Tag: turning your passion into a business


What Transparency Looks Like

For you who are familiar with Creative Mornings, this month’s theme is “Transparency.” The word “transparency” brings to my mind synonyms like “clarity,” “vulnerability,” and “authenticity.” These words have really been on my radar the pasts few weeks.

Transparency = Vulnerability + Authenticity

 

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Last week, I was giving my presentation entitled AWEthentic Branding to a group of artists at the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. The group included artists of varying mediums, from graffiti artists to jewelry makers to singer-songwriters, and everything in between. I was discussing the importance of understanding and embracing your uniqueness as an artist so you can become comfortable articulating it to your own unique market.

At the end of the session, one of the youngest participants spoke up and shared how much the principles she had just learned gave her some relief from all the fear she’s been experiencing. She began crying as she talked about what it does to her self-esteem when she starts to compare herself to her competition and how she now sees she doesn’t have to compare herself when she can pinpoint what makes her unique. She then began apologizing for crying and said she was embarrassed for doing so.

I stopped her and said, “It’s this kind of transparency and vulnerability that helps everyone else here know they are not alone in those same feelings.” By being transparent, she gave others a sense of relief. By being the one brave enough to express what no one else had the courage to share, she set an example. Her example illustrates it’s not only okay to be transparent, but that type of authenticity also impacts others in ways none of us could imagine. I could immediately sense the impact on the rest of the group when she shared this. It would have been such a shame (and a less meaningful program) if she had never spoken up.

Transparency = Clarity + Clearness

 

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Recently, I had my 90-day follow up session with a favorite client of mine. One of the many reasons why she is a favorite client is because she is so creative in using metaphors and analogies to make ordinary concepts come to life.

When I asked her what our previous coaching sessions have done for her, she said, “Going through our coaching sessions is like taking my car through the car wash. The car wash gets all the dirt off the car and windshield, making it so much clearer to see. I’m the one who still has to drive the car, but at least now I can see where I’m going and feel refreshed. I have so much more clarity about my career path and my path in life.”

It’s this kind of clear perspective and clarity that comes from the process of being honest and transparent with yourself. Sometimes though, it’s not always apparent to everyone how to do that. The coaching and advising methods I provide my clients shows them how, leading them to an understanding of their own uniqueness and how to be transparent about their uniqueness.

Learn What Makes You Unique

 

You too can learn this in my next AWEthentic Branding program that will be hosted Oct. 12th by the Virtual Collective’s “You Gotta Eat” speaker series. It is a lunch+learn format, and lunch is included in the registration fee. Click here for more details. I look forward to seeing you there!

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What words come to your mind when you think of the word “transparency”? (Share in the comment box below.)

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Faith and Failure: The Road to Success for Joel Anderson

Last week I had the honor to sit down with Spirit of Nashville illustrator and owner of Anderson Design Group, Joel Anderson, where he discussed how both faith and failure lead to success in pursuing your passions. I especially loved his description of what he and his staff do with their so-called failures (the artwork that didn’t quite hit the mark):  they stick it in the freezer!

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Joel also shares in this interview how he started his business with no money and how his pursuit of his passion was an adventure that increased his faith and his exuberance in taking chances, doing things to the best of his ability, and then leaving the rest to God.

“Everything in humanity is a process of growing, stumbling forward and learning as you go by making mistakes…Failures are just ways of teaching you how not to do something.”

Joel talks about how to take calculated risks. He says there will always be reasons why you shouldn’t take chances, but be bold in taking them, while remaining prudent, recognizing confirmation, and ensuring there’s a sense of peace in your decision.

Some questions I ask:

  • Who is the man behind the “Spirit of Nashville” prints and what has been your career path?
  • What kind of fears did you have when starting your own design company, and again when you decided to re-organize and focus just on your passion for illustrative poster design and product development?
  • How did you overcome those fears?
  • Had you waited for the “perfect timing” of starting your own business, what would have happened?
  • What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from failure?
  • Tell me about your experience traveling to all the country’s national parks while working on your most recent coffee table book. What was that like? What makes you glad you did it?
  • How do you think your work helps others? 
  • What advice would you have for someone trying to pursue their own passions as a career option?

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In this interview you will learn:

    • How Joel made the decision to leave a secure job to pursue his own passions. (1:19)
    • Ways to pursue your passions on the side of a full-time job. (1:30)
    • How to overcome the fear of leaving a secure job. (1:44)
    • How defining moments in life can spark your decision to pursue your passion. (2:09)
    • What it’s like to start a business with no money. (2:41)
    • Why you can’t wait until the perfect timing or until your circumstances are perfect to start your own business. (3:33)
    • How the worst-case scenario can be a little less scary. (3:40)
    • How you can’t be successful without failures and mistakes. (3:48)
    • What to do with your failures. (5:29)
    • How to enlarge your territory with your gifts and talents. (7:06)
    • How an entrepreneur can work collaboratively and avoid isolation. (10:10)
    • How creative work contributes to the whole economy. (11:01)
    • How to give back with the gifts you’ve been given. (11:38)
    • How to know if you’ll be successful at your passion. (12:12)
    • Ways to begin putting your passion into action. (12:53)
    • Ways to spur creativity. (14:03)
    • Where to purchase Joel’s designs. (14:54)
    • How to make your own creations accessible to the public. (15:29)
    • How you can give back. (15:58)

Joel mentioned in the interview above that he was raised to always give back, and true to that form he is generously giving copies of his 10th Anniversary Edition of his The Spirit of Nashville:  The Art & Soul of Music City poster book to those who make a donation to the paNASH fund. This fund is designed to provide job search skills to those served by local non-profit organizations. For more information on how to donate and receive a copy of Joel’s book (while supplies last), click here.

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Turning Your Passion Into A Business

This week I talked with Katie Gonzalez of linenlaid&felt on how she turned her passion into a business. I first met Katie when I signed up for one of her classes on how to make your own books and journals through her bookbinding techniques. What Katie does is amazing! She creates beautiful hand-bound books out of leather and various types of paper and fabrics. They are gorgeous works of art that are also functional as journals, photo albums, sketch books, and more. She not only sells her creations, but also teaches others how to make their own.

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In this interview, Katie discusses how she discovered such a unique art during her travels to Italy, and how she’s turned this art into a passion and a successful business. In doing so, she shares the process she went through, including leaving her full-time job as a graphic designer where she wasn’t very happy working for someone else, to become a full-time creative and creator.

“Life is too short not to do something you’re passionate about!”

You’ll also get to meet Katie’s dog Porter. He decided to crash our interview in the hopes of getting some attention! I almost edited that part out, but it was too funny to leave on the cutting room floor! Katie also discusses how those who don’t consider themselves to be creative or artistic can discover an art form that uses a different skillset and can also be functional.

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Some questions I ask:

  • How did you discover the art of bookbinding and why did it become such a passion for you?
  • What made you decide to leave your job as a graphic designer to pursue bookbinding as a career?
  • What fears did you have and how did you overcome them?
  • What is your philosophy on discovering new passions?
  • What do you think your classes teach in addition the art and skill of bookbinding?
  • What advice do you have for someone contemplating a career change or starting a business related to their passions?

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In this interview you will learn:

  • How a form of art can also be functional. (1:12)
  • Ways to incorporate your passion into your current work. (1:45)
  • How to make the transition from turning your passion into a business. (3:00)
  • What kind of fears come with starting your own business. (5:25)
  • How Katie’s dog Porter, a beautiful bullmastiff, stole the scene! (My apologies for camera shake but he insisted in making me point the camera in his direction!) (5:54)
  • How Katie’s past experience prepared her for starting her own business. (6:14)
  • Porter’s close-up with the camera! (6:44)
  • How Katie’s books can be used in various ways. (7:57)
  • How to discover new passions through learning. (9:37)
  • About Katie’s classes she offers to others wanting to learn how to make their own books. (10:55)
  • How Katie has developed new passions she’d never previously considered. (13:08)
  • Advice Katie has for others wanting to turn their passion into a business. (14:24)
  • How to learn more about the art of bookbinding. (17:59)
  • What Katie’s books look like as a finished product. (18:53)
  • How to buy Katie’s creations (if you don’t want to make your own books). (19:54)
  • How to sign up for Katie’s classes (if you DO want to learn this beautiful and functional art form). (20:45)

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