Lesson 36: Make What You Need to See in the World with Jane Gahng

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How to push past your fears and create what you need to see in the world

with Jane Gahng

I want people to know that they are capable of doing much more than they think they can do. There’s no limitations.
— Jane Gahng

What if you have a burning desire to make something that you need to see exist in the world, but you don’t have any experience and the thought of creating it terrifies the crap out of you? Do you run away or do you answer the call?

My guest Jane Gahng decided to confront all her fears, and make it anyway! Jane is an illustrator and lettering artist, and she shares her story about how she saw a need for an in-person conference celebrating Asian American/ Pacific Islander women and despite her fears, insecurities and lack of experience, decided to create one.

We talk about the process of making something massive in scale and completely beyond your comfort zone, and why Jane felt it was so important to push beyond her fears and create a community for people to feel represented, included and empowered. Jane also shares the visualization techniques she uses to overcome her self doubt and gets back up when she feels knocked down, and how this experience has grown her belief in herself and what she’s capable of. Listen to feel inspired and push past your own blocks to make what is calling you to be made!

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Mentioned in this episode:

  • The importance of pivoting and evolving

  • The process of making something massive in scale and completely beyond your comfort zone

  • How to overcome self doubt through the power of visualization

  • Manifesting what you want by focusing on the feeling you want

  • How to achieve your goals by asking for help

  • How to keep yourself accountable when you’re scared by sharing what you’re doing with others

  • Get your tickets to Unveil Our Story!

     

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Website | Instagram | Unveil Our Story

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Best Of - Get Stuff Done Without Distractions and Bad Habits with Jake Kahana

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HOW TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION, BECOME A MASTER OF YOUR TIME, AND RESHAPE THE WAY YOU WORK

with Jake Kahana

Part of living a creative life is doing the thing and not knowing where it goes, but doing it because you need to just get it out.
— Jake Kahana

Do you have a creative project you really want to work on, but put it off because you just don’t have the time for it?

Then today’s episode is just for you!

My guest Jake Kahana says nobody taught us how to work, and he wants to change that.  

Jake is an artist and teacher helping people thrive in a world overrun with distractions by leading them in unlearning bad habits and replacing them with new, better ones.  He’s also the king of side projects and the co-founder of Caveday, a company dedicated to teaching people how to maximize their productivity. Fast Company even referred to Jake and his co-founders as “Procrastination Nannies.” But it’s not just about doing more work in less time– Jake says it’s about improving the quality of your life by improving the quality of your work.

This conversation completely changed the way I work. In fact, I edited this episode more efficiently than ever before, thanks to all the juicy, research backed techniques Jake shares with us.

In this episode, Jake shows us how to unlearn the bad habits we’re all used to, and how to recreate our own mini Caveday at home. As someone who is highly creative with multiple side projects, he also shares some great insights about how to be more creative.

**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 Jake co-founded Caveday

  • How nobody has ever taught us how to work, and why we need to be taught how to work with structure and research based techniques

  • How to structure your work so you can get into flow and do your best work

  • The right kind of break to take so you can go back to work more energized (and it’s not checking emails and social media!)

  • Why multitasking actually makes your work quality worse

  • How to be in control of your own time

  • The ONE THING you can take away from this interview to do better work (and it improves your IQ!)

  • Jake’s advice on how to work at a demanding day job and still have time for your side projects

  • Why every creative outlet doesn’t need to be a business idea

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Lesson 34: The Business of Being Creative with Jennifer Perkins

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How to be a bad ass creative entrepreneur and make money doing what you love

with Jennifer Perkins

You gotta let it out or you’ll get sick.
— Jennifer's Grandma

How can you be a bad ass creative entrepreneur and make money doing what you love?

This week on Creativity School, I talk to Jennifer Perkins, a creative content designer for places like HGTV and DIY Network. Jennifer has worked in the creative industry as an author, editor, television host, and crafter for over 20 years, and she’s also the host of Creative Queso, a podcast all about the business of being creative.

If you want to learn more about how to make money with the things you make, how to self promote without turning people off, how to network when you hate networking, how to prevent boredom in your creative work, AND SO MUCH MORE - tune in because you’ll love this episode!

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Mentioned in this episode:

  • The importance of having multiple streams of income

  • How to prevent yourself from getting bored of your work when you turn it into a business

  • How to start learning and embracing business, marketing and promotion

  • Overcoming the discomfort of promoting yourself and your work

  • How to network when you hate networking

  • Why having ADD in your creativity should be something we embrace

  • My episode on Jennifer’s Podcast Creative Queso

  • Goal Digger Podcast

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Website | Creative Queso | Instagram

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Lesson 33: Discover Your Unique Purpose using Human Design with Laura Olsen

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How to discover who you were born to be and create the life you want

with Laura Olsen

All truly compelling creativity is from a deep place of inner knowledge. Human Design shows you who you were born to be so that you can set down all the clutter of the world and be free to be yourself.
— Laura Olsen

This week on Creativity School, I talk to Laura Olsen, a creative coach that helps people define their message and get it online using a variety of tools, including Human Design. If you’ve never heard of Human Design before, you’re about to get a crash course on how this tool gives you an overview of the mechanics of how you operate, and “is the owner’s manual that we didn’t get at birth.”

By learning our Human Design type we can gain a deeper understanding of who we really are, and remove all the baggage of who the world tells us to be. As Laura says, truly compelling creativity comes from a deep place of inner knowledge. And the more we know about ourselves, the more we can create better work. Listen to learn more about your purpose and living in alignment with your Human Design!

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Mentioned in this episode:

  • What is Human Design

  • The 5 Human Design Types - Manifestor, Generator, Manifesting Generator, Projector, and Reflector

  • How Human Design can help you uncover who you really are and how you operate in the world

  • Celebrities and famous figures and their Human Design Types

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Website | Instagram

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Lesson 32: The Slower Your Grow: Building a Business At Your Own Pace

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How to BUILD A BUSINESS without the pressure to hustle and grind

with Jessica Gonzalez


What really helped me at the beginning was not having a plan because it didn’t stress me out. I just did whatever I felt like doing or whatever I thought needed to be done. I didn’t put any pressure on myself.
— Jessica Gonzalez

We often hear about how necessary it is to hustle, grind and work until we’re exhausted and burned out when starting a new business. But is it possible to build a successful business by intentionally growing it slow and without the pressure to grow as quickly as possible?

This week on Creativity School, I talk to Jessica Gonzalez, a beekeeper and the founder of Happy Organics, a wellness company that provides honey and CBD products for the body and mind. Jessica shares her journey to accidentally starting her company during a time when she was burned out and exploring the things that made her happy after quitting a tech company she founded. She began helping her father with his bees when he got diagnosed with terminal cancer, and developed honey and CBD products to help with his pain and anxiety. When people started asking to buy them, she had a business.

Jessica shares how she was able to keep her company going through the devastating loss of her dad, how her incredible pain became her purpose, and how she’s been able to successfully grow her company slowly and at her own pace by being focused on her values and the bigger picture.

**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 Jessica began helping her father with his bees when he got diagnosed with terminal cancer

  • How she was able to start Happy Organics while experiencing the devastating loss of her father

  • How to create transformation in your life without experiencing something painful or devastating

  • Why she grew her business slow and without a plan

  • The importance of letting yourself feel bad

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Website | Instagram

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Lesson 31: The Magic of Letting Go of Perfection

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How to let go of perfection and create without pressure

with Carrie Brummer

We need to say out loud perfectionism is poison
and not something to be proud of.
— Carrie Brummer

How do we finally let go of perfectionism and experience the magic that unfolds when we create with complete freedom?

This week on Creativity School, we dig into how perfectionism is poison and not something to be proud of with Carrie Brummer. Carrie is a visual artist and has had work displayed in The Smithsonian and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She’s also an art educator, and the founder of Artist Strong, a community that supports people by giving them the permission to be creative and the tools to develop their unique voice.

We talk about how it took a life threatening health experience for Carrie to finally let go of the need to create art that was perfect, and in the process discovered the incredible things that can happen in your life and work when you let go and create without pressure. Carrie shares actionable steps we can take to release our need for perfection, how to let go of the myth of talent, and how to trust your intuition when creating your work.

**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 Carrie entered the world of art education despite her parents and teachers telling her it wasn’t practical to pursue a career in the arts

  • How a life threatening health experience was a catalyst for her to let go of perfectionism and the need to please others in her work

  • The negative side of perfectionism

  • The myth of talent and how to develop your talent

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Website | Artist Strong | Facebook

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Lesson 30: 3 Simple Secrets to being Successful with Your Work

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How to be successful with your creative work with 3 simple steps

with Grace Chon

There’s a way to operate in the world and still get what you want without being a huge, egotistical, disgusting, douchebag. So be kind. It’s really that simple.
— Grace Chon

This week on Creativity School, I share 3 simple secrets to being successful with your creative work, especially if you want longevity in your career. The ideas in this episode are the things that have helped me succeed as a creative entrepreneur and artist, and if you can stay committed to these tips - THEY WORK!

Also listen in the introduction to find out the inspiring way Lulu Wang, director and writer of the critically acclaimed film The Farewell, overcame obstacles to make her film exactly the way she wanted, and the lessons we can learn from her experience.

**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.

Resources:

‘The Farewell’: Lulu Wang Made the Year’s Most Exciting Hit By Refusing to Whitewash It

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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.

**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 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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Instagram | Website

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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.

**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:

  • 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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Website | Instagram

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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

CONNECT WITH KARA:

Website | Instagram | Podcast

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