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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.

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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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Lesson 19: Create Work that Connects with Your Audience Using the 5 C's with Hommy Diaz

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How to create an emotional connection with your product

With Hommy Diaz

Some people might think their story is not interesting or impressive but it’s quite the opposite. It will be compelling and interesting to someone else. Think about how your life can help change someone else’s life and put it into whatever you’re trying to create.

— Hommy Diaz

We’re back with more wisdom from Hommy Diaz on this week’s episode of Creativity School! If you haven’t already, be sure to back and listen to last week’s episode where he shares his origin story and how he navigates the unknown of his creative journey without stress or fear.

This week Hommy’s talking to us about the formula he’s come up with to create work that connects with people called “The 5 C’s.” Hommy has used this formula successfully for his projects working on collaborations for brands like DC Shoes and K-Swiss. You’ll find out why he says some people get the formula backwards when creating, and when they do, it inevitably fails.

Hommy also shares how he uses the 5 C’s to create products with meaning and depth, and how he utilized his formula for building his own brand, Magnus Alpha. We also talk about how to execute ideas to make them awesome, and how to build a great brand from the ground up.

**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 you should align your work with the 5 C’s and then create

  • How he tells stories through footwear design

  • Why he says the context around your product is the most important thing to consider

  • Why you shouldn’t be in a rush to develop an idea and get it out

  • How appreciating what he has helps his mindset and creative journey

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Lesson 18: Don't Stress About the Unknown of Your Creative Path with Hommy Diaz

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How to stop dwelling on things you can’t control

With Hommy Diaz

If there’s anything I’ve learned in life, it’s that stressing about the unknown is so detrimental to your health. It doesn’t help you, it wont make things happen any faster, and it wont put you in a position of clear thinking. I’ve always practiced not dwelling or stressing out about something I simply can’t control.
— Hommy Diaz

We all know the unknown and uncertainty of forging ahead on your own creative path can be terrifying! So how can we overcome all the fears and move forward?

On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I’m talking to Hommy Diaz. Hommy is an influential designer in sneaker culture with over 15 years of experience working with with top brands like KSWISS, Palladium Boots and DC SHOES. He is also the cofounder of MAGNUS ALPHA, his own designer sneaker, accessories and apparel company.

Hommy is a proud child of immigrants from the Dominican Republic and his family told him he couldn’t make money being an artist. Despite this, he went to Parsons art school, graduated, and then took a part time job at the Apple Store, much to the confusion and disappointment of his family. Somehow, Hommy leveraged that experience to end up as the global product line manager at DC Shoes... with zero shoe design experience! We talk about how he navigated this journey, his particular way of thinking that allows him to stay open to possibilities without trying to control the outcome of the unknown, and how this has consistently opened doors for him on his creative path.

Stay tuned for Part 2 with Hommy next week, where we talk about how to create work that's meaningful to consumers and more.

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Mentioned in this episode:

  • Being open to opportunity even if it’s not exactly what you expect

  • Why its so important to create your own opportunities

  • Why Hommy says setting expectations is self sabotage

  • How to release the impulse to control things and enjoy the process

  • Why Hommy says to rack up as many small failures as possible

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Lesson 17: Believing in Yourself even When no one Else Does with Sara Carson

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How to dream big and succeed even when you don’t have support

With Sara Carson

If somebody is bringing you down or telling you you’re not good enough, show them that you are. Show them that you can do it and just do it. There should be nothing holding you back except for you.
— Sara Carson

On today’s episode of Creativity School, I’m talking to Sara Carson, celebrity dog trainer, top international trick dog trainer, and finalist on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent.

Sara and her dogs now have fans all over the world, but she faced harsh criticism and lack of support from her family and friends while she pursued her dreams of training and performing with dogs for a living. Despite starting her own dog training business at 15 years old, Sara was told her entire life that what she was doing was silly, unrealistic, and that she could NEVER have a career doing what she wanted to do.

When she auditioned for America’s Got Talent, even the judges didn’t understand her work. It took Simon Cowell getting on stage for the first time ever, to vouch for Sara and her dogs and get her through to the show.

Sara shares how to overcome the lack of support from your family and friends and how to create the things you love anyway. We also get a behind the scenes look at her time on AGT - from the audition process, to the moment the judges criticized her act, to Simon getting on stage and fighting for her. She also talks about the process of creating new performances week after week under high stress, how she overcomes her nerves before big shows, how she deals with online critics, and more.

**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 Sara learned how to do dog training while watching YouTube videos when she was 10 years old

  • How she started a dog training business when she was 15 years old, teaching at night after school

  • Her experience having a video she made for fun go viral, getting 22M views overnight

  • How she got onto America’s Got Talent Season 12, her process auditioning for the show, getting rejected and hearing criticism from the judges, and how Simon Cowell believed in her

  • Sara’s advice on how to create things when you don’t have any support

  • How she deals with the nerves of performing in front of a huge audience

  • Her advice for creating work through anxiety or depression

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Lesson 16: how to turn your creative project into a side hustle

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tips on how to start a profitable side hustle

With Dielle Charon

Just take a complete chance on yourself, and see that it truly is possible. There’s so much out there, so many people that are rooting for you, so many ways that you can be successful doing something that you absolutely love.
— Dielle Charon

What if you could monetize your creative project and turn it into a profitable side hustle? Today’s Creativity School guest Dielle Charon, is an expert at helping people achieve exactly this and she’s here to share all her juicy tips with us in this conversation.

Dielle is a Business Coach, helping other driven and passionate side hustlers finally quit their full time jobs and live a life of freedom. And Dielle walks the walk - she currently runs her extremely profitable coaching business as a side hustle! Despite her crazy demanding day job, she was able to match her 9-5 salary within three months of starting her business.

You probably know by now that I started my photography career as a side hustle back in 2008. I know a thing or two about how to monetize your creative passion projects, but Dielle taught me SO MUCH in this conversation, she blew my mind. We talk about how to make sure your business idea is suitable for the market, how to manage your time when you have a busy day job, and how to avoid “Shiny Object Syndrome” so you can set goals and stick to them. Dielle also shares great advice on when it’s ok to quit your side hustle. We talk about so much more and she has a a wealth of great advice, so you might want to grab a pen and take some notes for this one!

**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.audibletrial.com/gracechon.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • The first steps to monetizing your creative passion project

  • Why you have to find a gap in the market

  • How to validate your side hustle idea with  “coffee chat calls”

  • What branding is and why it’s important 

  • How to balance your side hustle with a day job and manage your time productively

  • Why Dielle recommends 90 day goals and how they can give us permission to focus on the things that matter to our side hustle

  • The impact of side hustles on your relationships and how to balance both

  • Shiny Object Syndrome and how that harms our productivity

  • Why you have to serve the business, and not your every passion and whim

  • Dielle’s advice on when it’s ok to quit your side hustle

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Lesson 15: Overcoming Adversity and Making an impact with your creative expression

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How to make a positive change in the world with your creativity

With Simon Tam

When you find the right person that connects with the art that you make, there’s something profound in that. You just literally changed their world. You just created something out of your imagination, out of the depths of your soul to move them and there is something that is so incredible about that.

— Simon Tam

This week on Creativity School, I’m talking to self proclaimed troublemaker Simon Tam, founder and bassist of the first Asian American dance rock band The Slants, author, TEDx speaker, podcaster, and the David that went up against the Goliath that is the US government in a fight for freedom of speech.

Simon is a strong believer in creating work from your values and making the things you want to see in the world, in order to make an impact and create positive change. In this episode we talk about why he is committed to making the work he does, even when it puts him on a difficult path, and how he overcame incredible obstacles in the music industry that discriminated against his band simply for being Asian American.

Simon and his band have extensively been in the news because of his 8 year lawsuit against the US Patent and Trademark Office over the right to use the name The Slants (the USPTO argued it was racist), and we discuss what happened when his landmark case went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2017. (Spoiler alert - they won!)

We talk about making work that you know you have to make, despite the odds, despite the rejection, despite people not believing in you, and despite having to fight giants like the US government. Simon offers so much wisdom about why overcoming all those obstacles was worth the fight.

**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.audibletrial.com/gracechon.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • How to take action on the things that you want to do

  • How Simon learned survival instincts – perseverance and persistence – from watching his immigrant parents

  • How he finds the time for all his creative pursuits and juggles them all

  • His advice on how to create connection with people and get them interested in the work  you create

  • Why he started the first Asian American dance rock band and why he chose the name The Slants as an act of reappropriation

  • How he deals with rejection

  • Why it’s important to embrace who you are and not let anyone stop you

  • Living in alignment with what you believe is right

  • How starting your creativity journey can lead you to unexpected places

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Lesson 14: Giving Back, Balance, and Turning A Hobby into a Dream Career, Part 2

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How to turn a hobby into a business and dream career

With Kyndra Holley

I am relentless in my pursuit of what sets my soul on fire.
I refuse to quit, even if gets hard or awful.
I keep going.

— Kyndra Holley

This week on Creativity School, we’re back with Part 2 of our conversation with Kyndra Holley, international bestselling cookbook author and the powerhouse behind the massively popular food blog Peace, Love and Low Carb.

If you didn’t listen to the first part of our talk, go back and listen to Episode 13 to find out all about how Kyndra started her blog back in 2011 as a hobby that made zero money, and eventually turned it into a full time dream career that now supports her family.

On this episode, we discuss the importance of advocating for your work and standing up for the vision that you believe in, and why we should create from a place of power and never hold back and stifle our own creativity. Kyndra also shares her thoughts on how to be healthy overall so we can have a long term and sustainable business, and why your career can’t be motivated by money.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • How Kyndra self published her first cookbook after just 1 year of blogging

  • How she got into publishing her cookbooks with her traditional publishers

  • Why it’s essential to speak up for yourself and advocate for your own work and creative vision

  • Her philosophy on giving back to the community, animals and other people

  • How Kyndra keeps her creativity going without burning out

  • How giving ourselves rest allows us to be more creative and have better ideas

  • Kyndra’s thoughts on starting a blog now, in such a competitive landscape

  • Why your career can’t be motivated by money

  • The single most thing that has propelled Kyndra in her business and career

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Lesson 13: Abundance, Connection, and Turning A Hobby into a Dream Career, PART 1

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How to turn a hobby into a business and dream career

With Kyndra Holley


Work doesn’t have to be something you dread getting up to. You don’t have to hate Sundays. You don’t have to clock in for someone else and count down the hours until you clock out.
— Kyndra Holley

Have you ever dreamed of monetizing a hobby and turning it into a successful career? It’s entirely possible, and on this week’s episode of Creativity School our guest Kyndra Holley is here to tell us exactly how she did it.

Kyndra is an international bestselling cookbook author, and the powerhouse behind Peace, Love and Low Carb, a massively popular food blog that gets 4 million page views a month. She started her blog back in 2011 simply as a hobby to lose weight, using a first generation iPhone. Kyndra eventually quit her day job in the restaurant business to focus on monetizing her blog. And now 8 years later, she’s supporting her family with a food empire that spans Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and 6 traditionally published cookbooks.

Kyndra doesn’t hold back in this conversation, and shares everything from the steps she took to monetize her blog, to how she kept going even though things got really dark and hard in the early days of her business. We also talk about how she deals with viscous online trolls, how to overcome anxiety and fear, and why gratitude and abundance mindset is crucial to our overall health and wellness.

Tune in next week as we continue our conversation about how Kyndra self published her first cookbooks, her experience getting published with traditional publishers, how to have a long term, sustainable business and much, much more.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Why Kyndra embraces vulnerability and how it creates connection with her readers

  • Why she treated food blogging like a career even though it was a hobby

  • How she ultimately quit her day job to focus on food blogging even though it wasn’t bringing in any income

  • Why she says gratitude is essential

  • How being real and authentic on social media has created connection, community and grown her Instagram following

  • How our emotions and deep inner worlds affect our creativity and the work we make

  • Abundance mindset and how it affects her creativity and business

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Lesson 12: Creativity + Perfectionism

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How to stop being focused on perfectionism to improve yourself and your work

With Grace Chon

It is better to have work that is imperfect and have it exist in the world,
than have nothing at all.
— Grace Chon

On today’s episode of Creativity School I discuss perfectionism and why it’s so detrimental to our creativity, especially when we’re starting something new!

Listen to find out why we should stop being focused on perfection, and what we can do instead to create work from a space that’s healthier, more loving, and free of shame, judgement and fear. This episode is a must listen if you struggle with perfectionism in your work, and you feel like you can’t share anything you make until it’s absolutely perfect.

I also share why I’ll be taking a few weeks off from the show, so listen until the end if you want to find out more.

This episode is dedicated in loving memory of Maeby 2005-2019.

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