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79 minutes | 9 months ago
Personality Isn’t Permanent with Benjamin Hardy
Best Selling Author and Visionary LeaderWow! I loved this visit with Dr. Benjamin Hardy an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work and a new book titled Personality Isn't Permanent.Benjamin’s articles are amongst my favorites. If you follow this podcast and also our articles on iCreateDaily, you'll likely get the connection to our core message of creating the life you want to live and Personality Isn't Permanent.Ben's blog has been read by over 100 million people and featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, Big Think, and many others. You can find those relevant links in the show notes at page end.More About Benjamin HardyBenjamin is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today, and for 3 years running, he was the #1 writer, in the world, on Medium.com.You will want to join his over 400k email subscribers because his articles are profoundly insightful. In fact, I see Benjamin as a modern day stoic philosopher and visionary leader.Benjamin lives in Orlando, Florida, with his family. And speaking of family, Benjamin and his wife Lauren adopted three children in February 2018 after years of fighting the foster system in order to be able to. Then one month later, guess what happened? Yep… Lauren became pregnant with twins, who were born in December of 2018. So within one year, they had 5 children!I’m delighted to get to speak to one of my online virtual heroes and mentors, and in particular to talk about his epic new book (as well as book launch tips for you authors and creators).Personality Isn’t Permanent, Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story, by Benjamin Hardy, PhDOnce you set an identity of the future self you want to be, you set a goal to create that identity. ~Benjamin Hardy, organizational psychologist, author, philosopher Find more Benjamin Hardy Quotes on iCreateDaily.com. Tune into this elevating "Personality Isn't Permanent" with Benjamin HardyYou'll learn about:How to create your future selfDeliberate practiceSet goalsThe few big things that took Benjamin from no email list to now, over 400k subscribersWhat is a Landing Page and why it makes a difference in growing your brandAn alternative view to Benjamin's Personality Isn't Permanent book thesis offered by Ben himselfWhat trauma does to growth and development of the personalityThe problem with personality testsThe essentiality of creating your future selfHow your goals create your personality rather than vice versaBenjamin's success habitsBen's future selfhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dvWIyLrljIShow Links & Notes:Free chapter of Personality Isn't PermanentBenjamin's BlogWhen the Going Get Tough -we've featured Benjamin's TEDx in this articleDotCom Secrets by Russel BrunsonAdam Grant - an alternative perpectiveStumbling on Happiness TED by Dan GilbertEllen Langer books - "So beautiful! If you haven't read them, you'll be bathing in them because they're so beautiful." Benjamin HardyChoice Theory, by William GlassnerPowers of Two, by Joshua Wolf Shenk - Ben's favorite book on creativityWho Not How, by Benjamin Hardy and Dan SullivanThe Wisdom of Your Cells by Dr. Bruce LiptonADDITIONAL QUOTES: "Human beings are works-in-progress that mistakenly think they're finished." ~Dan Gilbert, Harvard Professor of Psychology, author, b.11/5/1957"We don't predict the future, not because we can't but because we don't." ~Dan Gilbert, Harvard Professor of Psychology, author, b.11/5/1957"We spend a lot of time remembering the past and think that that's our identity, but we spend very little time imagining the future." ~Dan Gilbert, Harvard Professor of Psychology, author, b.11/5/1957
16 minutes | a year ago
Laugh at Fear – Coffee Break
Facing Our FearsOur Coffee Break Sessions are varied conversations we have about uplifting quotes, people who inspire us, ideas we’ve been pondering, books, movies and anything else we think would be cool to share. These “inbetweenisodes” are like having coffee with friends.In this episode we cover the topic of fear, a feeling every creator is intimately familiar with. We…address one of Devani’s fearscover the various ways fear will show updiscuss why you need a like-minded peer groupshare actionable tips of how to combat fearWhen you train your mind that fear can be a fuel to propel your vision, you take away its power to control your life.Your mind is a tool and like any tool, if you don’t practice using it properly it can be used against you. This is why mindset is so important when it comes to human achievement. To do great things, you must think great things.Today’s Quote:“Time to face your fears and your excuses and laugh them off their pedestal. The world needs your art.” ~ LeAura AldersonOther Quotes:“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”~Mark Twain“Be the person in your peer group inspiring others to do more.” ~LeAura Alderson “We don’t need the people commiserating with us, we need the people who are going to push us to be uncomfortable.” ~LeAura Alderson “It’s on the other side of our comfort zone where we have our greatest growth.” ~Tony Robbins “All the energy you spend being afraid can be used an momentum to move you forward.” ~Devani Alderson “Is your fear really true? What would you be doing if that fear did not exsist?”~LeAura Alderson“If you’ve faced a fear before, you can face a fear again.”~Devani Alderson“To do great things, you must think great things.” ~Devani AldersonListen on iTunes – Listen on Stitcher Resource LinksiCreate Daily for Creator’s FaceBook Group90 Day Goals JournalOur episode with Richie Norton
33 minutes | a year ago
Coffee Break – Finding the Good in the Bad
Finding the good in the bad can be challenging, but possible, and the more we practice it, the easier it gets.This isn't about denying the bad or negative. Rather, it's about not focusing on that and instead, focusing on the attitudes and actions that empower us rather than paralyze us with fear.DiscoverCovid-19 Questions Worth Asking YourselfFastest way to shift from fearful thoughtsTwo most important mindsets to employ for positive changeTransforming Stinking ThinkingWhat we need to do is change the story of the frustration.https://youtu.be/cvRssduFnP4RESOURCES:Dr. Joe Dispenza Quotes and VideosStinking Thinking
61 minutes | a year ago
Holistic Counselor, Gloria Karpinski
Gloria Karpinski is a holistic counselor, spiritual director, teacher, healer, clairvoyant and author. Her seminars as well as her individual Life Attunements integrate universal spiritual principles with everyday life for greater holistic balance.NOTE: If you prefer the video interview to see the lovely Gloria in person, scroll down for that option.In her earlier life, Gloria graduated from the University of North Carolina followed by working as a journalist, prior to her ordination with the interfaith church: International Church of Ageless Wisdom.Gloria has presented and conducted workshops and seminars internationally for such diverse groups as psychotherapists, actors and doctors, in venues ranging from large conferences to colleges, churches, hospitals and specialized groups.Gloria is also on the National Advisory Board of the Sophia Institute in Charleston, SC and maintains a counseling practice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.A published author of two books, with a 3rd in the works. Gloria’s first two books have been used as texts for interfaith seminaries and study groups, including the Center for Sacred Studies in California, where Gloria is on the online teaching staff.Those fabulously titled books are:Where Two Worlds Touch: Spiritual Rites of Passage andBarefoot on Holy Ground: Twelve Lessons in Spiritual Craftsmanship,Of particular interest to share because it might also help creators in our audience glean alternative opportunities for funding for their work, Gloria's accolades include:A grant from the Laurence D. Rockefeller Fund for the Advancement of the Human Spirit.A grant from The Blessing Project Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to produce her book Where Two Worlds Touch in a CD Package. This package is now available in her online store at GloriaKarpinski.com, along with several Meditation CDs recorded by Gloria.Quotes from this Conversation with Gloria KarpinskiThe great mandate is, 'Know thyself'."All my opportunities came as a result of saying yes to my heart and intuition." ~Gloria Karpinski, holistic counselor"Sometimes things take a long time to get where they're going to." ~Gloria Karpinski, holistic counselor"Once we say 'yes', we're setting up a magnet, and if we do things that are in integrity, then we draw to us what we need." ~Gloria Karpinski, holistic counselor"We're always creating. So when people are creating out of fear, then that's in the atmosphere, so it becomes imperative to find spiritual practices that work for you... that can keep you balanced and feeling whole." ~Gloria Karpinski, holistic counselor"We are all creators, and there's no way not to create. As soon as you get that, then the decision becomes, 'Do I want to be a conscious creator?' Because if I'm alive, I'm creating. If I'm thinking, or every action I do, I'm creating." ~Gloria Karpinski, holistic counselor"There's a craftsmanship to bringing theory into practice." ~Gloria Karpinski, holistic counselor"Everyone has intuitive abilities, it's just the degree to which they name it or maybe they don't name it but it is such." ~Gloria Karpinski, holistic counselor"Light is the highest frequency we know anything about, so to transform negativity, I offer it up to an altar of light." ~Gloria Karpinski, holistic counselor"What I would say to people most of all is to trust themselves... to find whatever thing helps them to know who they are, and then they declare their intention of starting to live that... to believe in that and to really believe in themselves." ~Gloria Karpinski, holistic counselorTune into this elevating "Cosmic Conversation" with Gloria Karpinskihttps://youtu.be/7dCnLshJa84RESOURCESGloria Karpinski's Books on AmazonGloria's Website - Read Gloria's timely message on Endurance and moreGloria's YouTube video on Spirituality and Religion, the One and the ManyiCreateDaily.com iCreateDaily on AmazonThank you for joining us! We'd love to hear from you on topics you'd like us to cover and any other feedback.
50 minutes | a year ago
Emotional Art and Healing with Mandy Thompson
Mandy Thompson is a multi-talented abstract artist and an eloquent creative writer, “canvassing the depths”. Mandy had left art behind for years, only to return to her core for healing and the creation of an artist’s life.I was birthed into an artist at the time of becoming a mother. ~ Mandy Thompson, visual artist, creator, entrepreneurMandy is not only an exceptionally talented visual artist with a way with words, she’s also a deep thinker with practical business savvy.I draw inspiration from the transcendence of the natural world. ~ Mandy Thompson, visual artist, creator, entrepreneurMandy's pieces… evoke an essence of freedom and are an invitation to engage in the natural beauty of life. When art speaks deeply, a connection takes place between the artist and the viewer, a conversation that stirs questions and whispers answers.Topics Covered Her art business (see her quote on that below as well)What’s compelling feeling is driving and motivating her art these days.The importance of outsourcing some of your creativity.How she’s doing the Art-O-Matic as a way to connect with people all over the world.Mandy’s definition of success, and excellent success advice to artists.One very different thing Mandy is doing that virtually no one else does to grow her following by serving and connecting with her audience.“The business of the art gives as much as is given to it.” ~ Mandy Thompson, visual artist, creator, entrepreneur “Creativity is a more about a lifestyle.” ~ Mandy Thompson, visual artist, creator, entrepreneur “Among all of these complexities, there is often a quiet hidden Truth waiting to be found. We must only look, and listen.” ~ Mandy Thompson, visual artist, creator, entrepreneur We hope you enjoy listening to this podcast with Mandy as much as we enjoyed doing it!Listen on iTunes ~ Listen on Stitcher ~ Listen on Google Play ~ Listen on RadioPublicLinks From Interview:MandyThompson.comMandy’s Mail Art (YES! Snail mail art!)Art-oh-Mat90 Day Goals Journal Mandy’s Painting Caption — “The More” Concept: For those moments when you feel the Presence of More. Those “thin places” that leave a hint of life beyond us. For hope and anticipation–for transcendence–for living lives that are bigger than we are. A podcast for creators serious about your art.The Day is the Way.iCreateDaily!
41 minutes | a year ago
Successful Freelance Wedding Photographer ~ Alex Stead
Learning and Creativity as a Freelance PhotographerWedding photography is a big deal, and when it comes to photography jobs, wedding photography can pay mid to upper range of available photography jobs. As with anything, the actual amount depends on the kind of wedding… and on the quality of the photographer.In our show research we discovered that mid range wedding photography costs between $2,000 – $4,000 per wedding and can break down to less than $40/hour income, all time and logistics considered. Another statistic reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is that the average wage for photographers was around $28,860. But weddings can be a very decent to lucrative photography niche, which an off season period for pursuing other work or interests.In this podcast interview you’ll meet the lovely and dynamic Alex Stead, who has her own very successful wedding photography business.Alex is a creative and inspiringly productive wedding photographer, and here are some of the things we discussed in this interview:What it takes to become a successful freelance photographerWho first inspired Alex to give the freelance life a goAlex’s deliberation over school versus self-employedThe passion for learning that keep Alex excitedEntrepreneurial, self-education versus traditional educationWhy Alex’s chose wedding photographyThe kinds of commercial photography Alex doesGetting freelance jobs from publications like Reader’s DigestBeing a freelance photographer in a beautiful tourist destinationAlex’s favorite non-photographer class that helped her photography the mostAlex’s productive daily habits that help her mostHow setting goals makes all the difference in Alex’s success and productivity.Advice for making a go at professional photography.The most productive sources of traffic for her businessWhat venues for business leads did NOT work for AlexAnd so much more! The above list is just from the 16 minutes of the podcast!https://youtu.be/pKvEIUn16C8Links From Interview:AlexSteadPhotos.comTools of Titans by Tim FerrissArticle on Wedding Photography SalaryLabor statistics article90 Day Goals Journal OTHER:Learn how to Master the Business of PhotographyThanks for tuning in! Please leave your review on iTunes and also let us know what creators or topics you’d like us to interview in future podcasts and we’ll add it to the list.Thanks too to Alex Stead for sharing her story!Quotes we enjoyed from this interview:“Inspiration is for amateurs, professionals go to work.” ~Chuck Close, painter of big portraits, born-7/5/1940“There are some things you just have to do every day.” ~Alex Stead, pro wedding photographerFull Interview Transcription [raw; unedited]:LeAura Alderson: Welcome to the iCreateDaily Podcast. A movement for creators serious about their art. I’m LeAura.Devani Alderson: And I’m Devani, and today we’re joined by Alex Stead who’s a professional wedding photographer in Canada. Alex photographs the world with a sense of joy, her images full of bright colors and lights of emotions. She lights up inside when she’s able to capture photos that she knows will become treasured memories. What an awesome way to view your work.LeAura Alderson: Awesome way to view your work. And also fantastic photos on her site. Welcome, Alex!Alex Stead: Thank you so much, guys! I’m happy to be here.LeAura Alderson: Great. Tell us how you got started as a professional photographer.Alex Stead: I actually got started … I was about 14 or 15, so about 10 years ago now. I became really, really obsessed with photography in a way that did not seem normal at the time for a young teenager. I just super nerded out. I wanted to learn everything I could about editing and taking pictures. I just got really, really obsessed with photography.About three years later, I decided that I could probably make money off of it. I was a really big fan of Tim Ferris at the time. I was reading The 4-Hour Work Week. And I said, “Hey. I could probably make money with this.” It’s a cool hobby. I know I’ve probably got enough skills to do it as a career. Let’s see where it goes. My initial plan was to just work five to ten hours a week at it as a side job while I was going to university. Eventually, I ended up leaving university and now it’s a full-time job for two people.LeAura Alderson: Wow, fantastic. When you say leaving University, did you end early? Or did you go ahead and graduate?Alex Stead: I took a leave of absence for a couple of years. I’m actually heading back in January and scaling back a little bit just so I can finish my degree. At the time, I really wanted to grow my business and just see where I could take it. So, I decided to just press pause on the university scene for a while.LeAura Alderson: We’re all for that. What do you want your degree to be in?Alex Stead: Business and English.LeAura Alderson: Business and English, okay.Devani Alderson: Awesome.LeAura Alderson: Definitely the business will help you in your photography business. But as we get into it, we’ll learn more because so often people who get into profession discover that you really have to evaluate whether you need to spend the extra money and take the extra time to go back to university, versus continuing and pursuing your career, right? Had you considered?Alex Stead: Absolutely. That’s something that I’ve struggled with a lot over the years, deciding whether I should go back, whether I shouldn’t. My mind seems to change on it a lot. At this time in my life, it’s not really very useful. But I keep going back to the idea that … I love the idea of being just a highly educated woman, really. It’s more of a matter of pride than a matter of usefulness, I think. I know, right now, at this time in my life, I don’t have a family, I don’t have children. If I want to pursue my education, now is the right time to do it. I’ve got this great window in my 20s to do that. It’s more taking care of future me than really needing it right now, I think. But I definitely still struggle with it. I’m interested to see in my 30s and 40s looking back, whether that was a good decision or not to finish it.LeAura Alderson: It’s hard, in your 30s and 40s, while this may seem the opportune time, you can always go back. Our podcast isn’t on that subject, but it’s one of the things I’m passionate about because I see, and I hear from so many of the mentors that we follow, where they say if you are succeeding at earning a living in your business, unless you want to work for somebody else. If you definitely want to become an employee working for somebody else, then you go for the degree.Alex Stead: Yeah.LeAura Alderson: If you want to pursue your entrepreneurship and grow in that, then self-education, you can become a highly-educated woman through self-education, selectively.Alex Stead: Absolutely. I 100 percent agree with that, too. The self-education I’ve done so far has been way more useful in a degree as ever.LeAura Alderson: There you go.Devani Alderson: There you go.LeAura Alderson: Well, something to think about.Devani Alderson: In your business, you’re a professional wedding photographer. Are you solely focused on weddings? Do you do any other type of photography, or did you decide this is my type of focus, and this is how I’m going to pursue my photography career? How did that come about? How did you niche down to that?Alex Stead: So, when I first started out, I shot just about everything that came my way. I was doing families, I was doing newborns, I was doing maternity, I was doing commercial work. Really, anything I could get hired for with my skill, I was trying out everything. After a while, I realized that I really liked the wedding work the most. It’s really fun, the hours are good, honestly, you’re working weekends, but you’re not really working with other people on the weekdays. You get that time for yourself to work from home, which is really nice for a kind of introverted person. So I like having that time to myself every week.I still do some commercial work as well, I just don’t talk about it a whole lot. I get hired mostly through word of mouth.Devani Alderson: Cool.Alex Stead: Yeah, I really like weddings, and I like the opportunities I’m able to get through it.LeAura Alderson: When you say commercial work, would that be like a brand or product photography?Alex Stead: Yeah, so there’s a lot to it. Commercial work is a fun kind of side project for me. I don’t do a ton of it. But, sometimes magazines will hire me to do a small piece. Have you ever heard of Maclean’s magazine?LeAura Alderson: No.Alex Stead: Okay. It’s a Canadian magazine. They hired me a few months ago to follow a reporter around for a day, and photograph people he was interviewing. That was a really interesting day, just a great day of exploring. So, that kind of stuff happens. Or, Reader’s Digest called me up a little while ago, and needed a portrait taken [inaudible [00:06:03], so I just took the portrait. So, stuff like that is nice as a filler. I would say I’m probably 75 percent weddings, and 25 percent just other stuff.LeAura Alderson: Other things. So, speaking of Newfoundland, because that is the part of Canada you’re in, which is incredibly picturesque, so you have lots of opportunity to take landscape photos, photogenic, picturesque kind of scenes, and sell them as portraits, framed portraits, cards, whatever, gift shops, because tourism is a thing there. Is that something you’ve explored?Alex Stead: Not particularly. I paint as well, so I’ve sold my paintings in stores and stuff, just to sample Newfoundland scenery, and stuff. Yeah, I have some landscape work that I have available, but I don’t necessarily pursue that a whole lot right now.LeAura Alderson: Okay. It’s nice to, I mean, the education concept, it’s nice to have other options and horizons and possibilities. Especially if at some point you get tired of the weddings. I would think that a benefit of the weddings is you get to enjoy some good food as well.Alex Stead: Yeah, definitely is. I keep a list of just other possible options, so if there comes a time that this isn’t what I want to do, I’ve got probably 30 or 40 options now, where if I wanted to put my time and effort into something else, I’ve got a long list of things that are options.Devani Alderson: That’s awesome.LeAura Alderson: Yeah, and that’s a good point, because sometimes too many options are to the detriment of artists and creators, because we are idea people, and have so many ideas and possibilities and opportunities, so there’s a lot to be said for really niching down, focusing, and becoming well-known for one category as you’re doing with the weddings. And you become automatically the go-to person. Your name becomes synonymous with wedding photography in your area, so that would definitely be to your advantage.Alex Stead: Yeah, and I love the idea of thinking big, and like I say, I have a lot of ideas that I could pursue. But it takes time and effort, and would take away from your business. So, for now, I’ll cling to an idea, and I’ll take two or three months to flesh it out and make a plan for it, see if it works. Sometimes they take off and it becomes a successful side-project. It’s always a balancing act. It’s hard to have too many side projects, because then, no focus. [crosstalk [00:08:30] So, I try to limit myself to two to three things at a time that I’m focusing on. Always my business number one, the weddings, and I’ve always got something else happening in the background.LeAura Alderson: Fantastic.Devani Alderson: Yeah.LeAura Alderson: That makes sense.Devani Alderson: In the sense of iCreateDaily, what do you do every day? What is some of the structure you use in your business to keep the business running, and for your own creativity? You mentioned you have those various side projects that can keep it fun and interesting, but what do you do on a daily basis that helps you stay prolific in your own business?LeAura Alderson: Or learning something new.Alex Stead: That’s a great question. I’m all about the self-advancement, so whenever I can, I’m always trying to take in programs, or mentorships, classes, whether they’re directly related to photography, or business, or not. A couple of semesters ago, I did a dance class. And that was honestly one of the best creative endeavors I could have done. It made so many new opportunities in my brain. I was thinking of different ways that I could pose people and move people, just by myself. So it doesn’t necessarily need to be directly related to photography or business, but I try to do that. I’m always trying something new.Every day, I write. I write something every day, whether it’s poetry, or just journals, or short stories. I’m working on films sometimes too.LeAura Alderson: Wow.Alex Stead: It’s never a planned set time every day, there’s at least a half hour period when I’m writing.LeAura Alderson: Fantastic.Alex Stead: Yeah, and every day I edit, which is more just out of necessity, you have to edit your photos. But I find it very relaxing and very invigorating. It’s one of my favorite processes. It’s very meditative, I find. And it’s just kind of a precise skill, I guess, where you’re just toggling buttons, making sure the colors look right, clarity’s right, there’s no stray hairs. But I find my editing time to be very relaxing and meditative, and it’s a nice, daily process that I look forward to, honestly.LeAura Alderson: Yeah, that sounds fantastic. It’s wonderful how disciplined you are, so young, how focused on constantly creating. That’s very inspiring. Are there times that you don’t, I mean, I think where you are with it, is that you recognize to create daily does renew you, inspire you, and motivate and uplift you. But do you have down days where you don’t feel like doing anything?Alex Stead: Oh, absolutely.LeAura Alderson: And do you go with that, or do you push through anyway? What’s your approach to that, in general?Alex Stead: I read a quote recently that said “inspiration is for amateurs. Professionals go to work.”LeAura Alderson: Yeah, you heard that recently. That’s good.Alex Stead: Yeah, and I kind of agree with that. So, my more creative projects, I usually do when I’m inspired, or when I’m in a mood for it. So when it comes to painting, I might go six or eight months without painting anything, but then I’ll go three weeks where I’ll paint 20 things in a row. I’ll just be on fire for it. But there are certain things you just have to do every day, and you just have to stay disciplined to it. So, it’s finding my stretch goals, right, knowing when to let go for your own mental health, if you need down time more than you need putting pressure on yourself time. It’s still a fine line that I still struggle with, is being ambitious, being a sloth. Needing alone time, needing down time to just really rest and read, hang out in the hammock. But it’s also getting to work, make sure I’m focused on my goals.So, I set goals for myself, like monthly, three months, six months, a year, where do I want to be? How am I gonna get there? And I’m not super hard on myself when I don’t meet them perfectly. As long as I’m working the right direction.Devani Alderson: That’s such a good point. Because I think a lot of creatives struggle with where they are now, versus where they want to be, and then create their own intense pressure around, I’m not there yet, and that’s terrible that I’m not there yet. Because we also have that perfectionist gene inside of us that’s like, it needs to be perfect, it needs to be there, I need to be a year ahead right now. And so, being able to set those incremental stages where you can say, okay, a month from now, I’m not gonna be 12 months ahead a month from now. And I might even need to take a step back. But, I’m in that general direction, and I know what’s happening, and so I can move forward.LeAura Alderson: There are many artists in our audience. Some of them are where you are, and they’re earning a living with their art or their craft. And some of them are still working a job, wondering if it’s possible. You’re, I presume, able to make a full-time living as a professional photographer, right? So, what would you advise someone who hasn’t yet taken the leap from the job job into freelancing, working for themselves, earning enough, as a professional photographer, for instance, to make a go of it?Alex Stead: I think it’s two-fold. I think you need to really critically analyze your own work, and think, can I actually make money off of this? Am I good enough? I think a lot of people start too early. I was one of the people who started probably too early. So, looking at your own work and critically analyzing it, knowing that you’re putting out work that is worth money, really.The second thing is knowing business a little bit. You don’t need to have, I don’t think, a degree. But you need to know some basic marketing, some basic accounting. You need a little bit of every head. If you’re gonna start your own business and work for yourself and make real money, you need to know how to do the basics in just about every aspect of business for the first couple of years, usually.So, you’ll get to a point where you can hire those things out, but in the beginning, it’s good to know where you are. Especially with marketing, I think. It’s one of the biggest skills you need with running a business that promotes your art.LeAura Alderson: Yeah. The marketing aspect. So what is your number one marketing avenue that gives you the most business?Alex Stead: I would say definitely my social media. We’re pretty big on Facebook on Instagram, constantly...
33 minutes | a year ago
Implementer and Connector for EOFire – Kate Erickson!
Definition of Implementor:One who: carries out; puts into action; takes action; performs; implements a plan;Implement: to complete, satisfy, or fulfillKate Erickson, took the leap into entrepreneurial life in 2013, when she finally left her corporate job in an advertising marketing firm to join her significant other, John Lee Dumas, in his new podcasting endeavor.Today, Kate is the content creator and implementer extraordinaire at EOFire, the first ever daily podcast.EOFire is an entrepreneurial empire with books, courses, and loads of fantastic free content, and it’s safe to say that Kate is the linchpin there. We loved visiting with Kate, and trust you will too.Kate Erickson is all heart!In this episode you will learn about Kate’s:Creator’s origin story:what she was doingthe catalyst to trade her full-time job to go for entrepreneurship and what she’s doing nowPrimary role at EOFireLearning while doing / iterationsDaily tweaks to improveOne daily thing that makes the biggest differenceThe backbone of the EOFire communityKate’s why… what stirs her soulHow Kate and John metHow Kate and John sorted out their rolesLocation independenceWhat keeps Kate on track and producing daily, even while traveling and have her home go through a devastating hurricaneWho Kate admires most and other sources of inspirationsThe “why” for Kate and EOFireKate’s routine when travelingKate’s advice for solopreneurs or if you’re just getting startedhttps://youtu.be/SekhVlMcUXkLinks from Interview:Kate’s Take Podcast on EOFire – [no affiliation]The Freedom Journal – [our Amazon affiliate link]The Mastery Journal – [our Amazon affiliate link]Crucial Conversations – [our Amazon affiliate link]Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – [our Amazon affiliate link]The 12 Minute Athlete – [no affiliation]Kate’s Take Podcast on how to use the Freedom Journal – [no affiliation]Organifi Greens Powder great for travel – [our Amazon affiliate link]LeAura’s quick travel workout tips – [one of our websites]PLUS:90 Day Goals Journal – [our very own creation]90 Day Creator’s Challenge & Mastermind – [our very own program]Full Interview Transcription:Devani Alderson: Welcome to the iCreateDaily podcast. I’m Devani Alderson, and this podcast is a movement for creators serious about creating their art.LeAura Alderson: I’m LeAura, and our guest today, the lovely Kate Erickson, took the leap into entrepreneurial life in 2013, when she finally left her corporate job in an advertising marketing firm to join her significant other in his new podcasting endeavor. Today, Kate is the content creator and implementer extraordinaire at EOFire, the first ever daily podcast.EOFire is an entrepreneurial empire with books, courses, and loads of fantastic free content, and it’s safe to say that Kate is the linchpin there. Welcome, Kate.Kate Erickson: Thank you so much, what an amazing introduction. I’m so honored to be here. I really appreciate you both inviting me.LeAura Alderson: It’s fantastic to have you. Considering you guys have just come through Hurricane Maria, and you’re also planning getting ready to embark on a 40 day voyage around the road, practically, right? I can’t even imagine what it’s like for you right now.Kate Erickson: Kind of like a lot of craziness, but again, we were just saying right before this, you got to be able to keep on your toes, right? That’s what entrepreneurship is about.LeAura Alderson: Absolutely, you and John are incredibly … John Lee Dumas of the Entrepreneur on Fire, are both incredibly disciplined, and organized people. That’s like a winning team, and you guys are just so in sync with each other in that way, and compliment each other so well. We could talk to you for days, as I said before you came on, but we know that you’ve got so much going on.So, in honor of your time, and for us the challenge is always about all the things we want to know about you and converse with you about versus what will best serve our audience. For that, that’s the primary reason we’re here. We’ll embark on that, but first if you could share just a little bit about how and why you took the plunge into entrepreneurial life back in 2013.Kate Erickson: Sure, as you mentioned very briefly, I was at a marketing and advertising agency, and that was my dream job. For years and years, I had dreamed about being an account executive at an advertising agency. I started at an advertising agency back in 2008, and I was kind of like an assistant for a while, and then I kind of started becoming an account coordinator.It was kind of like this success vision of moving up the ladder, and getting promotions and all that kind of stuff. I was really excited about this position. I had amazing mentors there as well. The company that I was working for was just incredible. I was learning so many new things about marketing and advertising every single day, it’s such an exciting industry because it’s always go, go, go.LeAura Alderson: And changing so fast.Kate Erickson: Absolutely. I mean, it’s crazy to think that back in 2013, which was not that long ago, I was working on print advertising, and now print advertising is so foreign to so many people. I loved my job, I loved the people that I worked with.But, I had a really tough client. I was managing the company’s largest client and there was a lot of pressure, a lot of 3 a.m. mornings/nights, whatever you want to call them, and I was getting burnt out on it. It was starting to get old. It wasn’t that exciting, like, “Wow, this is really cool that I’m working until 3:00 a.m.,” anymore, it was kind of like, “I’m a little bit tired of doing this.”It happened to be that timing when John had launched Entrepreneurs on Fire, and the business was kind of starting to pick up, he was starting to gain some momentum, so he had kind of put the bug in my ear, “What would you think about working together?” And I was really nervous about that at first. We were boyfriend and girlfriend living together, and I certainly didn’t want that to be affected. It took a few months for the leap to happen, but I took it and here we are today.Devani Alderson: Awesome.LeAura Alderson: Awesome. Your screen has locked up just a little bit on your side, so we’re going to pause this for a second and see if we can get it back.Devani Alderson: Okay, so with iCreateDaily, we have a lot of creators in the community: writers, painters, musicians. The name is iCreateDaily, so we wanted to definitely focus on what are you doing daily with Entrepreneurial on Fire, and Kate’s Take, and the blog, and just the empire that you guys have. What are you doing daily? What is your role?Kate Erickson: Oh my goodness. That’d be hard to wrap my arms around sometimes. You know, really I consider myself and I call myself the implementer in the business. Every day I’m trying to figure out new ways to make things better, and constantly improve what we’ve already created.Recently, we were at an event and somebody asked me, “What’s next for you guys? What are you working on?” My answer was, “You know what? For the first time in five years …,” we just celebrated our five year anniversary, I feel like we’re at a place where we’re really looking to improve what’s already out there, because a lot of times as entrepreneurs, as creatives, we put something out there and we kind of see if it works or not and we see what the response is.We’ve done that, we’ve iterated it on things many, many times, and I feel like we right now have a very solid foundation to where now we’re kind of taking a look back at what we’ve put out there, what’s really resonating with our audience, and I would say one thing I consistently do every single day is I connect with our community. I think that that’s a really huge lesson for people who are just getting started, or even for people who have been in business for a long time and are running successful businesses.For us, that’s what our business is built on … is our community, because without them, we wouldn’t know what to create, we wouldn’t know what to improve.LeAura Alderson: Right.Kate Erickson: I would say consistently every single day, that’s absolutely something that I’m doing.LeAura Alderson: Yeah.Devani Alderson: That actually resonates a lot with creators, because many of us, whether we’re super organized, or super messy creatives, we’re always looking at, “How can I improve this? How can I get better at doing what I do? How can I produce …” maybe not produce more, but produce better.That’s sort of a big thing because some people are like, “Well, I don’t constantly crank stuff out. I’m not that type of person, but I can take the slew of products or contents, books or creations that I have and just tweak it.” Also, the connecting with community, because you can’t sell your work if you don’t have people there. It’s so important.Kate Erickson: Yeah, that’s exactly-LeAura Alderson: I’m just going to go off script just for a minute on that because one of the things that you just spoke to seems to me that the community is your why.Kate Erickson: Yeah.LeAura Alderson: It’s sort of like the concept of artists … we’re about creating, we’re passionate about writing or painting, or speaking, or building, composing. Whatever kind of creative endeavor you’re doing, we’re passionate about that, but then if we press to the Simon Sinek kind of why, it’s like okay, but why are we doing that. There are a number of different reasons people may have for bringing beauty into the world, inspiring people.It really tends to connect back to people. It seems like for you guys that’s a lot of your why is to … especially you with your background, and your original aspiration to teach, and you’re a great teacher and you love to help and share, so it’s like that really touches your soul, I would think.Kate Erickson: Thank you, absolutely. That was such a big aha for me to kind of come full circle and say, “I might not be teaching in a way that I thought I was going to, but what a beautiful path and journey my life has taken me on to be in a place now where I do get to teach, just in a different way than I expected.”Devani Alderson: And you get to do the marketing and the implementing, and you kind of have the perfect role there because you get to incorporate all the aspects of your dream job in one really cool empire.Kate Erickson: Yes, that’s such an excellent point. I mentioned before that I was kind of nervous when John asked me to first come on board with Entrepreneurs on Fire because I didn’t really know how I fit in. I didn’t want to just be put into a role where I was basically doing the same thing that I did as an employee … like take orders, do what somebody else told me to do. That was a really important thing for me when we started working together.For us to work together on what this was going to look like for both of us, and that’s been so helpful in keeping our relationship above water, is just understanding what each other’s strengths are and understanding where we can kind of pick up each other’s slack.LeAura Alderson: Right, definitely.Devani Alderson: That’s such a good point for creators who have somebody else with them, and how to just incorporate other people, whether it’s family, it’s a significant other, whoever … that is with you day in and day out. A lot of times we have these other people and they’re like, “Well, what’s my role in this? Is this just your thing? Am I just like your support system? What’s going on? Are we like two separate lives here?” It’s really important to kind of figure out where everybody fits in, and if they enjoy being fit there.LeAura Alderson: And having that support system, so that takes us off script again to this interesting question. I’ve never in all the podcasts I’ve listened to, of Kate’s Take and EOFire, I may have missed one, but I’ve listened to so many of my … When I first found EOFire, I went on a binge, because I was catching up, on 1.5x speed, like multiple times a day.I don’t remember hearing how you guys met. That seems important for our audience, because you mentioned relationships, and as you know, we’re the average of the five people we spend the most time around, according to famous Jim Rohn quote. An environment and support system is incredibly important.” You guys are just so symbiotic in that way. Could you take a moment and share how it is you guys met?Kate Erickson: In 2010, I was making a move. I was living in San Diego, but I was moving out of the apartment that I was in … moving into a new place. I contacted the landlord, and she said, “Okay, I have a place that I can show you. It’s not going to be the unit that you’re going to move into, but it’s right next door to it. It’s like a mirror image of it … all these places are exactly the same, it’s just a little studio apartment.” I said, “Okay, that’s fine as it looks the same, I’m okay with doing that.”She gave me the apartment number that I should go to. I showed up, and I knocked on the door. This guy opened the door, and it was John.Devani Alderson: Wow. That’s amazing. That’s so funny.Kate Erickson: He showed me his apartment, and then I ended up moving in next door to him. We shared a wall for about a year and a half, became great friends. That’s how our relationship started. We were neighbors, we were good friends, we started hanging out, sharing friend groups. After about a year or so, we kind of took that next step.Devani Alderson: That’s awesome.LeAura Alderson: That helps one believe in fate.Devani Alderson: Totally.Kate Erickson: Exactly.LeAura Alderson: Fantastic. Okay, so go ahead.Devani Alderson: What areas of business do you guys struggle with currently? I know you’ve “made it” in so many people’s minds, and maybe in your mind you’re like, you’re there. You’ve arrived. You’re running the dream business, you’re able to travel, but are there any areas that you guys struggle with?Kate Erickson: Yeah. I think that has kind of been a struggle in and of itself, right there. Just learning how to have a location independent business. We say that all the time, and we do have that, but it’s not easy. A lot of location independent entrepreneurs like to make it seem like you just take your laptop and you go, but there’s so much to consider when you do that.Take where I am, for example. I’m sitting in a bedroom at my parents’ house in San Diego, because this is happened to be where I ended up today. That’s kind of what it’s about, you’re not able to predict things the same way that you would be able to if you were just always at home in your office, or at a co-working space, or whatever it might be. That’s certainly been kind of new for us, is really taking that location independent thing to the next level, and figuring out what that means to get ahead.Of course, John has the daily podcast, I have my podcast, we have a blog, we have email campaigns, we have free courses, we have webinars that we do … so, figuring out how we’re going to prepare to make sure all of those things still happen, no matter where we are, no matter what time of day it happens to be … that’s kind of something that we’re definitely still getting used to.LeAura Alderson: I would imagine, for people who are really organized and disciplined as you guys are, sometimes taking yourself out of that structure can be the most challenging. It’s like a little bit discombobulating, and so I guess that you guys are trying … and yet, what you’ve taken is your schedule structure and your daily practices. It’s like now that you have your discipline and your daily habits, which again goes back to the iCreateDaily, you know that day in and day out this is how you’re going to start your day, and what you’re going to do.I emailed you a few days ago to make sure that we were still on for today, because knowing that you had your home affected and damaged in the recent Hurricane Maria where you live … Puerto Rico, I should say-Kate Erickson: Love it. [LeAura shows The Freedom Journal book by John Lee Dumas)LeAura Alderson: And, that you’re getting ready to go on this voyage … this incredible journey, it’s like, “Are you sure that it’s still good,” but Kate’s like, “Yeah, I’m ready to go.” That’s pretty amazing. Is that (tools like The Freedom Journal and The Mastery Journal) pretty much what you attribute [your efficiency to]? We’re using The Freedom Journal in our current 100 Day Creator’s Challenge.Kate Erickson: Oh, yay. Love that. Beautiful, oh, that’s awesome. [LeAura shows both The Freedom Journal and The Mastery Journal].LeAura Alderson: It’s amazing, and we will link to your podcast where you really talk about helping people refine their use of the journal, but it really gets to the daily habits and the daily focus, doesn’t it?Kate Erickson: Absolutely. I feel like that’s something that keeps up grounded amongst anything or everything that could be happening, and that is happening right now … this is by far the most discombobulated trip I’ve ever had. You know there are certain times when you are in a position to have those routines, and everything is easier and it flows.When I’m at my parents’ house, I wake up, I get my workout in, I do my green smoothie … there’s a certain set of steps that I take every morning, my morning routine, that is pretty easy for me to replicate when I’m at my parents’ house.Last week I was in Austin staying at a hotel, and I didn’t have access to a blender, and I was at a conference and the conference started really early, and I know how important sleep is, so I didn’t get to do my workout first thing in the morning like I usually do. There are always going to be some things that get tweaked a little bit, but I think that as long as you can keep those familiar things close to you when you’re in situations where you’re not doing it just like you would do at home, it’s still really helpful in keeping you kind of grounded in what your purpose is.Devani Alderson: It’s definitely a good lesson … and even maybe possibly a strength for creators even though it can be discombobulating....
69 minutes | a year ago
Personal Habits for Success with Matthew Turner
Matthew Turner is a coffee-drinking Brit from the area of England famous for its tea. That sets the tone for Matthew’s renegade creator persona, and that’s just on the surface, like his handlebar mustache. Yep, that’s real!Everything about Matthew is of the creative rebel persuasion with a large potion of humor, but he also gets a lot done.Matthew Turner is the author of EIGHT published books—both, fiction and non-fiction—as of this podcast. He’s the founder of Turndog Publishing, where his bio says:“I’m a writer, storyteller, father, and guy striving towards my own definition of freedom and success.” Matthew TurnerWe can relate and chances are you can as well.Matthew also helps millennial entrepreneurs align their business and mindset, so they build a lasting legacy, a value we share.Matthew’s articles have been featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur, Product Hunt, Copy Blogger, and he’s been interviewed on EOFire and other prominent podcasts. Raising our coffee cup to Matthew Turner for taking the time to share his story, knowledge and experience with us. Cheers!https://youtu.be/xftKanNiaOQLinks From Interview:Turndog.coThe Successful Mistake, by Matthew TurnerMatthew Turner BooksDaring Greatly by Brené BrownPLUS:90 Day Goals Journal Good Habits ListFull Podcast Transcription:LeAura Alderson: This is the iCreateDaily Podcast, a movement for creators serious about their art. I’m LeAura.Devani Alderson: And I’m Devani, and today we’re joined by Matthew Turner. Matthew is the founder Turndog Publishing, and he’s published seven books, six of them fiction, and one nonfiction. His bio says, “I’m a writer, storyteller, father, and guy striving towards my own definition of freedom and success,” which we love.He also helps millennial entrepreneurs align their business and mindset, so they build a lasting legacy, other things that we’re about, too, so this is perfect. Matthew’s articles have been featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur, Product Hunt, Copy Blogger, and he’s been interviewed on EOFire and other prominent podcasts, and last but not least, he enjoys a rich cup of black coffee. Cheers to that.Matthew Turner: The most important part of it.Devani Alderson: Yeah.LeAura Alderson: Yeah, I mean, you’re a Brit, so it’s coffee not tea, so that’s important to know.Matthew Turner: Yeah, I am one of the rarities over here, I don’t do tea. I’m from a part of the country, as well, which is quite famous for its tea.Devani Alderson: Oh, wow.Matthew Turner: Go figure.Devani Alderson: You’re a rebel.Matthew Turner: I am.Devani Alderson: This is where the entrepreneurial, rebellion started.LeAura Alderson: It started early, right?Matthew Turner: Started with my love for coffee, what can I say.LeAura Alderson: So, where are you? You said a part of the country known for its tea, so where are you?Matthew Turner: I’m in a little town called Halifax. We’re based in Yorkshire, which is the North of England, and one of the bigger brands, I won’t say, I couldn’t really tell you if it’s a good brand or not because I haven’t drunk a cup of tea since I was about seven, but Yorkshire tea is quite a famous one. From where I live, people enjoy a good cup of tea, but I’m one of the rarities. Although coffee is popular too, especially these days. Coffee is just expanding all the time, so I’m quite lucky. More and more good coffee shops are opening up where I live all the time, so I get to write there, and I get to just drink coffee there. It’s what I do, it’s what I love.Devani Alderson: You started the revolution.LeAura Alderson: Yeah.Matthew Turner: I don’t know if I quite started it, but yeah let’s go with that.LeAura Alderson: Let’s go with that, sounds good. You heard it here first.Matthew Turner: There you go.LeAura Alderson: Matthew, we’re very inspired with your prolific creations. Seven books published plus an entrepreneurial coach and mentor and other things going on in your life. Hasn’t always been that way, you haven’t always been published, so how did you get started with the first one? How did you get started in this, where you’re basically living your passion?Matthew Turner: Wow. It began way back. I’ve just turned 33 actually, and I started writing when I was around about 21. It was after a pretty rough breakup. I was in your ends of the world, I was in Kentucky. I basically worked at a summer camp throughout my 20s, so I spent a lot of summers in the Cincinnati area. There was one summer where I fell in love, and then I went home, and it was a tough breakup. One of the things which she suggested I do is to just write and show my feelings. I think she meant writings in a journal, but I didn’t go along that path. Before I knew it, an idea came, and it just blossomed, and then I thought, “Oh, I could maybe write a book.”I hadn’t taken an English class since I was about 15, and I still haven’t taken an English class ever since. But what I’ve discovered since then and throughout my 20s is that I’ve had a fantastical love for storytelling. And I’m probably more creative in throughout my life, probably more than I give myself credit for. I always enjoyed to be creative, just not necessarily in the way of drawing and literature when I was younger, at least. But I’ve always been quite creative. I’ve always enjoyed stories, and I’ve always embraced storytelling.Kind of skip forward to when I was about 27. I finally got to a stage where I was like, “Right, I’m either gonna finish this book, or not.” Because I’d finished writing it when I probably was around about 22, and I would leave it, and I would go back to it, and I would edit it, and I had these grand visions and dreams of, “Maybe it’ll get picked up by a publisher one day,” but of course I wouldn’t send it out. I didn’t send it to an agent. I didn’t really do anything with it.I just got to a point where I was like, “Right, okay. I am going to give this book one final edit, and I am going to send it to an agent, and I will just see what comes of it. I’m gonna complete the process, because I’ve spent the last six years doing nothing with it. So I’m gonna complete the process, either it gets picked up or it doesn’t, but at least I feel like I can put it to bed.”But in doing so, I started researching more and more, and I found self-publishing, and that led me into the online world, and I met online marketers and online writers. It just opened my eyes. I suppose I knew all these things existed, but I just wasn’t a part of it, and I just didn’t know what it actually involved. I was marketer, that’s my trade, so I thought, “Well, the hell with giving it to an agent. I’m a marketer, how about I just get it out there?” And I did. My first book was Beyond Parallel, I finally left my job so I could focus more on my own writing but also on some kind of marketing consultancy. I had no idea what it would look like at the time.I should, in hindsight, have probably stayed in the working world longer, to both bring in a little bit more money, but also to find my [inaudible [00:05:38] In hindsight, I probably should have stayed in the working world longer, one to get some more money, but also to just figure out what I wanted to do, what value I was gonna bring to the table. But I didn’t do that, and I did release Beyond Parallel, and I self-published it, and straight after that I start writing on my next book, which is Tick to the Tock. Straight after that I started writing on my third novel, I Unlove You, and each one of these all had a few short stories aligned with them all.Between all of this, I was working on The Success Mistake, which is my nonfiction book, and I interviewed a lot of people for that. It’s just been a journey of self discovery, really. I’ve learnt so much doing it all, and it all began with a rough break up. Hopefully that gives you a nice sort of snapshot, long-winded one, of how it all kind of began.Devani Alderson: [crosstalk [00:06:30] Thanks to whoever the girl is from that one summer, right?LeAura Alderson: Can you imagine?Matthew Turner: That’s it, you know?LeAura Alderson: I mean, what if, right?Matthew Turner: Well, it’s funny that you say “What if,” because Beyond Parallel, the first book, is all about “What if.” That is basically the premise of this book, this idea of “What if.” I’ve always, I suppose, been quite curious about “What if,” and that year particular afterwards, I was all about “What if.” What if I’d have said this? What if I’d have done that? What if I’d have done this differently? Would my life be any different now? And I suppose I still look at that.Like you say, what if that summer hadn’t have happened? Would I have found writing, still? Maybe, but maybe not. We could potentially all live a billion lives, and we’re only given one. It’s a fascinating and daunting and scary medium.Devani Alderson: It’s a perfect medium for a writer though, because we’re writing about parallel realities that we make up. It makes sense.LeAura Alderson: Yeah, definitely.Matthew Turner: Absolutely. And it’s always, how you say [inaudible [00:07:35] it’s how I’ve made sense of things, is I’ve started writing more recently after a bit of a hiatus, and I feel so much more clear about things. Ideas spring forward. It’s amazing. Once you start putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard, the ideas spill forward, and then you can just take them and who knows what will come of it, but something good usually.LeAura Alderson: Definitely. I want to touch back on a couple of things you said in the intro. So, you were working full time when you started your writing career, correct?Matthew Turner: Yeah.LeAura Alderson: So many in our audience are at that place where they know that they want to do something more than the job job, they want to do something from their soul, from their passion, something that they’re interested in and something creative, and yet they feel like they might have to do it full time in order for it to work. But you started part-time. You did say that maybe in retrospect you could have gone longer doing it part-time in order to build a more solid financial foundation, but it’s worked for you. You made it work. How did you make it work, during that time when you were working full time and then writing part-time? What was your daily schedule like? How disciplined and structured were you?Matthew Turner: Compared to who I am today, not really that disciplined at all, to be honest. I suppose when I first started writing I was a student, so that was a little bit easier because you do have a bit more unstructured time as a student, especially when I was doing my Masters. But I did have time to write in the evenings. When I got my job it was just a case of sitting down in the evening and saying, “I’m gonna write a blog post right now. I’m gonna do a little bit of editing. I’m gonna do a bit of this.”I was quite always lucky to not have to strict of a job, too. They weren’t on my every move, so I would sometimes go in and still check on some comments, do a bit of this, do a bit of that. I just kind of made it work, but I didn’t really have a schedule as much. I just was exploring, and I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I felt like [inaudible [00:09:34] I knew, and in retrospect I just had no idea. I’m only just now getting to a point where I feel like I’m starting to properly understand what it looks like.But hey, speak to me in five years time, and I might still be in [inaudible [00:09:47]. In retrospect, I didn’t. You don’t even know what you know. But I would like to touch upon this idea of people still at work. One and two branch off and do something on their own and take that passion further. There’s a couple of key things which I’ve learned, and if I could go back again, I would probably do this.This first is, it’s crazy to just [inaudible [00:10:12] upon your own life. Have that job or do some freelance, do something to keep it coming in. Not just for the money, because it forces you to work on your passion when you’re tired. You learn so much during that period. If you’re having to build something, whether it’s writing, or podcasting, drawing, design, whatever. If you have to [inaudible [00:10:33] that after a long day of working or studying and you’re tired, and you’re still doing that and after several months you’re still enjoying it, that says that it really is a passion to stick around.Another thing I’ve also learnt from other people more than from myself, is that once you start doing it, test it. Get it out there. And once you feel you’ve got to a point where you could potentially leave your job and go out on your own, stick at it for at least another three or four months. Because that extra three or four months, you’ll build greater traction, you’ll earn more money, you’ll save more money, and again it’s forcing you to appreciate that it’s not just about the passion. That your passion also has to have purpose.And then this is final point until I let it back over to your fine selves, is passion alone is never enough. You need to have passion and purpose. If all you’ve got is purpose and you’re not passionate about your work, I think you’ll get to a point where it’ll just feel like a job. But if all you’ve got is passion and there’s no purpose to it, you’ve basically got a hobby.It’s about finding and validating that what you do is something that you love, and it’s something that you’re good at, and something that you bring value to the table, but also making sure that there’s a purpose to it, that it’s helping other people. It’s providing a service, and those people are willing to pay for it. Because if you don’t have that, you don’t really have a business, and you don’t really have a career. And that’s something I’m still learning myself. It’s something I’m still constantly evaluating and going, “Have I got the balance right between this passion and purpose?” At times I think I do, at times I think I don’t. But stick at it, and if you can do that, and make sure there’s passion plus purpose, and then you validate and you keep at it for at least three or four months longer than you think it should, you’ve set the foundations for such great success.LeAura Alderson: I love that. That is so important, and it’s such great advice, really. We’re gonna make sure that … In fact, we’re gonna send that out in an email to our people to make sure they get those three points, because that’s so impactful. We’ve often talked about here, it’s sort of like the things that … In particularly as Devani was growing and her brother were growing up from homeschooling and sometimes other schools, in and out, you know how kids … All of us really latch on to different things that we think we would love to do, but really, the proof is in the pudding. Where the rubber meets the road is, if it is that we’re compelled to do it even when we’re tired. So that’s such an excellent point.Matthew Turner: For instance, at the minute I’ve been liking yoga a lot recently. I’ve kind of got into it in the last couple of years, and I do it. But I don’t do it all that often. I do it like once a week, and if I got to a point right now and say, “Well, I like yoga, I get a lot from yoga, I’m passionate about yoga. Maybe I’ll do it two times a week.” And then I do it two times a week. Well then I just, “You know what? I’m gonna become a yoga teacher and it’s gonna be my life. I’m gonna leave the corporate world and just do that.”And it would just be a crazy thing to do, because I don’t know what it’s like to do yoga every single day, let alone do it every single day, several times each day. Do you love yoga enough for that? You don’t know until you do it, so it would be a case of do it two times a week, do it three time a week, take a course, throw yourself into that world. And after six months of doing so and then maybe another six months of doing a few classes here and there were you teach part-time, and you still you come back and go, “I love yoga. I love what it does for me personally, I love helping other people do yoga.”That’s when you know that actually, “Yeah, I could be a yoga instructor.” But just going to a couple of classes a week and having a passion in that way doesn’t mean that you’re gonna find a passion enough to have that be your world. And it’s exactly the same with things like writing. Some people enjoy writing in the sense of, they like to write for five minutes in their journal every morning. But do they love writing enough to write a book? To write for six, seven hours a day? To do all the edits and do everything else? You don’t know until you try it.Devani Alderson: Yeah, that’s such a good point, and it’s so practical, too. Because a lot of times we hear a lot of advice of, “Go try different things,” but it’s not just trying different things, because you can be … For me, for instance, I can be very, very passionate about this and that, but when you really sit down and examine like you were saying, “Okay, do I actually have a purpose behind doing this? Is there something deeper here that’s bringing me joy besides just doing the thing?” In terms of turning it into a career.I mean, it’s fine to have your hobbies. That’s great. I think it inspires a lot of creativity in people.LeAura Alderson: And relaxation.Devani Alderson: And relaxation and ideas, and it just generates positive, healthy energy in your life. But you have to back it up with the practical of like, “Okay, do you like this enough to put in the 10,000 hours to become the expert?” Type thing, you know? “Are you going to put in the time it takes to become the key person in this field of endeavor?”LeAura Alderson: And especially knowing that basically a lot of that means alone time just working hard. When you’re writing, it’s just you and the page, the computer, and it’s a long haul to bring the book from inception to completion.Matthew Turner: It’s a labor of love. Whenever I speak to an author who’s brought out a book, at least one who’s written the book themselves and are passionate about it, it’s a true labor of love. We love it. I love to write, and I love the writing process. Even to an extent, I love the editing process, because it allows you to turn something that was once maybe just a conceptual idea into actual … “I feel like this could help certain people. I feel like this could have an impact.”But the editing process is so hard. It’s so drawn out, and the fact is, by the time you publish your book, you just are sick and tired of your book. You got to a point where you have to now promote and say to people, “Yeah, you should read my...
58 minutes | a year ago
The Power of Starting Something Stupid with Richie Norton
If you haven’t yet heard of Richie Norton, you’ll want to tune into this episode for sure! And… if you’ve heard Richie before, you know you’ll want to tune in because Richie is rich in experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, positivity and bringing good things to life!Author, speaker, entrepreneur, blogger, happy guy, family man, inventor’s best friend… Richie Norton is a man to follow. He’s a positive influence to many entrepreneurs and product creators with e-commerce brands, but most importantly, Richie is an inspiring voice with a positive outlook on life and he exudes that everywhere he goes.Through his company, Prouduct, Richie helps businesses bring their product ideas to life through outsourcing to China; in fact, Richie is in China as we write this on another great trip for clients.Richie helped one of our online mentors, John Lee Dumas create his best selling books:The Freedom Journal and The Mastery Journals, both elegant hardcover books. Definitely, products to be proud of.Forbes Magazine said: “Thank you Richie Norton for inspiring us to authenticity and greatness.”We absolutely agree and you will as well as you dive into this fun and informative time with Richie. Links:RichieNorton.com – [our Amazon affiliate link]The Power of Starting Something Stupid, by Richie Norton – [our Amazon affiliate link]Resumés are Dead and What to Do About it, by Richie Norton – [our Amazon affiliate link]Ruckus List Vlog – [no affiliation]The Freedom Journal, by John Lee Dumas – [our Amazon affiliate link]The Mastery Journal, by John Lee Dumas – [our Amazon affiliate link]PLUS:90 Day Goals Journal – [our very own creation]90 Day Creator’s Challenge & Mastermind – [our very own program] Full Episode Transcription[00:00:01] Devani: Welcome everybody to another episode of the iCreateDaily Podcast I’m Devani.[00:00:06] LeAura: And I’m LeAura, and we’re here today with one of our favorite thought leaders that we’ve been following for a few years, Richie Norton.I first learned about him when my daughter Devani kept sharing about him and talking about this amazing guy that she was connected with online through one of the groups that she was involved in. And one of the things that we had in common is that he and his wife are homeschooling the kids. The other thing we have in common is living in Hawaii where I grew up. He’s also an entrepreneur and creator. So welcome Richie It’s awesome to have you.[00:00:44] Richie: You guys are the best and I love mother daughter. You guys are like the best family ever I want to be just like you.[00:00:55] LeAura: You’re off to a running start for sure and we’re trying to catch up with you as well. Yes so a little bit about Richie, go ahead Devani.[00:01:01] Devani: Yeah, Richie and I connected when I was working with Scott Oldford. He was in Scott’s Facebook group and I saw him as a member in there and sort of looked around in his profile and started talking to him and he was like doing all these cool things traveling with his family. He was constantly online.[00:01:23] Devani: He’s a big social media influencer and is just constantly putting himself out there creating every day. He is a blogger, author, speaker. He’s written two books. One is, The Power of Starting Something Stupid.LeAura: What an awesome nameDevani: And. Resumes Are Dead And What to Do About It. So that’s the offical bio of who Richie is and now we’re going to learn more about his creativity and how he helps other creators because he’s also the founder of a company called called Prouduct.LeAura: like Proud and Products but combined.LeAura: And what I love about it that you serve creators, we want to know so many things so we are going to have to rein ourselves in and start slow. But I want to back up just a few steps. This morning I started my morning with you[00:02:19] Richie: OK.[00:02:20] LeAura: About eight years ago in BYU (Brigham Young University) you were teaching a class, your pregnant wife was in there with you, and you were teaching in fact you came up with the concept in early stages, and said in the class the concept to the students that resume’s are dead. You were teaching the students you were you were sharing your story of how you became an entrepreneur which started back when you were a boy basically and you were encouraging these college students to basically take their life in their own hand own hands and be the decision makers and be the influencers of their own life and not rely on someone else to you know get them the job. In fact if they were to get a job let it be a freelance. Basically at that time. So. So we kind of know how you got started as an entrepreneur. But our audience doesn’t know so please share your story.[00:03:09] Richie: I am so amazed. That’s like way far back stuff you’re watching. I think that’s really cool. So yeah I mean I guess got my start really when I was a kid, like you were mentioning, when one day I think I was 16 and I told my dad I want to get a summer job. And he said you know “Don’t get a job. your job isn’t just like go to school get good grades you can be working your whole life.” At the time I’m thinking like “Dads aren’t supposed to say that right you’re supposed to say go get a job.” I thought I was weird but he was an entrepreneur himself and he said what you want to do my job I want I want my own life I want to buy things like I want to be human, I want to have control in my life to not ask for money and you know those things. So he said OK well if you want money I live in San Diego. He said go to the watermelon patches out El Centro and ask the farmers if they have some irregular sized watermelons. I know this is weird but like that’s how specific he was.I think he had a client out there that that was a farmer I think that’s kind of how he thought of the idea anyway. He said they can’t sell those watermelons to the grocery store. See if you can just take our family and take up the seeds and fill up with watermelons.[00:04:30] So what we did me and my brother when he was 14 I was 16 we went down there and we just filled our van with watermelon. It was so low to the ground that like it was like hitting the ground or we go over a block. And then I went through all my friends parents and anybody I can find it just you know it’s before all white cell phones were cool and texting and I just you know call people the Fourth of July is coming out. I have watermelons that are bigger than the ones at the stores. They’re just weird looking buy them from me. And how can they say no to a kid. So I made more money that day just from those watermelons than I would have made the whole summer working minimum wage. And looking back I was like wow I learned how to not necessarily trade time for money. Right. And that was a huge deal. And so through that experience and others I always decided my my like on when I start businesses you know and you know I’ve worked in three different companies doing different things. And there’s nothing like carving your own path out in life you know I can share more. Let me stop there and see where you want to go with that.[00:05:40] LeAura: Well you OK so yeah there’s so many places we can go. Right now you’re wearing a cap cap rather called Ruckus.[00:05:48] Right. And so you and your wife have started something new so maybe we can just take a big leap to the to the president and see what you’re doing with that.[00:05:58] Richie: So the ruckus list is a YouTube channel and we started.[00:06:03] And it was more of a way to try and stay relevant, because YouTube and video is everything right now and it’s becoming more and more so. So I want to play in that field. It’s about stories and help the lives and offer some real value to help them learn other ways to do it. And so it’s less of here’s how you should live your life and less of like look how all the cool things that we’re doing it’s kind of a combination like here’s some ideas that can help you do your thing but do and here’s how we make it happen. So it’s really fun. But it all started really. My wife and I after we got married we had kids you know, four boys. And during that time we had three boys. My wife’s brother lives on and off with us and he passed away at 21 in his sleep. And I can tell this story like a lot more sad. But like when it happened it it really…. It shook us destroyed us. And even though it sounds cliched, we realized that life is short and that’s cliche it doesn’t make any true. Right. Right. And we miss him and love him and we are. You hear me OK. So we’re going to get tricky.Our fourth son when he slowed down so we had our fourth sign an end and Gavin after my brother that he passed away and this boy brought so much joy in our lives and helped us. You know I just got to fill the hole that got left in his own little way. And this Gavotte he caught. He got a cough and it persisted for a long time. I went to the doctors and everyone said it was fine until one night he got so bad we put him in like a little humidifier tent things we could breathe better.And then we ran you know to the to the emergency room and after a while of being in the hospital we thought we’d be in and out of there like not like we had before they found out that he had contracted a disease called pertussis also known as whooping cough. And we were like oh. I mean that’s a thing of the past is he’s going to be OK. But no one knew. It turned out that it was just too much on his little body. And I remember the night when they were going to I don’t know they said it also stay the night and we always would stay the night. But what they were saying was it’s serious. And there came a time where they said do you want to. Like he basically said he’s going to pass. Do you want to bring in the crash cart and resuscitate him that will be a violent and he won’t live.[00:08:59] But we have to by law or do you want to hold him.[00:09:03] And so we chose after lots of thinking and praying about it to hold him. And my wife and I just kind of leaning over his bed on one side of me on the other. We promised each other this terrible experience what was happening right then wouldn’t tear us apart as much as possible. We knew that these kind of things can destroy relationships. We wanted to make us stronger to live better because of him.[00:09:30] Anyway they took up all the tubes and wires and I held her for a moment and my wife and just put my my hand on his little heart there and we waited for those last beats.[00:09:42] And so I slipped away and it was you know the nightmare that every parent wishes they will never have to face. And so all that experience was not only was is horrifying. It’s like “What do you do?”And my wife was holding the baby and was like “What what do we do now?” And this sweet angel of a nurse came and said you know can I hold him for you. And she kind of rocked him and we left the hospital empty handed. And between those two Gavin’s the passed away we we got a new perspective on life that you had all these big picture dreams. You think you’re going to wait until you’re fully prepared to do them. But like what not?And someone asked what did you learn from this experience. And I learned which I wrote about in my book The Power of Starting Something Stupid, and really the reason behind the ruckus list YouTube channel was what we called Gavins Law. Which is “Live to start. Start to live.” Which means if you live to start those ideas that are pressing on your mind you really will start living.[00:10:58] Most people that don’t like their lives or having a hard time. They may also there’s all kinds of weird things but they may be having thoughts but they’re scared to do it. But it’s those who embrace that fear or crush or wherever it is and do that thing whether it works out or not to find fulfillment and joy. You know in life. So the idea of the right. Is that a bucket list is a terrible way to live like because people will make this checklist and I’ll wait till they’re about to die to do ‘em. And so we’re saying don’t do that. Do it right now. And here’s how and here’s how you can make a living doing at the same time. So there’s a long way for you.[00:11:40] Devani: You know that’s great. That is so important for creators because I think a lot of us live either on the edge of I know I want more. They’re in a job or they’re doing something else that is not necessarily related to whatever creative field they want to go in or they are doing a creative thing. But it’s their down about it because it’s not working out how they thought it would. They’re on this long journey and they’re like “Wow there’s so much here that I feel so behind I’m comparing myself to this other person who is great and amazing” and it’s like we don’t we’re not promised the next day the next week the next year and so don’t do it now it’s such an important reminder of like each day is a gift. And we actually recorded a video sort of along that line today about how you just have to go for it if that’s really what you want to do and you can’t be constantly kicking the can down the road for that dream.[00:12:46] LeAura: Well it’s back to the title of the book The Power of Starting Something Stupid subtitle is How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live Without Regret. So that ties very much in with ruckus list. And I think a term that we often use is you know we’re a bit of a ready fire aim kind of you know entrepreneurs where you know we often you know we like the Seth Godin just ship it kind of thing and so I you know are the Reid Hoffman thing if you’re not embarrassed than you’ve launched to late kind of thing.[00:13:17] LeAura: So yeah I know that you’re all for that as well. How did you backing up how did you decide where did you come up with that phrase Power asserting something stupid and how when did you start to write the book.[00:13:31] Richie: Good question. In that video you mentioned that I was doing where I was teaching, at that time I had a book in mind and I was working on the concept that I was researching. But at that time I was going to call it The Power of Start, not stupid. The power to start, and start — and I knew successful started things and I created an acronym based on like history of what successful people did. And the acronym for start is to Serve Think Ask Receive and Trust S. T A.R.T.But as I dug into the research as I started doing it, now I also really like alliteration you know as I started digging into it. I realized that some of the most successful people whether in business or activism or whatever the heck they doing. They did something that someone once called stupid, in one way or another like that’s crazy you should do it someone else should do it. It’s bad timing it’s not for you it’s ridiculous like you have this stuff going on or you don’t you’re not good enough like whatever it was that just wasn’t a good idea. Ofr it was a good idea but not good for you to do, that might be good for someone else. Right. But these people that did that they amassed amazing success or wealth or influence. And that really intrigued me. So I started digging into that a little more. I was like whoa this is crazy, and crazy was a word people use a lot. He’s crazy like Henry Ford was crazy. Gandhi was great. You know the whole Apple thing was crazy it’s all crazy.[00:15:14] And I’m like what is this thing about crazy crazy how can you be so good you know. realized that stupid is the new smart because all the smart people are doing the smart things. So the opportunity is where stupid lies, and it’s not that it’s inherently stupid. It’s that people are ignoring it because they’re scared of something. And I also realize that and it’s a big part of my book, that creativity starts at stupid. Like if you’re doing something everyone else has done. How was that creating, and so doing something different.It’s not necessarily an inherently stupid but some might point a finger and go that is ridiculous like why are you Picasso or Andy Warhol Why are you like doing these weird things that like a kindergartener to do with a crayon. You know what I mean why are you doing this stuff. It’s like I don’t know. But they’re going to love it 100 years you know.[00:16:19] But whatever happens you do seek those opportunities. And in my mind though some people are like why have so many stupid ideas. And I’ve kind of become this stupid idea guy over time and I realized lately they were always asked which one do I start. Oh I don’t have one what do I do. I like to tell the story of Jeff Bezos who started Amazon who I think in this moment may be the richest man in the world or close to it or something like that. Right. And he goes up and down but he was working on Wall Street I think he was like 30 years old or something like that. He had a good job. And he had this idea cause he saw the internet growing. And he said I want to sell books like online, like that’s a thing. And his boss, you can look it up, but his boss around on a walk around Central Park for three hours I think it said and he said yeah my big idea but not for someone who already has a job.[00:17:14] He had a great job and he asked himself this question and this is why I think creative should ask themselves too is will I regret it when I’m 80. He told himself he would regret not trying this thing out when he was 80 in a rocking chair looking back on his life.[00:17:34] LeAura: Right.[00:17:36] Richie: So he left Wall Street in the middle of the year which is not a good time to leave because those people lose their annual bonus. Right. That’s a big thing. And he just you know moves from New York to Washington and started this thing from his garage and look where it is.Now the same time that could have completely failed like it could it may not. Unfortunately it didn’t because blessing all of our lives in different ways or not depending on what side of the book business you’re on. Things like that and everything else. But. He would have lived in regret like if he hadn’t done that he’d still be on Wall Street probably wondering.It’s worth sometimes the risk of failing because even if you fail the whole concept of failing forward. It teaches you how to go on to the next thing and the next thing and the next thing and the same success. You either...
17 minutes | a year ago
Fall in Love with the Process – Coffee Break
Our goal is to make iCreateDaily a daily podcast. We've fallen short of that goal thus far, but the lesson is that all too often things take longer than anticipated. So... best to fall in love with the process as much or more than the destination, for that's where we'll spend most of our time after all.Not only did we fall short, but we even needed to take a break from publishing new episodes while evaluating our direction and foci before diving back in. Our new episodes should begin to air this spring. At that time, we'll expand our show types according to our goals of creating a podcast network all round the "iDaily" theme.Today's re-share is one of our earliest Coffee Break sessions which is an in-house conversation as opposed to an interview. We love coffee and discussing interesting and uplifting topics, something that occurs often around our home and work, so that seemed like an apt name for these “inbetweenisodes” as Tim Ferriss calls them.In this episode of iCreateDaily’s Coffee Break, Devani and LeAura discuss a quote by Jim Rohn:“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse." ~Jim Rohn, Devani is on a roll in this conversation and came up with a few of her own great quotables:You fall in love with the process and that’s what makes you become good. ~Devani Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®We all want the recognition we all want the significance of being important. But you’ve got the significance of being important by doing the things that are important to you. ~Devani Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®Concepts Discussed:How to identify if the thing we’re doing is our soul work or just a romanticized notion of something.https://youtu.be/y4ZiymrSev4Show Links:Jim Rohn Books & Audio programsMatt’s Website: Tandem StudiosAndersonCreative.worksThe War of Art by Steve Pressfield90 Day Goals Journal (or 30 Day free digital download)90 Day Gratitude Journal (or 30 Day free digital download)iArtDaily 30 Day Intuitive Art Journal - Mixed Media Full Episode Transcription:[00:00:01] Devani: Hello everybody! Welcome to the iCreateDaily podcast I’m Devani[00:00:06] LeAura: and I’m LeAura.And today we’re doing one of the iCreateDaily quote segments where Devani and I share a quote that has meaning empower us and share it with you and discuss it a little bit hopefully to inspire you to create something today. So our quote today is by one of out favorite, well-known motivational icons of all time, Jim Rhone. And the quote is: “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way. If you don’t you’ll find an excuse.”[00:00:39] Devani: So if you don’t know us or haven’t been tuning into podcasts I like fiction writing all of us in our family of entrepreneurs like to do some sort of writing of some kind. Some of it’s nonfiction some of it’s fiction and I enjoy fiction writing.[00:00:57] And the reason I got into enjoying story and sharing my own stories was when I was younger I loved reading and I think a lot of us who are writers get into it because we love reading. And if you’re not a writer or if you are a different kind of creator you probably got into it because you are inspired by somebody else who did it or you trying to find something to fill some time with, and you fell in love with a craft of doing something.[00:01:32] Now if you’re the first type of person where you were inspired by other people who did the thing. So for me I write, then sometimes we have this perception of people that we look up to and it’s like for me it was Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, all that classic cool people that we loved to read. And I just thought their lives must be perfect. You know they could sit at a cafe they could write to their hearts content and.[00:02:01] Out came these amazing stories that we would read and soak up and I was like that seemed like a really sweet life and probably 14 [14:15] around the age and so definitely an age where you’re just sort of like you have a less realistic view of the world and you think I can do that too. I can just go to some random cool cute looking cafe I can sit there like so perfect and just picture like that perfect Instagram model or you know a Shutterstock woman sitting there looking off to the way they have the idea and they’re like wow I want it – I want to do that.[00:02:42] But then you start and you sit in front of the blank page you sit in front of the blank screen the blank canvas the blank whatever is going to be like first and your keyboard you and your keyboard you and your net and you’re in your painting and you’re sitting there and it’s just sort of like I’m in my home office and it’s really not like super glorious It’s very confusing. You have lots of ideas. You sit at the blank screen and sometimes it’s just like. So all those fantastic ideas I had a few minutes ago because I was going to be the great next amazing globally bestselling author. Just finished gone and you’re just sitting there and what you realize is your left with the realization that you have to show up for a process and it’s no different than any other job.Creativity is work and is very hard work because you’re pulling something out of your mind and you’re putting it into whatever medium that you put it into. So for me I like words and I’ve had that similar experience with many different activities right. I like photography. I like dabbling in painting now and then. It’s not something that I want to spend my life doing. I would like to write novels. That is something that I enjoy and I’ve come to realize that you fall in love with the process and that’s what makes you become good. Tolkien, Rowling, C.S. Lewis they had a process and their process was I show up every day and I write the words and it can suck.[00:04:35] It can be amazing but I will write those words and the work that comes out of that is what we see, right, we see the end result, we see the perfection that it is. Or you know whatever it is and I think a lot of us don’t always realize, or maybe we don’t want to face or maybe we know that we’re romanticizing something, but we don’t necessarily want to address that. And I think to become successful and to really master whatever you’re trying to do creatively you have to address the areas that you are romanticizing. So for me I also I love photography and I love it as a hobby.[00:05:25] I don’t want to be the person who shows up every day and perfects photography as a craft. I don’t have an interest in doing that. It takes a lot of work and frankly I don’t want to spend my life becoming a master photographer but I love it.[00:05:38] LeAura: It’s a fun hobby and it’s not to clarify that it’s not that because you work a lot. But if it’s not the work you want to do full time. [00:05:42] You know it’s like if I could choose what to do with my day it would not be perfect in my photography. I enjoy doing it. I think now and then I have a good eye and I’ll see something I’m like that’s the perfect photo and that’s cool and you know I’ll post it maybe I’ll save it for you know keepsake and that’s fun. But I’ve recognized you know for a long time I would romanticize being labeled a certain way. So was like I’m a photographer or I’m an aspiring photographer and I know one of one of my favorite authors and a friend and somebody I look up to Jeff Goins he talks a lot about the difference between doing and labeling yourself as aspiring to do something.[00:06:28] There’s this thing where there is a point where you should aspire to be something, but at the same time you shouldn’t use “I’m aspiring to do something…” to delay the doing of that thing. And I think for a long time there were a lot of things that I did were aspiring aspiring that and really it was just like you enjoyed this as a hobby and you have to face that you know. Do you have examples like going on with other examples.[00:06:58] LeAura: Yeah. Oh shoot I just lost my thought. That happens too. Yeah that happens yeah because I had a lot of thought. So if you were to reiterate the quote by Jim Rhone: “If you really want to do something you will find a way if you don’t you will find an excuse.” And we all know the truth in that because anything that’s really important to us we do find a way to do it. And the thing is is that we become our excuses we become our habits.[00:07:26] I remember what I was going to say, I think that a lot of times where it is sometimes the chasm between getting to the other side of being serious about it versus the romanticized notion is that it’s very hard to visualize what life is like on the other side.[00:07:48] It can be very hard and even feel very pretentious for us to assume that we could be reached the status of the authors that we admire or, the movie producers or the painters that we admire or, whatever. And so but as you mentioned in a previous like the previous session we all know that none of them arrived there quickly overnight and got that way the first time we saw them at what was behind that was many many many long hard hours of creating daily, showing up and doing the work. So we just have to get back to the romanticized notion of so yes if we’re romanticizing it but we’re not willing to do the work that maybe it isn’t. Like with your photography something you enjoy something you probably do all your life but not something you’re going to take into a serious profession other than to use it for own blogs and websites. You do but not to sell to others to make a living from it. So it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. But what you recognize is you’re not serious enough about that to put in the blood sweat and tears. That kind of bass of the thing but with writing say you’ve recognized and you’ve addressed your romanticized notion you know of the image of the writer’s life.[00:09:06] Devani: And I always go back to the ShutterStock images and maybe you’ve seen them all. We’ll stick a few down for sak. And I always laugh whenever I feel like that’s not what it looks like. And it would be like this lady with like great perfect hair and she’d just sitting there with like a pencil stuck in her ear and she’s like wistfully looking up the distance like literally like I’m looking at the idea out there and it’s on the rise and it’s on the tip of my tongue and it will be spun into gold on the typewriter…[00:09:40] And when you start creating you know that that’s not realistic except at the same time you kind of wish it was because it was like oh my god why is it so easy for that person you know and now or never is that easy. And I think that the quicker you get out of the quicker you recognize that your romances. And that’s it’s fine to romanticize something. I think that’s what sparks your curiosity about it.[00:10:06] LeAura: And I said yeah to envision you’ve got to envision a better possibility. So the thing through my romanticized notion is though once you’re on the other side of the success of it some of it is that romantic venue. Some of it is the audiences that invite you to speak because you the published and highly successful author. Some of it is that you easily get the next book deal or easily get the next many sales of your book because you’ve built an audience and you’ve built a reputation with success. And things do actually get easier. But even then you know the writers still get back to between them and their keep or it’s between them and the blank screen. And it’s always then just a battle of finding the way to do the things that matter to us. So you said earlier and it’s another good quote you fall in love with the process and that’s what makes you become good. So that’s what’s important. What you were describing the romanticized notion is often the end vision of what that famous persons life were that successful persons life must be like. And that’s good to hold into our vision boards so to speak to aspire to our version of what that will look like whether we’re traveling the world or speaking or how a stack of novels with our name on it or painting is …[00:11:35]Devani: to have a clear vision of what you’re trying to get to in terms of like when you write a novel for instance you have to have that clear vision of where I’m taking the story. And so with your own life you have to be like where am I taking the story of my life. What is the end destination of this. And then you work your way backward and say how do I get to that. Yeah. And so you know that image is a good one to keep for reminding yourself and coming back to this is what I show up for. This is why I’m waking up in the morning this is why I’m staying up late at night. This is why I’m doing this. You know it’s because at the end of my life I’m going to look back and I’m going to think wow you know look how far this has come and look how much I’ve created and look how much and even if you don’t put it out into the world say that you’re just you want to show up every day and create something whether or not the world sees it or not because that’s the thing you’ll be doing if the world saw it or not and yes we all want the recognition we all want the significance of being important. But you’ve got the significance of being important by doing the things that are important to you. And so that is how you that’s how you get there. Wherever there is for you yeah that’s great.[00:12:44] LeAura: So yeah my example of personal example would be dancing. I’ve always loved dancing and when I was growing up in Hawaii there were the only dancing was Hawaiian which was fantastically beautiful but not being Hawaiian. I mean I just always like Loved seeing the beautiful brown Hawaiian women with gorgeous hair like yours doing it instead. You know and so I didn’t take up dancing. And then there really weren’t the other kind of modern dancing opportunities like there are today. So Yet if I think about it you know would I have practiced. So one of the ways I kind of know about whether it was just an interest and romanticized notion or just something really serious and that’s what sets us apart. The ones who are destined to make a profession and to make it their art and that is if they would be doing it no matter what like you were saying with even if it never got published would you be doing it no matter what. And yes. So if you’re if that if you’re not into that then it could just be that it’s a romanticized idea or it could be that you have it immersed in it enough to become obsessed with it yet you doesn’t think about it and think of it as swimming in a sea of creativity and when we’re swimming then we get into the flow of something. So and once we’re in the flow swimming then we get swept away in the beauty and the immersion of that. And so again if you really want to do something you’ll find a way if you don’t you’ll find an excuse.[00:14:12] Jim Rohn let us know your thoughts. What do you really enjoy doing. Are there anything have you noticed anything in life that maybe you thought was this amazing thing to do and then you got into it and you realize well it takes quite a bit of work and effort here and again it’s not about not liking work or effort it’s about you have. And I don’t like to say we have really short lives. But the reality is that in the scheme of the universe we’re here for a short time and so what are you going to put your energy into. And are you currently doing something you love to do.[00:14:48] Yeah. And if you’re not sure. Because the thing is is that as we are on the journey we find new path of opportunity and then we might pursue things. And each one needs us to the next. So if you’re not sure you know if what you’re doing is going to be your ultimate passion but there’s not a big other lure pulling you toward that horizon then go ahead and dive in and immerse. Like we talked about in the previous quote podcast immersed in whatever it is that you think your art is to be in the world. And that will begin to lead you to the nuts and the next open door of opportunity.[00:15:23] All right guys. Bye bye.
66 minutes | a year ago
Transformative Art with Dana Lynne Andersen
History proves that art has the power to change civilizations. Transformative art purposefully cultivates the unique capacity of art to heal, awaken and transform.If you’re a creator, we know you believe in the transformative power of art. Our guest, Dana Lynne Andersen, shares her journey from artist to academician and back to artist.Dana’s magnificent paintings have been featured on the covers of books, magazines and calendars, newspapers, radio and television. She has taught and exhibited on three continents, and hosts an annual art academy in Assisi, Italy.In 1986 Dana founded her first “Transformative Arts Studio” in Berkeley, California – a nexus for the pioneering integration of Art and Spirituality.In 2002 she founded “Awakening Arts”, an international network of artists committed to the creation of art that is uplifting and transformative.In 2009 Dana began teaching in Italy and India, establishing The Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness and developing a certification program in the approach. The Academy has two centers; near Assisi, Italy and Portland, Oregon.Conversation Topics:Dana’s storyHer incredible artThe Awakening Arts AcademyClasses for artistsTransformative Art CertificationsCreative habitsThe transformative power of artThe creative process is actually one of the most powerful things we can possibly do to help the world. ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.comWhen we are immersed in the creative flow we open our hearts and minds. It is intrinsically healing. When we tap the Source within we open a channel of inexhaustible inspiration. ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"The creation of beauty and the experience of beauty actually cracks us open to a bigger reality." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"When we create... when we're in a creative flow, we're actually tapping into the deepest source of power and presence, vitality and vision." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"After a very short time of creating, people just hook in and connect with the source of that power within and then they feel the connection to the source of all of life... the whole universe." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"If we want to save the world we have to have turned on people who are in direct relationship to their own source from within." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"God whose center is everywhere and circumference, nowhere." ~ancient quote - original author unknown"Creativity is this mighty force that shows up in everything you do." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"The arts are powerful because they activate and instigate creativity." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"Figuring out how to make a living as an artist and a creative person is an enormous creative enterprise. It requires all kinds of resourcefulness." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"I met this artist who said her secret to success was refusing to do anything else." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"Sometimes, [making a living as an artist] means that you live simply. But living simply is also a very beautiful thing... there's a lot of riches in that." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"If you're putting out the effort and you're moving forth with courage, your way is guided. Follow your inner guidance." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"Innately, instinctively and intrinsically, every human being is a creator." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"Art is something that triggers creativity. We have it backwards, we think that in order to do art you have to be a creative person, and that certain people are creative people and certain people aren't, and that's just absolutely false. It's not true at all." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"The creative life is a vital life, a courageous life, a fulfilled life. The person is flowing forth the sap of life force in their body and being when they're creating. And if you cut that off, you create withered human beings, or at least part of their body-psyche-soul is atrophied. ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com"It's disempowering to a human being not to be creative, and perhaps the most important of all, it cuts off that aperture to the soul. When you are creative you are opening up a direct link with the divine inside of you." ~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist, founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.comhttps://youtu.be/8s7uPWZ7BrQSHOW NOTES & RESOURCESDana’s WebsiteDana’s Awakening Arts AcademyCreate the life you want to live, one day at a time.The Day is the Way.iCreateDaily!Ⓡ
14 minutes | a year ago
Intuitive Art Prompts – Coffee Break
Conceptual Prompts for Intuitive ArtIf you’re new to merging your art with intuition versus instructional prompts on what to draw, it can feel daunting at first. However, intuition and reflection are mind muscles that develop with use.Conceptual prompts open a two-way conversation between your soul and your art.You can find technical and specific instructional prompts in most prompt books and art instruction anywhere. Conceptual prompts invite you to fling open the door to musings and imaginings, and in so doing, leaves you more open to your intuitive wisdom.Are Your Struggling with Intuitive Art?It’s not uncommon for folks used to following specific instructions and object prompts to struggle at first. “Just tell me what to draw.” Yet artists with that mindset, are often those who benefit the most by pushing through to greater discoveries. If that’s you, stick with it and you will surprise yourself.Intuitive prompts free the mind to create from the inside out. ~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.comIntuitive art is geared to help mine the depths of your unconscious for gems to hold up to the light of your conscious mind. Your creations allow you to polish and facet these gems to reflect back the depth and color of your own thoughts and ponderingsConceptual prompts invite you to:Think more deeplySlow down and ponderLet consciousness flowUnearth and nurture deeper thoughtsLook beyond the surface of everythingSeek, discover and create more meaningRESOURCES: iArtDaily 30 Day Intuitive Art JournalsiCreateDaily 30 Day Creator ChallengesWhat is Intuitive Art? Conceptual Prompts for Inspiring Creativity A movement for creators serious about their work.The Day is the Way.iCreateDaily!Ⓡ
28 minutes | a year ago
2020 30 Day Challenges – Coffee Break
In this Coffee Break, we’re sharing the benefits of 30 Day Challenges. Whether you think of yourself as a creator or not… there is tremendous power in pursuing activities of interest, with a group of people also moving in a similar direction.NOTE: Since this recording we changed the 30 Day Creativity Challenge to occur in February 2020.Who is a 30 Day Challenge For?Well… Challenges are good for everyone really!There is a whole range of challenges some of which we mention in this Coffee Break. The iCreateDaily 30 Day Challenges we host are best for people looking for an environment and community where they can thrive in their creativity and goal setting.Whether you’re stuck in a creative rut, unsure of what direction you want to go in or have a clear goal you want to accomplish,a 30-day challenge can help you establish a productive flow.Coffee Break Topics:The benefit of 30-day challengesCreative communitiesAccountabilityGoal challengesArt and creative challengesOur Jan 2020 challengesNOTE: Since this recording we changed the 30 Day Creativity Challenge to occur in February 2020.“It is in the journey that the way becomes more clear.”~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.comVIEW - TUNE IN ON YOUTUBEhttps://youtu.be/SXEuA6tBphURESOURCES:iCreateDaily January 2020 ChallengesFebruary 2020, 30 Day Creativity ChallengeInktober Annual October ChallengeNaNoWriMo National Novel Writer's Month (Whoops, we said it wrong in the video)!
40 minutes | a year ago
Turning a Silk Painting Passion into a Business with Joanna White
It’s never too late to do work you love.Joanna White is building a thriving art business, creating and teaching the art of painting on silk through her company, Fiber-Visions.“I was a late bloomer”, Joanna said. “I didn’t get into silk painting until in my 60’s.” Now 70, she is full on into growing her business with the enthusiasm and commitment of a young entrepreneur just getting started.Silk art painting – image by Joanna WhiteThese are the stories that inspire us to do our art with a vision of the future. We’re in it for the long haul, and Joanna’s energetic enthusiasm will inspire you to persevere in your artistic aspirations.Joanna’s art is the unique process of painting dyes on silk with a brush. She’s been accepted into the area’s most prestigious art guild and on the weekend we’re publishing this Joanna is in the middle of a two-weekend stint of having booths at the largest artisan shows in the region.Enjoy learning about more about her process, fabric art journey and business building in this podcast with silk fabric artist and designer, Joanna White.https://youtu.be/VutOQE0Q8eAResource Links from this EpisodeBOOKSArtist’s Way Morning Pages by Julia CameronBig Magic – Elizabeth GilbertOutrageous Openness by Tosha SilverSilk Painting: The Artist’s Guide to Gutta and Wax Resist Techniques, by Susan Louise MoyerSilk Painting for Fashion and Fine Art, by Susan Louise MoyerFiber-Visions.com – Joanna’s WebsitePLUS:90 Day Goals Journal 30 Day Intuitive Art JournalsFull [unedited] Transcription:(Please pardon the speech-to-text mistakes for now . We believe it’s more important to post than to be perfect, or as Seth Godin says, “to ship it!”)LeAura: Hi this is LeAura AldersonDevani: and I’m Devani Alderson here with iCreateDaily podcast. A podcast for creators. LeAura: Our guest today is Joanna White fabric artist and instructor living in Asheville North Carolina. Welcome, Joanna!Joanna: Thank you for having me! LeAura this sounds like a great idea.LeAura: We’ve had a wonderful response from it so far and it’s a blend of our passion and purpose project. So while it was not the best time to start it with everything else we have going on. We were compelled to do so… seeing the need out there in the artistic community; to figure out ways how to make their art their livelihood, and essentially how artistic creatives and authors do that, which is something you’re doing. We’re going to get into a little bit more over the interview. Could we begin by you sharing more about what you do what your artistry is and what you’re doing with that?Joanna: OK. Well, basically I grew up in a family where the women were makers. My grandmother had her own millinery shop in Amsterdam before she came to this country. And then when she got here she made her living from her sewing for other people. I was taught this by my mom and my aunt. And I was interested in fiber and I can remember sitting in front of now this will date me but you know I’m older. I was sitting in front of the man’s first walk on the moon in 1968 in the summer of 1968 creating a tapestry woven tapestry a needle and thread kind of thing. So it’s always been in my gene pool, fabric.And so when I finally was approaching that dread year 60, altho it was not a dread year for me, I decided that if I didn’t start I would never start. And so I’m a late bloomer. I’m self-taught. I primarily use dies on silk and so I don’t die, I paint with the brush so it’s a single brush and everything is painted by hand so it’s not quick and dirty it’s one of a kind. So what to do how to start. I was taking a watercolor class and having such a frustrating time because it was on paper and I thought ‘Why in the world did I sign up for this?’. So surely there is something about painting a fiber so I went online to YouTube and I learned to paint silk on YouTube.Devani: Amazing.Joanna: And you know it was the beginning and what it did is that it opened doors for me to find other people.And in North Carolina at that time there were not that many people painting on so I could not find a local teacher. So I found a woman in the United Kingdom who offered way before her time an online course in silk painting and she’s very successful. Her name is Jill Kennedy. So she was really my first teacher and I started just following along and doing. And the more–silk painting is truly very addictive. How the dies when you drop them on plain white silk and they move. It’s like flying through the air on an airplane or in an airplane you now have a textures and then you just feel like you’re just flying well, That’s the way color on silk works.Silk art painting by Joanna White[00:03:22] LeAura: Love that.[00:03:23] Devani: Oh my goodness that sounds so much fun. I’ve dabbled a tiny bit in watercolor on paper and it’s very difficult. But man that just love textures and feelings.[00:03:36] LeAura: That sounds fantastic. And by the way, you said when you’re around when you were 60 so that would have been years ago which people are not going to move it because you don’t even look over. You don’t even look 60. But that was 11 years ago which there wasn’t even that much on YouTube at that time.[00:03:58] Joanna: Now there is a man out in California who does nothing but put online classes up for makers in lots of fiber artists have online courses now. Now that’s how I started painting and of course when you paint you start stacking up scarves and there are only so many scarves you can have and only so many friends will take your scarves, so you have to find an outlet. So I began to investigate what does it take to do outdoor shows. I had a straw at the time my husband was living and he was a strong supporters so went and visited artists and he would interview artists on what was the best tent. Why did they like the tent they had. I would walk around wearing my scarves trying to figure out if I had what it takes to be able to do that. And someone came into my life at the art in the park in Blowing Rock and she said if this is your art–pointing to my scarf–then yes of course you have the skill to be. And so she encouraged me and I applied and got even when she also was part of a gallery in Blowing Rock and so I lived there and got in there. So that was the beginning. Outdoor shows and I was doing maybe the first year four or five at the height of my outdoor experience I was doing 11 which was way too much because I had the equivalent of a full time job, in addition. I think the hardest piece of all of this is that it’s very very difficult to make a living from your art.[00:05:26] Don’t quit your day job because your day job is like Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert I love her book.[00:05:34] Devani: Big Magic.[00:05:35] Joanna: Big Magic. That’s it. And she talks about how she waited tables. She had all the stuff she wrote every day she never quit her day came after she had two successful books. So you can make a living doing art. But it doesn’t happen overnight.[00:05:54] LeAura: Well you know when you think about it and so this is the thing that I think that many artists and authors creatives in general. Somebody mentioned back when we interviewed Corey the other day he mentioned this and this is such a good point.[00:06:07] And that is that you know basically it is it is a business you know and businesses are not built overnight either. You know no business starts up and then is successful. It often takes years. And as we know you know many of the ones that get started it’s about one third are no longer around in five years. And like maybe 50 percent in 10 years. And it’s the same probably with artists but even more so because there’s the frustration of realizing that you are your own business and that isn’t the strength of many an entrepreneur. I mean artist rather than the artist creatives who can balance and blend a little bit of that world as you have done and are doing and started out with the help of Thomas those who end up making out the other ones end up making it are those who continue creating daily. Who keep on going in the direction of their dreams. And because like anything that we can create it does require consistent persistent effort you know.[00:07:07] Devani: And one thing you mentioned before we got on the podcast you sent us an e-mail this morning saying you had just gotten into an art guild. Congratulations on that. We wanted to sort of ask you and to share with other artists what the benefit of joining an artist guild is for them and also on sort of the process of doing that when they should start looking toward getting–applying–to be a part of the guild.[00:07:35] Joanna: Right. Well I think with art guilds give people as well as juried art shows. It gives you credibility in the artistic community. It says that you know your work is good enough because each juried situation you are in is a learning obviously learning situation and so on.[00:07:58] You know I think it isn’t overnight you can anticipate applying to gilds three four five six seven times before you get in times. And in North Carolina we’re really blessed because we have three very fine artistic guilds. The Carolina Designer Craftsman Guild which I joined seven years ago was accepted. The Piedmont Craftsman Guild which is based in Winston-Salem covers the whole United States and even beyond I think, and I’m still working to get into that guild and have been invited back to do the show and will be juried at the show in November.[00:08:31] I have my fingers up to that. But it’s it’s my fourth time I believe I lost track four or five I don’t know. Anyway that’s the other thing you just have to be persistent. If you can keep it going.[00:08:44] And not a rejection personally. That’s the big big thing cause you know this is the absolute best work I’ve done and they don’t like it. Well maybe I’m wrong. But you’re not. You just haven’t maybe haven’t paid your time and dues. I don’t know yet. And then just recently moved to Asheville and you know this was my first shot at Southern Highlands Crafts Guild and I know people that have done four or five times to get into. So I went in without a lot of expectation. However I have to say that the work that I’m doing now is the best work I’ve ever done. So I don’t think I could have said that along the way and previously I don’t know if that makes any sense but I know it was good. But this is really good stuff now and I have a lady that helps with the stitching so that it’s perfect because I got dinged for that early on. So it’s persistence. What does being an art get get you. Well the Southern Highlands craft guild has four art galleries that you can put your work in. Plus it’s got a huge reputation and because it’s geographical location is the specific to the Appalachian chain. You’re sort of in a niche market.[00:09:55] So for instance they have a gallery on the Parkway on the North Carolina Parkway at MosesCone in blowing rock and that’s well-traveled gallery at Biltmore Village in Asheville which is another tourist spot.[00:10:09] So they have four galleries Piedmont craftsman has a gallery on the trade street Asheville and Carolina designer craftsman does not have a gallery and they do one show a year so. Indoor shows are easier in some ways than outdoor shows because you don’t have the weather to contend with. And I remember a show where we set up in the rain and the rain turned to sleet.[00:10:34] Devani: Not good for fabric.[00:10:37] Joanna: oh my goodness. And then the ambulance came because the wind had not. And another area of room where I was standing knocked at Potters tent over and the tent fell apart the pieces of the tent flew and broke her arm.[00:10:50] LeAura: Oh my God.[00:10:51] Joanna: I have been in 40 mile an hour in sleet snow and hail and it is not perfect.[00:10:58] Devani: Art is a dangerous craft, guys![00:11:05] Joanna: And nobody tells you that. And also I live next to a hamburger cooking tent one time with my sail. Oh my under it. Oh. You know every show you do is a learning experience.[00:11:17] Devani: Yeah definitely. You could just provide some interesting stories. I’m sure along the way though. Yeah.[00:11:23] Joanna: It’s fun. It really is fun. It’s hard work. People think it’s so easy but you’re there at 5:00 a.m. in the morning you’re setting up with lanterns and head lamps because you can’t see the complicated tents together. So it’s challenging. So being in a guild removes you from the need I think to be in outdoor shows. Because if I’m successful and get into Piedmont Craftsmen that will get me for indoor shows a year. And that’s probably enough with galleries. Another track that artist you and I have a friend Mary Edna Frazier who you should really interview in South Carolina Charleston. She has had tremendous success. She never called herself a fiber artist although she paints on silk. She is a boutique artist. She uses wax and dies on silk. And she goes up in air planes photographs and then does these wonderful huge pieces that are then installed like in the Charleston airport.[00:12:21] Oh my goodness she did it in the air and space museum in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian she was the featured artist. We did a show there so her focus is galleries museum shows and teaching.[00:12:34] My focus is indoor shows now and teaching and at end I realized that oh I have a friend here who is part of the North Carolina group I was in. And she moved to Florida and opened fiber art studio. And she’s doing very well. And she shared with me that I could paint scarves and make clothing all day long and I would not do as well as I’m doing reading this.[00:12:59] What does she like. No. Very good.[00:13:02] Devani: Yeah we have a few people in our community who are working they’re not. Not all of them are necessarily craft artists some of themare photographers and such but they’re looking at you know one of their goals. We have a 100 day creator challenge both free and paid and one of several of the people’s goals are to have a studio space. And so it’s good to know. And it just gives you that one point and location does show up to and have all set up for your art. But also it’s great for marketing and just having that location because you mentioned also before we started recording that another one of your moneymakers is also having other artists come in and teach classes which not only introduces the collaborative artist environment for your business but also just helps uplift your community and people learning people coming in and people who have been there it just brings the art community together like we’re doing online you’re doing not in your location and that’s just awesome.[00:14:02] LeAura: Yeah. So you said that she said it wasn’t make as much money but you are also starting your own studio for some of this reason. Is that right.[00:14:10] Joanna: So what she said is what she indicated is she could paint art all day long and she wouldn’t make as much money as she is now doing. She’s doing much better having regular what I call a real guy rock star artists come into her fiber art studio and teach us so teaching in her studio. But in addition she has real name talent come in and she is mentoring me. And I think that’s another person for you all to interview. Her name is Suzanne cars. She’s in Stewart Florida.[00:14:40] And her gallery is called a Y A L A. I I believe I have a fiver anyway. So I’m having hosting my first visiting teacher.[00:14:50] The end of this month. Her name is Kerr Grabowski. Another very successful artist who has made a living part of her shtick was she was the fiber director of the Peeters Valley crafts school in New Jersey and that’s real near New York so she had contacts in New York City and she sold her art in New York City as well as she was director of school.[00:15:16] Can we take a break. Yeah.[00:15:22] Joanna: OK. Looking at ways how can I market my art. And you’re rightly or I had no business sense. I can’t tell you what a piece of scarf her clothes actually cost in real time. I don’t even try to figure that out. I know that I don’t make much per hour. That’s not much point in doing it. My point has always been I need to make enough to break even and forward and be able to keep growing. I have been able to do that and now I’m actually making a lot of money which is a nice thing to know.[00:15:58] My husband who is my backers You know and did suddenly died. So I was on my...
30 minutes | a year ago
The Abundant Artist with Cory Huff
Is it possible to make a living as an artist? Not only is it possible to be an abundant artist, Cory Huff teaches people how.Cory knows it’s possible and he teaches artists how to double their money selling art online. As a business coach for artists, Cory has successfully taught dozens of artists how to increase their revenue within just 30 days as well as how to grow it over time.If you’re a creative of any kind you’ll enjoy and benefit from tuning into this interview with Cory.Topics Discussed: Cory Huff’s storyHelping friends sell artIs it possible to make a living as an artist?How to differentiate yourselfWebsite and marketing tipsHow Cory wrote his bookTools for selling art“Surround yourself with people who are similarly striving to achieve and meet with those people regularly. Hold each other accountable. Set specific goals.” ~ Cory Huff, The Abundant ArtistRESOURCES:Cory’s LinksTheAbundantArtist.comHow to Sell Your Art Online Program – “Double your money…” (Or get your first sale online)How to Sell Your Art Online, book by Cory HuffBooks & ArticlesMindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol DweckDo I Need a Website?Other Resources90 Day Goals Journal iArtDaily 30 Day Intuitive Art Journals Pinterest Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
28 minutes | a year ago
From 9-5 Job to Professional Artist with Eeva Nikunen
From 9-5 Graphic designer to Full-Time Fantasy ArtistEeva Nikunen is painting her own world into being. When she’s not creating amazing art on commission for clients, she’s steadily building her own fantastical cast of characters and the places where they live on canvas and in books, prints and more.Yes… she’s working harder than she ever did in her 9-5 job as a graphic designer. She was making a good steady paycheck; there was certainty and security… she was getting paid every day to create art.But. But it wasn’t her art. She was creating art for others and her own portfolio remained lean. Eeva took the plunge into art entrepreneurship three years ago, and has never had a day of regret. Has it been easy? No. Has she “made it” yet as a well known, highly successful artist? Not quite but she’s well on her way, and as Eeva said, her worst day as a freelance artist working for herself from home is better than her best day working for someone else.Now Eeva is free to paint the visions in her head into being. She’s already published one adult art coloring book and her newest book is a creativity journal, due out near the end of this year.Eeva still accepts and enjoys commission work. It’s a fun change from her usual day-to-day, plus it helps pay the bills. The rest of the time she’s busy painting and growing her gallery as well as her tribe of fans who love her art.Eeva’s art has a meticulous yet ethereal quality. Eeva was already an exceptional artist, but her daily dedication to creating has clearly exponentialized her skills, where it seems that each new painting (and she’s currently doing a new one DAILY for her new book), is even better than the previous.After the interview, a (non-technically oriented) member of our audience wanted to know how to digitize her paintings and here’s what Eeva shared.How to Digitize PaintingsWell the way I digitize my oil paintings is by taking a photo with my camera. I set it up so I can get the most clear and high resolution photo possible. Drawings you can scan with a scanner. The only thing you might need photoshop for is to correct the colors or change the size of the digital file. This, I believe, can be done with other programs as well, for example the free iPhoto app on a Mac. If you want to make prints, the file resolution has to be 300dpi or larger. If it just for the internet, then 72dpi is enough.Meanwhile, we found another cool resource that we’ll link below.Tune in and get inspired!SHOW LINKSEevaNikunen.comThe One Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan One Fantastic Week Podcast and Conference WorldCon Conference Ropecon Conference PodcastWebsites.com – our podcast hosting platform – Use discount code HOSTME for $10 off for life!]FineArtGalleryOnCanvas.com – for digitizing and even for selling your paintingsPLUS:90 Day Goals Journal 90 Day Creator’s Challenge & Mastermind Heart of the Night by Eeva Nikunen Fantasy Art
48 minutes | a year ago
New Female Fantasy Authors – Audrey Jalving…
We love featuring new female fantasy authors, and this first in a trilogy has been many years in the making! Our guest today is one half of a mother-daughter team collaborating to bring to life the stories they’ve shared over the years in a really cool creative partnership.We’re especially delighted to share this interview with a member of the iCreateDaily community!! Audrey joined the January, 2019 Creator’s Challenge to jumpstart her fiction writing and is now a published author!! WOOHOO!! Way to go staying on track with her goals!Audrey Jalving works part-time cleaning businesses after hours. She enjoys reading, cats and her horse, Magic and the occasional computer game. Audrey likes to cook, bake and try new recipes. She lives with her daughter, co-author Marion Storms.Marion Storms is a professional welder and aspiring professional actor and enjoys spending time with her many cats and an Arabian horse named Sunny. She also enjoys computer games and the outdoors and makes homemade mint tea from homegrown herbs.Audrey and Marion’s first book is titled:The Eleventh King: Volumes of Segra; The Crunin Trilogy, Book 1Conversation Topics:Audrey Jalving’s storyHow Audrey got into writingPaused dreamsHow she returned to writingCo-authoring a book with her daughterUsing the 90 Day Goals Journal for writing goalsPublishing company Audrey usedAudrey’s visions and aspirations“Turning pro is a mindset.”~Steven Pressfield, authorhttps://youtu.be/jHvbswXHD_sRESOURCES:The Eleventh King: Volumes of Segra; The Crunin Trilogy, Book 190 Day Goals Journal & PlannerCreate the life you want to live, one day at a time.The Day is the Way.iCreateDaily!ⓇAnd here’s Audrey’s book along with titles by other authors from within the iCreateDaily community!
66 minutes | a year ago
Natural Health with Martin Pytela of Life-Enthusiast on iHealDaily Podcast
We need to begin with the usual disclaimers. iHealDaily, sponsored by the iCreateDaily Podcast, is a show for conversations on health and healing. This show on natural health cannot be construed as medical advice of any kind.A Journey to Freedom and IllnessToday’s guest grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia before immigrating to Canada at age 25. All was well until one life change caused his health to plummet.That major life event was the catalyst that led Martin Pytela into eventually healing himself and instilled a passion for natural health and wellness.And then to HealthSince then Martin founded the online natural health company, Life-Enthusiast in 2001, and is also a certified Metabolic Typing advisor, which is a method that helps determine which foods and supplements will be most appropriate for your body.Martin and the team behind Life-Enthusiast make it their business to help people reverse chronic degenerative conditions, the source of aging and pain that plague so many of us.We’re really looking forward to sharing more of Martin’s healing and creative entrepreneurial journey in hopes that it might interest and serve you.Topics CoveredThe substance that made Martin so illHis journey of healingBiological indicators in blood typingMetabolic typing forChallenges of selling on AmazonSupplements for:detox of metalsdetox from glyphosateMartin’s most productive social platformThe employee and staff structure (and struggles)Recommendations for growing organic trafficGreat keywording tool that’s freeI realized that no one other than me was going to solve my health problems.~Martin Pytela, Life-Enthusiast.comWhen it comes to your health, there’s always the study of one.~Martin Pytela, Life-Enthusiast.comYou cannot get to a happy place by doing the wrong things.~Martin Pytela, Life-Enthusiast.comMoney is like the oxygen of the economy, so whatever you spend money on is what grows. So if you want a decent service to be available, then you need to spend the money on decent service.~Martin Pytela, Life-Enthusiast.comhttps://youtu.be/4wIHVUHVqykRESOURCESLife-Enthusiast.comZeolite for detoxification – Binds mercury, lead and cadmiumHumic Acid for detoxification – moderates the effects of glyphosate in the gutMetabolic TypingUberSuggest free keyword tool
26 minutes | a year ago
Brand Building ~ Coffee Break
If your goal is to eventually make a living from your creative endeavor or to sell work you’ve made, then this brand-building episode is for you!Many creators in our community including Audrey Jalving, Shannon Billings, Kathy Raabe, Cindi Trippe Wentworth, Colleen Nicoles, exploring audience building options.In this Coffee Break, we’re sharing our thoughts on why it’s so crucial for creators to share their work and build an audience. Even if you’re unsure if you want to establish a brand, building an audience around your work can help you test the waters.Conversation Topics: The importance of promoting your own contentGaining confidence to share your workSharing your creativity authenticallyRestaurant analogy for creatorsNavigating how to “sell” as an artistMarketers, charlatans, and corporationsFear of perfectionismHiring agencies to market for you“Branding is about connecting and serving, and it’s about purpose.”~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.comRESOURCESDo I Need a Website or Can I Use Social Media?Best Social Media Platforms for CreatorsBrand Building is CreativeContent Creation and Distribution StrategySelling Art on Facebook with Patrick EnnisEmotional Art and Healing with Mandy ThompsonInking Artwork and Creating Coloring Pages with Eeva NikunenSelling Art Online with Nathan Hughes Create the life you want to live, one day at a time.The Day is the Way.iCreateDaily!Ⓡ
58 minutes | a year ago
Poet Astrologer – Heidi Rose Robbins
We are so excited to share today’s guest with you, because she speaks to the heart of creators. Heidi Rose Robbins is an esoteric astrologer, poet, podcaster and leader of Radiant Life Retreats. As a poet, Heidi has shared her original work at two TEDx events in Los Angeles. She has two published poetry books:This Beckoning Ceaseless Beauty (2013) Wild Compassion (2018)The Radiance Project, her podcast, combines her love of astrology, poetry and good company. In her astrological practice, Heidi has supported many men and women through major life transitions, spiritual crises and growth opportunities. Heidi’s Radiant Life Retreats have helped many women live fuller, more expressive and courageously loving lives. Heidi lives in Southern California with her husband and two children.Conversation Points:Heidi’s story and creative startSpoken word poetry and performanceSpiritual journeyMainstream astrology vs Esoteric astrologyYour past, present, and future in astrologyBlending business, spirituality, and creativityHeidi’s astrologyPerforming your poetryHeidi’s personal creative retreatsCreative women’s retreatsAdvice for creatorsHeidi’s future visions“I always write my way into a more creative place. My poetry often starts in the dark and then ends in the light.”~Heidi Rose Robbins, poet, author, astrologer“If we bring our consciousness and we’re bringing our willingness, it’s just opportunity everywhere we look.”~Heidi Rose Robbins, poet, author, astrologerRESOURCES:Heidi Rose Robbins websiteHeidi’s October 2019 RetreatHeidi’s Revolutionary in Disguise poetry TEDTalkThis Beckoning Ceaseless BeautyWild Compassion
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