms.
Most Recent Episode
Building Something People Care About with Calming Manatee Founder Kurt Elster
Sep 25 14
Today’s guest, who came highly recommended by former guest Nick Loper, really put my robot dancing to shame. And, more importantly, he dropped some serious wisdom about how doing more awesome shit and putting it out into the world has shifted the way he leads and runs his business. Kurt Elster shares with me how one stupid auto-correction error in a text led to an overnight success we call “Calming Manatee.” Creative entrepreneurs…this episode is especially for you!
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Step 1: Do awesome shit. Step 2: Tell people about it! – @kurtinc via @_TheShutUpShow #shutupshow (click to tweet)
* Kurt has worked with a variety of clients including a Superbowl campaign, Verizon, small businesses and startups.
* Kurt is the co-founder of Calming Manatee, a website reaching millions of visitors every month who are looking for peaceful ways to reduce overwhelm.
* Kurt is a web designer, creative director, entrepreneur and now podcaster (what what!).
* After we recorded Kurt’s episode, he took my advice and started his own podcast, The Unofficial Shopify Podcast.
DEFINING SHUT UP MOMENT:
One Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. while tying his Converse All-Stars before work, Kurt started full-on sobbing at the prospect of having to go to a job he hated. It was the job he had told everyone he loved. A job where he kept earning more responsibility but never any more money. A job where he was denied a raise due to budgetary limits; his boss was shopping for a Porsche.
In that moment, Kurt knew he was going to quit his job and start his own business. He didn’t know what he wanted it to do. What he did know was quitting would light a fire underneath him. In less than two weeks, he