I’ll admit, sometimes I tend to get easily overwhelmed. Thinking of adding an idea I’ve wanted to execute for a while to my never ending ‘To Do’ list is one of those times. But after my interview with Puno Dostres I was re-inspired to get to work and put my ideas into action. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to start something before you think you’re ready. I even made up an acronym TLBL. ;)
Never have I thought the terms Pageant Queen and Brave would be synonymous to me (unless I was watching Miss Congeniality - great movie). But for real, courage is not what comes to mind when I think of pageants – big hair, makeup, sparkly dresses, super high heels, yes. Bravery? Not so much. However, my guest from episode 23, Krystian Leonard completed flipped my perception of beauty pageants on it’s head with her incredible and super honest story. . .
Networking. It’s a pretty intimidating word.
You’re at a networking happy hour. You’re tired from a long day but thought you better show up so you don’t miss out on rubbing shoulders with important people in the industry. It’s a fancy place, the vibe is kind of pretentious, everyone is wearing business-y clothes and fake laughing while they make small talk. You pretend to be really interested in whatever your co-worker is saying, but out of the corner of your eye you watch to see when the CEO of that firm you love gets another drink so you can swoop in and exchange business cards. . .
“Make a fantastic product, but it’s really about putting out a message and building relationships.”
- Alice Oluyitan, founder of GBEMi womenswear, Episode 21
The best brands these days don’t sell a product. They sell a lifestyle.
Think Everlane, Pressed Juicery, and GBEMi - the fashion line founded by Monday’s guest, Alice Oluyitan. These brands have branched out from simply selling something online, to creating an entire culture around their products that make you want to be part of the hype. How do they do it?
"Don't get too caught up in having a purpose, it's really about doing what you feel at the time."
- Campbell Erickson, COO and co-founder of Purchasemate, Episode 20
Every time we make a decision we have a mini conversation in our head about what to do (unless someone offers you a chocolate chip cookie, then the answer is always yes). The voices in our heads never stop but if we keep the conversation inside and never put it into perspective by talking about it or writing it down, it can build up into a big foggy mess that paralyzes us from doing anything. . .
"If you change your mindset, you can be the
person you want to be."
- Stefanie Jung, creator of Wholesome Stef, Episode 19
Mindset is everything, it really is. What we fill our minds with is how we experience our days, and how we live our days is how we live our lives. Here are five things that Stefanie and I talked about in Episode 19 that you can apply to your own life today:
"Once you tap into who you are, the doing explodes."
- Julia Ford-Carther, founder of the Self Love Formula, Episode 18
I think most of us are so quick to jump into doing something, whether its starting a project, a career path, a business endeavor, etc that we don’t take the time to focus on being – figuring out who we are and why we want to do that thing. Here are some tips for figuring out the Who, What and Why of your life using my own journey as an example:
"Fail as much as you can while you're young"
- Darcé Stelly of Motion Matter Media, Episode 17
I’m going to be honest guys – in terms of academics and career; I’ve never had an earth shattering failure. I was always a high achieving kid. Never failed a class, got good grades and excelled in all the activities I did. I was accepted into the only university I applied for (no, I did not have a backup school OR a backup plan), got into my major a year early and graduated early. . .