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The Impact Entrepreneur

Mike Flynn takes you behind closed doors and invites you into his conversations with game changing entrepreneurs. These conversations go beyond success and failure, beyond product or service or platform, to uncover what is really behind the decisions these entrepreneurs make and what IMPACT they hope to have in the world.
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Nov 27, 2017

Blake Jamieson grew up in a creative and artistic household, but he had convinced himself that art wasn’t a viable career path. He worked as a digital marketer for eight years until, just a few years ago, he quit to follow his passion – and stop using his skills to build other people’s dreams.

 

Now Blake is an entrepreneur and an artist. He didn’t have a plan, but he needed a change.

 

During the transition, relationships were everything. “I think the way I was able to transition from a digital marketing nerd to an artist has all just been because of the relationships that I’ve built,” whether those are relationships with other creatives, entrepreneurs, or patrons.

 

Blake’s relationship with himself has also changed dramatically. “I’ve gotten a lot better at self-talk, getting myself ready for the day, and keeping myself accountable (because no one else is doing it).”

 

I believe that we are the ones who are accountable for our choices, and one of the most powerful choices that an entrepreneur, artist, or parent can make is how they talk to themselves about what they are capable of achieving.

 

“I do not have to follow a traditional artist’s path to be a successful artist.”

 

For Blake to achieve his desired reality, painting every day, he had to forge a new path – one that strayed from the traditional artist’s path.

 

Blake’s unique path is creating art for businesses, and he promotes himself through social media, primarily LinkedIn. And, really, LinkedIn is about as unconventional as it gets in the art world.

 

None of us have to follow the paths forged by others – we can all take action, make ourselves more accountable, and treat our ventures as art so that we can achieve the impact we want to have in the world.

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Nov 20, 2017

Rebecca Jackson grew up in a family of self-taught artists, with diverse backgrounds – the intersection of Midwestern fiddle jams and South Korean karaoke.

 

Music has given Rebecca a lot over the years, and now she is using music as a tool to give back as Co-Founder of Sound Impact, a collective of musicians dedicated to serving communities and igniting positive change in the U.S. and abroad through live performances, educational programs, and creative collaborations.

 

Rebecca is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Music in May, an annual festival serving the Santa Cruz community with chamber music, and a violinist with the Ensemble in San Francisco, a collective of talented Bay Area musicians who make chamber music hip again.

 

Learning to play music taught Rebecca many valuable lessons as a child, all of which helped her get to where she is today:

 

  • Humility. “You never stop growing. You always have something more to learn.”
  • Teamwork. “You’re not the only voice and you have to learn to play together to create a collective, beautiful sound.”
  • Perseverance. “Because some days are tough and you just have to keep on going, and trust the process and your teacher.”
  • Communication. Learning to have a stage presence teaches both verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
  • Mentorship. The student-teacher relationship is really important in learning music, and it’s a good introduction to the idea that there’s always someone to learn more from.

 

Sound Impact

 

Rebecca Co-Founded Sound Impact because she believes music is an incredibly powerful tool for changing, healing, and uniting communities. It’s so much more than notes on a page – it’s capable of bridging nationalities, religions, and ideologies.

 

Rebecca has used music to honor Holocaust survivors, unite refugees, and empower children. She’s very much creating a positive Sound Impact in communities all around the world.

 

Below you can watch a video of Sound Impact playing “Haim” by Polina Nazaykinskaya. Rebecca commissioned this piece to remember the incredible life of David Arden, the sole survivor of his family during the holocaust and one of Rebecca’s mentors.

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Nov 13, 2017

Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked to some incredible warriors with powerful stories and huge hearts. I’ve come up with three things that I’m going to do to help me develop a warrior’s heart, and I hope you’ll join me.

 

I’m also going to challenge all of you to share how these Warriors have encouraged you:

  • Create an Instagram story sharing how any of the guests I’ve had on my show have impacted you.
  • Tag me: @theimpactmike

 

  1. Find mentors – Each of our guests developed strong relationships with mentors from an early age, and continue to cultivate those kinds of relationships to this very day. Mentors matter because they can accelerate your success, and they can do that in three ways:
    1. Showing you the path.
    2. Helping you understand and adapt to the environment.
    3. Quickly identifying opportunities and threats.

 

  1. Don’t fall victim to the “comparison conundrum” – Each of our journeys is intensely personal, and it’s because of that very fact that we need to fight the tendency to compare ourselves or our experiences to others. Comparison will do nothing but steal our joy. Here’s how we can kick that habit to the curb:
    1. Choose to – because our choices are incredibly powerful.
    2. Develop greater self-awareness so we can easily identify situations that may cause us to compare ourselves or our experiences to others.
    3. Practice gratitude, because it kills negativity.
    4. Begin taking inventory of our skills. We all possess talents and strengths, and they don’t have to be huge things.
    5. Embrace imperfection.
    6. Enjoy the journey! When you’re fully present in the moment, you’re able to enjoy the process of growth.

 

  1. Say NO to the comfort zone – You don’t have to be the biggest person or the smartest person, but you do have to have what Jason Redman calls a “No Quit Attitude.” You must drive forward, find a way to accomplish your mission, reach your goal, and never quit. We all want to be confident, but the only way we can develop our confidence and grow is if we take action, try new things, embrace failure, and learn from it. It’s only in the possibility for failure that you’ll find the possibility for incredible amounts of success, growth, and development.

 

In the next episode, we’ll be starting The Creative Mindset Series, which will feature some incredibly talented artists and musicians from a variety of mediums. You’ll learn a tremendous amount about entrepreneurship by hearing how they approach and deploy their craft on a daily basis.

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Previous episodes in The Warrior’s Heart series:

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Nov 6, 2017

Carey Lohrenz grew up in a high-performing military family. Her dad was a former United States Marine Corps aviator, and she grew up hoping to be an “awesome warrior aviator just like him.”

 

When Carey grew up, she achieved her dream – she became the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy.

 

Today, Carey is a speaker and author who inspires others to do more by sharing the fundamentals that helped her achieve success in the cockpit at Mach 2.

 

Carey never accepted the notion that she wasn’t capable of anything, although people didn’t expect much from her. Her family was told, repeatedly, that she would live a very limited life because she was born without fully-formed hips.

 

Carey spent the first two years of her life in a plaster cast, but her family persisted until, against the odds, she was able to walk.

 

“When you’re growing up and you see pictures of yourself and hear stories of how many people said you weren’t ever going to be capable of anything, it’s going to do one of two things: it’ll either break you or light a fire under your tail.” –Carey Lohrenz

 

In Carey’s book, Fearless Leadership: High Performance Lessons From the Flight Deck, she she walks readers through the three fundamentals a leader must possess to exhibit real fearlessness: courage, tenacity, and integrity.

 

Developing those fundamentals requires action. High achievers aren’t just lucky – they try and try again, even when they’re stuck. Simply stated, “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”

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We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs.

 

Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.

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