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Dec 29, 2016

One this episode Steven, Melissa, and Alan recap Sarah Hernholm's interview.

Sarah is the Founder & CEO of Whatever It Takes, or WIT, a social entrepreneurship, and leadership program for high school kids, giving them the ability to earn college credits.

We sat down with Sarah inside of Downtown Works in Downtown San Diego to chat through her inspiration and how she went from Hollywood to inspiration Homerun.

  • [1:04] What is WIT? #1 You gotta want it. 
  • [7:44] Sarah sets her intentions from the first moment of waking up. This is how she finds balance throughout the day.  
  • [13:33] Apple Wallet for boarding passes and credit cards. Are you into it? Tweet us your thoughts.   

Contact: 
Sarah Hernholm
doingWIT.com
Instagram
Twitter
YouTube

 

Dec 27, 2016

What's Up, Creative Hustlers! Did you know the children really are our future? If we empower them today with knowledge, they can very easily transform our world tomorrow.

Today’s episode is about a #CreativeHustler who embraces this model for change and is doing so in a big way.

Meet Sarah Hernholm. She is the Founder & CEO of Whatever It Takes, or WIT, a social entrepreneurship, and leadership program for high school kids, giving them the ability to earn 6 college credits.

We sat down with Sarah inside of Downtown Works in Downtown San Diego to chat through her inspiration and how she went from Hollywood to inspiration Home Run.

Throughout the episode, here are some of the highlights we’d like to point out.

  • [1:30] Hear Sarah talk about WIT’s humble beginnings going from a TV show to a middle school program and eventually becoming what it is today.
  • She sets her intentions from the first moment of waking up, but it’s her rebound that matters most. Love that
  • [8:22] Take Control Back Of Your Day, #CreativeHustlers.
  • [9:30] Dad’s quote is on her wall “There’s always enough time to do the right thing”, and let’s not forget that he is an OG #CreativeHustler
  • [15:00] We play a game called “Let’s take a peek inside her mobile office”.
  • [15:45] Shout out to Conscious Magazine. Would love to connect, just FYI  
  • [17:50] KIND Bars are all the rage for Sarah. Especially considering that #1 they are delicious, and #2 they are a sponsor and supporter of WIT. Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter? Yes please!
  • [22:00] Apple Wallet for boarding passes and credit cards   
  • [26:05] She loves HotelTonight, but also dabbles in Airbnb. Don’t we all? Listen to this story.
  • Packing tip: Sarah rolls her clothes and is religious about it. She know’s how to travel.
  • [42:30] Shout out to my non-profit organization SDEAG - The San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild.
  • [44:30] No Wifi? No Entertainment? And perhaps an attractive aisle mate? Find out what Sarah does at 30,000ft in the air with no wifi or entertainment.
  • [49:55] What does Sarah do to stay centered? Like a lot of the #CreativeHustlers we chat with, it all comes down to Family.
  • [55:30] How has her experiences exploring different cultures and cities impacted her as an entrepreneur? Just take a look at her current business model.
  • [1:02:00] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

 

Contact:

Sarah Hernholm
doingWIT.com
Instagram
Twitter
YouTube

Dec 22, 2016

Check out what Alan, Melissa and myself think about Dave Delaney and his quest to be a better networker, parent, and marketer. 

  • [1:56] In case you need to know the perfect way to high-five someone, Alan and Melissa demonstrate
  • [2:30] Hear an expanded story on how I met Dave and talk about my debut of The Creative Hustler
  • [4:04] Networking 101
  • [8:15] “Dave is such a networker that he actual wrote the book on networking”, no really. New Business Networking
  • [10:30] Here us talk about Nashville, Jack Daniels, and the fact that it’s distilled in a dry county.
  • [12:45] Dave’s Family Vacations: daleneysgo.com
  • [16:55] We explore the GooLoo … This just seems badass. Check it out and let us know.
  • [20:20] Taking a dive into Dave’s mobile office.
  • [21:30] We chat about Breather and our recent experience there
  • [26:00] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Davedelaney.me
Future Forth
Delaneysgo.com
Twitter @davedelaney

Dec 20, 2016

Whats Up, Creative Hustlers! On a quest to be a better networker, parent, and/or marketer? Then today’s episode is for you

Dave Delaney Is all that plus a keynote speaker, content & digital marketing consultant, and author of the book New Business Networking.

I met Dave a few years ago at a conference in Scottsdale Arizona and we’ve stayed connected ever since.

Throughout the episode, here are some of the highlights we’d like to point out.

  • Remember about the power of networking. It’s how Dave and I met and even though we haven't had any direct business dealings thus far, the sharing of content and being each other's fan is often enough to progress the relationship.
  • [2:50] Like a lot of our guests, his family is a direct source of inspiration. So much so that they plan their summers around long family journeys and even started documenting it via their blog daleneysgo.com.
  • Even cooler, this coming summer (2017) they are taking the show International by heading to Spain for a trip of a lifetime. I personally cannot wait to follow along.
  • [9:20] He’s currently reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  • [11:35] His mobile office is a solid Johnston & Murphy bag with all the essential gidgets and gazmos (haha, Melissa) that you need to be a successful writer, strategist, and Nashville #CreativeHustler.
  • [19:30] I love the fact that Dave mentioned Julian Smith and the Breather app on the show and not just a few weeks later I was inside of one ideating our newly coming Sales Saturday series. That just goes to prove the enormous influence we all have on each other.
  • [30:00] I think it’s good to say that my magazine addiction has diminished quite significantly since the recording of this episode.
  • [33:30] Let’s remember to not have a reactive morning, but takes the steps necessary to be proactive. Because if we work ourselves to death, what good are we then?
  • [37:20] Dave’s Killer Calendar… Need we say more?
  • [48:00] Yikes, like a lot of #CreativeHustlers we know, listen to Dave’s story on trying to shove the circle in the hole repeatedly until the unmentionable happens.
  • [54:15] Travel tips for always having eyes of wonder when you travel

Contact: 
Davedelaney.me
Future Forth
Delaneysgo.com
Twitter @davedelaney

Dec 15, 2016

Today we’re recapping Adrian Solgaard’s interview episode (#20)j. Adrian is a serial Entrepreneur. World Traveler, and the CEO & Founder of Lifepack Backpacks, which is the world’s most badass mobile office.

Even better…. LifePack is included in our Ultimate #CreativeHustler giveaway

  • 1:20 Invented for his then crush [now girlfriend], check out what the creator of the most badass mobile office has in his backpack, Lifepack!
    • 37% of US workers work remote at least twice per month
    • Solar panel powered
    • Built in bluetooth speakers
    • Anti-theft lock
    • Pockets and hooks for keys and receipts
    • 4 hidden compartments for headphones, passport, transportation tickets, money
  • 21:30 Slack is transforming the way teams work together remotely. Adrian’s love for Slack goes beyond communication, it’s vital to his business success. Steven, Alan and Melissa has
  • 32:20 Adrian gets real about the loneliness that comes along with living a creative hustler lifestyle. So we went searching for solutions for digital nomads traveling about. We found one spot right in our own backyard in Southern California, Outsite. Looks great for company retreats, weekly, monthly, and flexible memberships.
Dec 13, 2016

Today we’ll be talking with Adrian Solgaard. Adrian is a serial Entrepreneur. World Traveler, and the CEO & Founder of Lifepack Backpacks, which is the world’s most badass mobile office.

Even better…. LifePack is included in our Ultimate #CreativeHustler giveaway!

What makes Adrian a #CreativeHustler? At (1:24) his answer started with, “Adrian the Canadian,” need we say more?

Moments of Inspiration: 

"The most impressive people I know are people that spent their time with their heads down getting shit done for a long, long time." -Sam Oltman (10:20)

Hustle Mentions: 

  • (2:58) Adrian wakes up in one of the most inspiring ways possible, without an alarm, at his body’s desire. How the hell does he make that work?
  • (9:35) Steven and Adrian get inspirational about time, business and philosophy. 
  • (14:10) Invented for his then crush (now girlfriend), check out what the creator of the most badass mobile office has in his backpack!
  • (22:22) Slack is transforming the way teams work together remotely. Adrian’s love for Slack goes beyond communication, it’s vital to his business success.
  • (31:14) Adrian gets real about the loneliness that comes along with living a creative hustler lifestyle.
  • (36:34) If Adrian is up 30,000 feet in the air w/ no wifi and no in­seat entertainment he’s chillin’ out, resting and quite possibly with a gin, better yet, check out Adrian’s specialty gin recipes at 36:34.
  • (49:00) Adrian travels around the world, splitting his time between Asia, Europe, and North America mostly, but has spent quite a bit of time in many different cities and countries, such as; Denmark, Spain, Amsterdam, Norway, etc. Find out how travel has impacted Adrian and his business decisions at 49:00.

Contact:
Solgaard.co
Twitter
Instagram

Dec 8, 2016

Whats Up Creative Hustlers!

 

Today’s guest is Andrew Easton. A Los Angeles native, he’s the founder of Droodle Books.

 

And he’s on a mission to continue to inspire creativity, reduce stress, and improve productivity, by introducing the world’s first notebooks with unique coloring designs in the top margin of every page.

 

And what’s even better? They are included in our #CreativeHustler giveaway

 

He has an MBA in entrepreneurship where he did the entire program by hand with notebooks (WTF?)

 

After he graduated, he took up a role with Ernst & Young as a strategy consultant. A few year later, here he is taking all that knowledge and experiencing and launching a new product.

 

[1:33] All about Andrew Easton & Droodle books

 

[13:48] Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great - The Arts of Leadership and War

 

[15:19] Writing Your MBA all in notebooks

 

[18:35] The best of us: Code & Hustle

 

[19:23] Lean Analytics - finding the right metrics that work for you and your company

 

[19:43] SEO + Data knowledge droppage from the master himself: Alan Bush!

 

[23:51] As a company, are you allocating your time and money in the right place?

 

Contact:

Droodlebooks.com
LinkedIn - Andrew Scott Easton
hello@droodlebooks.com
andrew.scott.easton@gmail.com
Dec 6, 2016

What's Up Creative Hustlers!

Today’s guest is Andrew Easton. A Los Angeles native, he’s the founder of Droodle Books.

Andrew’s on a mission to continue to inspire creativity, reduce stress, and improve productivity, by introducing the world’s first notebooks with unique coloring designs in the top margin of every page.

And what’s even better? They are included in our #CreativeHustler giveaway

He has an MBA in entrepreneurship where he did the entire program by hand with notebooks (WTF?)

After he graduated, he took up a role with Ernst & Young as a strategy consultant. A few year later, here he is taking all that knowledge and experiencing and launching a new product.

Moments of Inspiration:

  • Being in control of his own life. How true, #CreativeHustlers!? Remember this one.  
  • Deadmaus - YES!!!!!! Huge fans of working with beats
  • Taking the day off, when it’s called for and necessary
  • Lean Analytics - Read this book so you can understand the right metrics that matter for you business.

Hustle Mentions:

  • We all need a sick mobile office to travel around in. This TUMI laptop backpack looks pretty awesome if you ask me.
  • We’re an Apple family, but this Dell touch screen does look pretty legit.
  • Gotta have your shades when you travel. I know I do. Pursol glasses (folds)
  • A good pair of headphones are imperative. Andrew is very much into the Beats headphones
  • Transferwise is a great tool to send money overseas. Andrew used it on the creating of Droodle books and we use it regularly here with our clients and vendors. It’s a global economy!  
  • Listen to Andrew talk about focus as an entrepreneur and how traveling has impacted his journey thus far at 52:00

Contact:

Droodlebooks.com
LinkedIn - Andrew Scott Easton
hello@droodlebooks.com

Dec 1, 2016

[RECAP] Liz Whalen 

Moments of Inspiration: 

You were born with wings why do you decide to crawl through life - Jalaluddin Rumi

Moments of Hustle:

Contact:

Liz Whalen
Facebook
The Wisdom of Wellness

Nov 29, 2016

Today we’ll be talking with Liz Whalen. A Personal Coach. Public Speaker. And Balance thought Leader, who is on a mission to transform the way we do business by focussing on your mental, physical and emotional health.

Liz Whalen coaches men and women seeking to optimize their days by increasing their energy, decreasing stress, and improving performance.

Her approach is focused on bringing balance and honoring the unique individual.

She combines the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and mindfulness techniques with modern neuroscience, exercise science, and holistic nutrition to guide her clients toward living their best lives. - (source About Liz Whalen)

Moments of Inspiration: 

You were born with wings why do you decide to crawl through life - Jalaluddin Rumi

Moment of Hustle:

  • The #1 thing that gets Liz out of bed for is the excitement of new opportunities. Liz also has a strict morning routine that keeps her balanced, motivated, and maintains weight loss. Check out her video and blog for more info here.
  • When Liz is feeling unbalanced she practices Holosync meditation for 15 minutes. Holosync is the “use of sounds at particular frequencies to ‘entrain the brain.’” Melissa and Steven checked it out and liked it! Holosync has mixed reviews. Tweet us know your thoughts!
  • Plain filtered hot or warm water in a stainless steel thermos. It’s great for digestion, helps to move toxins, and stimulates the metabolism.
  • Steven also mentioned the Soma water filter he uses at home and loves! “Soma is on a mission to improve life for everyone who drinks water, with sustainable, plant-based filters that make water healthy and delicious, beautiful carafes and pitchers, and the convenient Filters by Mail service.” Steven and Melissa receive a new filter every two months like clockwork!
  • While Liz is in the air she never uses wifi or in seat entertainment. She uses time to read, meditate, or visualize her next steps. Constructive daydreaming is the power of visualization. Neuroscience is proving positive or negative thinking controls your mind and world. The conscious mind controls the subconscious mind. Liz dives in deeper to how your mind affects your body more here.
  • Learn how Liz stays strict about her diet and doesn't comprise mealtime at 42:12

Contact:

Liz Whalen
Facebook
The Wisdom of Wellness

Nov 24, 2016

[RECAP] This is the Recap show where The Creative Hustler team dives deeper into the moments of hustle mentioned by the lovely Lina Sandén, a singer, songwriter, musician, European travel guide, social butterfly and all around creative hustler. 

Steven and Melissa met Lina at New Media Europe where she wrote and performed the conference theme song. She is absolutely amazing! You can check her performance out here.

Moments of Hustle:

  • Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Work Week
  • Google drive - Der - like every other digital nomad around the world, G-Drive seems to be the go-to.
  • We transfer - Transfer large files to friends and colleagues with this awesome service.
  • Freelancer.com - unbeknownst to us, did you know you can find music producers on freelancer.com? Cool, huh!?!
  • Booking.com - Lina finds the best deals on Booking.
  • Emailga.me - The ultimate email game …. We’re still not exactly sure about this one. Try it out and hit us up with your thoughts!
  • Unroll.me - Alan's simple way to unroll or unsubscribe to
  • Tips on how to identify bedbugs when you're traveling
  • Guided meditation - Headspace is our favorite guided meditation
  • The Lucky Bitch Bootcamp - this one intrigues the hell out of us… It's probably just the great name. Someone give it a go and we’ll 3oz or Less your feedback! luckybitch.com/bootcamp

CONTACT:

Lina Sandén
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Insta

 
 
Nov 22, 2016

Today we’ll be talking with Lina Sanden. A Singer, Songwriter, musician, European travel guide, social butterfly and all around creative hustler. And did I mention an amazing singer?

Steven and Melissa met Lina at New Media Europe where she wrote and performed the conference theme song. She is absolutely amazing! You can check her performance out here.

Moments of Inspiration:

Lina doesn’t like quotes but was really into Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Work Week and Tori Amos, Piece by Piece.

Moments of Hustle:

  • Having a nomadic lifestyle - Lina truly lives and breathes the nomadic lifestyle as an Eastern Europe travel guide, but also in her downtime she travels when she wants to focus on her singing and songwriting. Her travels inspire her creativity.
  • Tight deadlines and being under pressure- why do we love tight deadlines so much?
  • Google drive - Der - like every other digital nomad around the world, G-Drive seems to be the go-to.
  • We transfer - Transfer large files to friends and colleagues with this awesome service.
  • Dropbox - another can’t live without for creative hustlers
  • Freelancer.com - unbeknownst to us, did you know you can find music producers on freelancer.com? Cool, huh!?!
  • Hotels - LOVES hotels!  
  • Booking.com - Lina finds the best deals on Booking.
  • Emailga.me - The ultimate email game …. We’re still not exactly sure about this one. Try it out and hit us up with your thoughts!
  • When Lina’s home she balances by:
    • Guided meditation - headspace is our favorite guided meditation
    • Yoga  
    • The Lucky Bitch Bootcamp - this one intrigues the hell out of us… Mental exercises? Someone give it a go and we’ll 3oz or Less your feedback! luckybitch.com/bootcamp
 

CONTACT:

Lina Sandén
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Insta

 
 
Nov 17, 2016

Barbara is a passionate traveler who has traveled around the world. She has an interesting background and quite gifted in several areas. “I am a modern Translator and Interpreter who combines traveling and working as a digital nomad.” – Barbara Riedel

Barbara finds herself more minimalistic than she’s ever been. She sold most of her things, has been living out of 2 bags, but admits at one point she had almost 200 pairs of shoes. She’s been listening to her gut and doing what she wants to do and not what other people want.

But she wants everyone to remember, not everything fits at first, be patient and stay centered.

Moments of Inspiration:

  • Do it immediately, don’t be a part of that “manana” philosophy

Admirable Mentions:

  • Mondello Beach Palermo, Sicilia
  • Babble cube – After we write our first book (putting it out to the universe now), I can see us using  service like Babble Cube to get it translated.  
  • Audible
  • Her mobile office is a small backpack, but it’s what’s inside that counts.
    • Cannon DLSR – Even though we’re a Sony family (although truth be told, we’re using our phones more as cameras every day), this is the best deal on the net for a top-of-the-line camera.
    • Macbook – Seems like you cannot be a #CreativeHustler unless you have one. Anyone else getting excited for the new MacBook Pro?
    • 3 camera lenses – Not sure which exact sizes, but most likely they’re Cannon as well. This KIT seems to have a good collection of lenses and accessories.
    • GoPro – Melissa keeps saying we need one. I wasn’t too into it until maybe recently. This one is looking like a good starter. GoPro Hero Black
    • GoPro batteries – Technology sucks without power. This prevents that from happening.
    • Chargers – Barbara is a true digital nomad, so making sure you can charge your tech is important (see above). This is a pretty badass charger. Think we all need to get one of these.
  • Google Drive
    • 1 terabyte
  • Wifi is a #CreativeHustler and #DigitalNomads best friend. During the interview, Barbara was posted up at PMO Co-working in Palermo. A co-working and event space really pushing innovation on an island that seems to take you back in time. Shout out to them!
  • Barbara has a love for the beach, it’s where she feels the most balanced, you know when the sun, sea, sand and wind all unite for a moment.
  • What’s with these entrepreneurs and their McDonald’s obsession? Eat healthier people. Now where’s my damn Monster? (says, Alan)
  • Photo editing: Like a good creative, Barbara uses Light Room, which I think every photographer in the world must use. It’s from Adobe so you know it’s legit.
  • I’d say I was surprised she uses iMovie for video, but I know a lot of people who find it easy and straightforward.  
  • She tried headspace for meditation guidance. She likes it, but “got bored” after awhile. Steven and Melissa, however, swear by it! Just gotta find what works for you.
 

Contact Info:

Website: https://barbaralicious.com/en/
TWT: @BBarbaralicious
LI: Barbara Riedel
Email: barbara@barbarariedel.com
Periscope: @BBarbaralicious

Nov 15, 2016

Barbara is a passionate traveler who has traveled around the world. She has an interesting background and quite gifted in several areas.

Barbara finds herself more minimalistic than she’s ever been. She sold most of her things, has been living out of 2 bags, but admits at one point she had over 200 pairs of shoes. She’s been listening to her gut and doing what she wants to do and not what other people want.

But she wants everyone to remember, not everything fits at first, be patient and stay centered.

Moments of Inspiration:

  • Do it immediately, don’t be a part of that “manana” philosophy

Admirable Mentions:

  • Mondello Beach Palermo, Sicilia
  • Babble cube - After we write our first book (putting it out to the universe now), I can see us using  service like Babble Cube to get it translated.  
  • Audible
  • Her mobile office is a small backpack, but it’s what’s inside that counts.
    • Cannon DLSR - Even though we’re a Sony family (although truth be told, we’re using our phones more as cameras every day), this is the best deal on the net for a top-of-the-line camera.
    • Macbook - Seems like you cannot be a #CreativeHustler unless you have one. Anyone else getting excited for the new MacBook Pro?
    • 3 camera lenses - Not sure which exact sizes, but most likely they’re Cannon as well. This KIT seems to have a good collection of lenses and accessories.
    • GoPro - Melissa keeps saying we need one. I wasn’t too into it until maybe recently. This one is looking like a good starter. GoPro Hero Black
    • GoPro batteries - Technology sucks without power. This prevents that from happening.
    • Chargers - Barbara is a true digital nomad, so making sure you can charge your tech is important (see above). This is a pretty badass charger. Think we all need to get one of these.
  • Google Drive
    • 1 terabyte
  • Wifi is a #CreativeHustler and #DigitalNomads best friend. During the interview, Barbara was posted up at PMO Co-working in Palermo. A co-working and event space really pushing innovation on an island that seems to take you back in time. Shout out to them!
  • Barbara has a love for the beach, it’s where she feels the most balanced, you know when the sun, sea, sand and wind all unite for a moment.
  • What’s with these entrepreneurs and their McDonald's obsession? Eat healthier people. Now where’s my damn Monster? (says, Alan)
  • Photo editing: Like a good creative, Barbara uses Light Room, which I think every photographer in the world must use. It’s from Adobe so you know it’s legit.
  • I’d say I was surprised she uses iMovie for video, but I know a lot of people who find it easy and straightforward.  
  • She tried headspace for meditation guidance. She likes it, but “got bored” after awhile. Steven and Melissa, however, swear by it! Just gotta find what works for you.
 

Contact Info:

Website: https://barbaralicious.com/en/    

TWT: @BBarbaralicious

LI: Barbara Riedel

Email: barbara@barbarariedel.com 

Periscope: @BBarbaralicious

 
 
Nov 10, 2016

[RECAP] Lee Jackson of Lee Jackson Dev out of the UK is a hustler on a mission. He's a WordPress wiz and creates some of the most badass plugins and hacks in the biz. And if you're into WordPress dev, you can join the private conversation with the latest tips and tricks on Lee's private Facebook group, WP Innovator

Moments of Inspiration:

  • Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. - Henry Ford

Admirable Mentions:

  • New Media Europe - The BEST podcast convention not only in Europe but we'd go so far as to say the world. The hosts and owners of the convention, Mike and Izabela Russell, really know how to make a global family out of a bunch of tech geeks. Follow their story on Twitter and be in the know when they announce the 2017 convention location! 
  • Zoom - A great platform for easy screen sharing and video conferencing. When working with Lee to redevelop the TCH site, this was our main mode of communication.
  • Freedcamp - Like most creatives and agency folks, I’m very familiar with task-setting platforms and project management sites. This one seems to pretty easy to navigate and helped our team stay on track when redesigning our website.
  • Coffitivity - One of Melissa’s favorite sites. Put the headphones on and let the noise of a busy cafe focus you and get you hustling. Me personally, I get upset because the espresso never shows up.
  • Kindle - If e-readers are your thing, then I’d be shocked if you didn’t have one already. If e-reading isn’t a thing, give it try.
  • Moleskin - for to-do list - As digital as we are, I still will not be caught dead without my Moleskin. This classic notebook is great no matter what.
  • Google Apps - I’d be hard stretched to find a modern-day business not utilizing the google suite in some way.
  • Troop London Bag - Troop London has a bunch of cool bags and messengers. If you’re on the go, a cool little satchel might be all you need. Click the link to see our favorite.  
  • ATR2 100 Mic - This is a great mic no matter what you need it for. As a podcaster, this is almost setting the standard.  
  • Bose Noise Canceling headphones - Personally, I won’t leave home without a pair of these in my mobile office. On an airplane, they are a life-saver and in times of deep thought, they block out the world so you can focus.
  • Regus Coworking - We love coworking spots and Regus is great because they are worldwide, so you’re never too far away from stable wifi.

Contact Info:

Website: http://leejacksondev.com/  
TWT: @leejacksondev
LI: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/leejacksondev
Email: Lee@leejacksondev.com

 

Nov 9, 2016

John Morena is a native New Yorker; born in the Bronx, migrating to Brooklyn. Since going freelance in 2004, he enjoys projects and challenges the wind brings his way. His outstanding artistic passions lie in drawing & making animated films. One of the lucky ones, John has chosen a path that he truly feels passionate about. 

Inspiring Thoughts:

John work in sprints. Couple months on. Couple months off.

Admirable mentions:  

Polyphasic sleep - Da Vinci had a unique sleeping pattern, one that has been studied constantly since his genius graced our Earth. This book, which we have not read yet (but has been ordered) seems to break down the strategy for optimizing your sleeping patterns to be more productive.

Tim Ferris - Check out his podcast, books and blogs if you haven’t. It is beyond brilliant.

Digital Cave Dweller - Being digital nomads ourselves, the balance we find is at times, we are also digital cave dwellers. Sometimes after being on the road for weeks at a time, there is nothing better than coming home and enjoying our lovely flat together.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles - Being from NYC originally, I understand that getting around is not easy. Traffic, crazy pedestrians and horns that never stop, sometimes walking is the best mode of transportation. But if you must travel in NYC, check out this awesome app to find your way.

Practice, practice, practice presentations - This should be a no brainer. Practice your presentations and make sure you are articulating everything you truly want to say. Check this book out for some tips and tricks (and how to present in a zen manner).

Contact info:

Johnmorena.com

johnmbx25@gmail.com

 
Nov 8, 2016

Lee Jackson of Lee Jackson Dev out of the UK is a hustler on a mission. He's a WordPress wiz and creates some of the most badass plugins and hacks in the biz. And if you're into WordPress dev, you can join Lee on his Podcast, WP Innovator, and check out the conversation on his private Facebook group, WP Innovator

Moments of Inspiration:

  • Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. - Henry Ford

Admirable Mentions:

  • New Media Europe - The BEST podcast convention not only in Europe but we'd go so far as to say the world. The hosts and owners of the convention, Mike and Izabela Russell, really know how to make a global family out of a bunch of tech geeks. Follow their story on Twitter and be in the know when they announce the 2017 convention location! 
  • Zoom - A great platform for easy screen sharing and video conferencing. When working with Lee to redevelop the TCH site, this was our main mode of communication.
  • Freedcamp - Like most creatives and agency folks, I’m very familiar with task-setting platforms and project management sites. This one seems to pretty easy to navigate and helped our team stay on track when redesigning our website.
  • Coffitivity - One of Melissa’s favorite sites. Put the headphones on and let the noise of a busy cafe focus you and get you hustling. Me personally, I get upset because the espresso never shows up.
  • Kindle - If e-readers are your thing, then I’d be shocked if you didn’t have one already. If e-reading isn’t a thing, give it try.
  • Moleskin - for to-do list - As digital as we are, I still will not be caught dead without my Moleskin. This classic notebook is great no matter what.
  • Google Apps - I’d be hard stretched to find a modern-day business not utilizing the google suite in some way.
  • Troop London Bag - Troop London has a bunch of cool bags and messengers. If you’re on the go, a cool little satchel might be all you need. Click the link to see our favorite.  
  • ATR2 100 Mic - This is a great mic no matter what you need it for. As a podcaster, this is almost setting the standard.  
  • Bose Noise Canceling headphones - Personally, I won’t leave home without a pair of these in my mobile office. On an airplane, they are a life-saver and in times of deep thought, they block out the world so you can focus.
  • Regus Coworking - We love coworking spots and Regus is great because they are worldwide, so you’re never too far away from stable wifi.

Contact Info:

Website: http://leejacksondev.com/  
TWT: @leejacksondev
LI: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/leejacksondev
Email: Lee@leejacksondev.com

 
Nov 2, 2016

Live at Downtown Work in San Diego at the Socal Marketing Club, October 11, 2016.

Steven and Melissa [and a little bit of Alan] talk to the top funnel digital marketing experts on the SoCal Marketing Club panel in our very first TCH Live episode.

But first: Most awkward podcast commercial goes to Steven at 2 minutes and 48 seconds.

Admirable Mentions:

Hotel Tonight

John’s request to Meetup.com

Featuring:

SEO bombs from Alan Bush representing Ignite Visibility.

Ignite Visibility

alan@ignitevisibility.com

@AlanHBush

 

Sam Jones is in the season of his life!

@samjonesmedia

 

Exploring Africa with the talented, Holly Miller

Holly Miller website

@MillerTimeBaby

SearchMetrics  

 

Mind blown when Kirby Burke shares his ability to sell personalities and attitudes.

Kirby Burke on LinkedIn

@KirbyBurkeJr

SearchMetrics

 

John Bertino, Host of the SoCal Marketing Club

The Agency Guy
 
Oct 30, 2016

This guy! What can we say? TCH team interview Bryan Meszaros, The Big Cheese behind OpenEye Global, an experiential design firm that brings digital experiences into physical spaces. Most recently The Ghostbuster experience at Madame Tussauds NYC!

Moments of inspiration:

Dunkin Donuts over Starbucks!

Admirable Mentions:


Bryan’s Contact Info:

OpenEyeGlobal.com
@openeyeglobal Instagram
@openeyeglobal Twitter

OpenEye LinkedIn

 

Oct 30, 2016

This guy! What can we say? TCH team interview Bryan Meszaros, The Big Cheese behind OpenEye Global, an experiential design firm that brings digital experiences into physical spaces. Most recently The Ghostbuster experience at Madame Tussauds NYC! 

Moments of inspiration:

Dunkin' Donuts over Starbucks! ;)

Admirable Mentions:


Bryan’s Contact Info:

OpenEyeGlobal.com
@openeyeglobal Instagram
@openeyeglobal Twitter
OpenEye LinkedIn

 

Oct 27, 2016

[RECAP] Josh Roush from Movetic stops by the San Diego studio to visit Steven, Alan, and Melissa and to chat with us about being true to who you are, even while you’re mind is set towards the end goal, and why he loves the beauty behind quotes.

Inspiring Thoughts:

I love the beauty behind a quote.

Admirable Mentions:

Apple Retina Display – Well this seems like an obvious doesn’t it. A Creative Hustler staple.   

Cannon Camera’s – Another staple in the creative community. Although we use a Sony, I’m really digging this Cannon Camera Bag .

Tiger Bar – I used to work at an agency a few years ago and Tiger Bars were all the rave. I do remember these packs of 72 floating around.

Sovrn Republic Backpacks – These things are frickin amazing. I haven’t gotten one yet, but this one is looking pretty nice: Bad Ass Bags

Niice – I’ve personally used this moodboard creating platform. Pretty legit way to collaborate with other creatives. Highly  recommended.

Evernote – Who doesn’t love Evernote? I’m actually writing this draft on Evernote. Evernote Evernote Evernote, you friendly green elephant.

Wonderland OB – A local waterhole with probably the most spectacular sunset. Amazing.

Gatorade Lemon Lime – Oh so good, but oh so … Yellow!

Contact Info: 

Josh Roush
themovetic.com
@movetic

Oct 25, 2016

Josh Roush from Movetic stops by the San Diego studio to visit Steven, Alan, and Melissa! 

Inspiring Thoughts

I love the beauty behind a quote.

Admirable Mentions

Apple Retina Display - Well this seems like an obvious doesn’t it. A Creative Hustler staple :)  

Cannon Camera’s - Another staple in the creative community. Although we use a Sony, I’m really digging this Cannon Camera Bag

Tiger Bar - I used to work at an agency a few years ago and Tiger Bars were all the rave. I do remember these packs of 72 floating around

Sovrn Republic Backpacks - These things are frickin amazing. I haven’t gotten one yet, but this one is looking pretty nice: Bad Ass Bag

Niice - I’ve personally used this moodboard creating platform. Pretty legit way to collaborate with other creatives. Highly  recommended.

Evernote - Who doesn’t love Evernote? I’m actually writing this draft on Evernote. Evernote Evernote Evernote, you friendly green elephant.

Wonderland OB - A local waterhole with probably the most spectacular sunset. Amazing.

Gatorade - Oh so good, but oh so … Yellow!

Josh Roush
themovetic.com
@movetic

Oct 18, 2016

Recap :: Building Relationships with John Bertino from The Agency Guy. Steven, Alan, and Melissa dive deeper into the first episode of The Creative Hustler Podcast to discuss the admirable mentions from John Bertino! Fun filled and packed with tips from the interview on the psoas stretch, follow-up then, lemon water, time tracking on the go, and kale Italian ice. 

Inspiring Thoughts:

Limiting beliefs - not setting the limiting belief that if i don’t work endlessly, I won’t be successful.

Admirable Mentions:

Psoas Stretch

Followupthen.com
Time tracking on the go remote working
Exercise Bands
Blah, blah, blah Kale Italian Ice 
Fruits, veggies, protein bars
Lemon water

Contact Info:

Website: Theagencyguy.com
TWT: @theagencyguyinc
LI: John Bertino
Email: john@theagencyguy.com

Oct 5, 2016

John Bertino from The Agency Guy stops by the San Diego studio to visit Steven, Alan, and Melissa for their very first Creative Hustler interview! Fun filled and packed with John's tips on the psoas stretch, follow-up then, lemon water, time tracking on the go, and kale ice cream.

Inspiring Thoughts:

Limiting beliefs - not setting the limiting belief that if i don’t work endlessly, I won’t be successful.

Admirable Mentions:

Psoas Stretch

Followupthen.com
Time tracking on the go remote working
Exercise Bands
Blah, blah, blah something about Kale Italian Ice 
Fruits, veggies, protein bars
Lemon water

Contact Info:

Website: Theagencyguy.com
TWT: @theagencyguyinc
LI: John Bertino
Email: john@theagencyguy.com

Oct 5, 2016

What’s up Creative Hustlers? I’m Steven Picanza. I want to thank you for joining me for the very first episode of the TCH Podcast.

I’m truly grateful that you are taking a listen.

Every week, I am going to be interviewing global entrepreneurs, creatives, digital nomads and all around bad-asses to find out the one important question we are all craving to know.

How do you stay balanced in such an unbalanced world?

And that right there is basically the mantra of the show.

Celebrating the creative entrepreneur lifestyle.

So the goal is to have the full interview will come out Tuesdays and a recap episode will follow on Thursday.

This means that not only will you hear the inspiring story, but we are going to dissect it and hopefully help bring their tips and hacks to life.

Actionable steps to incorporate into your life NOW!

And interspersed between will be shorter, more compact episodes which we are calling “3oz or less”. Inspired by our constant travels and struggles to get passed security at times.

Oh, and since we are always out and about anyways, we will be doing some episodes “Live, on location” from events across the globe.

So I bet you’re asking who “we” is? Fair enough. Great question.

But before I get to me, I’ll introduce my cast of characters.

Our interactive producer is Alan Bush. You’ll hear him here and there, dropping value like it’s hot. A podcast and marketing veteran whom I have had the pleasure to have known and work with for a few years now.

And joining me on this journey is my wonderful and supportive wife, Melissa. The hope here is that her female perspective adds a different tone to the topics and “balances” us out.

And speaking of perspectives, don’t be alarmed if our at-times NY / BOS rivalry comes out. It’s apparently the thing that balances us out.

We are going to break the interview episode up into 4 main parts:

So our first segment we call Awaken. This is where we look to dive deep into your world and explore the internal motivation that keeps you going. While other podcasts solely focus on this, that’s not us. Curious by nature, I really want to know and understand why some people are motivated like a freight train and what they do when they just don’t feel like doing shit.

A big part of this lifestyle, because that is what this is, a lifestyle, is about the tools we keep in our tool belt. The next section, Gadgets & Gizmos is all about that. Our tools. Being global and always on the go isn’t for everyone and the tools we utilize is pretty specialized.

So we pose the questions, what’s in your mobile office?

While on the subject of traveling, our next section is appropriately titled Voyage + Explore. The world is our oyster as global entrepreneurs and creatives, but it doesn't always work out as planned. This is where we explore your journey, literally, and the obstacles you’ve overcome along the way.

And finally, we end with balance. This journey cannot work unless we are balanced first. Burning-out is real. Becoming an unhealthy workaholic is closer than you think. We need to get back to center and align ourselves because being a creative hustler and a global entrepreneur is often a rollercoaster ride.

So maybe now is a great time to tell you a little bit about myself. Well, I’m pretty fast-paced as you can probably tell already. It’s my new york-ness, even though I’ve been in southern California for quite a few years now.

I started my “career” - career in quotation marks - as a musician and naturally, I was in charge of promotions and getting us gigs. From there I was addicted. I would be out day and night “hustling” our music and trying to make connections. That lead me to dinner theater. A great segue huh?

Doing a dinner theater for 10 years lead me to meet amazing people and travel around the country performing. It is also during this time that my “formal” education happened. Once again “formal” in quotation marks.

In 2006 I got my first “real” job. I was an education counselor at a very large for-profit university. Basically, I was in a boiler room slinging degrees. I was miserable. First off, I don’t belong in a cubicle. I’m way too energetic for that shit. Secondly, I didn’t believe in it. Sure I’m all about education and the art of learning, but I didn’t believe in their business practices. I needed to escape. So I did. With no plan and no direction.

It was 2008. So I did the only logical thing I could think of. I started a business.

Starting in 2008 and lasting until 2013, I ran a boutique creative agency. We were small with big ideas. We also had no real clue what we were doing. We dabbled in podcasting, created campaigns for some really cool brands and even built a start-up SaaS software, which I still own and run to this day.

But the best part? We failed. No one got hurt, well, maybe emotionally, but we were able to learn a ton of valuable lessons. In 2013 we closed our doors for good, but not before something memorable happened.

Within a 6 month time period, my life fell apart. A long-term relationship had ended, the business was on it’s way to closing and I had gotten stabbed in the neck by a random homeless man in broad daylight. With a mini-philips head screwdriver nonetheless.

This was my bottom. There was no way I was going to keep digging my own hole. But I never thought of it in such a negative way. To me, this was my opportunity rise from the ashes. My renaissance! The obstacle I must endure to find my way.

This is when the idea of The Creative Hustler was born. It came from a talk I had done at a local university on what happens after you graduate with a marketing degree. About how you have to go out there and want it. Work your ass off for it. And get rid of that entitled attitude most college students have.

And for a long time, it was just something I spoke about, whether on a stage or with my friends.

With my shop closed for good, I knew I had another chance to do what I want to do.

Fast forward a few years, I once again found myself in the advertising / branding / marketing world, working for awesome agencies on even cooler projects. But this time, when I left, I knew I was leaving for good and on my terms.

I had to just jump. Jump off that cliff. Attempt to build a plane on the way down and hope I don’t crash and burn along the way.

And I’m taking my wife, who has taken the plunge with me.

It’s go time. So while we still are working with agencies and within that industry, it all boils back to the impact we can make as human beings.

That is what this is all about. Value, impact, and ensuring that our purpose is lived fully.

That is the story of the creative hustler thus far. But let's be real, the story is just starting. Hopefully to be written by all of you in one way or another.  

Again, I’m truly grateful you’ve taken the time to listen to this first episode. I hope it is one of many.

Cheers to the future, creative hustlers.

 

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