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Apr 7, 2017

[RECAP] Steven, Melissa, and Alan recap Jessica Yarborough’s Interview episode Meet The Mompreneur Building 6-Figure Businesses

Jessica Yarbrough is an entrepreneur, marketing strategist, and single mother who started her business when she was pregnant with her daughter is giving BUSY MOMS THE TOOLS, TACTICS, AND RESOURCES TO BUILD A 6-FIGURE BUSINESS THEY CAN RUN FROM HOME through her brand The Mompreneur Coach.

[1:42] JessicaYarborough.com is a brilliant Mompreneur helping other mamas build businesses from home.

[2:36] Shout out to Screw the 9-5 Private Community where Steven meet Jessica. Amazing group to network with. Quality members.

Do you want to be right where you are forever?  

[3:32] WHY Every Coach Needs a Coach.

[6:58] An aha moment so powerful emotional tears just start flowing

[8:34] “Dudes to Dads” shout out to Alan’s other podcast

[10:23] Carve out your self-care and work around it. Tips to stay on top of your calendar so you don’t get hustled.

[12:30] The importance of setting boundaries with your clients.

Calendly helps you schedule meetings without the back-and-forth emails

[18:08] Content Hacks! Repurposing your content. If you play your cards 1 content piece can turn into 87.3 pieces of content. Kinda.

[20:52] Who is leveraging live streaming content?

[23:50] Sorry guys, but the audio has a little static until the end.

[26:33] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle


Contact Jessica:

JessicaYarbrough.com
Facebook
The Mompreneur Mastermind Private Facebook Group
YouTube
Instagram

 

 





Apr 5, 2017

Today we’ll be talking with Jessica Yarbrough, She’s an entrepreneur, marketing strategist, and single mother who started her business when she was pregnant with her daughter is giving BUSY MOMS THE TOOLS, TACTICS, AND RESOURCES TO BUILD A 6-FIGURE BUSINESS THEY CAN RUN FROM HOME through her brand The Mompreneur Coach.

[1:05] What makes Jessica a Creative Hustler? She’s been in the marketing business for over a decade. She's done a lot of traveling and immersing herself into other cultures. Working out of a jungle pad in Thailand. Empowering other women to grow their business from home. Giving her tribe "The Mamas” freedom. 

[3:30] Sharing wisdom to her tribe, getting paid to help people who are following their passions and purpose is what inspires and motivates Jessica to keep being a self-starter every morning. 

[4:20] It sounds like Jessica has found what works for her as a Mompreneur. So what’s getting Jessica jazzed for the future?

Her Daughter - to give her the tools to exceed in life

Bridging the gap between wanting to start a business and actually hitting 5 figures per month and seeing it become successful

Stop consuming free content and trying to figure it out on your own - get a couch, take my hand. Let me show you the way to really build rapid success with proven tactics and solid strategy.

 

[7:55] What was that like when Jessica knew that being a mompreneur the path she had to take? Her why to

[8:25] Take women through a journey that she understands becoming an entrepreneur when  

[11:32] Nature is super inspiring when you’re not inspired to creative content and not in the right mindset.

[16:37] One of the most challenging things of being a Creative Hustler and a single mother is surrendering yourself to the outside world and understanding that you can’t control everything around you, especially when your kid gets sick.

Jessica’s most powerful mantra as a single mother and entrepreneur is surrendering to the unpredictable.

[18:32] Self-care is so important. Being an unfit entrepreneur is not sustainable. Sacrificing your health in order to make more money that’s going to come back and hit you in the long run. From a health and balance perspective, it’s about taking your time. Jessica has burnt herself out in the past, that’s why she understands why it’s important to be consistent with taking care of physical and mental health.

Jessica believes you can have it all but you have to make your own boundaries.

[20:19] Teaching yourself how to have boundaries with your clients. It’s difficult to implement but once you set those boundaries it’s easy to follow, especially with new clients.

[23:05] How long did it take Jessica to implement boundaries with her clients?

[25:10] Implement blocks into your schedule to make sure you take time for yourself. Put your line in the sand! You will work around those blocks. We can’t express how important it is to take the time to yourself and shut off!

[29:37] Thoughts on low ticket sales verse high ticket sales and achieving massive hockey stick growth.

[32:33] The apps and platforms Jessica uses to achieve massive growth. Hint: Clickfunnels. YouTube. Facebook Live. Trello. Scheduling integration into calendar: Calendly.

[36:30] Content hacks: how to turn 1 piece of content into many pieces of content. Check out Jessica’s YouTube video on maximizing content.   

[38:43] What it’s like to quit your corporate job to travel through Thailand and start a business? How to overcome adversity even when your family isn’t 100% supportive.

[40:54] Jessica went on a 10 day of silence retreat. She came out with a message that you can always recreate yourself if you don’t like where you are, even if you go down a path even if you created it. Believe in yourself and know that you have the power to create wealth and power wherever you go in the world.  

[43:01] Adjusting her piece of owning her self-worth and self-love, Jessica quite the business world after Thailand to teach yoga and taking care of self-health in Bali, San Diego, and of Costa Rica for 4 years.

[44:50] How travels, experiences, and cultures has made Jessica understand she can make it anywhere and be a great role model for your daughter.

[45:49] If you’re stuck where you are in your journey just know that it’s all part of the process even if you don’t understand why thing are happening they way they are but that’s all supporting your growth.

Fall in love with the process

[47:05] Of all the Creative Hustler’s dead or alive to grab a drink with in history Jessica would meet with Oprah! She is the WO-MAN!

[49:22] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Contact Jessica:

JessicaYarbrough.com
Facebook
The Mompreneur Mastermind Private Facebook Group
YouTube
Instagram





Mar 14, 2017

What's Up, Creative Hustlers! Steven, Melissa & Alan here.

Today we’ll be recapping Reilly Sweetland’s interview. Reilly is the Co-Founder of FollowUpThen, he’s an entrepreneur, start-up junkie, and all around creative hustler. And like most success stories, his literally started from his garage where he built his first business.

Before we get started, The FollowUpThen and The Creative Hustler teams have a cool announcement! If you haven't heard yet FollowUpThen is giving you 1-month free when you use our special link. CLICK HERE or any other FollowUpThen link on this page and receive 1-month free starting today! Melissa swears by it!

[1:33] Steven, Alan, and Melissa talk about the evolution of the podcast now that we’ve done over 40 episodes.

[4:32] Reilly Sweetland’s 4-hour internal prototype solution turns into a full-time gig.

[8:08] The moment when your side hustle becomes your main hustle. That’s what freedom tastes like.

[9:09] Morning routine: get the kids to the bus stop and take some “me” time. A 1 mile run in the morning is Reilly’s minimum effective dose to get his creative juices flowing for the day. What's your morning motivation consist of? 

[11:46] Word of advice: watch your alignment when doing exercises at home.

[13:05] Set yourself up for success the night before by not letting our calendar hustle you by doing this.

[13:46] This quote by Chris Sacca is everything, “email is the to-do that some else wrote for you.”

[14:32] Alan’s cell phone practice is worth considering doing yourself. No work emails on the phone or checking the screen at night or first thing in the morning.

[17:35] Sandwiching the day with your passions and the moments you can never get back.

[19:38] The future belongs to the creatives and the problem solvers. The passionate ones that are motivated to continuously learn and gain knowledge.

[24:10] Steven crashes Alan’s SEO class at UCSD and takes over with a talk on modern day branding and being authentic. This comes down to how Steven and Melissa are building The Creative Hustler. They vow to sell or endorse something they’re not passionate about themselves or truly believes that will help their audience.

[26:01] Why would you work with someone you don’t like? Why are you going to create something just to have to surround yourself with people you don’t like?

[30:20] If there was one Creative Hustler Reilly could sit down with it would be Thomas Jefferson. This is pretty fascinating, actually. If you think about it, like an entrepreneur, TJ and his boys literally build the principles of this country out of ideas and thin air just hoping it would work.

[32:52] Announcement! See how you can change your life and become more productive with little commitment right here -> http://bit.ly/2mhJ6xK 

[34:36] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Contact Reilly Sweetland:
Twitter @RSweetland
Get FollowUpThen 1 month Free Special offer Here!

Mar 8, 2017

What's Up, Creative Hustlers! Steven & Melissa Here.

Today we’ll be talking with Reilly Sweetland, Co-Founder of FollowUpThen, he’s an entrepreneur, start-up junkie, and all around creative hustler. And like most success stories, his literally started from his garage where he built his first business.

Before we get started, Reilly and The Creative Hustler team have a cool announcement! If you haven't heard yet FollowUpThen is giving you 1-month free when you use our special link. CLICK HERE or any other FollowUpThen link on this page and receive 1-month free starting today! Melissa swears by it! 

[00:57] What makes Reilly a Creative Hustler?

[2:10] How Reilly became full-time at FollowUpThen which started out at a side hustle in 2010.

[4:45] Melissa and Reilly have a moment on how FollowUpThen changed her life. 

[9:05] What gets Reilly up in the morning? Here he brings up some great productivity and health hacks. Something he calls “top-down productivity.”

[13:03] How FollowUpThen is building a tribe of loyal users.

[17:30] How to get out of the Creative Hustler funk.

[20:20] How to balance the Maker vs. Managers schedule. 

[22:59] Why doesn’t Reilly check his emails first thing in the morning? Spoiler Alert: Without having complete blinders on it has something to do with this quote from Chris Sacca, “Email is the to-do list that was written for you by somebody else.”

[28:38] Tips for balancing the delicate art of life of family, friends, pets, and continuing to kick ass. There isn’t a silver bullet for this one but there are high-value quality times that truly matter.  

[33:30] How to find balance as a married Creative Hustler. Reilly gives us insight into his personal life. 

[36:25] Raising kids as a Creative Hustler. What does the future look like for Reilly’s kids?

[39:02] The future belongs to the Creatives. Why?

[42:13] Great advice from a 70-year-old Creative Hustler.

[47:29] If Reilly could have coffee with one Creative Hustler of the past, who would it be? His answer was Thomas Jefferson, who he believes is the ultimate Creative Hustler. Not to get all political, but with all the turmoil that is happening at this exact moment with politics in the US… here’s why we’re going to be okay.

[51:08] Special off to check out 1 free month of FollowUpThen on Reilly and The Creative Hustler team! Seriously guys, check it out! 

[52:01] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle brought to you by Nelson Mandela.


Contact Reilly Sweetland:
Twitter @RSweetland
Get FollowUpThen 1 month Free Special offer Here!

Feb 24, 2017

HOW IMPORTANT IS BRANDING REALLY???

Many business owners think in terms of immediate ROI and who can blame them?! But with so many digital marketing channels capable of producing immediate traffic and fast results, does it really make sense to go all-in with branding?  And what does it even mean to go all-in?  At what point does a brand creation stage go from careful planning to analysis by paralysis?

The Creative Hustler was lucky enough to record a live podcast on location and interview some of the expert guests. Here what they had to say:

[00:32] Meet Dave Korinek and Matt Simpson from Magnetic Creative. On top of being an award-winning branding agency, they have to be the most genuine and badass group of creatives this side of the Mississippi.  

[4:50] Dave answers the question - How are you balancing your creative lifestyle as a business owner and a married man of 20 years with 4 growing boys.

[6:33] Matt jumps in and talks about the importance of relationships and the balance between communication. #magfam on Twitter

[9:32] John Bertino, founder of the TAG and SoCal Marketing Club explains what SoCal Marketing Club is all about and the mission behind the meetup.

[10:40] The reason and inspiration behind tonight’s branding and digital marketing panel, and what the importance is

[15:48] Josh Roush, Co-Founder and designer at Movetic, talks about his new “brand anthem video.” Find out what that is and why it’s important. Connect with Josh on Instagram.

Do you have any input or questions you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear them Tweet us to get the conversation going!

 

Feb 24, 2017

[RECAP] Peter Cincotti. Steven, Alan, and Melissa are back in the San Diego studio recapping Peter Cincotti’s interview from this past Tuesday.

Peter was the youngest jazz musician to reach #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts and collaborations with Phil Ramone, Harry Connick Jr., and David Foster, Peter is now a free agent looking to get his Creative Hustle back out there to the masses. He’s been working on his latest album "Long Way From Home" for 3 years. He built a studio and moved all his pianos to the Jersey Shore... where he spent the summer’s growing up as a kid. He took the time to learn the tech side of the business and produced this whole album, and we are stoked to be supporting him along his journey.

[00:40] Recap of Interview How working with music giants and reaching #1 on the Billboard Jazz

[5:04] Why learning the tech part the business is important for creative independence.

[9:07] 2 tips for Creative Hustler’s to take to the bank. 1. Having “Faith.” What does that mean? And 2. Persistence - which is the sustained effort necessary to induce faith.

Resource mentioned: Think and Grow Rich. Guys, this book is under $9. It will change you, and the way you think about life, money, success, failures, faith, etc, etc, etc. I highly recommend not only reading it, but keeping as a resource on your bedside table.

[16:09] The music industry has changed in the past 30 years. Does anyone remember MTV when it was really MTV?

[19:36] Why having a tribe is important when building a brand.

[20:00] Check out Peter’s wacky Goodnight videos on Instagram. Sorry for putting you on blast, man, but you crack us up! Plus, you have some pretty sexy videos too. ;)

[20:46] Peter’s Pledge - Help a brother out! This is an awesome example of how musicians are connecting and communicating with their audiences on a personal level.

[21:18] Although, we still don’t know what tomatoes Peter uses in your sauce. We’re so freaking curious about this.

[28:57] Peter is selling his Sauce on his Pledge Music site. Alan challenges a sauce off between Steven and Peter. Who wants to see this shit?

[30:19] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Connect with Peter:
PeterCincotti.com
Peter’s Pledge Music page
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter



Feb 21, 2017

"88 keys, a bench, and a mic.

Give those things to Peter Cincotti and he can take you anywhere. 

Like a pilot in a cockpit, when Cincotti sits down at a piano it’s as if the world is at his fingertips. And this time, on his highly anticipated new album, he is indeed traveling a Long Way From Home.

'Never before have I used the piano in this way. A few years ago, I began having these visions of an album that brings active, rhythmic piano playing back into the landscape of modern music.'" - Peter Cincotti website 

Hey, guys! It’s not always rainbows and unicorns here at The Creative Hustler. Unfortunately, we had some audio issues in this interview. 

HOWEVER - this is a really special episode for Steven! He’s been following Peter Cincotti’s jazz career for 15 years. From youngest jazz musician to reach #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts and collaborations with Phil Ramone, Harry Connick Jr., and David Foster, Peter is now a free agent looking to get his Creative Hustle back out there to the masses. He’s been working on his latest album "Long Way From Home" for 3 years. He built a studio and moved all his pianos to the Jersey Shore... where he spent the summer’s growing up as a kid. He took the time to learn the tech side of the business and produced this whole album, and we are stoked to be supporting him along his journey. 

We really hope you enjoy this one and find it as inspiring as we did! 

[01:08] What is Peter’s success made of... Luck? Hard work? Opportunity? And if that success didn’t happen would he still be chasing those dreams of becoming a musician?

[6:02] 2 Pieces of advice: #1. However you want to take it... you gotta have faith. You have to believe. #2. Persistence. One of Peter’s favorite quotes: Arianna Huffington - “Life's a dance between making it happen and letting it happen.”

[8:24] What would Peter have done if Phil Ramone didn't come into his life? Submit to the “zeitgeist” if you will.

[10:07] Learn to love the process even when you’re getting “no’s” left and right.

[10:39] Peter’s thoughts on “The Creative Hustler.” <- Big deal, guys! 

[11:50] “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday... this one comes up a lot. 

[12:07] Peter has a new album coming out “Long Way From Home.” The first record he’s made without a record deal. He moved his pianos to a house on the Jersey Shore where he spent summers as a kid and Produced the whole album. He spent a lot of time learning the tech side of making music. 

[13:24] Peter is starting his Creative Hustle all over again, and this time around putting the business back into the hands of the artist, himself.  

[15:00] - Peter moved to the Jersey Shore and isolated himself with his creativity - this is what happened.

[17:30]  Food is love at Peter’s Pledge Music site - You can buy Peter’s personal homemade sauce, Skype live, hang out at the studio, and more by pledging on Peter’s Pledge Music site! A portion of all pledges will go to an incredible organization with a cause close to my heart, Education Through Music. (To find out more about ETM, http://www.etmonline.org)

[23:23] Tour dates coming soon! Check out new dates here!   

[23:51]  Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

 

Connect with Peter:

PeterCincotti.com
Peter’s Pledge Music page
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter

Feb 17, 2017

What's Up, Creative Hustlers! Steven, Melissa, and Alan here.

Today we’ll be Recapping Victor Kung’s interview. Founder of The Remote Lifestyle blog & podcast - he’s on a mission to show Millennials who want to grab life by the balls how they can be successful while creating the lifestyle of their dreams as a digital nomad.

BONUS! We celebrate Steven’s 35th birthday on air. Hear us wish and sing Steven a very Happy Birthday at [01:05].

[3:40] What does it mean to define yourself as a millennial?

[8:30] Steven’s first obsession with branding and marketing started with KISS.

[11:00] Victor will be in 6 different countries in 6 months with The Remote Trip. 1 month, 3 months or 6 month trips to Asia and Latin America. Trips include Accommodations at all locations (private room), All flights & transport between destinations, Work spaces with high-speed internet, Keynote speakers and professional workshops, Gym passes, yoga sessions, and relaxing massages, and Local activities and fun communal events! What more could you want!?!

[19:10] Branding yourself and the brand of Victor. The idea of no matter what part of the journey you’re on - it’s important to have that solidified personal brand.

[25:22] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Check out Melissa and Steven's podcast interviews with Victor on The Remote Lifestyle HERE!

Contact Victor Kung:

Learn how to becomes a Digital Nomad in 7 Steps - Even if You Have No Idea Where to with this email course:   http://theremotelifestyle.com/remote

Feb 14, 2017

What's Up, Creative Hustlers! Steven & Melissa Here.

Today we’ll be talking with Victor Kung. Founder of The Remote Lifestyle blog & podcast - he’s on a mission to show Millennials who want to grab life by the balls how they can be successful while creating the lifestyle of their dreams as a digital nomad.

[1:30] What makes Victor a Creative Hustler?

[8:22] What keeps Victor successful and inspired? He swears by his morning routine and habit building. He mentions how The Morning Miracle by Hal Elrod has helped him change his morning routine.

[12:19] Quotes are just words until you understand the meaning and actually start living the words. Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s the ability to act in the presence of fear.

[14:00] Stop being held hostage by your thoughts! “You are not your thoughts, you are the being that is aware of your thoughts.”

[15:45] Being your own boss can be the most challenging part of living the #CreativeHustler lifestyle. How can you continue to set goals and hold yourself accountable?

[18:22] As creatives, entrepreneurs, and freelancers one thing we forget is that our most important client is ourselves - the brand of Victor is first and foremost because you can scale that as much as you want.

[19:41] One piece of advice for creative hustlers to take with them is checking in with yourself when we’re going through challenges.

[21:44] The power of visualization

[22:36] Traveling for 6 months with a digital nomad community called The Remote Trip, where is Victor going, how will he stay healthy, and what does the living situations look like?

[28:08] If your in seat entertainment magazine is gummed together and your wifi isn’t working because the plane sucks… what is Victor doing?

[35:05] Staying balanced during culture shock and traveling the world

[41:00] Victor’s resolutions, hopes, and dreams for 2017 during his journey and travels  

[46:09] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Contact Victor Kung:
Learn how to becomes a Digital Nomad in 7 Steps - Even if You Have No Idea Where to with this email course:  http://theremotelifestyle.com/remote

Feb 10, 2017

What's up, Creative Hustler? In the studio today with Steven, Alan, and Melissa recapping Dan Harding’s interview. [1:16] Dan is a Product evangelist for FollowUpThen, an email reminder service on a mission to Clear out your inbox, shorten your to-do list, and ensure you never forget to followup!   

  • [2:29] Melissa is PUMPED to announce her favorite daily tool, FollowUpThen has partnered with The Creative Hustler to bring you 30 days free! If you’re anything like Melissa, you need reminders. If it’s not on her calendar or popping up as a notification, it will never happen. FollowUpThen is an email and text message reminder platform that literally takes 3 minutes to set up. If you’re looking for a better way to stay on top of your emails, clients, family, friends take advantage of a free month on us! Go to fut.io/c/tch!   
  • [7:40] Features, benefits, and prices of the FollowUpThen tool.
  • [11:27] I’m not here to gloat we already have the GOAT! #GoPats #MicDrop
  • [11:50] How we were able to partner with FollowUpThen and the power of Twitter
  • [15:00] altMBA with Seth Godin - The is an intensive, 4-week online workshop designed by Seth Godin for high-performing individuals who want to level up and lead.
  • [19:24] Keeping the goal in mind - The most challenging part of being a Creative Hustler… wondering whether or not you’re doing the right thing. Keeping the goal in mind, and the layer above the goal and below the goal in line and making sure what you’re doing is worth it.
  • [26:43] Imagine if we were obsessed with the things that we love about ourselves and stopped with the self-limiting beliefs?  
  • [32:52] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Contact Dan Harding:
Dan Harding: about.me/dan.harding
Product Evangelist at FollowUpThen: followupthen.com
Co-Founder at HealthSage: healthsage.info

Feb 8, 2017

What’s up, Creative Hustlers!?!

Today we’ll be talking with Dan Harding, Product evangelist for FollowUpThen, an email reminder service made for Creative Hustlers like you and I. They are on a mission to Clear out your inbox, shorten your to-do list, and ensure you never forget to followup!

[1:32] What’s make Dan a Creative Hustler?

[5:52] Take the guesswork out of following up. Followupthen.com will benefit your productivity and efficiency.

[10:15] What gets Dan up in the morning… a new day, a new canvas!

[14:04] How do you find inspiration when you’re not feeling inspired? The biggest thing that Dan has to keep in mind is being gracious with himself. It’s far too easy to have negative self-talk.

[17:36] Dan’s chief tool is obviously FollowUpThen, but secondly, he uses todo.ly for list making. When if comes down to tools it’s all about understanding how your own brain works.

[19:28] The most challenging part of being a Creative Hustler… wondering whether or not you’re doing the right thing. Keeping the goal in mind, and the layer above the goal and below the goal in line and making sure what you’re doing is worth it.

[22:14] Imagine if we were obsessed about the things that we loved about ourselves.

[27:28] Keeping your life balanced like pancakes in the morning! 2016 might have been filled with low-lows for Dan, but those lows have shed a light on some dark corners that helped him move forward.

[33:20] From the unbalance of the hardships you can find a different type of balance.

[39:22] Did Dan just bring up one of our favorite sitcom comics, Jerry Seinfeld, to explain the art of habit formation? Yes, yes he did.

[46:51] Habit formation is like that movie with Bill Murray “What About Bob?” BABY STEPS, BABY STEPS, BABY STEPS! Melissa’s been saying that for years!

Baby steps create giant leaps over time - Melissa

  • A great book that Dan brought up about habit formation by Charles Duhigg, the New York Times author The Power of Habit

[49:24] Parting words from Dan: JUST START AND KEEP AT IT!

[49:52] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

 

Contact Dan Harding: [48:23]
Dan Harding: about.me/dan.harding
Product Evangelist at FollowUpThen: followupthen.com
Co-Founder at HealthSage: healthsage.info  

Feb 3, 2017

What’s up, Creative Hustlers!?!

In the studio with Steven, Melissa, and Alan today recapping our latest interview with Joseph Kennedy. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Joseph’s episode, we highly recommend it. He is such a romantic. His words are elegant and thought out. At one point he even brought tears to Melissa’s eyes sharing his vision for life and the beauty his finds within it.

Joseph is the Founder of Content Pathway, the UK’s first and only environmental copywriting agency. He’s a digital nomad, world traveler, content creator, and English teacher in Tarifa,

[00:42] Joseph left the UK and hit the road! Right now he wakes up and looks at Morocco from his balcony Tarifa, Spain. What a beautiful site that must be at the southernmost coast of Spain.

[3:10] Joseph, we gotta talk about the smoking thing.  

[4:05]  Did you know Melissa was a smoker? Gross.

[5:01 We discuss Joseph’s travels through Cambodia, Thailand, and Spain

[6:34] Duolingo for learning a language. This one comes up a lot. There’s something there, for sure. ;)

[7:12] Word Lens translates words by holding the app up to the word. Pretty neat!

[9:25] Lifestyle difference in Spain

[11:54] Steven and Joseph connect  

[10:37] Melissa has a bone to pick with @Chipotle and drops a plug to @OpenEyeGlobal on how they can seriously help!

[15:23] Friday Night is Soul Night in Tarifa.  

[17:17] Shoutout to Ishbel White, a photographer out of Scotland! Helping friends around the globe.

[19:02] Digital nomad matchmaker! What do you guys think? Should we do it?  Creativehustlermatch.com

[22:53] Tips for #CreativeHustlers: Know your limitations! Take regular breaks!

[26:10] Alan’s explanation of the serendipitous relationships that come from the energy you give out

[28:46] Stop with the limiting beliefs. Stop comparing yourself.

[29:45] Because what really matters is... “Vale la pena!”… Is it worth it? Is what you’re doing worth it?  

[30:44] About this digital life... and finding comfort in the uncomfortable.   

[33:20] Looking at it from a global and historic scale, people have always been nomadic.

[35:04] The theme of loneliness that comes with following your craft

[37:23] If you know how to deal with yourself you're never going to be lonely. Part of this episode was rooted in stoicism. "If you really want to escape all you need is your mind."  

[38:18] Melissa's moment of hustle 


Contact Joseph Kennedy  
www.stingynomad.co.uk
Facebook - stingy nomad
www.cpath.co.uk

Feb 1, 2017

What's Up, Creative Hustlers!

Today we’ll be talking with Joseph Kennedy, the Founder of Content Pathway, the UK’s first and only environmental copywriting agency. He’s a digital nomad, world traveler, content creator, and English teacher in Tarifa, Spain.

Joseph is also the author of Stingy Nomad, a book on how to save double in half the time, hack world exploration with dozens of money saving travel tips and create a digital income that will allow you to kill routine, abandon office life and work as much as you like

  • [00:52] Joseph is a true romantic at heart. Currently, he is in Tarifa, the southernmost coast of Spain. From his balcony, he can Morocco and the Atlantic Ocean. Not a bad view to wake up to in the morning. Tarifa where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea meet.
  • [5:56] Soul and Motown guy, Joe sweats the smooth soothing sounds of Al Green. On Friday nights, you’ll find Joe at the local Motown night at the Soul Cafe.
  • [9:40] In talking with Joe, we started to pick up on just how romantic and deep his sense wonder truly is. After reading the book Night Train to Lisbon one thought continuously stuck out to Joe - that humans only live a small part of what’s inside of them, so the question becomes, what happens to the rest us?
  • [15:14] Joseph isn’t just the author of the Stingy Nomad, he’s also lived it. While travel Spain, Joseph volunteered with Workaway.info  where he would work 4 hours a day with food and lodging accommodations provided by him in exchange for different jobs and task. Joseph shares some of his experiences while volunteering with Workaway
  • Joseph recent travels include Cambodia, Thailand, and Spain. We’re pretty sure he’s found pure love living in Spain. The way he describes his surroundings is utterly romantic.
  • [17:20] His go-to travel bag is Equator - Cabin Max. Flight Approved Backpackers Backpack. Comfortable, Durable, Lightweight, Water Resistant
  • [22:32] We need an Evernote expert!
  • [27:46] We’ve found that a common denominator amongst a lot of traveling creatives is loneliness. Joseph describes one of the biggest challenges living this lifestyle. Hint: he’s really close to his mom. Aww!
  • 28:29] FOMO His friends describe him as a lizard because he’s constantly chasing the weather. But Joseph describes his travels as something more
  • [30:50] Tips for curing the loneliness
  • [37:37] Looking for a hangover cure?
  • [44:14] We asked if Joseph had any tips for #CreativeHustlers. He had quite a few tips to share, but his #1 tips were “know your limitations.
  • [49:07] Joseph’s take on the highlight reel and being a realist. Being truthful about his struggles. Are you going towards the dropouts or are you going towards the successes?
  • [52:00] “vale la pena?” Which means “Is it worth it?” in Spanish - find out if it is.
  • [55:00] Digital Nomad life is the new comfort in being uncomfortable.  The uncomfortable struggle is still better than the comfortable job.
  • [55:48]  Global and historic scale --->>> Nomadic  -> tribal -> civilized -> and it’s almost like we’re undoing it. People are becoming nomadic/independent again. People want to break off.
  • [57:30] The impact of travels and creative entrepreneurship have had on Joseph have been life changing, like many, but it's ingrained something larger in his character that's allowed him to understand that communication is vital, and learning Spanish has opened him up to millions of people.
  • [1:00:07] Joseph’s unfinished business with Asia the beautiful insanity that comes with it.
  • [1:01:30] The love of a being a teacher as a side hustle, who becomes not just a teacher, but a psychologist, historian, geographer, performer, friend, educator, etc.
  • [1:04:40] Melissa’s moment of hustle

Contact Joseph Kennedy:   
www.stingynomad.co.uk
www.cpath.co.uk

Jan 26, 2017

What’s Up, Creative Hustlers?!

In the San Diego studio this week with Melissa and Alan recapping Tuesday’s Interview with Ben Kissam. Take a listen as we dive deeper into what it means to self-sabotage and work through personal challenges and Steven’s & Melissa’s banter over meal planning.

To remind our listeners, Ben Kissam, otherwise known as Coach K is a personal coach, bestselling author, and the creator of The Coach K Show.

  • [1:45] Who is Ben (aka Coach K)?
  • [1:55] A mission to eliminate self-sabotage
  • [2:50] A 13-year journey from seventh grade to adulthood. Learning how to control weight loss.
  • [5:34] Achievement become a club, a door he couldn’t get break through
  • [8:35] If you give yourself 1% of a reason why not to do something and you won’t do it.
  • [16:38] Why Ben is doing 12 cities in 6 weeks.
  • [17:58] Putting yourself in uncomfortable situations. Staying in trenches and personal development on steroids.
  • [23:29] Traveling and experiences can be life changing. You can only go as deep as you’ve been yourself.
  • [24:40] Why being inside your own head is scary and why finding the right key can serve other people

Contact Ben Kissam:
The Coach K Show  
Facebook
Instagram

Jan 24, 2017

Are you knocking on the door of achievement, or just taking a back seat hoping and waiting? Well, we think Coach K can help you eliminate self-sabotage and enable you with the power to achieve your goals.

Today’s guest is Ben Kissam, otherwise known as Coach K.

Personal coach. Bestselling author. And the creator of the Coach K Show, we had a blast chatting with Ben as he was about to embark on his crazy European journey from his Boston patio (literally, you can hear some birds chirping). 

  • [00:50] What makes Ben a #CreativeHustler? He's a personal coach, podcaster, writer, published author, and traveler focused on goal achievement and mindset. He helps his clients find strategies it to achieve goals. 
  • [4:15] Ben is on a mission to eliminate self-sabotage. To eliminate that little voice within that says you're incompetent. When he was young, achievement become a club he couldn’t get into, a door he couldn’t break through. Self-sabotage is the mental side. If 1% of you is resisting change, that 1% is going to stop you from accomplishing what you want. It's about consistency, setting up a sustainable plan, and enjoying the process. 
  • [6:57] Ben’s Morning Routine. Now, this is impressive. Ben wakes up at 4:30 am every morning and writes 2000 words or for 2 hours. Why, you ask? Good question.  
  • [17:05] 12 cities in 6-7 weeks in Europe. As a coach, he feels he need to stay to his clients by understanding what it's like to be in the trenches and practice what you preach. This trip is to actively guide his own achievements and to grow the personal development within himself. 
  • While Ben is traveling around Europe and Thailand he's staying connected with his clients by using Skype international.
  • Big fan of Evernote, Ben refers to Evernote as an extension of his brain. He uses it for pretty much everything. Remember this is the guy who writes 2000 words or for 2 hours every morning 
  • Ben leveraged his social media network by meeting friends. Of the 17 out of 40 nights in Europe are free because he connected with someone via social media. Way to use your network! Nice work. 
  • When Ben's 30,000 feet in the air w/ no wifi and no in-seat entertainment he breaks out the notebook and does guided writing exercises.
  • Ben is a HUGE meal time planner and religious with his workout regiment. He preps his meals for the week so he doesn't take time away from his work. But Ben is backpacking around Europe and SouthEast Asia for 5 months. How is he going to you balance meal and workout time while traveling? 
  • [32:25] We asked ben how he traveling and experiencing different cities and countries and immersing himself in other cultures will impact him as a creative and global entrepreneur
  • He has one philosophy about this that's guiding him through his travels … You can only go as deep as you’ve been yourself.
  • [39:32] How is Ben staying centered as an entrepreneur? To him, the goal of achievement is to express who you are. It doesn’t matter how high you climb until you’re okay with yourself. He feels as though there is a cConstant controlled chaos inside of him. 

Contact Ben Kissam:
The Coach K Show
Facebook
Instagram

Jan 19, 2017

Grant Cooper is from Philly. He’s the Ceo of a digital agency named social vantage. He started his business with his best friend in college 3 - 4 years ago. Grant is 23 years old. DAMN - Good job, my friend.

  • [00:40] Grant is an unbelievable ball of energy, holy awesome!
  • [3:19] If you’re healthy, it’s basically your obligation to get up in the morning, inspire, and get shit done.
  • Making good habits and surrounding yourself with good people
  • [5:35] The idea of meditation rooms becoming mainstream
  • [13:48] The importance of having a creative outlet. Grants creative outlet is picking up his canon 70d camera. That said, your creative outlet could be anything from nature, hiking, painting, videos, yoga, weight lifting, photography, etc.
  • [8:19] Grant uses Headspace to balance. Headspace is an app that’s come up quite a bit on The Creative Hustler. Even just a quick 10 minute session after a bad call or meeting helps keep him in the right mindset.
  • [9:07] Let’s just say there were neutral spaces for meditation with no premeditated agenda. Thoughts, Creative Hustlers?
  • [6:24] Even to get physically fit you have to make a mental decision
  • [20:00] Grant travels quite a bit. He’s learned how to adapt and understand people and different cultures. This has has a huge impact on his professional career because it’s taught him how to change messaging for different locations.
  • [21:13] And the segment that Melissa was so adamant about not recording because she thought we did already… how to pack clothes for travel… do you know how to fold your suit jacket on the go!
  • [21:29] The abrupt wrap up… who’s pea and who’s nut!
  • [22:13] Melissa’s moment of hustle

Contact info for Grant Cooper:
grant.cooper@socialvantage.com
Socialvantage.com

 

Jan 17, 2017

What's up, Creative Hustlers!?! Today we’ll be talking with Grant Cooper, the CEO of Social Vantage Media, a digital media agency he started with his best friend in college. Grant is an entrepreneur, hockey aficionado and all around creative hustler from Philadelphia.

[00:52] What makes Grant a Creative Hustler? 

  • [1:48] Grant’s morning inspiration comes from being healthy and knowing his loved ones are healthy. He believes it’s your duty to get up in the morning and inspire others and get shit done. Making good habits and surrounding yourself with good people
  • [3:47] Grants creative outlet is his canon 70d camera or his g7x. He just gets up and starts taking shots. From inside his apartment and around the city.
  • [4:43] If inspiration doesn’t come, which rarely happens to Grant, he watches videos on YouTube of inspirational entrepreneurs and ted talks
  • [6:55] Vince Lombardi - “Winners never quit and quitters never win”
  • [13:42] Grant has found some great success with Teamwork, a project management tool perfect for his on-the-go team.
  • As a kid, he traveled quite a bit. He’s also learning some interesting tricks. Like, how to Learn How to Pack a Suit Like a Road Warrior. Haha!
  • [25:10] This next point Grant brings up is super interesting. Grant believes that the next big industry focus is going to be the mental health industry and meditation… just like you see a gym or physical fitness spot around, you’re going to start seeing meditation spots. Interesting topic indeed.
  • [31:40] Balance is in the eye of the beholder - how Grant stays balance as a #CreativeHustler 
  • [38:25] All of his travel and experiences has helped Grant realize a few things about his business. One of those things being that each audience is different and you can not put the same message in front of every audience and expect the same results.  

Contact info from Grant Cooper:
grant.cooper@socialvantage.com
Socialvantage.com

Jan 12, 2017

As Managing Partner at Resound Creative, Mike Jones is focused on aligning business, personal, and creative goals to foster amazing experiences for himself and the clients he serves.  

We sat down with Mike Jones, Managing Partner at Resound Creative. Mike is focused on aligning business, personal, and creative goals to foster amazing experiences for himself and the clients he serves….

Here’s the best of our hour-plus long conversation recapped by Steven, Alan, and Melissa.

  • [3:02] Wife and kids inspire him to get up every morning. Like many of us, we strive to be able to put food on the table and a roof over our heads using our creativity.
  • [5:37] The importance of a side hustle, tips for making side cash, and Melissa's bad driving record. 
  • [7:47] Mike’s love for history becomes his side hustle. Taftly.com is his t-shirt line based on unsung heroes of American history and depicting their obscure historical trivia.
  • [15:41] Melissa has one hand in her Pocket and the other one is giving a high five. (haha)
    1. smart phone app
    2. Chrome extension
  • [20:22] Melissa's Moment of Hustle

Mike Jones contact info:

Twitter @remarkamike

Resoundcreative.com

Taftly.com

Jan 10, 2017

What’s Up, Creative Hustlers!?

Today’s episode is essentially all about commitment as an entrepreneur and creative hustler.

As Managing Partner at Resound Creative, Mike Jones is focused on aligning business, personal, and creative goals to foster amazing experiences for himself and the clients he serves.  

We sat down with Mike from our studio in San Diego while he was at his co-working spot Max 7 in Phoenix Az.

Here’s the best of our hour+ long conversation.  

  • [1:05] What makes him a #CreativeHustler
  • [6:15] Wife and kids inspire him to get up every morning. Like many of us, we strive to be able to put food on the table and a roof over our head using our creativity.
  • [9:00] As a frustrated jazz musician myself, I appreciate his take on how to find inspiration when you’re not in the mood or just feeling off.
  • [11:55] Favorite quote: “don’t half-ass two things when you can whole-ass one thing” - Ron Swanson
  • [13:20] Check out Tafley.com, Mike’s latest t-shirt line based on unsung heroes of American history
  • [16:40] What’s inside Mike’s mobile office?
  • [23:00] Mike’s struggle, yet success with consuming content and reading
  • [26:08] Check out Mike’s digital tools he can’t live without (Google Drive, Slack, Asana Task Management, Trello)
  • [31:30] Mike’s life might end if he can’t play with Pocket (haha)
  • [34:00] Melissa once again proclaims her love of Follow Up Then
  • [36:48] Airbnb or Hotel for Mike Jones?
  • [41:45] Mike’s tips for always staying connected with Wifi
  • [43:40] How to grow an agency and be successful working out of a coworking spot
  • [46:55] Mike’s worst travel moments. Nothing disastrous, but my back is itchy
  • [51:08] This is what Mike does when he’s 30,000ft in the air with no wifi or in-seat entertainment

Mike Jones contact info:
Twitter @remarkamike
Resoundcreative.com
Taftly.com

Jan 5, 2017

What’s Up, Creative Hustlers!?

We're starting off the year with a 3oz or less episode to set our intentions with you for the upcoming year.

Living intentionally is a big part of our #CreativeHustler lifestyle, so who would we be if we're not truthful and authentic about what we want for this year?

That's why for 2017 we're setting 17 Intentions and we'd like to share those intentions with you.

In 2017, we Intend to:

  1. Be happier (efficient, balanced etc…)  as a husband/wife team. [0:57]
  2. Be more creative [2:40]
  3. Be more spontaneous [3:20]
  4. Be more spiritual [3:56]
  5. Be more loving [4:57]
  6. Be more understanding [5:56] 
  7. Be more efficient with our time and resources [6:47]
  8. Be more empathetic to those less fortunate [9:04]
  9. Be smarter with money and spending [11:03]
  10. Be open to opportunities that we would have shunned in the past [11:36]
  11. Get rid of all the negative people, space, and time sucks in our life [12:05]
  12. Sweat more [13:41]
  13. Explore California, there is so much to see [14:53]
  14. Be more focused [15:11]
  15. Make stricter deadlines on projects [16:38]
  16. Be a dreamer, but be a doer [17:04]
  17. Help you with your goals, aspirations, and dreams [17:15]
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