How do you switch careers without the fear? How can a non-linear career path whet your creative appetite? Nancy Kruger Cohen has worked as an art director and a brand consultant, but she found the sweet spot as Mouth.com's co-founder and chief creative officer. She shares the success stories of their popular artisanal food sellers, the aspects of conveying your brand, the benefits of mentorship programs, and the importance of taking things a little less seriously.
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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
- Don't take things too seriously. Have fun with what you do.
- Be willing to take a risk and be willing to fail.
- Have a board of mentors who can help you with the day-to-day or big life questions.
- When things don't work out, don't take it personally. Ask yourself, "How can I make the most out of it?"
- Sometimes you do the work just for yourself. But don't be afraid to throw your hat in the ring.
- It's totally okay to have a non-linear career.
- Jump into experiences that provide you with useful tools for the future.
- Make your loved ones a priority.
- Just because you aren't good at something doesn't mean you can't become good at it.
- Grow responsibly. Only take on the work that you know you can execute flawlessly.
- No one has the answers. We're all making it up as we go.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Follow Mouth on Instagram @mouthfoods
- Visit the Mouth brick & mortar store in Dumbo, Brooklyn
- Claudia Berroa's flan, mentioned in Episode 2
- Mouth's favorite food makers
- Nancy's past employers - Self, ESPN Magazine, Metropolis, Ralph Lauren
- Parsons School of Design
- School of Visual Arts (SVA)
- Nancy's article in the New York Times
- Tory Burch Foundation, provides speed mentoring sessions for women entrepreneurs
- Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
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