Episode 39: David Sacks - How a TV Writer Defines Success

Episode 39: David Sacks - How a TV Writer Defines Success

What does success mean to you? How do you reach it? For TV writer and producer David Sacks (The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun) success could be embedded in his incredible career alone - but he believes it's striving to have the life that he’s meant to accomplish. As someone who has never coasted in the entertainment industry, David offers his insights on how to stay disciplined during unemployment, why you should turn your life into a work of art, and how to leave your legacy in this world.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

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  1. Building your dream job is a rollercoaster of uncertainty. There is no coasting.
  2. If you're in the right place at the right time, take advantage of it. Do something.
  3. It’s not just about having connections. You have to do the work.
  4. Treat not having a job as if you do have a job - make the same demands of yourself and take it seriously. Other gates might open.
  5. Take a step back and ask yourself "What does success mean to me?"
  6. It can take years and years for something to be recognized. So you have to keep going.
  7. Make your life into art.
  8. If you're with someone in the moment, treat them like the most important person. Be present.
  9. Success breeds success. Start from a place where you feel good about yourself and where you can actually accomplish something.
  10. Get a good night’s sleep. Take a shower. Drink a cup of coffee. Sit down with a pad of paper and pen. And see what happens.
  11. If you are inspired in any way, decide to do one thing about it. 

 

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Episode 38: Tamara Mellon - How to Revolutionize the Fashion Business Model

Episode 38: Tamara Mellon - How to Revolutionize the Fashion Business Model

When Tamara Mellon walked away from Jimmy Choo, the very company that she co-founded, she risked her reputation and a ton of money - but gained the voice and the brand that she always wanted. How has she adapted her advertising approach to the world of e-commerce? What is it about her new personal brand that truly fulfills her? Tamara also shares her advice on how to recognize when you need to be flexible, and why now is the time to speak up for yourself.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

1. Pick the industry you love and then start working, no matter what the position is. Don't sit around looking for the perfect job.
2. A successful business always comes back to the product.
3. We're going through a digital revolution. Be flexible and embrace it.
4. Speak up if you want to get noticed, instead of working yourself to death.
5. It's okay to ask for help and have mentors.
6. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
7. Keep moving, keep busy, and keep learning.

 

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Episode 37: Caroline Miller - How to Get Grit

Episode 37: Caroline Miller - How to Get Grit

What does it take to win an Olympic gold medal? Overcome an addiction? Achieve your most difficult, life-long goals? Caroline Miller, author of Getting Grit and Creating Your Best Life, takes you through the exercises and mindsets that have been proven to cultivate the determination and tenacity that will lift you over any roadblock. She also answers questions about how to identify your life’s calling, why relationships are the most important factor towards your best self, and whether or not passion is enough to master your craft. 

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

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  1. When you're fighting your faults, your downfalls, your addictions...have hope. It can get better.
  2. The state of being hopeless is goal-less. When you have hope you have goals.
  3. Pursuing the best version of yourself is the most inspiring thing you can do for others.
  4. There’s nothing special that will happen in our lives that isn't outside of our comfort zones.
  5. Have goals that are authentically yours, not someone else’s.
  6. Step away from technology for a day. Get awe-struck by things that aren’t instantaneously changing.
  7. Build the mindset that things will get hard. Then find the channel that pushes you to keep going.
  8. The body only quits something when the brain commands it to stop working.
  9. Have humility to say you don’t know something, and be willing to go learn it.
  10. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you, know what you're capable of, and push you towards greatness - not mediocrity.
  11. Happiness is byproduct of helping others and being thankful.
  12. When you're facing hard challenges, change your internal question from "Why?" to "Why not? Why shouldn't I go for it?"

 

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“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

 

 

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Episode 36: Amy Porterfield - How to Master Online Marketing

Episode 36: Amy Porterfield - How to Master Online Marketing

Amy Porterfield - social media marketing strategist, author, and podcaster - helps tons of entrepreneurs to grow, engage, and build meaningful relationships with their followers. She explains how to use online tools such as Facebook Groups and email lists, how to get out of a rut, and why you don’t have to overwork yourself to enjoy the Hotel Bel-Air experience.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. If you don't know the answer, take an educated guess. You can go back and fix it later.
  2. You don't have to be an expert if you want to start a conversation.
  3. The energy of your business is directly tied to the strength of your email list.
  4. There's no point creating a business if you're not excited about the work.
  5. When you're in a rut, get out of the norm.
  6. It's better to listen than to talk.
  7. Don't wait for your fear or lack of confidence to go away before you start. Otherwise you'll never dive in.
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Episode 35: Why Wait For January 1st? - Q&A with Cathy

Episode 35: Why Wait For January 1st? - Q&A with Cathy

How can you build more energy to achieve your goals? What should you prioritize - your family, your day job, or your side hustle? Why should you make September 4th your new January 1st? Cathy answers these questions, and more! with additional advice about staying accountable, and writing a cold email that stands out from the crowd.


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Episode 34: Luria Petrucci - How to Use Live Video | Q&A

Episode 34: Luria Petrucci - How to Use Live Video | Q&A

Cathy joins Luria Petrucci, Podcast Hall of Fame inductee and live video expert to answer some of your questions at Podcast Movement. How do you balance all your passions? Should you quit your day job, or stay financially responsible (but also slightly miserable)? When should a side hustle start making a profit? Luria also shares her journey of building a tech podcast with millions of followers, then switching gears to teach live video strategies to entrepreneurs. She explains how you can build valuable relationships online, how often you should go live, what two types of content you should stream, and why being scared is a great sign.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Learn from other people, but don’t allow that to be your limit.
  2. Build relationships.
  3. Be of value and help others with the goals they’re looking to achieve. 
  4. As Nike says, just do it.
  5. If it’s scary, then you’re on the right track. That means your heart is in it.
  6. Put your goals down on paper. Remind yourself that when it gets tough, that’s where you’re going.
  7. Yes, you need some education. But don’t forget to implement it.

 

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  1. Get started.
  2. Continue to create content and post it.
  3. Give yourself some slack. It takes time to develop your voice.
  4. When you want to spread the word, build relationships.
  • Luria's tips for using live videos:
  1. Go live at least once a week - unless you have the energy to stream daily
  2. Have a plan of what you want to talk about.
  3. Make 2 types of live videos:

I. Show-related: have a structure, promise value and deliver it

II. Life stream: fun snippets of your life to build personal connections with your audience

 

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Episode 33: Don Most - How to Find Happiness After "Happy Days" | Q&A

Episode 33: Don Most - How to Find Happiness After "Happy Days" | Q&A

Cathy answers your questions about how to break through an overly saturated market, and whether you should keep persisting or try a new approach. Then she chats with actor Donny Most, who gained stardom as the beloved Ralph Malph on the incredible TV show "Happy Days." After leaving the series, Don faced the harsh reality of typecasting in Hollywood - but used the obstacles to open new doors for creativity. Don explains how he eventually pursued his first love of singing big band swing, what has kept him humble throughout the fame, and why you should forget the safety net and just trust yourself. 


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TAKEAWAYS FROM DON:

  1. Let go and trust yourself - even if there's no safety net.
  2. If you have a passion that you love and you know it's in your heart, then do it. But you have to be single-minded about it.
  3. Perseverance will take you far.
  4. There's no stopping life, which means there's no stopping on your dreams.
  5. Aim high and shoot straight.

 

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Episode 32: Trina Turk - How to Design the Fashion You Want

Episode 32: Trina Turk - How to Design the Fashion You Want

Fashion designer Trina Turk dove into the apparel industry early in her career, but she always knew her destiny was in something bigger and better than just swimsuits. After a couple layoffs, she finally started designing her own clothes - but also discovered the headaches of running a business. She shares why not having a clear business plan can be an advantage, when you should move onto a new job, and why you need to stand up and say what you want, even if you don't think you'll get it.


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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

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1. You don’t always have to follow the pattern. You can do what you want.
2. Sometimes not having a business plan is a good thing - but know the industry before you jump all in.
3. The resource is yourself, and that’s pretty much it.
4. If you’re not learning anything from your current job, it’s time to move onto the next one. 
5. Do what fulfills you, but don’t just go into it with fingers crossed. You have to do the work.
6. Say what you want. Sometimes you’ll get it, sometimes you won’t. But if you never put it out into the world, how will people know?

 

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Episode 31: #HustleHard - Q&A with Cathy

Episode 31: #HustleHard - Q&A with Cathy

This week Cathy answers your questions about making your dream job a reality. How much does social media really help grow your business? How do you decide on a name for your blog? The Q&A also includes what to do when your significant other isn't completely supportive, how to stay motivated when you're feeling down, and how to convert your online followers into paying customers.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE: 

  1. Always keep in mind - how you can give your audience new content? What else can you be creating?
  2. Don't leave it to chance that you'll be inspired. Make it a habit to find inspiration.
  3. Don't let one little detail stop you from moving forward. You can always go back and change it.
  4. Making money is a good thing when you plan to do good with it.
  5. You have to be supportive of yourself if you want others to support you.
  6. Set aside time to hone your craft. Once it becomes a ritual, it'll get easier.
  7. There are lots of ways you can reach your customer - but first, you have to know who they are.

 

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Episode 30: Mandy Moore - How to Leap into Choreography

Episode 30: Mandy Moore - How to Leap into Choreography

Mandy Moore is an Emmy-nominated choreographer, whose routines have been performed in So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, Silver Linings Playbook, and that film you might’ve heard of, La La Land. Mandy's work has always been about happiness and joy, but she stumbled at times, losing her confidence. She shares why she's now grateful for those dark times, why it’s okay to be lame, and why you shouldn’t settle for the first option.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
  2. Don't stop listening to yourself.
  3. Life doesn’t stop, the meetings don’t stop.
  4. Some jobs are better than others, but you keep taking the work.
  5. Be a good listener, but also speak your truth.
  6. Do your homework, even if it takes days or weeks. Show that you're invested in the work. 
  7. Be there 100% or die trying.
  8. Don’t settle for option 1. There are always other possibilities to explore.
  9. Be ready to fail a lot. It's okay to be lame.
  10. Art isn't always about the pain, the depression, or the gloom. It can be about joy and happiness and love.
  11. Know what you do well. Find out who you are and evolve with it.

 

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Episode 29: David Wiseman - How to Become an Installation Artist

Episode 29: David Wiseman - How to Become an Installation Artist

Installation artist David Wiseman always loved design and drawing, but it was a small, ceramic deer that really kicked off his career. Since then, David’s ceiling installations have been featured in venues such as Christian Dior Shanghai, Design Miami, and global cities like London, New York, and Los Angeles. David lays out the foundational values that have carried him throughout his craftsmanship - hy artists can make money and not be sellouts, and why sharing your creative passion is a privilege and a responsibility for humanity.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. A blank ceiling is intimidating, but don't focus on the big picture. Break it down. Work on it little by little.
  2. When there’s a will, there’s a way.
  3. When you put something out into the world, it comes back to you.
  4. Know what's already out there and find out - what are you offering that’s new?
  5. You’re not a sellout if you want to make things that will be appreciated by other people.
  6. It's a responsibility and a privilege to provide an artistic, emotional experience.
  7. Don’t worry what the model looks like. The truth is on your paper.

 

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Episode 28: Doug Bouton - How to Churn Up the Next Halo Top

Episode 28: Doug Bouton - How to Churn Up the Next Halo Top

Halo Top President & COO Doug Bouton planned to quit his lawyer job from the day he started. What motivated him to abandon a steady six-figure income and help start a healthy ice cream business with no safety net? Find out how Halo Top used grassroots marketing to build a strong social media following, what you should look for in a good business partner, and why you should just say “yes” to business opportunities - even if you don’t have a plan.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Stay the course, figure out what’s wrong, and correct it quickly enough before it’s too late.
  2. Persevere, keep putting yourself out there. Sometimes just one buyer is all it takes for a breakthrough.
  3. Just say yes and figure it out later.
  4. Never settle. 
  5. Life is too short to be unhappy. If you aren't satisfied, make a change.
  6. The hardest part is taking initial jump. Once you leap off that ledge, there’s no going back.
  7. Work with someone who will join you in the trenches and fight with you during the hard times.
  8. Make sure your product or service can stand on its own without the brand - because brands are trends. They come and die. 
  9. The worst day at your dream job is still tons better than best day at your day job.
  10. You can fool everybody in the world, but you can’t fool the man in the mirror.

 

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Episode 27: Jonathan Adler - How to Design a Home Decor Empire

Episode 27: Jonathan Adler - How to Design a Home Decor Empire

Jonathan Adler - the king of modern chic design - was once told that he had no talent, that art was not his calling, that he should just give up. So how did he rediscover his love for pottery and become an insider of the design world? Jonathan also shares how a trip to Peru expanded his cottage industry into a prosperous company, how naivety and desperation resulted in opportunities, and why he doesn’t always follow his parents’ advice.


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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Your main resource is yourself.
  2. In times of naivety, desperation, and panic, we end up doing things that we'd never have the courage to do otherwise.
  3. Collaborating with people outside of your own world is a win-win situation.
  4. Don't be scared to branch outside of your style and your medium. It creates more opportunities.
  5. Believe it or not, sometimes it's better not to listen to your parents.
  6. You might make your passion a career, or let it stay as your side hobby. Neither way is right or wrong - just do what works for you.

 

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Episode 26: Nick Loper - How to Grow Your Side Hustle

Episode 26: Nick Loper - How to Grow Your Side Hustle

Side Hustle Nation creator Nick Loper wears numerous hats as an entrepreneur, author, blogger, and podcaster. But where does he find the time? How does he prioritize when there’s so much on the to-do list? He shares his tips on time management, life hacks to work more efficiently, and the 5 things you need to know before you quit your day job.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Put yourself out there, even if you don't know the destination (or the results).
  2. Go to where the customers are.
  3. If you have little time, you can still make progress every day if you make it a habit. Even 5 minutes counts.
  4. No matter how busy you are, you'll make time for your priorities
  5. Break down big projects into bite-sized, actionable to-do items.
  6. Picking what’s next doesn’t mean picking what’s forever.
  7. It's better to run towards something instead of run away.
  8. Be sure that your idea can make money.
  9. Fill up your sales pipeline.
  10. When you're reaching out to someone - give first, ask second. Help them solve a problem.
  11. Even in the worst case scenario - it's okay. The world will go on.

 

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  1. Be quitting to something, not from something. Running away is not as good as running towards.
  2. Do you have a track record or revenue history so you know this idea has made money before?
  3. How long can you last before you have to go back to a full time job?
  4. Have a sales pipeline and constantly fill your pipeline (marketing, networking, finding new clients).
  5. How will your costs of living increase or decrease?
  6. Bonus - what’s your worst case scenario?

 

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Episode 25: Colby Barr - How to Brew a Successful Coffee Brand

Episode 25: Colby Barr - How to Brew a Successful Coffee Brand

Colby Barr, co-founder of Verve Coffee grew up with a love for adventure, music, and mapmaking - which isn’t the most obvious blend for a career in coffee roasting. What inspired him to reach out to his old friend Ryan O’Donovan and started a simple coffee shop? Colby also shares how he brewed a brand with class and integrity, how they expanded Verve Coffee nationally and internationally, and why making mistakes means you’re doing something right.


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Verve Coffee co-founders Ryan O'Donovan (left) and Colby Barr (right)

Verve Coffee co-founders Ryan O'Donovan (left) and Colby Barr (right)

 

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. If the world shows you a sign, sometimes you've just got to follow it and take the leap.
  2. Aim to build the best company you can, even if no one cares.
  3. You’re going to be better at your passion than anything else, and you’re more likely to be successful because you’ll give it everything you’ve got.
  4. You owe it to yourself to work things through.
  5. Being overwhelmed is probably a good feeling to have. If the work is a no-brainer, then you're probably missing something.
  6. You could be making only $1.60 an hour with your dream job, but it’s still worth it.
  7. Take chances and overextend yourself.
  8. Go make mistakes, go mess up. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.

 

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Episode 24: Freida Rothman - How to Become a Jewelry Designer

Episode 24: Freida Rothman - How to Become a Jewelry Designer

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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Episode 23: Carly Cylinder - How to Arrange a Flower Design Business

Episode 23: Carly Cylinder - How to Arrange a Flower Design Business

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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Episode 22: Bobbi Brown - How a Makeup Artist Became a Makeup Brand

Episode 22: Bobbi Brown - How a Makeup Artist Became a Makeup Brand

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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Episode 21: SusieCakes - How to Bake Up a Business Plan

Episode 21: SusieCakes - How to Bake Up a Business Plan

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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Episode 20: Kristeen Griffin-Grimes - How to Create a Global Skin Care Line

Episode 20: Kristeen Griffin-Grimes - How to Create a Global Skin Care Line

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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