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36 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
How to build a brand that sells at Sephora and QVC with Angelique Velez
Angelique Velez woke up one night with an idea for an accessories line of products. This was the genesis of Breakups To Makeup, a brand that now has nationwide distribution through Sephora, Walmart, and QVC. Angelique didn't know it at the time, but she took some important steps to make her brand a strong candidate for major partnerships. In this episode she shares her business' story and lessons learned. Lessons you can also use to find success and get noticed by the major players in your industry. Find out more about Breakups to Makeup at https://breakupstomakeup.com and follow Angelique on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/theangeliquetechnique/
28 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Find Your Special Thing Or Fail - with Steve Lucin
Steve Lucin is a creative entrepreneur in NYC who transitioned from freelance graphic designer to agency owner, philanthropist, and VJ. In this episode he shares with us his story and advice on how to build a successful client roster. His secret is to stop the vicious cycle of "compare and despair" that plagues us all, and focus on finding your "Special Thing." In business, this is our only hope for finding an edge. We dive deep into how to find your thing, and how to apply it. Find out more about Steve's marketing agency at https://www.stevelucin.com/ Steve also runs a spectacular non-profit giving out scholarships to art students, learn more or donate at https://www.wesupportcreativity.org/
21 minutes | May 29, 2019
How To Profit From Your Problems
In magazines and TV we constantly see stories of individuals going from rags to riches. Regardless of whether you want to get rich or not, there is a lesson hidden inside these stories of triumph. Today we look at artists and entrepreneurs that have laid out the formula of how we too can profit from our pain.
28 minutes | May 8, 2019
Why Goals Are Best Accomplished Indirectly
Andy Warhol and Bill Murray were right all along. They practiced a certain strategy that is easy to comprehend, but tough to master. They understood human nature and that our goals are best accomplished indirectly. In this episode we hear examples from business, art, acting, and martial arts about the real reason why we often fail to reach our goals-- and how to flip this equation in our favor.
13 minutes | Jun 28, 2017
Lil Wayne & Stephen King on Work Ethic
Stephen King knows a thing or two about writing. And about discipline. And about pretty much anything that has to do with being successful with your art. Well guess what, Lil Wayne knows a thing or two as well. These are the reasons why he can serve as a role model for any artist, creator, or entrepreneur. Music by Ben Murray-Smith
24 minutes | Jun 19, 2017
The Lives Of Men: A Modern Startup
Jason Rosario and Claudio Cabrera have accomplished a lot in their young lives, but this endeavor they've just leapt into is not about accomplishment, it's about honoring their worldview. In this episode I speak to Jason, founder of The Lives of Men--and Claudio, its lead content specialist--who through their stories show us that it's possible to DO GOOD, and LOOK GOOD in the process. Music Written and Produced by Ben Murray-Smith
14 minutes | Jun 4, 2017
Master Your Writing with Ed Sheeran's FAUCET Approach
Ed Sheeran is one of the most successful songwriters over the past five years. While I was listening to an interview Ed gave in front of young musicians, there was a one minute portion where he revealed his mental process for mastering his craft. In this episode we discuss this approach which we'll call "FAUCET," along with other methods described by Ira Glass, and Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn. Music Written and Produced by Ben Murray-Smith
32 minutes | Apr 30, 2017
Quality and Popularity Are Not Connected w Adam Westbrook
A must listen for Vloggers and Youtubers! Adam was living the dream: He was making a good living as a freelance video journalist, something he had been working towards since childhood. But then his view of the world got flipped upside down. He learned that quality and popularity aren't directly related. This is depressing, but there is a silver lining. In this episode we talk to Adam Westbrook, creator behind the exceptional The Long Game 3-part video essay. He shares all he's learned, and where he sees the industry of video creation going.
26 minutes | Apr 17, 2017
Your Ideal Self Is Closer Than You Think w Miss Nu
People are always staring at her. "Can I touch your stomach?" is the question that they always ask first. Miss Nu is someone who's gone from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs when it comes to personal acceptance, you'll see what I mean. She currently competes in national bodybuilding competitions, coaches others, inspires 10 thousand fans over Instagram, and does all this while maintaining a position as Director at a major Pharma corporation. In this episode we go deep, I mean DEEEEP, on what she has done to climb out of depression and into her best self. These are things we should all implement into our lives IMMEDIATELY. Music Written and Produced by Ben Murray-Smith www.benmurraysmith.co.uk
25 minutes | Jan 11, 2017
Adam Gilbert on the Magic of Starting Small
Adam Gilbert is a tech entrepreneur who started a business from his passion. His company is called My Body Tutor, where he and his staff help folks nationwide reach their health goals. He is the perfect person to share some wisdom with us on what he's learned about the two areas we quit at most often: fitness and business. He shares some findings on how social media has more of an impact on our goal-setting than we think--or dare to admit. Adam also has great advice on how to pick what to start on, and how to get ready for action. Let's go! Or should I say "Let's grow!" Music written and produced by Ben Murray-Smith www.benmurraysmith.co.uk
12 minutes | Sep 27, 2016
Emotional Stages of a Project: Pain, Flow, and Bliss
Every project, every activity, has its own unique set of challenges. A challenge that is universal to ALL projects, however, is the emotional seesaw it puts us through. In this episode we bring in a couple real-life stories that illustrate the three emotional stages we must go through to complete a project. Casey Neistat goes through this, as well as all Uber drivers during a daily shift. Those are Pain, Flow, and finally-- Bliss. This episode is generously sponsored by Freshbooks, easy cloud accountant for the non-accountant. Music written and produced by Ben Murray-Smith.
24 minutes | Aug 10, 2016
How a Side Project Turns into a Career - with Kirby Ferguson
Kirby Ferguson created the viral documentary Everything is a Remix in his spare time, just as a little side project outside of his day job. After the instant buzz it received, Kirby was able to leverage his side project into a full-fledged career as a film-maker and video producer. In this episode we’ll hear from Kirby on how the idea for Everything is a Remix first surfaced, then we’ll see how the success of that project turned into its own business, and then we’ll use his story to extract tips on how one should balance the work once we’ve turned a passion into an occupation. Kirby's new project is called This is Not a Conspiracy Theory, and it's superb! Check it out. Music written and produced by Ben Murray-Smith www.benmurraysmith.co.uk This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, cloud accounting for the non-accountant.
22 minutes | Jul 15, 2016
Are You Too Nice to be Successful?
Sarah Knight is the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. She joins us and helps us talk through some important questions like: Is being nice gonna have us finishing last all the time? Are we just mislabeling what it means to be nice? And, what happens when we stop giving a you-know-what?... These questions are musts to ask for our career, business, and relationships. Music written and produced by Ben Murray-Smith www.benmurraysmith.co.uk This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, cloud accounting for the non-accountant.
23 minutes | Jul 8, 2016
Sarah Knight on The Life-Changing Process of Writing Your First Book
Sarah Knight has been in the publishing world for 15 years. First, selling books, then working for a literary agent, then as an editor at a major book publishing firm, and finally as an author. She walks us through the process of writing her first book, how it impacted her, and what aspiring authors should know about the industry. Music written and produced by Ben Murray-Smith www.benmurraysmith.co.uk This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, cloud accounting for the non-accountant.
24 minutes | Jun 17, 2016
How To Make It In Tech: A Founder's Story w David Cancel
Everyone knows the tech titans like Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, they've become household names. Most don't know that all success stories in the Tech world have some milestones in common. David Cancel is a serial startup founder, his latest venture is Drift and his story is a great case study into what makes for an accomplished career in the industry. In this episode we dissect David's story and try to figure out what we can bring back into our own careers, whether in tech, arts, entertainment, or any other modern industry. Music written and produced by Ben Murray-Smith www.benmurraysmith.co.uk This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, cloud accounting for the non-accountant.
17 minutes | Jun 2, 2016
Tucker Max on Accepting the Role of Luck and Timing in Our Career
Tucker Max sold millions of books, but being a writer wasn't even a goal of his originally. His career arc is very interesting, because it allows us to see how big a role luck and timing have on our careers. In this episode, we talk to Tucker and try to piece together the factors that made him a hero to 20-year-olds everywhere, as well as the turn of events that have turned him into an entrepreneur. Music written and produced by Ben Murray-Smith www.benmurraysmith.co.uk This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, cloud accounting for the non-accountant.
15 minutes | May 26, 2016
A Healthy Perspective on Stress with Liz Josefsberg
Liz Josefsberg, a top-notch wellness expert to celebrities like Jennifer Hudson, also consults with corporations to help their employees get their health back on track. This week she helps us gain a healthy perspective on stress. In this episode we find that not all stress is built the same, and then we learn ways to eliminate the toxic stress that hinders our work.
15 minutes | May 12, 2016
You Have A Good Idea, But Will It Spread? with Jonah Berger
Why do some unremarkable videos go viral while many great ones go unnoticed? What factors help an idea catch on? Whether by accident or by design, the products and messages that spread all have some things in common. In this episode we bring in Jonah Berger, Professor at Wharton Business School and author of the book Contagious. He shares some stories of ideas that have become popular, and deconstructs what they had going for themselves. From Car Insurance commercials, to restaurants with outlandishly priced comfort foods, a shareable idea possesses certain things. These are things that we can leverage to help our businesses, art, or messages gain a large following. Music written and produced by Ben Murray-Smith benmurraysmith.co.uk
26 minutes | Apr 14, 2016
Seth Godin on the Advantages of Non-Traditional Learning
Seth Godin joins us in this episode, and we learn from him why the current model of education is broken, and actionable steps to taking charge of our own learning as adults. Along the way we discover why we should be approaching our career as a series of projects, and what skills hold the most value in today's world. He also tells us some stories of his clashes with the educational system, and why Zig Ziglar impacted his life immensely. You can read full shownotes and find out more about the show at https://AlexCespedes.com.
16 minutes | Feb 26, 2016
Jessica Hagy - Find Your Tribe To Find Success
Illustrator and Writer Jessica Hagy helps us decode the process of finding our tribe. Because if you're an entrepreneur, or an artist, or simply a professional trying to leave your mark--your tribe is the canvas on which your paint your masterpiece. Subscribe on iTunes or at WitsAboutYou.com. New episodes every Tuesday.
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