This week's episode was actually a conversation between me and Kathryn back in October of last year, 2020, when we were still Essential 3; but I think there's a lot of beautiful things in here — about re-nourishing the local, and how important that is. So, it speaks to a lot of things we really believe in, encouraging the things that make small business and local business really special. And of course, that doesn't have to mean a struggling business. It can mean prosperous, and sustainable, and thriving, and full of satisfaction in many ways at once — which is really our goal, to support creative business people to do in the world.
Hey there. So this recording was done with me in Kathryn back in November of last year (2020). We were still calling ourselves Essential 3 Consulting; we hadn't gone into being Inspired Success yet. But listening back to it, there were a lot of things I enjoyed about it. We talk about what I called the "guru industrial complex", which is a way of talking... if you're not familiar, the way online teachers tend to pump you up, and pump you up, and pump you up, but not always give you what they could. And we cover some other ground. Some really cool ideas about how to make internet marketing, or any marketing more connected, better and how to be more authentic. A theme that came out of it, listening back to it was learning to trust yourself. And it occurred to me: a thing that's core to what I'm trying to help creators do, is learn to trust ourselves more. And when we learn to trust ourselves, I think we also come off as more authentic, more reachable. All of this episode is about how to be more connected and more genuine; and through that, be more truly and genuinely successful.
This is an edited talk I had with Kathryn, my business partner a few weeks ago, as we were just launching the name "Inspired Success", and it reflects on why we like those two words together. I really enjoyed looking back at our reflections on what creativity really is, what we're really about, and the vulnerability it takes to put something out into the world that's meaningful for others, and still maintain your own integrity, about being that person you want to be, and having all those things come together. This is the exciting space that we're working in, and supporting other people to work in. So I'm excited to share this talk with you.
"And I think that the great majority of the problems in the world have some roots in the stuckness that people feel. And then trying to get out of the stuckness through things that are sublimating them, rather than satisfying them. And that's why I'm always on and on about trying to find what true wealth means for you. Instead of the proxy of the hundred millionaire fantasy life, that proxies that experience instead of centering it in our creative impulse, of what we want to give too, and be, on this planet."
So this is part of a conversation I had with Kathryn, about a week ago. And at first, I was super critical of all the ways in which it was really — well, not that perfect. That audio is not so great (although I did what I could to make it better). But then, when I listened back to it, I realized it was the kind of thing _I_ would really want to hear, as a creator. And therefore, I realized it might just be the kind of thing you> would want to hear, as a creator. At the beginning it jumps around a bit. Kathryn begins by talking about the Spotlight Your Brilliance workshops she's been doing on her own brand, and bringing them into our company. And at one point she mentions one of our possible clients, and I edited her name out, to sort of, protect that person's privacy. But, we are really getting to something here, is what I keep feeling — and I feel that it's very exciting. I share some of my own insights about the ego, and how the ego part of us, really doesn't want to be seen as too special, or ready, or anything. Because we can feel just as vulnerable to be seen then, as anything else, and that can be scary too. So, this was a bit of a revelation to me. I hope you enjoy it.
I came up with a triangle model this morning, that could help us think about the relation between pay, meaning, and flourishing. And provide a contrast between broken-apart living, and as-a-whole living.
For a transcript, or to leave a comment go to: https://inspiredsucc.es/podcast/contribution-compensation-joy/
In this short little walking thought, I explore the idea of "deep prosperity" that occurred to me the other day. I feel it encapsulates so much of what we are going for in our work. It opens up an inquiry about what prosperity really means, and pushes us to explore. And it feels more about an *experience* of living, not a momentary hurdle to be passed somehow.
For a transcript or to leave a comment, go to https://inspiredsucc.es/podcast/deep-prosperity/
Thoughts on perfectionistic grandiosity, and the infection of super guru success people, vs. a grounded vision of progress. I have two metaphors: climbing a mountain path, and planting 3 different seeds.
For a transcript or to leave a comment, go to: https://inspiredsucc.es/podcast/mountains-and-seeds/
Anita and I discuss our experiences with online so-called "guru" teachers, some of the hazards of the online world, and how to create more effective learning environments in general.
For a transcript or to leave a comment, go to https://inspiredsucc.es/podcast/shaking-up-the-guru-status-game-w-anita-edge/
My friend Helen Shi is a brilliant woman from China with many interests. We used to sit down at the dining room table, and I'd put my iPhone between us, and just record. The quality was not great — but it was surprisingly okay. I got to discuss my economic philosophy.
For a transcript, or to leave a comment go to: https://inspiredsucc.es/podcast/economic-philosophy-w-helen-shi/