How to Become a Jewelry Designer - Freida Rothman

How to Become a Jewelry Designer - Freida Rothman

 

Freida Rothman has sold her luxury jewelry and accessories in giant national retail stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. After years of helping other designers perfect their label, she realized that her name deserved to be on her own collection. She explains what homework she did to find untapped markets within the jewelry business, how networking at trade shows resulted in an opportunity with Nordstrom, and how you can have realistic expectations but continue to fight for your dream.

 

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Do your homework. Find out what else is out there and figure out how you're going to corner the area where no one else is.
  2. Stay on trend but be different. Why should anyone pick up your product if you look like the next guy?
  3. Know yourself, your capabilities, and your product. 
  4. Allow yourself to make mistakes - but learn from them.
  5. Persevere but be realistic. Offer to send physical samples and ask for honest feedback.
  6. If your approach isn't working, then it's time to change the plan.

 

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How to Arrange a Flower Design Business - Carly Cylinder

How to Arrange a Flower Design Business - Carly Cylinder

 

Carly Cylinder is a floral designer, author, and owner of a thriving flower business, Flour LA. Although a devout lover of all things floral, her dedication towards her dream wasn't always as strong. She explains how she rebuilt her company after moving across the country, how she finally convinced doubtful publishers to make her book, and why perseverance will ultimately lead you to your goal.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Don't dive into something just because people say it's what you're "supposed to do." Do what makes you happy.
  2. Persistence is key. Don't take no for an answer.
  3. Find loyal people that you trust to work with you. Treat them well.
  4. Running a business has its headaches - but it's worth the freedom.
  5. Be mindful of your expenses when you first begin. Be resourceful.
  6. When you've done the work, don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. Fight for what you deserve.

 

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How a Makeup Artist Became a Makeup Brand - Bobbi Brown

How a Makeup Artist Became a Makeup Brand - Bobbi Brown

 

Bobbi Brown is a legendary professional makeup artist, writer, and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. But before creating her empire, she was just a girl with a passion for projects, and - thanks to her slight naïveté - the guts to contact major players in the modeling and makeup industries. Find out how a casual party conversation got her products on the floors of Bergdorf Goodman, what she’s working on since leaving the company, and how you can stop comparing yourself and remember to just have fun.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. It’s all about having fun.
  2. Nothing comes easy.
  3. Don’t worry about what it could be - just make it what it is.
  4. It all starts with an idea - but it's got to be better than what’s already out there.
  5. There are no excuses. Don’t make yourself a victim.
  6. Stop comparing yourself.
  7. Never ask for permission, but beg for forgiveness.
  8. Be open to absorbing new information. Stay curious.

 

 

 

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How to Bake Up a Business Plan - SusieCakes

How to Bake Up a Business Plan - SusieCakes

 

Susan Sarich, SusieCakes founder and EY's 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year, bounced around jobs until she realized she was missing out on life's milestones. So instead, she started a bakery to celebrate them. She shares her recipe for financially preparing your business, fighting rejection from 22 banks, spreading the word about your product, and finding a team that will understand and expand your vision.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Before you jump in, ask yourself - "do I know enough about this industry?"
  2. Have a financial model before you start.
  3. Surround yourself with people who support you unconditionally.
  4. Don’t let the naysayers deter you.
  5. Don’t let the fear of failure take precedence over the need to see your dream come to life.
  6. Work hard.
  7. Be nice to people
  8. It all comes down to gratitude.

 

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How to Create a Global Skin Care Line - Kristeen Griffin-Grimes

How to Create a Global Skin Care Line - Kristeen Griffin-Grimes

Kristeen Griffin-Grimes’ boutique company, French Girl Organics has a successful line of luxury skincare and beauty products across the country - and it’s only getting bigger. So how did this business blossom from Kristeen’s simple love for botany and French aesthetics? She also shares what lessons we can all learn from the European lifestyle, how Etsy led to popular retailers like Anthropologie, where she’s planning to expand next, and why gratitude and confidence are essential to achieving your dreams.


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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. It takes time to develop your voice, hone your skills, and make sure your story comes out loud and clear. Be patient.
  2. When you do something you love, you'll be grateful for it even when things seem all screwed up.
  3. Believe that you can always figure things out, and you will.
  4. Have confidence in yourself. You and your ideas have worth.
  5. Live like a European - work hard, but enjoy the times when you relax. Engage with other people and be in the present.

 

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How to Pursue Acting and Activism - Ed Begley Jr.

How to Pursue Acting and Activism - Ed Begley Jr.

 

Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere, Better Call Saul, Arrested Development) is a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor who has become a household name. As the son of an Oscar-winning actor, he thought he had a free pass to Hollywood stardom. But when no job offers came, he realized he was missing the first step - training. He shares how the harsh truth motivated him to hone his craft, why he got involved in environmentalism, how he’s successfully followed more than one passion, and what you can do to leave your non-carbon footprint in the world.

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Ed with his solar panels

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. You have to train and hone your craft before you can expect any opportunities. Just because you're well-connected, it doesn't mean you'll get hired.
  2. Don't question if your dream job is something you should do - it's something you have to do.
  3. You can pursue multiple passions in one lifetime.
  4. Don't focus on what you're against - ask yourself, what are you for and what are you going to do about it?
  5. All it takes is one person to raise an army and make a difference.
  6. If you put a lot of work into your passion, you'll get a lot out of it.

 

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  1. LA's smog - see a photo timeline here
  2. Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969
  3. Going to the moon - see photos from Apollo 11 here

 

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How to Be Happy - Gretchen Rubin

How to Be Happy - Gretchen Rubin

 

Gretchen Rubin, #1 bestselling author (The Happiness Project, Better Than Before) and host of the critically acclaimed podcast “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” joins Cathy to dish out the secrets on how to be happy. How do you first identify what truly makes you happy? How can understanding your personality type help you set smart goals towards success? She also explains how to change your habits, how to be accountable for your progress, and why we all deserve to be happy.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE: 

  1. Our passions sometimes tend to slip away, but you can bring it back.
  2. Change always starts with yourself.
  3. One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. And one of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
  4. Don’t look at your options as black and white / this or that. It’s possible to have both.
  5. When you're making goals, get to know yourself better. You'll set yourself up for success, not failure.
  6. We’re all more or less the same, but the differences are very important - especially when you’re understanding who you are.
  7. Ask yourself - what makes you truly happy? How can you make space for it?
  8. We overlook what we can do over the long term if we just do a little every day.

 

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How to Become an Artistic Painter - Rebecca Schweiger

How to Become an Artistic Painter - Rebecca Schweiger

 

Rebecca Schweiger - internationally acclaimed artist, author, and founder of New York City’s #1 art school, the Art Studio NY - was already successfully selling her paintings in art galleries by the time she graduated college. But something was still missing. How did she transform her small New York apartment into an art studio where she could teach classes? What helped her increase her group of students from 5 to 1000? She also explains how she charged through the fear of starting a new chapter, why you shouldn’t try to be perfect, and why we as creative individuals need to give everyone the opportunity to experience art.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. It's not enough to make great work. You also have to have a great attitude.
  2. We need art. It gives us a sense of being alive, feeds the heart and soul, and creates a connection that we can't get anywhere else.
  3. Be your #1 fan.
  4. Write the scene of your success before it even exists - and act like it already does.
  5. When we begin a new chapter, there’s excitement but also massive fear and self-criticism. Finding your "why" will help you overcome that fear.
  6. The most important life you need to change first is your life.
  7. There are areas where you’re an expert, areas where you’re a beginner - and all of them are wonderful.

 

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How to Expand from 10% to 100% Entrepreneur - Patrick McGinnis

How to Expand from 10% to 100% Entrepreneur - Patrick McGinnis

 

Venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and author Patrick McGinnis thought he was doing everything right by working on Wall Street. But now he’s using his book The 10% Entrepreneur to help aspiring entrepreneurs transition out of their day jobs and into a business that they truly love. Find out how you can start monetizing your creative talent, how he coined the term “FOMO” and how to get rid of it, and why you're not going to retire if you’re working with your passion.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Do something that’s sustainable, diversified, and you gets you excited.
  2. This is a lifestyle. Create something that you can take everywhere you go until the last day of your life.
  3. Before you jump all in, test out your idea first. See how the market reacts to it.
  4. Surround yourself with people who can give you good advice and keep you accountable to your plan.
  5. You don’t have to work alone. Nobody can do everything well.
  6. Repurpose your time and cut out things that don’t matter to you.
  7. Live it and believe it.

 

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How to Start a Podcast Network - Mignon Fogarty

How to Start a Podcast Network - Mignon Fogarty

 

Mignon Fogarty isn’t just the creator, host, and persona behind the highly acclaimed podcast, Grammar Girl. She’s also a bestselling author and the founder of the amazing podcast network, Quick and Dirty Tips. But when she started, there was no guarantee that this new podcasting frontier was a worthy sacrifice for her well-paid, yet soul-crushing freelance job. How did she eventually construct a clear brand with loyal followers? She also shares her secrets on what has made her podcast a success, how she uses social media without getting overwhelmed, and why it’s important to stay open even in a world of uncertainty.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. When you’re creating your business and starting small, diversify your source of revenue. Find as many different ways to earn money.
  2. Determine what you’re good at, and then work your butt off to grow those skills.
  3. When it comes to social media, find one or two that you love and then put as much effort as you can into those platforms.
  4. In branding, consistency is key.
  5. You don’t have to be perfect when you start. Don’t let great be the enemy of good.
  6. If there’s something out there that you want but doesn’t exist - go make it.
  7. Opening yourself up to what is possible and believing you can do it is just half the battle.
  8. Don’t let fear of judgment or rejection stop you from pursuing your dreams and goals. Put yourself out there and remember, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”

 

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How to Achieve Positive Thinking Through Mindfulness - Susan Kaiser Greenland

How to Achieve Positive Thinking Through Mindfulness - Susan Kaiser Greenland

 

 Mindfulness teacher and author Susan Kaiser Greenland used to be part of the rat race. But now she works to help people slow down, relax the tension of life’s burdens, and refocus their attention to the present. She explains what mindful games and meditation practices will train you to grow comfortable with uncomfortable situations, how to set aside negative emotions to appreciate where you are right now, and why it’s important to always keep your sense of humor.

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. This is what it is right now.
  2. Learn to tolerate being uncomfortable and don't resist what you're feeling.
  3. Acknowledge your emotions.
  4. When the going gets tough, think about positive things in your life.
  5. Don't take things personally. Dismantle your ego.
  6. Accept that there's only so much you can control.
  7. Keep it simple. Have fun and have a sense of humor.
  8. Be proud of where you are and how far you've already gotten.

 

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How to Write a Bestselling Book - Emily Giffin

How to Write a Bestselling Book - Emily Giffin

 

Bestselling author Emily Giffin has topped the charts, selling over 11 million copies of her heartwarming novels such as Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and The One and Only, but she started her journey working as a lawyer. How did she gather the courage to quit her high-profile day job - even after receiving heavy rejection with her first book? Learn how she balances writing with motherhood, what she looks for in an agent, how she overcomes imposter syndrome, and why relationships are the most essential parts of our lives.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Don't be successful for the sake of success. Think about what will really fulfill you.
  2. Misery can be a great motivational tool. Sometimes it's better to be miserable than to be comfortable.
  3. People magnify the risks in your mind that you're going to fail - but take those risks.
  4. Work with people who are excited and enthusiastic about what you're doing.
  5. Your life is the sum of your relationships.
  6. Accept that it won't be perfect, so just do the best you can.
  7. There is no such thing as "having it all."
  8. The most important thing is the journey. Just because you get the dream, doesn't mean it'll be perfect.
  9. Be open to new experiences.
  10. Failure is an opportunity to grow.

 

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How to Become a Pottery Maker - Brian Ginewski

How to Become a Pottery Maker - Brian Ginewski

 

When the image of ceramics kept Brian Giniewski awake at night, he knew this was his passion. So how did he go from teaching to selling his drippy pots to over 50 wholesale stores across the country? He also shares why it’s okay to create bad art, how his business gets followers on Instagram, and how to keep your artistic integrity while also making your customers happy.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. When you start working on your passion project, it doesn't matter how good you are in the beginning. If you love it that much, you'll have the drive to get better.
  2. Honing your craft is like the process of making ceramics - it requires tremendous endurance and willpower to keep working through growth and failure. And in the end, it rewards you.
  3. Everyone is capable of doing bad art. You have to just dive in and get it out of your system
  4. Your interests as an artist are important - but if you want this to become a career / business, recognize how people are responding to your art.

 

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How to Craft a Successful DIY Blog - Elise Blaha Cripe

How to Craft a Successful DIY Blog - Elise Blaha Cripe

 

Blogger Elise Blaha Cripe, founder of Get to Work Book, has experimented with a variety of DIY projects - scrapbooking, letterpress prints, wedding invitations...you name it, she’s done it.  But how did she figure out exactly what product she wanted to create? Step by step, she explains what specific goal led her to quit her retail job, what social platforms she uses to market her business, and what she tells herself to break through mental barriers.

 

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Sometimes less is more. You don’t always have to look for more - do what's manageable. You can be happy with where you’re at.
  2. Overnight successes take 10 years. Sometimes they don’t, sometimes they do.
  3. Don’t panic, don’t get overwhelmed by the whole process. Start small and focus on something small that you can do today.
  4. There’s always a space for a good idea.
  5. If you feel like you’re in a crisis, remember all the obstacles you've already overcome.

 

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How to Become a Fashion Designer - Susan Lazar

How to Become a Fashion Designer - Susan Lazar

 

Fashion designer Susan Lazar has sold her clothing line in national luxury department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, and Saks. Find out what she did to reach the right contacts, how to create a successful brand, and why sometimes it’s better to put off the “how” and just jump in.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Just jump in and figure out the "how" later.
  2. Don't undersell yourself or your product. Know your worth.
  3. Don't take "no" for an answer.
  4. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. Keep going and the door will open.

 

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How to Become the Pentatonix Vocal Arranger - Ben Bram

How to Become the Pentatonix Vocal Arranger - Ben Bram

 

Ben Bram (Pentatonix, Glee, Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) is the Grammy award-winning visionary behind the incredible a cappella sensation, Pentatonix. His story highlights how going the extra mile and honing your craft pays off. How did working without pay land him a job with NBC the day he graduated college? Tune into hear how Pentatonix was born and how he's inspiring young talent, raising the next generation of a cappella stars.

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 (From left to right) Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, Ben Bram

(From left to right) Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, Ben Bram

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. When you get rejected, you keep going.
  2. Show up before you have any certainty. Just do the work anyway, and doors will open.

 

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How to Animate Your Destiny - Saul Blinkoff

How to Animate Your Destiny - Saul Blinkoff

 

Animator and director Saul Blinkoff (Doc McStuffins, Mulan, Pocahontas) always wanted a job in animation and films. But first, he had to figure out the equation that would lead him to that destination - because simply 'wishing upon a star' wasn’t enough. What steps did he take on the path towards his dream? How did he overcome obstacles to improve his skills and exceed expectations? Saul also shares why we need healthy competition, why it’s important to wear many hats in your industry, and how the movie Rudy changed his life when he thought his dream was dead.

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1. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

2. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, PhD.

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. It’s important to know what you want, but you have to know how to get what you want.
  2. Knowing what you do well is key. But knowing what you need to work on is more important. Go work on it.
  3. You need to go to sleep every day and say, “Nobody worked harder than me today.”

 

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How to Direct a Work-Life Balance - Maggie Kiley

How to Direct a Work-Life Balance - Maggie Kiley

 

Director Maggie Kiley (Scream Queens, Dial A Prayer, Some Boys Don’t Leave) bulked up her resume with short films and indie movies that starred acclaimed actors Jesse Eisenberg, William H. Macy, and Allison Janney. But even that wasn’t enough to land a directing job on a network television show. Find out how having humility and moving her career backwards led to an opportunity with Ryan Murphy, how she maintained a work-life balance as a young mother, and how she uses her “why” to stay positive throughout times of doubt.

  Photos by Jennifer Reinstein

Photos by Jennifer Reinstein

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. You don’t need to know all the answers. You just have to be willing to figure it out.
  2. Don’t be afraid to pick up a book.
  3. Don’t wait for someone to hand you an opportunity. Create the work yourself.
  4. Have humility and confidence.
  5. You need a why - and that why should make you happy.

 

 

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How a Small Business Bakery has Risen - Greg Mindel

How a Small Business Bakery has Risen - Greg Mindel

Pastry chef Greg Mindel was once a deli boy, an apprentice for famous chefs, and a sleepless croissant maniac - but now he’s the founder and owner of Neighbor Bakehouse, a flourishing bakery in San Francisco’s Dogpatch. How did working for free build his network? What did he need to get a bank loan, even though the bakery business was still young? He also explains why he sacrificed sleep for free warehouse rent, what qualities make a good leader, and which special ingredient will make your business stand out in the competition.


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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. The work speaks for itself.
  2. Don’t complain about doing the work you want to do.
  3. Positivity can overcome pain.
  4. Build experience.
  5. Be willing to work for free to learn.
  6. If you can show a couple years of growth, someone will want to invest in you.
  7. You have to make more than a few thousand croissants to really master it.
  8. If you don’t have your own space, rent or borrow it.
  9. The quality of the work will open all the doors.

 

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How to Become a Comedian - Wayne Federman

How to Become a Comedian - Wayne Federman

 

Comedian, actor, and comedy writer Wayne Federman wasn’t always comfortable in front of a crowd. So how did he transform from a ventriloquist with stage fright to a comedian working with Judd Apatow, Larry David, and Jimmy Fallon? How did identifying his true calling help him through periods of rejection and discomfort? He also shares his favorite quotes from self-help books and George Burns, explains the importance of setting specific goals, and reveals the benefits of being nice to college freshmen.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE / WAYNE'S KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  1. You have to be active. Anyone can dream, but you need to put it into reality.
  2. Expect rejection and disappointment. Fight through the no’s and you’ll get to the yes's.
  3. Polite persistence pays off.
  4. It’s better to be a failure in show business than to be a success at making felt hats.
  5. Just being alive is off the charts.

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  1. Don’t take anything personally.
  2. Be impeccable with your word.
  3. Always do your best.
  4. Don’t assume.

 

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