January 18, 2021
Full Show Notes: newinceptions.com/192
As we're getting started in this second year of potentially a two or three year pandemic "clean up" plan, there's going to be plenty of time for us to really adjust and think about where we fit in the world. It's a great time to develop our skills for success.
What do I mean by that?
Well, it's a forced transition period for all of us. What might have been our identity in the past, might not work in the PAE.
That said, one group of individuals who all have to go through this major life change sometime in their career are professional athletes. Like our guest, Desmond "Dez" Clark says, if your identity was wrapped up into your job (as an athlete), you're going to have issues when you can't do that job anymore.
Luckily for Dez, he knew who he was before his career as a professional athlete. So when he finished up, yes, there was a transition period, but he was the same Dez who used the game as a means to get what he wanted.
In this chat with him, Ya'el and I learn a little bit of what he's learned over the years through these transitions and how he's been able to stay the course during his life using those experiences.
January 4, 2021
Full Show Notes: newinceptions.com/191
Welcome to 2021, everyone. What an interesting ride it's been... and we're not out of woods yet. However, if you're interested in building companies (and who isn't these days?), I'm really feeling hope in the air. Hope of a fresh start.
If anyone knows about fresh starts, it's this session's guest Marek Zmyslowski. He's had a couple in his career - but one he's most notable for is the one he had to go through as he was writing his book Chasing Black Unicorns.
In his book, Marek shares with us the story of why and how he built the Amazon of Africa... but then how selecting a bad business partner eventually got him in hot water with Interpol... and what he learned from the whole ordeal.
In our conversation with Marek, new co-host Ya'el and I explore some of the items Marek has learned you want to do or don't do when you're building companies in up and coming countries.
December 21, 2020
Full Show Notes: newinceptions.com/190
As we're quickly hurtling towards 2021, many young professionals are finding it harder and harder to sync into the "real world" once they're out of college. For me, it's been over 10 years since I got out. And it took me quite awhile to get my bearings. I can only imagine what it's like now as the world is changing faster and faster outside the ivory tower of academia.
Personally, I think 2020 has been a wake up call in more ways than one. Sure, we've been talking about pivoting all year since the virus officially dropped. But one thing we haven't discussed is the need for better networking skills.
For me, this year, I felt ahead of the curve. The network I have already built through this podcast has paid dividends as far as business development. However, not all businesses who have had to close up shop can say the same thing. Many of those businesses, like restaurants, have connections which are in their industry. And chances are, those connections have been affected as well.
So if you're a young professional, entering the workforce, or have an expendable entry level position, what can you do to hedge your bets? Well, I think a great start is to look at someone like Emily Mishler as a fine example of how to get yourself out there.
Listen in as Andy and I find out how she's been able to reach the levels she has as someone in her late 20's.
December 7, 2020
Full show notes: newinceptions.com/189
As 2020 is coming quickly to an end, we're moving closer to favorable conditions to be creatively self employed. However, that might be easier said than done. For many, the pandemic has set people back in more ways than one. If we want to build confidence going into the new year and to be a player in the Pandemic Adjusted Economy (PAE), we'll likely need to rebuild and equip ourselves with new expectations of what's possible.
Personally, I feel that 2020 has helped me reflect and improve my vision of what my businesses can be. In fact, we're improving the model of everything I'm involved with. I've certainly learned a few lessons from this past year. More so how to build businesses that are pandemic proof!
However, I understand that not everyone has been able to gain that clarity. In fact, I think a lot of people who've lost their business aren't quite sure how to pick things up to rebuild. Or, even if they'd want to. Or maybe, someone's been waiting for the best time to start out on their own - but they're especially not sure if NOW is the best time to get started.
Here's the thing: everyone who was affected by COVID-19 will still have to start from a level playing ground when we're given the greenlight to begin again.
So don't let your fears hold you back. Reach out and find those who can be a catalyst for what you're trying to achieve.
One such person I'd recommend reaching out to is this session's guest, Casey Sharperson. In this conversation, she shares with us how she made the jump BEFORE the pandemic hit and how she's already helping others do the same.
Listen in as Veronica and I find out what it means to take charge of your story and use it to your advantage to move forward.
November 23, 2020
Full Show Notes: newinceptions.com/188
In 2020, it's been relatively easy to put on a few pounds since we're all more prone to living a sedentary lifestyle. That's why the Quarantine 15 has become a thing. However, that's really a bad excuse to not take care of yourself.
So, for the holidays, I wanted to make sure we released a conversation with someone who can help us work-o-holic creatives be a bit more mindful of how we're treating ourselves during the last stretch of the year.
While our guest Sameera Khan typically works with bariatric surgery candidates, she has some great tips for the rest of us.
Listen in as Veronica and I explore a handful of tips we should keep in mind to keep ourselves from binging and/or staying on track for our holiday meal planning.
November 9, 2020
Full Show Notes: newinceptions.com/187
In the last five years, I've learned a lot of things from doing this show. If someone is looking, I really think it can help someone live the life they want. However, while I might have learned plenty since starting the show, I'd say a big part of that knowledge is simply developing new perspectives on what I already thought I knew.
While I've had several changes of perspective, three have stood out the most this year.
The first big perspective change I had was that it really does take awhile to master a craft. For example, while I feel I know a lot about producing a great sounding show, there's always tweaks I can be making to improve the show as a whole. But it's only from that experience that I know to make those changes. You're not going to learn meaningful knowledge overnight.
The second perspective shift I've received from the show was actually a big game changer. I realized the more people are doing work aligned with what's important to them in life and how others see them, the closer they are to doing work that isn't really... work.
And the third realization came from understanding this past year one thing: The more people you meet and let into your life, the more opportunity you have to grow.
I share those three perspectives with today's guest, Justin Breen.
In fact, when I realized he was building his business on these three core beliefs, it occured to me that I should probably embrace them more myself.
Listen in as he shares with Veronica and I why these beliefs are important to him and how they've empowered him to live the life he's proud of.
October 26, 2020
Full Show Notes: newinceptions.com/186
Believe it or not, but there's a lot of people in this world who are afraid to think big. The reason for this is pretty simple... at least to them. Why think of making a huge impact when you can't even get your own life straight?
What I've learned is that having big goals and dreams actually helps one deal with the now. If we have a worthwhile goal, it allows us to prioritize it. And that, allows us to not prioritize what's good now... or at least the actions that might self sabotage us in the long run. In other words, if you have an elephant to eat, that's how you eat it - one bite at a time.
In this session with friend of the show, with the newly married Ya'el Johnson, Andy and I chat with her about what she's learned about life and success as she's taken control over her own life and destiny. This is a great lesson if you're new to the self development world, but also a great reminder for those of us who might feel down due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19.
October 12, 2020
Full Show Notes: newinceptions.com/185
It's said that college can either teach you what to think or how to think. And in my case, I'd like to believe that it taught me how to think. But looking back, especially this past year, I've realized when it comes to creative thinking, my Purdue career might have failed me. Not because I didn't get anything out of it. I did. However, when I got out of grad school, I found myself trying to build staircases out of information.
That's just not how the world works. Especially when you're trying to start or restart a business.
In fact, when you're learning something new, using a circular or global way of learning to connect the dots might make more sense to utilize than a linear model.
In this session with Emmy award winning documentarian Lois Stark, Veronica and I chat with her about what what she's learned about shapes and patterns in nature, and how those relate to our ability to think now and in the future.
September 30, 2020
Full Show Notes: newinceptions.com/184
There's a lot to be said when it comes to having a personal breakthrough. In fact, having one might just change the rest of your life. However, when it comes to having a breakthrough through an identity shift, what does that actually mean? Shouldn't a breakthrough come before having a change of identity?
Interestingly, according to today's guest, Rob Scott, you can find a way to change your perspective on who you are and how the world influences you. Not only that, but when you do, the world can become a much more friendly and/or productive place.
In this session, Andy and I chat with Rob about how he could have had all the reasons to be a failure at life, but instead used identity shifting techniques to become the person he is today.
September 14, 2020
Full Show Notes: newinceptions.com/183
When you're starting anything in the business world, it's a really good idea to know who your target audience (or avatar) is. Some businesses might have many options, while most actually have a handful or less.
Generally speaking, when you're starting a podcast, it's no different. Sure, there's a few podcasts out there that practically anyone can listen to, but for the most part, shows need to be tailored to the audience. This is especially true if the host isn't well known.
When this session's guest, Joe Sanok, started his podcast, not many people knew who he was outside of his therapy work. However, with a podcast name of Practice of the Practice, it only makes sense that people who were looking to build their private practice would find his show.
In this session, Veronica and I chat with Joe about the importance of knowing your audience and successfully building a brand around their needs.