Best Of: create Your Own Unique Path to Success and Happiness with Shinah Chang

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How an unhappy lawyer with a Harvard degree became a badass calligrapher

with Shinah Chang

What do you do when you’ve worked hard all your life doing everything you were “supposed” to do, only to end up unfulfilled and lost?

Today’s guest Shinah Chang is the owner of Crooked Calligraphy, a modern calligraphy studio. She calls herself an unconventional calligrapher and teaches classes, creates work for weddings and events, and for corporate clients like Disney and Nordstrom.

But Shinah started her journey on a very traditional path to success. She had a tiger mom, got a perfect 1600 on her SATs, went to Harvard, and became a very successful attorney making over 6 figures right out the gate. But she was stressed out and extremely unhappy, until she left everything behind to discover what made her curious and found her passion for calligraphy. On this episode of Creativity School, Shinah shares the steps she took to veer off a very linear path and create her own unique path to success and happiness.

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Mentioned in this episode:

  • How she felt lost and unfulfilled in her career as a lawyer, and ultimately how she found her way thanks to some really good questions a life coach asked her that changed everything

  • How to discover what you love to do

  • How to channel who you really are into your work by finding your authentic voice, even if it pisses people off

  • How to begin to overcome the fear of failure and the fear of rejection, and move forward despite the fear

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Lesson 28: Mental Health, Burning Out and Finding Joy in Your Work Again with Seung Hee Lee

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How to recover from burn out and connect to your true happiness

with Seung Hee Lee

It only made sense to sell what sells, and that really ate my soul. And then I realized, no one told me to do this. I did this to myself.
— Seung Hee Lee

What happens when the thing you love to make the most completely burns you out?

This week on Creativity School, I have a very honest conversation about mental health and burning out with Korean chef and author Seung Hee Lee. Seung Hee is a self proclaimed “disease detective” by day as a full time Epidemiologist, and a classically trained chef and side hustling pop-up chef by night. She’s also a traditionally published author of a Korean cookbook, which she worked on and released while working at her day job.

We talk about her journey to becoming a chef and author, and how she uses social media to dispel stereotypes about Korean food. Seung Hee also shares how her weekend pop-up events became burdensome and left her feeling depressed and unhappy. She discusses how she began the process of overcoming her burnout and why it’s essential to create work that makes you happy instead of making work to please others.

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Mentioned in this episode:

  • Tips on how Seung Hee grew her social media following and used it as market research for her cookbook

  • How to engage with others on Instagram and manage it when you have a day job

  • The importance of making what you truly love to make, especially when you have a full time job and your creativity is your side hustle

  • Seung Hee’s tips on combating burn out

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Lesson 27: Retrain Your Mind and Unf*ck Your Brain with Kara Loewentheil

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How to retrain your brain beyond just positive thinking

with Kara Loewentheil

How can we override our brains and stop our negative self talk, fear of failure, and perfectionism from getting in the way of making the awesome work we want to make?

On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I talk to Master Certified Coach Kara Loewentheil about how to unf*ck your brain, and step by step change your thought patterns beyond just positive thinking. Kara left a legal career behind and has grown her coaching business from zero to seven figures in just 3 years. She teaches cognitive psychology-based techniques and insights from feminist theory that lead to ridiculously rapid change. This is real, practical mindset work based on the way our brains work!

Kara talks about some of the biggest blocks to our creativity - negative self talk, fear of failure, perfectionism and anxiety - and how to start changing our thoughts about them. Kara also shares advice on what to do when you never get the external validation you want for your work and how thought work can help. Listen to find out why she says why your brain is like a German Shepherd puppy that needs training, and how you can start having your brain work FOR you instead of against you once and for all.

 

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Mentioned in this episode:

  • Retraining your brain - why it’s important and how to do it

  • The first step to changing your thought patterns

  • The biggest blocks to creativity – how to start changing our thoughts about them

  • Why we should really connect to WHY we are creating something

  • What to do when you never get the external validation you want for your work

  • Why doing what feels aligned and safe is the worst advice

  • Kara’s free Confidence Challenge

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Website | Instagram | Podcast

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Lesson 26: Create Work That Has Purpose and Meaning with Von Wong

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How to craft epic stories that are impactful and meaningful

with Von Wong

On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I talk to legendary viral photographer, artist and visual engineer Von Wong. Von has been hugely influential in the photography industry for over a decade with his massive online following and work seen all over the world, and he drops so much knowledge and insight about the creative life in this illuminating conversation about success, failure and everything in between.

Von Wong is a former mining engineer turned self taught photographer, and we learn how he transitioned from engineering to traveling all over the globe as a social impact artist and viral photographer. We also talk about his pivot into creating work that has purpose and meaning, and how uses his work to tell impactful stories about environmental issues like plastic pollution, fast fashion, and electronic waste. Von also explains the importance of using strategy to build your creative career rather than sheer impulse.

 

**Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible! If you want to get started with a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial head over to at www.creativityschoolpodcast.com/audible.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Why it’s important to know yourself – know what makes you tick, know what you enjoy, and leverage that to the best of your ability in order to make things work

  • Why failure is actually multidimensional – how failure can also be successful

  • Why other people’s templates for success are totally irrelevant

  • The recent struggles Von’s had while pivoting into new things, and how keeps going

  • Building through calculated, new steps to get to where you want to go instead of being impulse driven

  • How to collaborate with others and the importance of thinking how you can benefit others instead of yourself

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Website | Instagram | YouTube | Facebook

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Lesson 25: Simple Social Media Strategies to Grow Your Following

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How to make social media less overwhelming and GROW An engaged following

with Andrea Jones

Whether you love it or hate it, social media is one of the best ways for getting our creative work out into the world. But it can be so overwhelming, time consuming, and yet another thing to do when we’re already so busy! How can we make social media simple and fun and use it to actually grow our following?

On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I talk to social media strategist Andrea Jones. Andrea loves to help people build profitable communities online through simple solutions, and she’s also the host of the Savvy Social Podcast. She’s here to answer ALL THE QUESTIONS, and do I mean all the questions. We talk about it all - like what kinds of posts perform best (photos of ourselves? product shots? graphics? personal posts?), how much time we *actually* need to spend on our accounts to be effective, and how to make this whole thing simple and easy. Andrea also shares how to beat Instagram’s algorithms and authentically increase engagement, and she also answers a ton of listener questions. This episode is packed full of great information and you won’t want to miss it if you want to build your social platforms.

 

**Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible! If you want to get started with a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial head over to at www.creativityschoolpodcast.com/audible.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • How much time you REALLY need to spend on social media to make it work for you

  • Which social platform to start with

  • Why social media is like dating and how to use Instagram to meet new people to connect with using hashtags and using Gary Vee’s $1.80 strategy

  • How to increase engagement and beat Instagram’s algorithms

    Resources:

  • Canva

  • Social Report

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Lesson 24: Creativity + Imposter Syndrome

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How to overcome self doubt when you feel like a fraud and failure

with Grace Chon

Your creativity needs to be the place where you show up
fully and completely yourself. You are NOT AN IMPOSTER.
You are incredibly unique and your work deserves
a place in this world. The world needs your work.
— Grace Chon

This week’s episode of Creativity School is all about imposter syndrome, and it’s a deeply personal one because it’s something I’ve struggled with EVERY step of the way on my creative journey from studying biology to becoming an art director in the ad industry, to commercial photography, and now as a podcaster.

We talk a lot on the show about how we need to do our best work on the inside, so we can create our best work on the outside. And imposter syndrome is a major one to tackle because no matter how long you’ve been a creative it never goes away. So how can we move past this huge block to our creativity when everything inside of us is screaming about how inadequate we are? This week I share 3 ways to help overcome the dreaded imposter syndrome when you feel crippling self doubt and think you’re a total fraud and a failure.

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Lesson 23: Change Your Money Story and Make More Doing What You Love

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How to heal your money story and make money doing what you love

with Sarah Li-Cain

How you handle money and the decision making process around money is an emotional thing. Even though money itself is a neutral source, how we feel about it, how we handle it, what we say about it, is so emotional.
— Sarah Li-Cain

If you’re like me and were told you can never make money being creative, (or countless other limiting beliefs about money!) starting the process of uncovering your money story is an essential step on your creative journey. I didn’t even know what a money mindset was back in 2008 when I started my side hustle, and I had NO IDEA how deep my unconscious beliefs about money went and how much that was impacting my income.

Today’s guest Sarah Li-Cain is a finance writer and host of the Beyond The Dollar podcast, where she has deep and honest conversations about how money affects our well being. Her work blends practical tips and mindset strategies so that money becomes a tool to enhance people’s lives. On today’s episode of Creativity School, we talk about all things money mindset - how we’ve absorbed messages about money and how that affects our day to day life and the way we interact with it, make it, spend it, and our relationship with it. We also discuss how to begin the process of changing our beliefs about money to ultimately make more money doing what we love.

**Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible! If you want to get started with a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial head over to at www.creativityschoolpodcast.com/audible.

Mentioned in this episode:

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Lesson 22: Loving Yourself Even When People Say You Suck

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How to withstand the sting of rejection, stand up for yourself, and stop the need to make people like you and your work

with Laurenne Sala

It’s just all about standing up for myself every single time, which is so hard to do, but it’s worth it. We do so many thing because we want people to like us.
We put people on pedestals, and they’re just people.
— Laurenne Sala

I’ll be the first to tell you that I used to think “loving yourself” sounded like the cheesiest, most cliché mantra, and totally irrelevant to creativity. But what I’ve learned over the last 11 years as a creative entrepreneur and artist is that loving yourself is the superpower we need to stay the course on a journey that can oftentimes get really, really hard.

On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I talk to my good friend, essay writer and children’s book author Laurenne Sala all about what loving yourself actually means, what that looks like in practice, and how it allows us to withstand the sting of rejection and stop our constant need to make people like us and our work.

We dig into ALL the things in this episode, from the secret formula to writing a successful children’s book, to dealing with rejection after Laurenne submitted hundreds of manuscripts, and to feeling like a total failure when you don’t make 100% of your income from your creative work. We also discuss the 3 essential parts of the creative process that highly creative people embrace.

**Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible! If you want to get started with a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial head over to at www.creativityschoolpodcast.com/audible.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Laurenne’s amazing new book You Made Me a Dad

  • How a commercial Laurenne wrote for a baby brand went viral and turned into her first children’s book You Made Me a Mother

  • How her entire children’s book career started with overcoming her lack of self-esteem and learning to stand up for herself

  • Learning how to deal with rejection

  • All the steps to become a children’s book author and write a great children’s book

  • 3 essential parts of the creative process that highly creative people embrace

  • How to know what critiques to take from people and know what to ignore

  • Thinking you’re a failure because you can’t make a living full time with your creative work

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Website | Instagram | You Made Me a Dad

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Lesson 21: The Power of Redefining How You Measure Success

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How to reimagine the meaning of success

with Anna S. E. Lundberg

What does success mean to you?
You can define what that aim or purpose is for yourself and go about doing it.
Explore what’s important to you, listen to it and trust it.
— Anna S. E. Lundberg

The dictionary defines success as “attaining wealth, prosperity and fame”. Oftentimes, the more achievements we can accomplish and the more money we make, the more successful we feel. But being on this never ending hamster wheel of chasing external validation and accomplishment can leave us burned out and feeling unfulfilled. Is our creativity only meaningful when it receives attention and accolades? Of course not! So how do we begin to reimagine what success really is, so we can live a life of more meaning and purpose?

Today’s guest Anna S. E. Lundberg is a success coach, business strategist and founder of One Step Outside. Anna is passionate about inspiring and supporting others to reimagine what personal success means so we can have businesses we love and live with more freedom and fulfillment. We talk about how to overcome fear and take “one step outside” to start the process of redefining success, and how to discover what personal success is to us so we can find more meaning in the lives we live and the work we make.

**Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible! If you want to get started with a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial head over to at www.creativityschoolpodcast.com/audible.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Overcoming fear and taking just one step outside your comfort zone to begin to redefine success

  • The importance of reimagining success beyond external validation, achievement and accomplishment

  • How to discover and redefine what personal success means to us

  • How to find work life integration through the 5 L’s – Live, Love, Learn, Lead and Laugh

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Lesson 20: Creativity and the Brain

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How to be more creative according to a neuroscientist

It’s always easier to be a critic than a creator.
— Nathan Myhrvold

Want to learn how to be more creative by hacking the way your brain naturally works?

On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I watch and recap my favorite takeaways from Netflix’s new documentary The Creative Brain with neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman. Dr. Eagleman has been a neuroscientist for over 20 years and shares the various ways our brain naturally works for and against our creativity. The movie features creative minds like architect Bjarke Ingels, musician Grimes, actor Tim Robbins, and more. It’s a fascinating documentary that looks into the creative process of innovators across multiple disciplines while exploring brain-bending, risk-taking ways to spark our own creativity.

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