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The Creative Hustler Podcast celebrates the creative entrepreneur lifestyle by taking a peek into how the most successful and creative badasses stay balanced while growing their businesses, traveling the world, and attempting to enjoy every moment of the journey.
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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]
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

 
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