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Just Keep Learning Podcast

Justin Nolan, JustTries

The Mission of Just Keep Learning Podcast is to combine entertainment with education to help people learn in the real world. Host Justin (Aka @JustTries) interviews experts in their field. The goal is to help you learn how to succeed by hearing from others about business, vulnerability, dreaming big, and growth mindset.

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Just Keep Learning Podcast Episode 0 JustTries
20-08-2020
Just Keep Learning Podcast Episode 0 JustTries
Everyone has the ability to chase their dreams. Yet, we let so many things get in the way.Everyone has the ability to be a great teacher. Yet, we overcomplicate.If you are listening to this right now, thank you. Contrary to popular belief, the most difficult thing in starting a show is not getting started. It’s getting people to know about it. If you like learning, growth mindset and vulnerability, then this podcast is for you! Welcome to the trailer for The Just Keep Learning Podcast, I’m your host, Justin aka (@JustTries).All of our guests are great role models in their field. We interview many of the greats when it comes to podcasting, community management, social media, digital products, online marketing, memberships, blogging and more...By listening wherever you are, at whatever speed you’d like you can learn how to pursue online business for yourself.Check out some of these gems from upcoming episodes:Amy Blaschka - “Everyone is a leader. Everyone can be a leader. It’s really about how you move through life.”Jacob Kelly - “Everyone tends to be their most P-R’d version of themselves on social media. We curate what we decide to share. Although we are starting to see a shift.”Irina Buse - “Yea I did my job, but I was never the best. I did what I had to do. But the system is very good at telling you that if you’re not good at everything then you are no good.”Jordan Paris - “The goal should always be to find evidence that disconfirms your most cherished beliefs and those of others, that is true science. Confirmation bias, that’s what we’re fighting here.”Karla Gregg - “If you put different skills, something you’re good at and something someone else is good at, it’s going to be a power team So yeah, I definitely believe in collaboration.Buster Scher - “I think everybody, at a very young age, knows what they love. Now, most people don’t think they know what they love. But whatever you spend the most time doing, that’s what you love!”Our biggest challenge is to make sure that this show gets to the people who need it most. If you know anyone with an interest in learning, or starting their own online business, please pass it along, subscribe, and leave a review.We don’t have any outside sponsors yet. So, if you would like to support the show follow @JustTries, or go to justkeeplearning.ca and check out our content and coaching to help you crush your own goals!FOLLOW JUSTIN (@JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caPinterest - JKL PinterestFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting Community
Jennifer Sutto on Blockchain, NFTs and Creating In Web 3
23-06-2022
Jennifer Sutto on Blockchain, NFTs and Creating In Web 3
Jenny is someone who really understands how to pivot, keep learning and capitalize on new opportunities. She is great at understanding the creative and design process as it relates to creating content and business goals. She has built many different versions of her own personal brand. She’s written books, created podcasts, built e-commerce stores and more.She is a tremendous example of building trust with your audience by being true to yourself. Alongside her sister she has successfully built a number of different followings by focusing on camaraderie and serving her audience.We talked a lot about how she first got into business. Even though she went to college and has worked corporate 9 to 5’s she had a feeling that she wanted to be an entrepreneur. A mentor helped her make that decision by telling her to believe in herself, take the jump and build a parachute on the way down.She has a strength of identifying trends and deciding to double down on areas that are currently working. This goes for social media success, as well as entrepreneurship. She and her sister, Stephanie leveraged social media to scale a successful glitter, ecommerce business. At the same time she knows how to prioritize, because she retired from Tik Tok, their most lucrative platform to focus full time on NFT’s and Twitter. While it might seem like NFT’s have been around for a while because they became such a viral buzzword in the last year, they are still in early stages of adoption. Yet, she has been active in this aspect of Web 3 for quite some time. Jenny is building a successful brand tied to the blockchain and is both an avid collector and content creator in the space. She shares about how she got into NFTs through dapper labs NBA Topshot. We talked about Web3 definitions, like NFT, blockchain and acronyms such as “WAGMI”. We also got into her current take on the NFT market, how she evaluates projects and what she predicts in the future of the space. Jenny shared all about the possibilities that Non Fungible Tokens bring beyond just the art. There are monetary, investment vehicles, as well as simply proof of ownership, status symbols, access, and membership. We also discussed the NFT podcast she co-hosts and whether or not she has plan to build her own project in the future. Chatting about the possible negatives of the space, and her worries and fears was valuable as well, especially as it relates to safety and security.She is skilled in the area of social media, as a content creator, brand ambassador, and influencer marketing. She has experience from both sides of the equation. She has built her own audience, as well as supported her sister and other clients in building theirs, while securind brand deals. But, through her time working with Evaluate Market, she has also developed the skill set of searching for and providing brand deals to influencers.In this episode of Just Keep Learning, we talk about education and Jenny talks about how she did go to college. While she sees some benefit to formal schooling, she felt like she was mostly going through the motions. The goal was pretty much to get the credits and move on. Outside of school however, she loves to learn and has developed a passion for self learning, especially in business. This is why she knew ultimately she wanted to be her own boss.Safe to say that Jennifer Sutto, AKA Jenny From The Blockchain is a great leader online. She builds cool communities and would be a great mentor to those looking to scale their own dreams in the digital world. Hope you enjoy the episode!7 Tips For Creating Content To Build Your BusinessFind out what is fun for you, what are you good at, or enjoy that you can create?Make sure you won’t give up, what would you post about everyday without wanting to give up?What audience could your serve? Or what problem could you solve?Find some inspiration and take note of a few styles of content you would like to create.Don’t just create a broad platform at first. Be niche specific in the beginning as you train the algorithm to know what you are all about and build the right audience for you.Build community, interact by going live, create engagement opportunities with contest, giveaways, and comments. Get feedback and create more of what serves people best.Give it time, stay consistent, and give it time.Memorable Quotes“Sometimes you just have to jump without a parachute and figure it out along the way, especially for young people.”“I just like doing what's fun in life. This is literally your life. If you're working at a job that you don't like you could just quit and get another one. It's not that hard, but people make it hard on themselves, they create these mental roadblocks.”“I kind of worry for some people that get enticed by the idea of making money in the NFT space, rushing into things, focusing on money, and not worrying about passwords, or security.”Guest BioJennifer Sutto went from serving in a restaurant to speaking on stages and being well known in the creative, social media and entrepreneurial space. Her business journey took off when she and her sister went to a festival and found a problem in the market for party-goers.They created their own formula for glitter gel that doesn’t budge once it dries. They went viral on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram over the years as “the glitter twins” and scaled their ecommerce business to 5 figures in a couple years, without paid ads.This early success allowed her to get more serious about business and she started focusing on participating in entrepreneurship conferences and events as she figured out what she would like to focus on next. She realized this is a never ending process and as such has many different business ventures.She is currently working on a personal brand, Jenny From The Blockchain, where she serves her audience with content about Web and NFTS. She is also an author, speaker and content creator teaching people about marketing, social media and business.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW JennyTwitter -  @JennyFromTheBlockchain FOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group -  JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499
Kelsey Cole on Mental Health, Marketing and Building An NFT Empire
27-05-2022
Kelsey Cole on Mental Health, Marketing and Building An NFT Empire
Kelsey Cole is another incredible example of putting values first when determining what to do in life. But, it wasn’t easy. It took a battle with mental illness and an existential crisis to bring about the change in career path that got her to where she is today. With a lot of experience in modern entrepreneurship and marketing, as well as life event’s she is a great mentor and role model.At the heart of Kelsey’s work is a strong desire to help people, especially women, become financially independent and empowered to live their best lives. Whatever that may be for  you specifically, because everyone has a different answer. We discuss the struggle between being a starving artist to focus with conviction on your passion versus maintaining your nine to five job. Kelsey shares her own path to going from corporate job to starting a company. Kelsey demonstrates great bravery in the world of business. She focuses her energy in making entrepreneurship a positive space as it relates to women’s rights and mental health. In this episode she opens up about her own struggles with working in make dominated fields. As a busy person in both social media management, and cryptocurrency, she has seen her fair share of rude and innapropriate men.She does not go into detail, but it’s worth noting that it may be upsetting for some people to hear about the things that motivate her. She is in many ways motivated by negative experiences that led her to really appreciate and advocate for the Me Too Movement. Her own abuse and traumatic events have really been a foundation for the good she tries to bring to the world.Kelsey explains how being thorough and skeptical can really be a positive for entrepreneurs. If you have the right team and the right goals and action steps then not only will the work be more enjoyable, but it will be more successful. It also allows us to make sure that we are building things the right way. We want to make sure we trust things that we attach our names to. We don’t want to be known for being part of the snake oil that so often exists online.Naturally, learning was a big theme that ran through the episode. Kelsey shared her formal education experience. But she also mentioned that she prefers to self learn, and there is a learning style for everyone. She personally loves to stay up to date with the news cycle, especially in business and finance. This comes from a tip from her father that everything you need to know about the market’s can be traced back to the news, for better, or worse.In this episode of Just Keep Learning, Kelsey shares the definition of cryptocurrency, blockchain and the future of NFT’s. She also talks about building an empire, as opposed to a project in her efforts to build Yondomondo. There’s nothing to say that any NFT initiative will succeed, but at least she is trying to build a media empire through Web3 characters. She talks about how to start your own project, collaboration, and the importance of learning throughout the process. Marketing, whether it is for personal brands, companies, shows, or projects all comes down to the same thing. It comes down to serving first. Give, give, give, give give. If you provide value as your main focus, the money will follow. Build community, build your tribe and you will reap the rewards in the best way possible. Kelsey shared that cheat code to success and many others in this incredible episode of Just Keep Learning. Hope you like it! 8 Things To Keep In Mind As A FounderGive, give, give. In all aspects of your journey, never forget to be generous.Join a team first. It doesn’t need to be a long time, but working within another team is a great first step because you can learn so much from other founders.Build an engaged, family-like community.Focus on emotional connection, service, learning from your audience and bringing value.Identify your strengths and double down on them by making sure they are a big part of your daily effortIdentify your weaknesses and make sure you have people on your team that can compliment because they are strengths for them.Time is money, so find your one thing, your focus and manage your time to ensure the greatest impact.Build an empire, not just a product, project, or service, by focusing on trust, goodwill and karma over time.Memorable Quotes“Give. Give. Give. Give. Give. Serve first and you will reap the rewards”“Don’t ask me what I do? Ask me why I get up in the morning?”“When you show off the wrong things you become a target of negative energy. Be a good person and be humble throughout your journey to success.”Guest BioKelsey’s expertise is in taking complex ideas, and turning them into beloved brands that speak for themselves. She uses design and communication to open hearts and minds. The agency she co founded MVM Media provides lifestyle clients, events, and tech startups with digital ad campaigns. They’ve spent millions on behalf of clients, and made 10s of millions for clients online.She has incredible experience having worked with brands like The Grammys, Tesla, Blockworks, TIFF, the United Nations, To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science, Fable Home, Blume, bluboho, Coal & Canary, The Arrivals, Flutter, Are You Am I, Everyday Sunday, Wildcraft, ANACT, the Woobles and Hero Health.Her early career involved marketing and advertisement for some of the world’s most recognizable brands (L'Oreal, Red Bull, Revlon) before she moved to the start up world. She got very involved in the Silicon Valley scene and saw the decentralization of the startup community as an opportunity to open her own boutique marketing agency.She is an Entrepreneur, Investor, Speaker & Women's Rights Activist, who is also regarded as a pioneer in the blockchain space. Charitably, she works closely with the United Nation's partnership office establishing programs between the private sector, global governments and NGOs to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals with a primary focus on achieving SDG #5, Gender Equality.She has a goal to raise awareness for the SDGs by engaging the world's biggest brands and tech companies to put real business dollars in their own enterprises towards innovation that fuels collective good.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW KelseyLinkedIn - Kelsey ColeTwitter -  TheKelseyColeFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group -  JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499
Jacky Sharma on Business, Mindset And Overcoming Adversity
05-05-2022
Jacky Sharma on Business, Mindset And Overcoming Adversity
Jacky is an inspiration to people in the areas of mental health, overcoming struggles and starting internet businesses. He shares with us all about the path that it took him to go from financial and mental struggles to being succesful in both business and building a powerful mindset.One of his most resilient success stories, was coined going from “wheelchair to dream chair”. This stems from an incident where he was let go from work and amidst his struggles to cope he was involved in an accident that left him paralyzed. Even though he was the most down on his luck and in financial debt more than he had ever been, and without work, not only did he overcome the 10% chance of walking again, but he also started and scaled a successful business. This launched his passion for helping people appreciate how they can own their paycheque.Jacky shares that when he was really struggling, he was inspired by his daughter to make some changes to his own mindset. This is when he found thought gurus like Tony Robbins, Jay Shetty and John Assaraf. Learning from these three leaders about how to control your mind, emotions and achieve your dreams was a big part of turning his life around.One of the strengths he brings to the conversation of achieving your goals is entrepreneurship. He talks about getting over the money blocks that get in the way. Understanding that once you understand how much money can lead to helping more people, then you can start to push for more and more success. Maybe doesn’t buy happiness, but the things that you can do with it can help make you and others happier.Jacky got into social media a lot later than many people do, but in a short time he has grown quite a loyal following. So, talking all about business, how to get into content creation, building attention and monetizing your work in a simple way was a big focus of our conversation.  It can be difficult to summarize such great conversations. Throughout the episode we talked a lot about loss, mindset, collaboration and how to be a successful entrepreneur. No doubt his life experience, while at many times challenging, has become an inspiration to many. 8 Ways To Build Your Own Dream Chair As An EntrepreneurLive with gratitude for the past, present and future, so that you can maintain the mindset that the ups and downs of this life are not happening to you, rather they are happening for you.Do the hard work of building your tribe and nurturing that community like a family.Always be kind and generous to people you meet because networking is key.Don’t be afraid to ask questions and find support. Whether hired coaches, or free mentors and heroes, be sure to gain guidance from people who have been there before.Surround yourself with people pursuing similar goals and values, which will boost your own ideas, motivation and energy.Be consistent. It doesn’t matter so much what you could possibly do, what matters is that you do complete the most important things regularly. Maintain your purpose and remove limiting beliefs by having a very intrinsic, “why” that is important to you.Collaboration is the key to success. No matter the business model, or what you create, working on projects big, or small with others will help you prevent procrastination, be accountable and increase creativity.Memorable Quotes“Having a vision is not about perfection. It's about getting started.”“Life is not happening to you. It's happening for you.”“If you spend half an hour every single day before going to bed, building your side hustle for next 30, 60 or 90 days, I will guarantee you you will have a business in three months.”Guest BioPublished a few times in Forbers Magazine, Jaikishaan Sharma is often better known as “Jacky”. He is founder and CEO of Sharmaatricks which connects individuals interested in online business to learn and support one another. The company also connects people to money making opportunities online with the goal of helping them grow their own home based business.. Jacky also co founded an oil and perfume product line called J’YUG Australia, which sells fragrances online in the form of lotions, perfume, cologne, candles, mists and more. This was a perfect example of him combining his interest in scents with a passion for business and rolling it out.Jacky has more than 15 years of experience in sales and marketing, and has enjoyed many executive positions throughout his career. He has worked for Australis top Energy Providers, he was CEO of successful Direct Sales Agency in Australia and started a few of his own businesses.But in 2015, Jaikishaan hit rock-bottom when he made into an accident and got bound to the wheelchair. During this time he grew to appreciate the saying “The brighter the light, the darker the shadows.” You can go one of two ways. Either dwell in your darkness, or be inclined to spread as much light as you can.After going through severe depression, anxiety and stress, he decided to defy the odds. He started working on his mindset and belief system which helped him to get back on his feet in 2019. Jaikishaan took his first step in front of the same doctors who told him he has only 10% chance to walk again. Now he runs his successful businesses and helps hundreds of hardworking people around the world create their own financial freedom.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW Jacky:LinkedIn - JaikishaanSharmaInstagram - @jaikishaansharmaFacebook - Jaikishaan Sharma
Jordan Elizabeth Gelber on Acting, Entrepreneurship, and Achieving Your Dreams
16-04-2022
Jordan Elizabeth Gelber on Acting, Entrepreneurship, and Achieving Your Dreams
Jordan, aka Jordie Starbaby talks about breaking free of the traditional career mindset. She mentions one of her favorite lines from a movie is “you don’t come here to get jobs, you come here to create them.” It was this mindset that has led Jordan to being that badass boss beauty type throughout her entire career.She talks about growing up with a few childhood challenges. WIth regards to mental health, she battled depression and being able to maintain attention in school. Like anyone with a silver lining mindset though, she maintains that these struggles have built a lot of her character. Much of her attitude also came from being an only child, moving as a kid and the bullying that came along with simply trying to fit in at school.Jordan shared all about the school for performing arts that she attended. This school required a lot of sacrifice and commitment to attend because it was hours away. But, it was a huge factor in her development of creative confidence, an increasing interest in the arts and most importantly healthy social interactions. She made more friends and realized maybe she wasn’t the outcast that she thought she was at her homeschool. She also has a strong appreciation for the glaring differences between education and learning.She is an incredible role model for anyone interested in building a business, or storytelling. On the entrepreneurial side of her life, she has created her own fashion shows, social media marketing services, and media distribution platforms. On the more traditional art side she is a credited actor, writer and producer of both film and theater.Making the move from rural Connecticut to the big apple was one of those fairytale stories of focus for someone who loves to shine under the bright lights. There’s no doubt that she will keep busy building more and more business and creative ventures. But, the most exciting part is that she’s always open to helping others achieve their big dreams too. One of her areas of expertise is in making social media and content creation simple for people who are both new and experienced. She listed the reasons she likes and dislikes the most popular social media platforms and shared a case study of why it’s so valuable to invest time on LinkedIn especially today.Expertise doesn't have to be limited to business tips. Throughout the episode Jordan gave some amazing insight into dealing with a scattered mind. She shared some of her tips and tricks for keeping your ideas in check and making progress when you start to feel overwhelmed. 10 Ways To Prevent Feeling OverwhelmedSeek help if you need it. There is no weakness in going to therapy. Counseling and coaching can be proactive medicine as part of a self care routine.Accept that a certain level of depression and attention deficit can be a normal part of your character. But, also appreciate that there are actions specific to you that you can take to give yourself the best chance of thriving, not just surviving.Be proactive when planning ahead. Think in terms of projects and steps. Chunk larger tasks into smaller steps by working backwards from the end goal and work only on the next step at a time.Write down your ideas. Not because it’s a to-do list, or a diary, or a checklist per se, but simply because taking things into the physical written world helps to de clutter your mind.Create and use your second brain. This one is about writing, or typing things into action boards, checklists, and spreadsheets to keep track of your most important plans and data.Don’t rely on motivation, or energy. Instead rely on clarity, systems and habits in order to get your most valuable, high priority work done. Don’t worry about the other stuff.Make your systems visible. If it’s a goal board, save it on the background of your phone. A habit chart should be on a wall that’s visible multiple times per day. If you are creating a couple of “to-do” items for the day, put them on sticky notes.Celebrate small victories and accomplishments. The joy can not be in the final destination. You must find ways like checking things off, or scrapping your sticky notes, or ringing a bell, or dancing to a song every time you make the smallest of milestones so that you celebrate the entire process toward the end goal of your projects.Build a routine and daily schedule that keeps you on task and not confused about what you are supposed to be working on. This starts with selecting the right priority and setting your schedule accordingly.Find personal time for you, where you can check out of the project. When you are at work, be fully at work. When you are at play, or with friends and family, be fully present there. The idea of “balance” is a myth. Be fully unbalanced toward your current priority in the moment. Memorable Quotes“Starting a business is not for the faint of heart. A lot of people have glamorized being an entrepreneur without intake on what it means to be an entrepreneur.”“Be honest about what your goals are and what is your big picture idea? And then go backwards from there”“I like pink, but I'll punch you in the face if you mess with me, because I’m not girly, but I’m not a tomboy.”Guest BioMost importantly she is a generous person who helps others achieve their dreams too. Jordan Elizabeth Gelber aka Jordie Starbaby is an award-winning actress, producer and creative business strategist. She is the CEO of Starbaby Enterprises, a marketing and production firm specializing in creating and curating content at a grassroots level. Beyond formal experience she is a creative storyteller and social media guru.Starbaby Enterprises has a highly selective client roster, geared towards young and experienced professionals in both the entertainment and creative industries, and beyond. Jordan has personally launched several startups, working directly with CEOs, and expanding their businesses from $1K-$2M in 6 months through the power of content creation and digital marketing.Additionally, Jordan and has produced several original productions yielding over 20 million international viewers.  With her decade of experience in Digital Marketing and content creation, combined with the power of Linkedin and social media outreach, Jordan has scaled businesses in multiple verticals to connect to their desired marketplace, achieve more exposure, and receive funding, distribution, or sponsorship for their projects. Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW JordanLinktree - Jordie_Starbaby LinkedIn- jegelberTwitter - @jordie_starbabyInstagram - @jordie_starbabyFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group -  JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499
Sister Helen Prejean On The Death Penalty, Compassion and Lifelong Learning
28-03-2022
Sister Helen Prejean On The Death Penalty, Compassion and Lifelong Learning
Episode NotesHelen tells the story of how she first became involved in working with inmates on death row. She let’s us hear how she got to know her first few clients and how tough it was. At times Helen chokes up thinking about the things she witnessed in her career that brought her to work with many people she would get to know quite well and then have to watch them be put to death in the electric chair.Her experiences on death row lead her to a life mission of trying to abolish the death penalty. It’s the old adage that while the crimes people commit are horrendous, two wrongs don’t make a right. Furthermore, there is a deep layer of systemic racism, poverty, and mental illness that creates a socio-economic link to those who are likely to end up on death row. The fact the death penalty was such a hot topic, combined with her personal experience, Sister Helen knew it was part of her mission to write a book in order to educate the public. Dead Man Walking was not only a best selling book, but it also went on to become an academy award-winning film, and popular theater play.Helen is a great role model for creating deep, intrinsic meaning in your work. She has been working tirelessly since the 1980’s toward educating people about murder, the death penalty, and compassion. She speaks openly in the episode about her struggles while doing this line of work and shares that the most challenging hurdle was figuring out how to support victim’s families. While it has been a lifelong seesaw, with many conflicts, no one could argue that she has done absolutely incredible work to remind all of us how we should strive to live our best lives.Sister Helen is an incredible storyteller, inspirational speaker, and teacher. While we spent the majority of time discussing death row and what it takes to have compassion for someone who has committed such terrible crimes, we also touched on a number of other subjects. We talked about the importance of learning, how to help people regain their lives if they’re given a second chance after jail, and how similar we are, no matter what people see on the outside.10 Things To Keep In Mind When It Comes To CompassionWe are all 99.9% identical. This connection between people is the secret of life. It is what makes everything hum and come to life.Empathy is an appreciation for others. You can not be “in their shoes”. You haven't been through what they've been through. You can hear what they’re saying and feel with you. You can walk with them, and go through things with them.Keep your promises. Most people who require forgiveness in the first place have trouble being trustworthy. Be sure to only make promises that you can keep. Keep your work, show consistency and do not waiver as you build trust.Be unconditional in your forgiveness. The root of “forgive” is the Latin word “perdonare,” meaning “to give completely, without reservation”. There is no need to hold back. Hurtful acts and forgiveness are two separate events.Be patient in waiting for “sorry”. The forgiver chooses when they feel sorry. Everyone heals according to their own timeline. You do not choose when someone forgives you. So be prepared to wait. But you can choose to forgive others and steer toward peace immediately.Every relationship is mutual. We’re not the wonderful, generous people, forgiving the poor, weak, wounded human beings. They give us a lot too. All human exchanges provide mutual gifts in some way.Create programs, groups, classes, or partnerships that allow for people to be on a similar playing field. There is so much unlevel ground and unfair advantages in society. Given equal circumstances you would be tested in a way that would lead you to do that too. So level the playing field when you forgive and get to know someone.Rewards and punishment won’t change the root cause of behavior. We must strive to keep innocent people safe. And, we must hold people accountable. The question is “what does accountability look like?” How do we define accountability? Remember that the wrongdoing is separate from the best course of action for next steps. Everyone has a reason, but not an excuse for their behavior. Some may have a learning disability, trauma, addiction, mental illness, poverty, lack of sleep, malnutrition, or immaturity. If your brain's ability for effective judgment is impaired. It’s impaired, as simple as that.Give everyone a voice and choice. There is dignity simply in being human. Not because of any results, or circumstances. But, simply in being human we should have input into our lives and decision making.Memorable Quotes“Find work and purpose in your life and do what you love. Do what you love. Let what you love be what you do to find purpose and do what you love. Not to try to make a lot of money and all that. Do what you love.”“Over 90% of people on death row were abused as kids. I mean, that's massive. And then one day they take it out on some innocent victim.”“When people rub us the wrong way, always be asking, what am I supposed to learn? What is this life event teaching me? What can I learn from this? That's huge.”Guest BioSister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping vigorous opposition to stop executions and start societal compassion.In 1982, after moving into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans in order to live and work with the poor, Sister Helen became the spiritual advisor to death row inmates. After witnessing executions, she realized that this lethal ritual would remain unchallenged unless its secrecy was stripped away.She wrote a book, “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States”. Dead Man Walking hit the shelves when national support for the death penalty was close to 90%. The book ignited a national debate on capital punishment and inspired an Academy Award-winning movie, a play, and an opera.Sister Helen continues her work, dividing her time between educating the public, campaigning against the death penalty, counseling individual death row prisoners, and working with murder victims’ family members. She also embarked on a speaking tour that continues to this day.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW Sister HelenSr Helen Prejean Site - Sr Helen Dot OrgFacebook - SisterHelenPrejeanTwitter - @HelenPrejeanInstagram - @helenprejean FOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group -  JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499
Rick Kitagawa On Course Creation, Business And Creative Confidence
19-03-2022
Rick Kitagawa On Course Creation, Business And Creative Confidence
Rick Kitagawa is considered an Inner Monster Wrangler. According to his experiences, his greatest strength is helping people wrangle that monster that holds us all back. He is great at helping people with imposter syndrome and achieving their big dreams. He coaches leaders, entrepreneurs and creatives to build confidence and strategies for success.Rick shares a bit about his upbringing and how it might not exactly be what people would think. We also touch on the debate about whether people should go to college, or not. Over the years, whether in business, social, or art, he has gone from scared of being judged, to being completely open about his own successes and failures.In this episode, we talked about content creation, especially when it comes to building courses and educational material. We discuss confidence, creativity, building business and how to stop stealing dreams from people. With so much experience and an appreciation for all forms of creativity and lifelong learning, Rick Kitigawa is the perfect JKL guest.Rick is a founder, speaker, NFT creator, business consultant, storyteller and artist. He is the type of person that will help make anyone’s life better just by working with him in any capacity. Just an all around really good person. Keep These Things In Mind When Creating Content And CoursesThere are a ton of snake oil salesmen in the online business world. But this is no reason to give up on your dream of being an educational leader in online business. It is important that we have more good people creating courses and content now more than ever before. Here are some things to keep in mind when creating your own business courses and content: Give it away. Give away ninety plus percent of your effort. The more we serve, the more we will get in return, but only if we truly serve first. Don’t stress about what to monetize, or not. Give it away and then when the time comes to build a strategy to monetize, you will know.Define what you’ll teach. We don’t have to focus on a niche in our lives overall, but being able to define a focus for what you want to teach people is really important. Each course, or mini business will have a specific focus. You can decide what your focus will be either by expertise, interests, or a combination of both.Ask your community. One of the most important ways that we can decide our vision for content we create, or products and services we sell is by asking our audience what they have questions about.People who pay are more likely to pay attention. It is really helpful to give away a lot of free content because let’s face it, the ability to learn in today’s day and age should be free. But, don’t underestimate the fact that some people need to put skin in the game in order to actually take the material, or course seriously.Have a price that suits your plan. You do not have to give into the idea that everything should be super expensive that you sell in order for it to be valued. But, it is also reasonable to have premium prices. It all comes down to knowing who you want to serve, what is the best price for them to pay and appreciating that when you take in revenue you can return it right back into surviving your community even better. So you may have a specific price plan for your customers, or you may have a value ladder that is accessible to anyone.Cater courses and content to different learning styles. Similar to the changing in price, if you want to help more people then make sure you teach with different methods. You may need to create audio, video, visual, and written content to help people learn in the way they learn best, at that moment.Engage people where they are at. Craft ways to ensure that there are equal entry points to the curriculum and content you are creating. Either split up your offers so that it is geared towards specific expertise and abilities. Or create the ability for the content to be flexible within it. Either way the progress should be individualized.Create unscalable learning moments. Synchronous learning opportunities, like real time projects, face to face meetings and live discussions may not be overly efficient when it comes to speed and convenience. But, in many cases these challenges, and peer to peer interactions are extremely valuable to the best learning. So make sure you have at least some live time opportunities and a community element. The community could exist in a group, or a channel, where people are able to work together whenever they need some peer interaction.Post clear instructions. When it comes to making sure people understand things like what your content can teach them, how to buy, how to succeed and how to follow the programs, don’t assume it is easy to figure out. Test this with your community, take constructive criticism, but more importantly, over communicate and constantly make it easier and easier for learners to succeed.Define due dates. It’s really common in such a fast pace world that we also fail to get things done on time. If you have your content and courses beautifully laid out, with clear teaching, but no due dates then it will be too easy for people to set it aside and forget about it. Even if your content is really engaging, be sure to embed deadlines that help people stay on track to the next micro goal, one at a time.Memorable Quotes“Do the hard work of building an audience.”“We see generosity as giving something away, which is good too. But, it can also be generous to charge people. For one, you honor the work by allowing yourself to continue doing this work. And two, when there's no skin in the game, no investment from the participant, they have a much higher chance of giving up, yet you know success is helpful to them.”“Coaching is so valuable because it's personalized and in real time, as opposed to having a more prescriptive tone. Podcasts, YouTube, books, they’re great. But, they're structured for many people. When I'm coming up against something personal, I'd rather have someone tailor their expertise and knowledge to me.”Guest BioRick is the founder of Kaiju Coaching. He considers himself an inner monster wrangler because he coaches leaders and creatives (which he believes includes everyone) to wrangle their Inner Monsters and transform them from fierce enemies to trusted confidants.As a visual artist, coach, entrepreneur, and professor, he has dealt a lot with Impostor Syndrome.  Pretty much everything he does requires dealing with fear, uncertainty, and the judgment of others. He built Kaiju Coaching to help others struggling with the same fears, doubts, and Inner Monsters that he’s wrestled with all his life. Rick is also a professor for traditional college focusing on similar topics with an emphasis on business for creatives.He is also Co-Founder of Spotlight Trust, a leadership development partner that helps organizations harness the power of trust to become more human, creative, adaptive, and effective. They do this through content creation, learning materials, coaching and consulting workshops to help your team develop more trust and empathy. Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW RickRick K Site - Rick K Coaching, Blog, ArtBusiness Site - Spotlight TrustTwitter - @RickKitagawaFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group -  JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! 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Parker Palmer On Being An Author And Creating Social Change
19-02-2022
Parker Palmer On Being An Author And Creating Social Change
We have so many people on this show that are passionate about helping others. But, nobody can say they have more experience with serving people than Parker Palmer. One of his core beliefs is that everyone, no matter the industry, or position should think more and more like community organizers. In this episode, we talked about privilege, educational challenges, mental health and living an undivided life. At 83 years old, Parker has a ton of wisdom to share with us about our own mortality and how to live our best life. We get into some challenging discussions on depression and the importance of finding a support system to lean on in tough times.Parker is the author of ten books. Even though his big book writing career is winding down he still hosts an author page with a huge audience. His audience tunes in daily to read his short form stories, poetry and commentary. It’s clear that Parker knows how to bring people together to make life more enjoyable and impactful. One of the most interesting things that connects Parker to the Just Keep Learning audience is his lifelong passion for staying curious. He calls it staying “baffled” and it is the foundation of all of his writing and workshops. Instead of seeking conclusions, how can we seek more questions?He has been a speaker, activist and retreat leader since he started his entrepreneurial journey. The leadership project named him one of the Top 30 Most Influential Leaders In Higher Education, based on his learning and teachings about social change. Social Impact Starts WithinParker explains how social impact really is an inside job. If we take care of ourselves first, then we will be able to help others. Reinforcing our own mindset and crafting and building our own values must come first. If we do this right, then naturally we will want to have an impact on others. We will be more motivated and capable of creating meaningful change in society. This is why it is not selfish to help yourself first.Oftentimes we think of social justice and reform as massive acts of courage. But, Parker reminds us that change truthfully happens with small, regular, meaningful acts of bravery. One such example is getting better and better at being anti-racist. As two white males a very important thing we can do is have conversations about things such as white supremacy and privilege. Having conversations and dialogue about our differences should be the main goal. Instead of always arguing over who is right and wrong, we should do the difficult internal work to be accepting of others. To embrace diversity. Parker shares a great comparison between mono culture amongst humans and crops. It is vital that we strive to be diverse, instead of the same. But, without control over our own, internal pride and emotions we can’t begin to have this conversation.Having studied societal leaders, he knows a great deal about people who choose to live a life of integrity and identity. Parker shares the term “undivided life” meaning you are fully focused on your mission.An example he gives of someone focused on their missions, is Rosa Parks. Parker realized that people who learned to pursue their main focus have recalibrated punishment and threats. They have begun to realize that the risks and pain of not pursuing their calling are greater than the possible punishment of pursuing it.Ways That We Could Improve EducationEducation is facing the time for the biggest reform in the last one hundred years. As someone who is passionate about education, Parker has seen a lot of different things come and go in the industry. Here are a few great points he makes about what would be good to see in education today.The flipped classroom. Searching for knowledge and information seeking can be done on your own time. But, when able to have time together, focus on applying the learning in ways that require collaboration, individualization and feedback.Create more cloud based schools. How can we create learning opportunities that span beyond geography. The technology exists that we can have the absolute best teachers on a subject educating from anywhere in the world. By connecting students to experts they are most interested in learning from, you have a natural, intrinsic connection to commitment and engagement.Using apprenticeships, mentorships and internships as an increasingly valid way of teaching. They shouldn’t just be add ons to the things we learn. Instead, for those who learn well in this environment, we should use it as a primary educational tool.Understanding the difference between the mind and the brain. We all have a brain, but we all have very different minds. How can we as educators, parents and coaches learn to provide opportunities for all types of minds. Intelligence comes in many forms and for some reason we put an emphasis on being academically intelligent. In reality all of the other intelligences should be equally represented in our educational institutions.Collaborate instead of compete. People may be in denial. But, we are far better off at working together instead of alone. There is no denying that competition can be healthy. But, for the most part we should aim to work together. We should create partnerships and joint ventures based on abundance, as opposed to battling with a scarcity mindset.Becoming A WriterBeing an author can seem like a tough industry to succeed in, but it doesn’t need to be. It is all about having perspective, a plan and being consistent. Parker has created ten books that served his audience over the last fifty years. When it comes to writing, there are three main things that he wanted to remind us about.Don’t wait for any gatekeepers. There are tons of blogging and newsletter creation platforms. And you need not have a publisher, attorney, or marketer if you don’t want to. There is no barrier to getting started. Create a blog, newsletter, author page, portfolio, or even something like medium, or twitter and get writing! As you continue to write and share through short form, you will start to craft a framework for a larger book if that is an interest of yours. Don’t wait for some perfect time either. If you have a busy lifestyle, you can have a huge impact in just a couple of minutes per day.If you do love writing, then give it away. When you are starting out, make sure your work is free. Don’t start out as a first time writer waiting for a book deal, or trying out different ways to monetize your audience. The main goal is to have an impact on others. You want to understand your target audience, build a community and get feedback. The money will come if you are having an impact and building this community.Build multiple streams of income. As you create your writing practice, you will have to find ways to make money beyond book sales. Being an author is a great way to network, or build an audience. But, for most writers the writing itself is not enough to be your only revenue source. Find other ways to monetize. Such as speaking, guest posting, advertising, brand deals, sponsorships, memberships, or other products and services. A lack of certainty is what makes great creative writers. When it comes to crafting a story and deciding what to write about, focus on questions. We often give a lot of credit to writing about what we do know. But the more valuable, emotional, interesting conversations often come from questions. What really interests you? Write about the questions you have. As you dig deep into those questions you will develop more and more questions. Be increasingly baffled and curious. Keep going, and write about those exciting things that you do not know, but want to learn more about.Memorable Quotes“All meaningful forms of social change are built upon a million million million small acts, and everyone we can take makes a difference.”“We treat cognitive capacity as the highest form of intelligence. Artistic intelligence, relational intelligence, bodily intelligence, problem-solving intelligence. They aren't honored in our school system. They ought to be.”“People who live an undivided life have come to the realization that they no longer want to conform. Day by day they have decided they don’t want to pretend on the outside. They would rather act in a way that reflects tParker: I believe that in order to write or teach, well, you have to trust your not knowing, you have to trust your not knowing.heir inner being. Sure, society wants to keep us in place. But, no punishment anyone can lay on me could possibly be greater than the punishment I lay upon myself by conspiring in my own diminishment. Yeah, the world around wants to diminish us, especially at those points where we slam into all of the things that people of color, LGBTQ Plus folk, women around the world are slamming into all the time. But to conspire in your own diminishment is to double down on what the world is, that dehumanization that the world is trying to work on you. And part of the journey in life is to get to a point where you just say, No, I'm not going to do that anymore, and you begin to show up in the world more and more as yourself. ”“I can't imagine a sadder way to die than with the knowledge that I never really turned up in this world as my true self that I was always hiding it out, that I refused ever to take the risk of bringing forward my truth.”“​I believe that in order to write or teach well, you have to trust your not knowing, you have to trust your not knowing.“I'm learning how to get old and I'm working on learning how to die. That's not a morbid question for me. That's a life-giving question. Death is part of life. And to live fully, you have to learn how to die as well. So it's a creative, life-giving question for me.”A Note On Legacy From Parker Palmer“I’m at an age where people have begun to ask me what I want my legacy to be. I always say, “It’s not my legacy—it’s ours.” It’s a shared legacy created by the folks who design and offer Courage & Renewal programs and the folks who participate in them.As a writer, I’ve always wanted to “put wheels” on my ideas so people can make use of them. For the past twenty years, I’ve partnered with the Center for Courage & Renewal to do exactly that. Together we’ve created vehicles for people to ride those ideas toward life-giving destinations—inner as well as outer destinations. Our programs have allowed many people in many walks of life to develop visions and take actions that make our world a better place.I’ve always believed that the Center’s success should be measured by its ability to attract competent, committed, caring people who are doing work that serves the human possibility. That’s exactly the kind of people we’ve attracted. So by my lights, we’ve succeeded!And what about my writing? In my office, there are two bookcases with three shelves each. They are packed to the max with books I’ve written in various editions and translations; books for which I’ve written forewords or chapters; and periodicals for which I’ve written articles. That’s a lot of words! But for me, those words—sitting there inert on the page and shelf—are not the legacy.A legacy is a living thing. What’s important to me is the way people have taken my words into their own lives in their own way—and then carried all of that into communities, institutions and the larger society. Without the deep, long-term partnership I’ve had with the Center for Courage & Renewal, none of that would have happened on the scale it has. I’m forever grateful for this gift of colleagues, friends and fellow travelers.My personal legacy? I’d like it to be one of good humor, good will and generosity. I’d like it to be said that we had a lot of laughs, we extended a lot of kindness, and we built an abundant storehouse of heart-and-soul resources that anyone can draw on. I can’t imagine a better legacy than that.” - Parker J. PalmerGuest BioFounder of the Center for Courage & Renewal, Parker is a world-renowned writer, speaker, and activist. He focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. His main message has been that internal, mindset work can lead to better outward social impact.A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), Palmer and his wife, Sharon Palmer, live in Madison, Wisconsin. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as thirteen honorary doctorates. He is the author of ten books, including several award-winning titles, that have sold over 1.5 million copies and been translated into ten languages.In 1998, the Leadership Project, a national survey of 10,000 educators, named Palmer one of the thirty “most influential senior leaders” in higher education and one of the ten key “agenda-setters” of the past decade. In 2011, the Utne Reader named him one of 25 Visionaries on its annual list of “People Who are Changing the World.” In 2017, he received the Shalem Institute’s Contemplative Voices Award, given annually to an individual “who has made significant contributions to contemplative understanding, living and leadership.”Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW ParkerFacebook - Parker P Facebook PageWebsite - Center For Courage & RenewalTwitter - @parkerjpalmerFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499
Kyle Scott On How To Set Goals And Create Great Courses
01-02-2022
Kyle Scott On How To Set Goals And Create Great Courses
Kyle Scott is one of the most passionate people we’ve ever had on the Just Keep Learning Podcast when it comes to learning himself. Throughout his entire life, as a kid, in school and within his career, he has always adopted that JKL mindset too.In this episode, we talked about goal setting, manifestation and understanding what drives you. We also discussed some more technical components of being an entrepreneur, or business leader. Kyle has learned a lot about business from working at NBC and being Ryan Serhant’s right hand man as President of Serhant Ventures. But he is also working formally on his MBA.There is no one one the show to date that can drop more names than Kyle could. He shares a lot of wisdom that he picked up over the course of ten years producing content for NBC. As a video journalist he interviewed the likes of Michael Phelps, William Shatner, Mel Robbins, Daymond John and many more thought leaders. One thing you’ll notice is he has a special ability to pick up a little something from everyone he meets.He is also an avid reader and explains to the audience all about how books are the things that turn his money dial. Money dials is a concept learned from Ramit Sethi, whereby you allow yourself to restrict spending on things you don’t actually gain intrinsic joy from. But, you spend freely on the things that you do gain appreciation from. Because Kyle has read so many books, and met so many authors, he can drop a whole lot of wisdom. We talked a lot about education and learning in general. One thing that has elevated Kyle throughout many points in his career is the ability to learn and pivot when others start to slow down. By setting goals, continually improving his mindset and staying focused he has achieved a lot in his career.The main two things we talked about were sales and creating awesome courses. Kyle has a high level of talent and expertise in both. The most important thing that he points out is that selling is human. In order to live a good life we have to be good at sales. Moreover, the ability to sell is transferable, but if you want to build a brand and community, the ability to focus on your niche is huge! Kyle provided us some examples of sales techniques and strategies they teach in their top course, “sell it like serhant”.When it comes to creating courses that convert we talked a lot about online education and production quality. We also discussed how important it is that the learning actually provide real world examples. When teaching someone the goal has to be to help change their behaviour. This happens by sending knowledge, but most importantly by helping them unlearn, and shift their mindset. 12 Steps To Create Awesome Online CoursesWe know that education is increasingly moving online. It’s not something that will slow down, in fact it will only speed up. So, here are some of the most important steps to take in order to launch a successful online course.Provide a balance of higher level information and nitty gritty details about how to implement what the audience should be learning.Don’t overthink, but ensure you have good storytelling foundations. What is the beginning, middle and end of the lesson and how are you taking the listener through a narrative arc?A talking head and whiteboard are not enough to make for a successful course.Use language that the audience understands and can relate to in order to make sure they are connected since you are not in person.Make sure you have clean audio. Reduce ambient noise, static and use quality microphones.Create visual variety. Can have a talking head and board. But, you should make sure you have a medium shot of the teacher, a wide shot that shows the whole scene and closeups of drawing, writing, or talking. Add more and more production value by adding some movement.Make the lessons engaging by connecting the importance to real life scenarios. Show how it’s actually being used in something that’s visually interesting and demonstrates application of the concept.You need to share theory in a course, but this is a great time to add visual elements in the use of graphics. Put graphics such as key terms and quotes on top of talking head shots. Don’t over use it, but use b-roll if it adds a visual element, while staying on brand and focus with the video. Create lists for things like learning goals, and recaps. Keep the audience knowing sneak peaks of what’s to come, while not having the answers. In other words, share some fill in the blanks, or these 6 things are what we’ll learn and keep bringing the audience along while checking each thing off.Always implement some style of actual practice and execution of the things the audience is learning. Learn something, implement, reflect, feedback, and repeat.Create moments for community discussion, questions and debrief.Memorable Quotes“You have to believe in your product so much that it would be like a crime for your potential customers to not be able to purchase it.”“In the course we talk about the 4 W’s to a great life in work. Why do you wake up every day? What will you do? What are you running from? And what are you working toward winning?”“When teaching, increase engagement by creating relevant scenarios that make connections to real life. Say you’re teaching calculus. You could show the design process of a Boeing 787. Then have people take it a step further and apply the concept themselves. All of a sudden you not only have visual variety, but you have a story and a problem that needs to be solved. That is how you make learning interesting.”Guest BioKyle Scott is a powerful video journalism producer. He got his big start as a producer at NBC News, which included building his own vertical programs, such as Better, “news you can use”. He spent ten years at NBC, where he had evolving roles as a producer in digital and broadcast news, including the TODAY show, NBC Nightly News, NBC News Specials, and NBC News Digital.He is now the president of Serhant Ventures, where he is responsible for the growth and profitability of Ryan Serhant’s (the famous real estate agent in NYC) digital product businesses.As far as his personal brand goes, he is an expert in all things sales. In general sales knowledge, Kyle is a public speaker and content creator. Specific to Real Estate sales, he built and scaled the digital business side of Team Serhant. His focus has expanded over the years, but always revolves around content that connects with an audience interested in improving their own sales.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW Kyle ScottLinkedin - Kyle ScottInstagram - @kylescottoriginalFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499
Amy Blaschka On Pursuing Your Dreams, Writing And Creativity
28-12-2021
Amy Blaschka On Pursuing Your Dreams, Writing And Creativity
Amy wears many hats. She is a ghostwriter, content creator, author and in a way a great life coach. She also has some amazing personal beliefs on goal setting and education. We talked a lot about her favorite things. Communication, storytelling, writing, creativity, emotional intelligence, leadership, and human behavior fueled a lot of our discussions. On this episode of The Just Keep Learning Podcast, we talked about podcasting, productivity, business tips, nutrition and mindset. Interestingly we had a conversation about what it means to be a badass. Badass, in a good way means being slow to anger, increasing confidence and pursuing your best, most authentic self.In many ways, the conversation was rooted in common sense. If you don’t know what you want to do, try something. If you know what you want to do, decide on the next step and do it. Understand what your message is, who you serve, and how you can reach them. Focus on surrounding yourself with people who want to see you succeed and spend less time with the people that aren’t helpful.Since her main professional success path took her into the field of freelance writing, ghostwriting and becoming an author, we were able to talk about how to succeed as a writer. How do you get started without needing permission? How do you make progress to the point where you can get paid to publish your writing?One of the best discussions in the episode was about whether or not people should monetize their audience, or simply create the content for free. Ultimately, Amy provided great reasons as to how we can really do both. And it starts with knowing the difference between serving and selling. We can create a ton of free content that truly delivers value. Not because it’s part of a funnel, or marketing plan, but because it actually helps. And then, we can also share the fact that we have a product, or service that can really help people out there.When asked for her number one piece of advice for people, she provides a very helpful answer. She wanted to tell people to stop hiding. Step out into who you're meant to be, stop being passive in your own life. You know? Stop hiding, get out there and just start, right? Just try! The real-world learning that comes from actual experience is as important as anything we could ever learn in a textbook.12 Steps To Own Your Dream CareerWhat you end up doing as a job, or a career may not even exist, or at least it will evolve. You could create something brand new.  When it comes to a “career”, you may also pivot a bunch of times. Either way, it all starts with some self-awareness.The first question is what do you want? If you don’t know, don’t be afraid to try things out quickly. It’s better to learn sooner than later, and not spend decades in a career that you don’t like.Create a roadmap that could get you there, realizing it will change.Identify your purpose for doing this, “your why”, so you can stay motivated in tough times.Test it out, have conversations, ask for feedback, create surveys and discussions on forums, or groups. See if there is any interest for what you might create. There's no downside other than learning that maybe it's not the right time or it's not the right type of career for you.Don’t stay a secret. Set up your site, and profiles with clarity. When you share on a social platform, people will click back. They want to know who’s putting out this content. If they search and your work is confusing you will lose them.Start building your portfolio before getting permission to publish. No one can stop you from creating content. If you haven’t published anything, people won’t be able to reference your work. So start creating in that medium before people are willing to pay you for it.Own it. You can say you are a musician, writer, or painter, whatever. Once you are doing it, speak it in the present tense. Don’t say I want to be, say I am.Take an audit of your network. Relationships are the most important thing. Investing in relationships will lead to opportunities and efficiency in your life. All it means is being trustworthy, honoring your word, and putting service first.Take an audit of your time. It’s the most important thing to protect. How are you using your time effectively and continually improving habits to support your goal? It won’t be perfect, but over time you will get more and more efficient.Know your target audience. Who are you speaking to? What do they need? What do you want to say to them? Where are they? Create for them, where they are and before long you’ll have a community building.When it comes to making money, focus on a few things you do well. What are your core offerings and how can you make it crystal clear to others? You want the reputation of your products, and services to be clear so people know why to hire you.Feel free to ask for referrals, reviews and testimonials. Careers and businesses are built through trust and reputation.Memorable Quotes“Some people will say they’re successful because they made a lot of money. That's great, but it’s not in the long run going to fulfill you.”“A leader isn't dictated by title. Everyone is a leader. Everyone can be a leader. Regardless of age, experience, or job title. It's really how you move through the world. If you step up, speak out and speak your truth, everyone has the capacity for leadership.”“You not using your talents at their highest and best use is depriving the world of something. You not doing that can actually be selfish because the world needs what you've got. You're the sum of your experiences, and everything can contribute to this world in a unique way.Guest BioOur guest today has a ton of experience in building business, content creation and writing. She’s published thousands of articles on LinkedIn, Thrive Global, Medium, and Forbes. If we had to identify two of her top strengths, one would be storytelling, and the other career decision making. When it comes to storytelling, she is an expert at helping leaders craft their stories, so they can communicate better. Working with clients, she helps them expand their reach and impact. She is also excellent at creating content and writing for other people. Through the art of ghostwriting, she helps those that struggle with marketing to show up how it will serve them best.She is also incredible when it comes to career decision-making. Her many articles include content such as “Stop Doing The One Thing That’s Sabotaging Your Career Growth” and “You’re Not Lazy, You’re Scared. How To Stop Procrastinating.” She has her own successful newsletter called “Illuminate Me” where she shares more intimate, personal insights on her favorite topics—communication, storytelling, writing, creativity, emotional intelligence, soft skills, leadership, and human behavior.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW Amy BlaschkaLinkedin - Amy BlaschkaInstagram - @amyblaschkaWebsite - AmyBlaschka.comYoutube -@amyblaschkaFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group -  JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499
Jordan Paris on How To Develop A Growth Mindset and Start A Podcast
30-11-2021
Jordan Paris on How To Develop A Growth Mindset and Start A Podcast
Our guest today has a ton of experience in building business, especially when it comes to podcasting. He grew his first podcast, Growth Mindset University to being ranked in the top fifteen of education, self improvement, and training. His show focused on entrepreneurship, self development, writing and educational leadership.His TEDX Talk was all about education too. It focused on the question, have you ever regretted taking on college tuition debt? What if you believed that an internship provides more life experience than a classroom? Jordan shared how you can make the most out of your college experience. He talks about succeeding financially, socially, and authentically in a world that is different for each of us. Jordan is really big on finding real world experiences aligned with your goals and interests to prepare for a career.We all evolve in our thinking and Jordan is one of the best at being a personally critical thinker. Upon reflecting, he realized that we live in a world where things are getting tense, real issues are bubbling to the surface, and wanted to do his part to create conversations that can have greater impact. The podcast episodes evolved into his second podcast, The Jordan Paris Show, where he started discussing current affairs, politics and debunking myths. He got into this style of show because being a best-selling author, getting a TedX Talk, and achieving some social media status felt like fake social proof.Jordan, like many of our guests, does a lot of awesome work. He is also the founder and creative director of Trend Up Media, a one-stop podcast agency that produces shows to help businesses grow in both profit and influence.Jordan is a heart-felt leader who takes a no BS approach in seeing out his mission to be as real as possible. His main platform on social media is LinkedIn where he has built a community of people who are focused on achieving whatever success means to them. On this episode of The Just Keep Learning Podcast, we talked about podcasting, productivity, business tips, nutrition and mindset. Like any strong entrepreneur with a focus on the meaning of life, Jordan helps people learn to escape the rat race by acquiring cash flowing assets and building passive income. With this the real goal can be how to live life to the fullest and do more of the things you love.Perhaps the most impressive thing about this discussion is Jordan’s willingness to say “I don’t know” in the face of challenging questions. It is also pretty neat how Jordan explains that we all must continue to fight our cognitive bias. That it is ok if we no longer believe what we used to believe. 12 Tips To Help You Start A Podcast:1. Don’t Be Afraid To Ship It. The most important thing in the beginning is building all of the skills and experience. There is only one way to improve and that is by having episodes that are not good at the beginning. 2. Don’t Give Up. Nobody will listen at first. Unless you are already a big brand you will have to grow one listener at a time. This can be a positive because you will have time to figure out your workflow and improve before more people start listening. 3. Don’t Delete Old Episodes. No matter how cringe you feel your old episodes are, they are important to show growth to your community. No matter how embarrassing it is, keep your old episodes up so you can be an inspiration to others wanting to get started, not to mention show the full story. 4. Don’t Be The Best Kept Secret Online. Get out there, shill and share your show. Also realize, you are never as good as you might think you are. Continue to improve and continue to share the show so that more and more people can know about it. You could build amazing content and literally no one will find it. So keep spreading the word. 5. Create Micro Content From The Main Podcast Pillar. Record great episodes, but don’t stop there. Find a way to share the highlights and quotables on social media platforms you think connect most with your audience. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different styles of videos, thumbnails, vertical, horizontal, durations and whatever else comes to mind.6. Focus On One Platform. Determine your best percentage based breakdown of time spent building community on a social media platform. Feel free to share quickly across all platforms, especially if people want to find you. But, be sure to focus at least 75% of your time on one single platform, because without focus no one will find the show.7. Grow Your Marketing One Post At A Time. Sharing micro content will be slow in the beginning. You will get no likes on a post. Then perhaps one like and a comment. But the next time you may get two, and with another piece a few more. Over time, more guests and more content will lead to a compound effect. It will snowball until it can’t be slowed down. With patience you will find more and more opportunities to engage with the audience in DM’s, or replies and likely get too busy all of a sudden.  8. Guests Will Compound Too. In the beginning you have to get what you can get when it comes to asking people to be on your show. For a brand new podcast, it’s likely to need to interview your immediate connections, possibly friends and family. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to the people you would love to interview. The worst that happens is they say “not right now”. That’s fine, there are many amazing people out there to collaborate with. Over time, guest opportunities will have a compound effect too. One guest will lead to another, a topic will lead to leverage and before long it will be hard to keep up with the opportunities. 9. Never Worry About Clout. What you’ll realize is that just because someone has a lot of social media followers does not mean they’ll be a valuable guest for you, or your audience. Do your homework and be sure you are interviewing people that serve your greater purpose and mission. Whether they have a large following, or small following, focus on the question, will this serve my listeners?10. Be Open Minded And Listen. We should always be open to counter arguments and guard against our biases. Lifelong learning is appreciating that we can learn something from everyone. We can also change our views on things in life as we get more information. So, don’t stress too much about who you have on the show, or what their answers are. It is not about crafting and tailoring someone’s responses. Rather, it is about being an effective listener. 11. Love Your Haters. It’s simply mathematical that haters will grow as the community grows overall. If you are doing something worthwhile, it will have a polarizing effect. And so people that dislike the show will grow too. But, there is nothing more badass and cool than remaining calm when receiving hate. Be sure to take constructive criticism and appreciate everyone's feedback. It doesn’t mean you need to take it personally, or even accept it as something to implement. Simply be willing to listen and spend most of your energy leaning into the community that is kind and supportive toward your work. Memorable Quotes“Target audience is overrated. I'm so sick of marketing classes saying target market, target market, identify your target market and they don't teach you anything about how to get them to actually give a damn and buy what you're selling.”“To find your passion, pay attention to those things that you gravitate towards. Think back to your childhood and ask, what did you gravitate towards? What really made you happy and excited? Try to incorporate that into your career and test it, Try to figure out your calling. Think about what makes you feel alive.” “I struggle with how honest I should be when answering questions I don’t have a response to. I have the courage to say, 'I don't know’ to people, but it can come across as, ‘I don’t want to be here’ or ‘I don’t care’. I just don't want to BS something and fluff some answer that doesn't serve people. That's actually a detriment to people. If I don't know, I will say I don't know, but people take that the wrong way. “Guest BioJordan Paris is a podcast host, entrepreneur, and author featured in Forbes,  Entrepreneur, and other publications. But most importantly he is a lifelong learner, repping that Just Keep Learning attitude. Jordan has been interviewing people on podcasts since his sophomore year of college. While the show is amazing and really did serve a lot of people, it is less aligned with his current ambitions, and so it is on a pause from recording for now.Jordan really matured in his personal brand and shares some amazing things about “fake social proof”: blue checkmarks, becoming a “best-selling” author by understanding algorithms, getting a TEDx talk because of the clout factor, getting featured in Forbes and Entrepreneur.com, lots of likes on social media and on and on.He got over the social reward chasing and shifted his views. In a world where things are getting tense, real issues are bubbling to the surface, Jordan realized he wanted the show to focus less on social media growth, or popularity and more on political issues. So, Growth Mindset University evolved into The Jordan Paris Show. This lasted for a while, but really it led to him deciding to focus solely on his companies and entrepreneurship for now. His podcast production company, started in 2019 is called Trend Up Media. And he also has a business in real estate investing called Estateomatic. No doubt there will be more companies to be built in the future as well.Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW Jordan ParisLinkedin - Jordan ParisInstagram - @TheJordanParisWebsite - JordanParis.comFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group -  JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499
Karla Gregg On How To Build A Personal Brand And Youtube Channel
11-11-2021
Karla Gregg On How To Build A Personal Brand And Youtube Channel
Our guest today has a ton of experience in social media and content creation, especially video. She has worked as an assistant to big time Youtubers, created content for American Ninja Warrior and even turned down work with the Ellen show. Karla Gregg named her Youtube Channel “What Would Karla Say” because she has a huge passion for lifelong learning, personal development and goal setting. Even though Youtube has not been her full time focus, she definitely is an expert in how to grow a YouTube channel. She learned a lot of this through her own trial and error. But, she also worked as an assistant to Joey Graceffa, learning a ton about building a YouTube brand behind the scenes.Karla is a heart-felt, and vulnerable personal brand coach. Her work and experience focuses on storytelling, video content strategy and defining your brand. If you’re ready to embrace your spark and turn your personal story into a marketable brand, then she is one of the best to guide you.She is the founder of a courage based weekly newsletter at karlagregg.com, the courageously you collective, and creator of the YouTube channel What Would Karla Say? Much of her focus in the last couple years has been on speaking, coaching and creating resources for people in the area of entrepreneurship. While she started her career with aspirations to work as a social media manager for big brands, it was the classic story of being laid off from work that led her to being a business owner. She gives credit to people like Tim Ferris, Marie Forleo and Jen Sincero when it comes to building her foundation as a personal brand expert.We talk a lot in this episode about following your own path. It feels scary to be an entrepreneur, but that fear is the exact evidence that you are on the right track. The question is how do you not give up when you are faced with challenges?Throughout the episode Karla opens up about struggling with her own vision and patience. She mentions how many times she probably would have succeeded in a passion area if she went with her gut and cared less about what people think. She talks about how simple it would be to take the easier, conventional path, but how that doesn’t make her come to life.Karla has always used the catchphrase “create your own path” and you’ll understand why after listening to this episode. She also gives so many great tips on being a badass business owner and starting a YouTube channel for the first time.12 Tips To Help You Get Started On YouTube1. Create content you're excited to edit. You may want to edit a particular theme, teach a topic, or tell certain stories. Don’t edit a video just because you think it might get views, you’ll give up, or you’ll burn out quickly.2. Find your unique brand story. What are your values, personality traits, stories and passions? Put those together and your audience will feel connected to you. 3. Every video should provide value. It should entertain, empower or educate. Even if you're not monetizing yet, you're still building a community who supports you.4. Have a consistent structure and flow. I tend to give like 15 seconds of what the video will be about. I'll share some form of hook, or activation. And then I’ll do a funny, or creative montage with music, or B-roll and music. And then I'll hop into the main points and story, followed by some element of conclusion, or recap.5. Write a script. Not an elaborate novel for a Morgan Freeman like voiceover. Have three main points and stick to them so you’re not rambling on.6. Find the balance of engagement and education. It's all about personality, so don't just sit there and waste people’s time for fifteen minutes blabbering about nothing. There is a mid-point between being a teacher and lacking energy, find that.7. Have a strategy mindset. If you are strategic you will succeed. If you study up on trends, keywords, captions, descriptions, and comment best practices, PLUS add personality, you’ll win. Don’t forget to treat thumbnails, and titles like a researcher. What works and what doesn’t? 8. Define your niche. As much as it is fun to inject overall personal interests, there should be a specific reason that someone would search your channel. What is your overarching purpose, or topic?9. Define your sub-niche. A specific video should be able to be searched by a keyword that people are actually looking for in search engines. Once you find related keywords you will also have more ideas for things to include on your channel. A quick personal example: I made a video of me having pizza with my friends. I called the video "having pizza with friends". Nobody is searching for that. But if I say “best pizza place in Philadelphia”, people come across my video and all of a sudden it is a fun video of me trying the best pizza places with friends, they could be like, I like this girl and channel and maybe subscribe when they originally came for a piece of content that they searched for.10. Quantity over quality. With more videos, quality will naturally increase. You'll learn how to be more efficient, creative and provide more value. Over time you will know when it makes sense to start creating longer form, slower produced videos, but starting out get focused simply on creating more.11. Monetize early. It’s important to monetize for the right reasons as long as it’s aligned with your values. There should be a balance, but it can’t only be about the art and storytelling. You need money to be able to reinvest in the channel. Don’t jump at everything, but always be on the lookout for strategic partnerships and revenue streams.12. Be patient and focus on the journey. I put so much pressure on myself to be perfect and plan everything just right. We are all just trying to do the best that we can with the resources we have. Give it your all, but don't be too hard on yourself. And make sure you do it because you love it first, any results are a bonus.Memorable Quotes“I used to compare myself a lot to people doing similar stuff to me. But a coach told me, instead of looking at them as competition, look at them as inspiration and collaboration.” “One of the biggest tricks is realizing we are not going to be perfect, we won’t have everything. There will be ups and downs, but you just need to put yourself out there and do it.”“Figure out who your audience is. Knowing these 4 answers will help. Who vibes with your personality, passion, skills and story? These 4 questions make up your brand story and are the key to success.”“I passed up a lot because I worried what people thought. But, one of the cool things about being an adult is we start worrying less. If you can have a carefree mindset younger, maybe even in high school, you can start to see yourself as a badass who doesn't worry what people say, which really helps you be more creative.”Guest BioKarla Gregg is a business coach, speaker and content creator who focuses on helping people face fear and create their own path in life. As a leader in entrepreneurship, she is a tremendous role model for anyone looking to build their own brand. Perhaps her greatest strength is a tremendous understanding of the power of storytelling.She has worked on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior and spoken at conferences around the world on the topics of brand identity and content creation. Her website is KarlaGregg.com, YouTube channel is What Would Karla Say and she has created a podcast called Live Well Be Bold, a show called Never Have I Ever and a newsletter to help people be more bold and courageous with life and business decisions.FOLLOW Karla GreggLinkedin - Karla GreggInstagram - @KarlaGreggWebsite - KarlaGregg.comYoutube -What Would Karla Say?FOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityFree Newsletter - JKL NewsLetter We appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499
Noah Merriby On Philosophy, Personal Development And Learning Entrepreneurship
08-10-2021
Noah Merriby On Philosophy, Personal Development And Learning Entrepreneurship
Noah has been called the “next Tony Robbins”. We talk about moving to Canada, learning English, entrepreneurship and goal setting. Specifically, we look at building businesses, marketing and how to improve online learning. In this episode of The Just Keep Learning Podcast, we also talked about how to create your own digital books, and the healthy way to grow an audience on social media.He gets that Tony Robbin's nickname because he has a huge passion for lifelong learning, philosophy and personal development. While he appreciates the compliment, he is definitely carving out his own path. He has overcome a lot and shown a ton of resilience to start building his social media, business and life empire. Noah Merriby is the type of person that makes you wonder “how do you get so much done?” But, he learned through trial and error, how to work smart, and not just hard. Noah is the co-founder of Lurnus, an educational curation media brand. He also is a leader in social media growth, digital marketing and a big part of collaborations and content with us at Just Keep Learning.While he started a university degree focusing on business and marketing, Noah quickly realized that focusing full time on building businesses he owns was the best decision. He knew that he could always go back and complete a degree if he needed to. This is why we talk a lot in this episode about self-learning. The idea that we need a specific way to learn something is pretty traditional. It’s not to say school is unnecessary. But, it is to say we can learn in many other ways and each person learns differently.Noah builds a lot of personal brand content on mindset, speaking and career goal setting. His most recent startup is Lurnus, which curates educational content for people to learn about many different topics. Throughout the episode Noah opens up about being an immigrant to Canada and having to figure it all out at a young age. Another big part of his life was having to navigate bullying in school. It seems this challenge and the need for resilience paved the way for a solid foundation for being a business leader. We talked about why and how he got into entrepreneurship too. All about the things he learned along the way and how anyone can do it with the right attitude.The books Noah has published so far are called, the habits of success, you are what you know, and genius at work. So, no doubt he is focused on all the right things when it comes to helping his audience be more productive and live with more joy.We also talked about how to craft your life vision and take the first steps to grow as an online educator.How To Craft Your Vision As An Online Business Leader:One of the biggest challenges we have as creative entrepreneurs is crafting a fine tuned vision and knowing the steps to take. Here are some tips to help:Take a piece of paper and penGo to a quiet placeAsk yourself, if a genie appears, what would you ask for in life?Write down everything you think of with zero limitations.Once you have a bunch of things pick one or two to focus onFind mentors, courses and content to follow that are specific to that goalPick a platform to focus 80% of your growth and community building onCraft something free that you give to your audience for joining your community, such as an e-book, guide, course, or exclusive opportunityAvoid all the things that are distracting, shiny ideas and stay focused by building systems and habits that you put in dailyMemorable Quotes“That book showed me that I can dream and that I can use my imagination to start creating a future of whatever I want to do. Really, just imagine, and then I can start working towards it. So I started imagining and I started thinking, where do I want to go? What do I want to achieve? And things started to build up for me.” “At first, it was messy. At first, it was messy. I would just write, I would talk to somebody and figure out a problem, and then I'd write about it and then afterward, I'll try to organize everything together. Now I'm writing a new book called State of Creation, and this is a lot more organized.”“I spent four months working on this business and 20 dollars in marketing, then it didn't work. I was like, oh, nobody likes it. I guess I'll drop it. Four years later, if I start working on other products, I launch my first ad and it doesn't perform well, I do something different. I refined the ads, test and it didn't work. And then again and again, and I keep refining it to a point where now I have ads running. I have ads running all the time and I get like a $0.01 per click. Which is insane. But I spent a lot of money to get to that point.”Guest BioNoah Merriby is an Author, Entrepreneur, and Investor. He is best known for his work in the Personal Development and Transformation field. He has taught more than 100,000 students from 170 different countries, speaking 55 different languages. He conducts training programs for employees and executives in some of the leading international organizations. From Mercedes-Benz and Adidas, all the way to SurveyMonkey, Pinterest, Eventbrite, Lyft, and more, Noah’s training programs have had a huge impact on both individuals and organizations.As a communication expert, Noah is an Internationally Recognized Award Winning Speaker. He got recognized for his expertise as a communicator, an orator, a public speaker, and a leader through Toastmasters. FOLLOW Noah MerribyLinkedin - Noah MerribyInstagram - @NoahMerribyWebsite - NoahMerriby.comFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499
Daniel Peretz How To Be A Serial Entrepreneur and Lifelong Learner
19-09-2021
Daniel Peretz How To Be A Serial Entrepreneur and Lifelong Learner
Our guest today stresses that life is simply better when we are working in areas connected to our passion. He destroys the idea that sales, or marketing are bad and helps us realize why it’s such an important part of seeing out our visions to help people.Daniel Peretz, truly understands what it means to run multiple businesses. The idea of being an entrepreneur in a small way scares a lot of people off, but Daniel is an entrepreneur with many businesses.Daniel opens up about how he got into entrepreneurship, the things he learned along the way and how anyone can do it with the right mindset. While it may not be for everyone, entrepreneurship could be for anyone. You just have to realize that you will fail and learn. You have to realize that there is no such thing as balance, rather compartmentalization that will really help you thrive.He has an incredible resume when it comes to helping other businesses, or individuals in the creator economy achieve success. One of the most interesting things about Daniel is his ability to be open to the next idea as well. A true entrepreneur and lifelong learner. With this attitude, you can be sure that Daniel’s brand will continue to grow and being a part of the journey is pretty awesome. Like all of our guests, he is an inspiring example of putting family first, continuing to pursue your passions, and making a lot of money in the process, but most importantly, being a good person along the way. In episode 9 of The LEARNED Podcast, we talked about learning styles, online education, being in the military, balancing family life, and building businesses. Hope you enjoy it! How To Be An Entrepreneur And Build Passive Income:When you start a business, the key is to focus on the lifestyle you want and continually build toward that vision. Here are some steps to get started:Goal one is to appreciate that you have to sacrifice a lot in the beginning.The best way to start is to ask what lifestyle do you want in the end?Then reverse engineer that process into small goals. What small goals would lead to eventually and actually generating passive income for you?Avoid all the things that are distracting, shiny ideas and stay focused by building habits and systems that keep you healthy and on task.Remember it takes time, but keep learning and keep goingDon’t worry about what you think will work. Focus on the people you serve, they will show you what will be successful. They are the key to success.Make sure you stay positive in terms of cashflow, but decide with any given project whether the goal is to build revenue, or brand, or both.There is no juggling. You have to compartmentalize so you can focus on fitness when you’re working out, focus on family when it’s family time and business when it’s business time.Again, really focus on who your audience is and what solution they would like you to provide them. Do this with one product, or service at a time and then add more.Sell first in a way that allows you to really test if something will be successful so you don’t waste time, or energy as you fail and learn quicklyWhen it’s time to grow your business, there are multiple ways, but I am a big fan of hiring micro influencers. To be honest many marketing strategies can work, you just need to test them out.Memorable Quotes“Say you’re selling a tie-dye shirt. Depending on your budget, I would look at nano, or micro-influencers, you know, anywhere between 5000 to 100,000 followers. In my opinion, it's cost-effective, and if you find the right one who has the right audience, then right away you're focused on your niche.”“Look, you're not going to start this three, four months from now and start putting up one hundred videos in one day. You might as well start it now. Give yourself a platform and build over time.”“There is no juggling. You have to compartmentalize. One for your sanity. And two, it's important that you give attention to your kids. Just like if I asked, would it be important for you to give attention to your business, you would say, hell, yeah, of course, it's important to me. Well, the same thing goes for kids. Same thing goes for your family. Give attention to them and put it in your calendar.”Guest BioDaniel Peretz is the CEO at Click Connect Media, supporting businesses in growing media, brand, marketing and advertising. He has delivered millions of leads to local businesses through a business called Grow My GMB and built Tokfluence an influencer search database.He is a speaker, business strategist, sales and marketing expert. As a family man, his goal is to build awesome businesses if his foundation of family, friends, and health is there first.There’s always a new partnership, or creation in the works because Daniel is a lifelong learner and uses collaboration over competition. He is also really good at building systems and strategies to stay organized and be able to do many things.FOLLOW Daniel PeretzLinkedin - Daniel Peretz FOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityReach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499We appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave  “The LEARNED Podcast” reviews because it will help people find it. If you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.
Stephanie Powell On How To Build A Brand That Has Impact
18-08-2021
Stephanie Powell On How To Build A Brand That Has Impact
Our guest today stresses that now more than ever it is time for you to stop hiding and unleash your badass self. She stresses that just keep learning attitude in her own life. In this episode, we have some great conversations about priorities, authenticity and what really matters in life. She is an entrepreneur that wears her heart on her sleeve. Her priority is lending a hand to those in need. And she is an inspiring example of pursuing your full passions, while making some great money in the process.Our guest in this episode, Stephanie Powell, truly understands what it means to pivot and reposition herself in life. She started out really not knowing what to do, got into education for thirteen years and still wasn’t sure. After trying a couple things based on her interests and following her omens she took a leap of faith to become a leader in business.She has an incredible resume when it comes to helping people get clarity over what they want to do in life. And she has a specific skillset for helping people build personal, or company brands that have impact. She is a designer and coach who uses an all encompassing approach to outline and implement brand strategy for her clients. From the logo to the colours and messaging she knows how to help people show up for their audience in a bold, yet authentic way.She is also a lifelong learner with big goals to become a speaker, continue to build her company and give back to those in need. Like all of our guests, she is an inspiring example of pursuing your passions, doing what you love first, while worrying about money second, and most importantly, being a good person along the way. In episode 8 of The Just Keep Learning Podcast, we talked about growing up with struggles, resilience and building a badass business. Hope you enjoy it! How To Figure Out What To Charge In Your BusinessWhen you start a business, the key is to focus on breaking even as you build your brand. Here are some steps to figure out what that looks like:With service based businesses in particular you have some flexibility when it comes to deciding on and evolving prices.Sit down and write down all of your overall expenses (personal cash flow needs + business expenses)Once you have this total you know your break even point and the minimum monthly money you must make in the business.Multiply this number by 12 to get your annual revenue minimumWorking backwards, decide on your minimum amount per service hour to account for break even plus any profit and reinvestment amount you would like (how many hours do you need to work per week to achieve this annual goal?)Take that hourly, or service based rate to the market and test it.Get feedback and adjust accordingly.This method seems simple, it’s just math, but take the time to apply it to the products and services you roll out to make sure it is sustainable.How To Build A Personal Brand As A Speaker And Thought LeaderUltimately it takes time, patience, networking and consistent brand development, but these steps will help you book more speaking gigs if that is your goal:Recognize what stories you could tell. And realize that everyone has a valuable story. Our stories are not more, or less valuable than each other, they’re just different.Appreciate that you likely will need some revenue, or savings to pursue this passion in the early stages as the brand grows.Start putting your stories out there. Connect with audiences on social media, enter speaking contests, speak as much as possible for free, and be a guest on podcasts, or lives where you can share the story.The key is to practice your storytelling, refine the stories and improve your comfort speaking. Get feedback and continue to adjust the way you tell stories, as it is a lifelong development process.Once you feel ready to charge, fix up your website to include a speaker’s reel, some testimonials and a contact me page. Share this information with as many people as possible.Continue to gain experience speaking, while taking the content from those speaking engagements and sharing it on social media. Be patient and repeat this process with links back to your website and the brand will scale.Memorable Quotes“I do believe everybody needs a website, because even if you don't ever sell anything, just think about how we operate. What's one of the first things we do? If we want to think about doing business with someone, we Google them and websites are the most important piece of Google content”“To find your passion, you have to try things. If you’re stuck, find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and can focus. Grab a good old fashioned pen or pencil and a piece of paper, or journal and start literally brain dumping. Don’t quantify any of your thoughts. Write them all down. Anything that makes you happy or brings you joy, write it down. Then ask yourself and your peers what your strengths are. You know have all of your strengths and interests recorded. Now brainstorm different combinations of passions to pursue by combining items from each list until you find one you want to try and simply give it a shot.”“You Are A Badass At Money is a great place to start uncovering what stories you're telling yourself about money. We need to improve our relationships with building wealth. Instead of thinking about it as an amount, it's an exchange of value. I'm giving you something of value and you're giving me something of value.”Guest BioStephanie Powell is a speaker, business strategist, brand designer and authenticity expert. She is also a lion chaser, a creative, a designer, a total nerd, an educator, a dancer, an Aggie (whoop), a photographer, an intense logophile, a walking juxtaposition, a fierce animal advocate, and a forever champion of the oxford comma. Oh, and Jesus is her homeboy. Her goal is to live life as authentically as humanly possible and surround myself with those souls who seek to do the same. And also, to enjoy as many side-splitting, crying, not-making-sound-anymore laughs as I can. Those are the best.  In 2018, she took the biggest leap of faith in her life thus far: resigning from 13 years in public education to start her own business in creative and graphic design and hasn’t looked back! FOLLOW STEPHANIEWebsite -Stephanie Powell SiteLinkedin - Stephanie PowellFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group: JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.
Irina Buse On How To Follow Your Dreams While Building Business The Right Way
26-07-2021
Irina Buse On How To Follow Your Dreams While Building Business The Right Way
This episode will help anyone trying to find their way in life. Especially if you want to start a business online. Irina coaches people to get clarity over their business goals and get started. She prides herself on helping people find full alignment and the pragmatic steps to getting those goals.Irina has a unique backstory that involves moving to a new country. She had to overcome a lot to learn the culture, build social networks and learn the language. Yet, in spite of the challenges, she was able to get an MBA and build a successful business.If anyone truly believes the idea that we are all unique and have gifts that we should share it’s Irina Buse.Our episode 7 guest, Irina Buse truly understands what it means to overcome adversity en route to achieving your goals. She is a great example for people who want to pursue their own passions but don’t know where to start. She has an incredible resume when it comes to helping people get clarity over what they want to do in life. She has specific skills in supporting people who want to be their own boss. One of her greatest strengths is making business simple and practical for people.While she has a lot of corporate experience and an MBA, she prefers her work as an entrepreneur. Irina is a speaker, coach and consultant that supports people in finally taking that leap to pursue their dream work.She has quite the backstory of living in Romania during difficult political times, emigrating to Canada and having to start over, but really making a pretty special comeback.You don’t have to look any further than the testimonials on her website to know how many people she has helped. Like all of our guests, she is an inspiring example of pursuing your passions, doing what you love first, while worrying about money second, and most importantly, being a good person along the way. In episode 7 of The Just Keep Learning Podcast, we talked about growing up with struggles, resilience and building a coaching business. Hope you enjoy! Keys To Keep In Mind As A New Business OwnerWhen you start a business, the key is to start really simple. Here are some stepsKnow your why and what that accomplishment would mean to youRealize that “failing” is going to happen a lot and it’s actually learningGet crystal clear on the community and audience you want to serveUnderstand all of the possible ways you could serve themServe that community as much as possible for freePick one of those ways and sit with the idea a bit so you know it’s for sureShare that with your community, and build testimonials, and referrals around that offerGet feedback and revise that offer, price, marketing strategy etc.Share the offer renewed, revised and continue to build the business by servingOnce that idea is established and automated you can move on to the next oneMemorable Quotes“When a baby learns to walk, you don’t get mad at failure. You celebrate the first step. But this is not how we function in regular life because we think that only success should be celebrated. It’s way more important to fail and learn than to get it right, because it helps us learn.”“Everybody should try to start a business. You don’t know if you are made to be an employee, or you are made to be an entrepreneur. Everyone should try. Because, it’s like your first relationship trying to find love. You need to give things a try to know.”“The way we conventionally measure time has nothing to do with our growth path. I think there is value in everything, because there is a lot of value that people can offer at any age. There is a huge difference between someone who is 14 and someone in their eighties.”“It will work when people need it. It doesn’t even matter what it is, but if people want it, it will work. It’s that simple.”“If you serve first and do it right, you won’t have to worry about money, you will have lots of money.”Guest BioIrina is a mindset coach specializing in supporting people to become their own boss by the power of their mind and emotions. Initially trained for the business world, she completed her formal education in business management, got her MBA and worked in different corporations for 20 years.Her passion is being close to people, feeling their story and helping them build the conditions for long lasting transformation.She changed careers in her late 30’s becoming a certified health coach empowering women from all walks of life.The programs she runs are around the concepts of spirituality, diet, mind management, habit change, communication and holistic, green living.This is the foundation for realizing your dreams. Be and stay in shape, without stressful effort and make peace with the worries, fear and power you have to live healthy. FOLLOW Irina BuseWebsite -IrinaBuse.ComLinkedin - Irina Buse MBAFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEClubhouse - Search: Justin ( JustTries)Instagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.
Ali Jones On How To Build Apps, Courses and Coaching
02-05-2021
Ali Jones On How To Build Apps, Courses and Coaching
This episode will help anyone who struggles with their identity as a creative entrepreneur. We talked about school, growing up with a single mom, lifelong learning, starting your own business, building an app, marketing, and how to build a value ladder. If anyone speaks to the just keep learning mindset, it’s Ali Jones. She is an expert in all things brand building, parenting and productivity. She started out in nursing, followed by Hollywood, and then became a coach, entrepreneur, and fitness expert. With so much life experience that provided equal struggle to success, she has a lot to share about how to stay healthy while being a multi-passionate business owner.Our guest in this episode, Ali Jones, lives by the belief that we only get one life, so we might as well give it a shot to do what we truly love. Ali is one of those multi-passionate leaders who has tried many things but never failed because she always learned.When you get to know Ali you will get a sense that continually finding out what you really love is the definition of success. A career isn’t only about money, it can be about connecting with a new audience, helping others succeed and finding what really brings your passion to life.In episode 6 of The Just Keep Learning Podcast, we discussed the path she took to get to where she is, which included pursuing her first dream to be an actress, working as a nurse, time spent working on Hollywood films, starting her own business and much more.Ali talked about why she wasn’t overly keen on pursuing acting when she saw The Rock and other celebrities endure the popular life and how it helped steer her in the right direction. As she made this decision she cemented a belief that it’s more important to do things in line with our true values than chase things like prestige, or fame.Once she decided to go into business as an entrepreneur for herself she knew that the number one thing she could focus on was networking. She was willing to give up some personal revenue, and a paycheque to be mentored by those who have built businesses already. And that led to her building the confidence to launch her own app-based business. Like any intelligent person starting a business, Ali knew to focus on community, customer journey and solving a pain point. Ali built a web based app to create digital business cards as a means of making networking more efficient. Ali made it clear that accomplishing something like this is never an end game. As entrepreneurs we often pursue multiple ventures and ideas. Some will work, some won’t but we will always learn. Since learning is such an important topic for this show, Ali shared her own struggles with school. As she struggled through math she didn’t realize she had dyscalculia and built coping strategies to make it through. She was one of those students who knew how to play the game to succeed within the institution, but mentioned that we should not let grades determine our worth. It’s a trap where we think grades actually matter in the real world when they in fact don’t at all.We got into discussing topics of vulnerability, growth mindset and lifelong learning. We talked about her previous passions and the importance of high quality marketing, instead of gimmicks, or fads that come and go. Ali also told us which resources and people inspire and teach her about success in life and business. Example Value LadderA value ladder is made up of the possible touch points a customer, or community member could have with your business. They range from free to expensive and can be only a couple of things, or many. Here is an example mentioned by Ali in our interview.Free download (course, e-book, podcast) that brings real value on the topic that your possible customers, or audience will really appreciateFree 30 minute call where you don't do any research ahead of time. Just focus on whatever the client could need most and discuss possible solutions to social media, brand building, goal setting and productivity. Give some possible action steps to go and apply.60 minutes paid coaching where there was some research beforehand about areas of improvement, possible ideas and themes to discuss. A power hour where you can discuss the current pros and cons of the business, or life goals. As well as a prescription for next action steps. Could include a courteous follow up call for 15 minutes or so in the future.Paid course or membership with ongoing learning and support for a set price, or monthly recurring revenue where over time you are able to contextually support a group with their goals. Ideally it creates a community to support each other and gives support over an extended period of time.One on one coaching experience, where the topics from the course, or membership can be tackled in depth and very specific to the individual. Ideally regular follow up and a contract that extends over a few months will have the greatest impact.Memorable Quotes“Nobody can help you get to that next level in your business unless you're honest about where it is you need to get and what you need to get there. Nobody can help. They will help you, if you tell them how and if you're honest. But if you're pretending like you're already there and you've already quote-unquote made it, then obviously no one's going to lift a finger.”“I would say that I wish I had quit trying to blame somebody else for it, regardless of if there is somebody to blame. At the end of the day, you're the only person that can really fix it.”“I was with Dwayne Johnson, The Rock. I was assigned to give him his cues for the scene. And it was probably like a three hour process. It was a really long shoot that day. And he is the kindest person in the entire universe. And he was constantly stopping to go and manage "celebrity-ness" of signing autographs.”“When it comes to collaboration with similar business owners, instead of them being competition, I really respect them and love what they're doing, and I wouldn't want to do exactly what it is that they're doing. So it's a great way for me to be able to bring that other missing piece that my course doesn't provide and gives them an opportunity to plug their business too.”“Grades always try to determine your worth. But I think it's really your perseverance to get over whatever systemic system is set up, you can have the worst grades in school or not even finish, but if you can still find value in learning, as long as you can still do something that you feel proud of, that's going to give you all the confidence you need that grades can never do because grades aren't real life.”Guest BioAli Jones is a highly experienced customer service and marketing professional with a broad range of skills and expertise in multiple disciplines. When it comes to business she is excellent in sales, research, promotions, customer management, copywriting and speaking.To say she has a lot of life and career experience would be a huge understatement. She has worked as a personal assistant for Hollywood filmmaking, built an app as a CEO of her own company, and worked in nursing. She uses the valuable and varied insights she’s gained from her background to help people understand and stay consistent with their personal brand. She also helps businesses grow their potential customer awareness, increase conversion rates and develop practical marketing solutions.Ali's experience developing and launching new products gives customers confidence in her ability to quickly understand, assess, and recommend solutions to a variety of hurdles inherent in the brand development and customer retention process. She is also a very effective coach when it comes to life, productivity, social media and business goals.FOLLOW ALI JONESInstagram - @alijones.coFacebook - Ali JonesLinkedIn - Ali JonesFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEClubhouse - Search: Justin ( JustTries)Instagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.
Hayden Cashion On How To Be Great At Social Media Marketing
06-03-2021
Hayden Cashion On How To Be Great At Social Media Marketing
This episode will help any creative entrepreneur thrive. We talked a lot about learning, starting your own business, owning your goals, marketing and how to succeed in the world of e-commerce, or hip hop. Hayden is an expert in all things social media, brand awareness, and digital marketing. He started his own digital agency, Cashion marketing before completing university. As a former athlete, sponsored skater, and hip hop artist, he has powerful tips to share on growth mindset.We get into the conversation of motivation and making progress step by step. We also discuss how the education system may not teach us what we need for business. But, there are many great people to help you get started.Pursuing Your Passions And ExpertiseDid you know that paid social media advertising is one of the quickest and most effective ways to build your brand? It isn’t only about sales, it can be about connecting with a new audience and growing your community. Our guest in this episode, Hayden Cashion, has an incredible tagline for helping attract clients. Hey says simply, “D.M. me to grow your business.”In episode 5 of The Just Keep Learning Podcast, Hayden shares how it can be a realistic dream to pursue your passion, no matter what it is. We discussed the challenges of creating an online business, or brand, but provided a lot of solutions. For example, less so tips and tricks, and more on improving your attitude. If you want to succeed in a passion and you are willing to map toward long term ambition, then you will succeed. Hayden explains how it can be challenging, yet so rewarding to pivot and pursue your passion. Then perhaps pivot again as you get closer and closer to your big dream. He shares the importance of having a long term mindset and how to efficiently leverage your social media as an investment. One of the great points Hayden made in this episode is that short term pain is well worth it for long term satisfaction if it prevents regret, which is like long term sadness.Since learning is such an important topic for this show, we asked Hayden how he feels education can do a better job of serving those who gave up on school at a young age and he had some really good ideas. We talked about having more general knowledge in school, so that everyone learns the valuable basics and has a chance to explore their passions with freedom. We got into discussing topics of lifelong learning, his previous passions and the value of hip hop on both his life and the culture of social media. He let us in on some stories about who inspires him and how his mind works when it comes to goal setting. We talked about vulnerability as one of the most important aspects of goal setting. Not only is Hayden a worldwide leader in digital marketing, he also creates a lot of tremendous personal brand content that serves his audience. He is a public speaker, hosts clubhouse rooms and is a great role model for anyone in this digital age.  How To Start As A Hip Hop ArtistStart by studying the market to find people who have done similar things to what you want to do already.Make a list of people who have been there before that become your role modelsNext, find a style and playbook that some artists used that you feel you could relate with and emulate. Did they try to pop viral songs, or build a high volume of albums consistent with their own values? How did they brand their art?Once you figure out the plan of attack, start putting in that work by building habits that map to that ambition.Have the expectation that you need to do a lot of work without any results early on and then you will be able to stick with it if you love it.How To Start A Youtube Show About Building A Vintage Clothing StoreFirst off find someone who has done it before and study what they did.Don't portray yourself as an expert. Show the real you, say an 18 year old girl who's just coming out of addiction and learning how to build a vintage clothing store.It takes the pressure off, knowing what you're talking about or knowing what you're doing.Document the journey. Don’t overthink the creating of content, you can just document the process of learning.Remember to shift your perspective. You can be an amateur with patience, and now you're interesting to watch. People want to watch you build things over the long term and see the process, which makes it more special.Memorable Quotes“I wasn't planning on starting a business as early as I did. The reason I did that early was because I had demand for it. So I knew I was going to make it. And, no time like the present. Right? feel like when you're young is the time to take as much risk as possible because, if my business failed, I would just go get another job. I didn't have a house. I didn't have a wife, I didn't have kids. I didn't have all these things relying on me. So I was able to just go full risk. And for me, I didn't really care if it failed and people laughed at me either. I'm OK with judgment. So, I just went for it.”“If you want to build a personal brand around one facet of who you are as a human being, it's important to create an alter ego, or a name for that. So that you can then go back and be who you are. A kind of a stupid example, but like Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana. Hannah Montana was just one aspect of who she was as a true person. Then when she switched to Miley Cyrus, she was kind of her whole package.”“Focus on quantity, because quality is subjective, quantity isn't. So if you put out ten pieces a week, you know that's ten pieces a week. Whereas if you put out ten quality pieces, then you're just making a subjective decision. Right? The amount of times I've run campaigns for people and what they thought would work and what I thought would work didn't work. It was actually the other stuff that we tested that worked.”“Short term pain is well worth it for long term satisfaction if it prevents regret, which I feel is like long term sadness.Guest BioHayden is a multi passionate person. At a young age he already has a wealth of experience in different industries from hip-hop, to digital marketing and many things in between. He has a lot of wisdom too, which serves him well with his own goals in life and business.Hayden talks a lot about how he finds happiness in helping others achieve their goals. He does this through personal branding, content creation and digital marketing. Hayden is the owner of Cashion Marketing, a brand built on his personal values and that operates as a digital agency in Ottawa, Canada. As a business, Cashion Marketing helps clients achieve their business goals. This can be done through helping with brand building, attracting leads and creating awareness organically. And he also leverages paid digital ads to deliver his clients the best possible business results, when it comes to growing the brand, or conversions. There is no denying that both his personal brand and his business success will keep skyrocketing because it is built on his ability to put people first. If you are looking for someone to follow when it comes to business, marketing, and mindset, then look no further than Hayden and his workFOLLOW HAYDEN CASHIONInstagram - @haydencashionTwitter - @HaydenCashionLinkedIn - Hayden CashionFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.
Stephanie Liu On Live Streaming & Social Media
22-01-2021
Stephanie Liu On Live Streaming & Social Media
A world leader in digital marketing and live streaming, Stephanie is the host of Lights, Camera, Live and the co-founder of Leap Into Live Streaming Bootcamp. It can be difficult, but everyone can learn to turn their passions into a business. Once you get past the struggle phase to the strive phase it is so worth it! In this episode, Hey Stephanie Liu explains how it can be done. She has spoken at Social Media Marketing World, VidCon, Podcast Movement, and co-authored the Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing. Now she is bringing knowledge and wisdom to the Just Keep Learning Podcast.Did you know video can be one of the best ways to connect with your audience? Our guest in this episode, Hey Stephanie, has an incredible tagline for helping brands stand out. She asks, “are you tired of being the best kept secret online?”Achieving Your Big GoalsIn episode 4 of The Just Keep Learning Podcast, Stephanie shares how it can be a realistic dream to start your own profitable and creative business. But, we also get into the challenges of starting an online business and how live video can really help connect with your audience. In this episode we get into the value of starting a business in order to design life the way you want. Stephanie explains how it can be challenging, yet so rewarding to figure out what kind of business you want to create and how to get started. She shares the importance of putting family first and how to safely leverage your skills as a freelancer to build a profitable business.One of the great points Stephanie made in this episode was how the skill of communication between people is important for all aspects of life. Communication is key in both business and relationships. She speaks to the power of storytelling as the number one tip she would pass on to the next generation.Since learning is such an important topic for this show, we asked Stephanie how she feels education can do a better job of serving multi-passionate, creative entrepreneurs from a younger age. We got into discussing topics of lifelong learning, various learning styles and the importance of real-world experience. She let us in on her own experience showing her nephew what it can be like to work remotely and become a live streamer. Stephanie is the co-author of an incredible book, The Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing. It gives readers a 360-degree perspective of social media marketing in business. And gives strategy for organic, paid, business to business and business to consumer marketing.Not only is Stephanie a worldwide leader in live video, she also teaches online courses to serve her audience. While the instruction details vary, her favorite topics are neuro linguistic programming, growing on social media and how to start your own live show. So let’s look at each of those in a bit more detail.Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a powerful tool that puts you in control of your life. It helps you fully understand how your thinking impacts your behavior and results in life.Our mind is our greatest wealth-building asset. When we fully grasp how our thoughts have an effect on how we think and feel, we have a better understanding of how our mindset determines our outcomes.It will help you overcome limiting beliefs and communicate more effectivelyIt will help you master the art of confidence to deliver spell-binding presentations and captivate any audienceGrowing A Community On Social MediaStephanie agrees that it is valuable to have your brand exist across all of the popular platforms. However, she is a proponent that when you are starting to build an audience, you need focus and consistency. She believes the best place for this is wherever your audience is. For her, and likely the majority, a great place to start is Facebook. Stephanie recommends creating a genuinely helpful Facebook group that can grow over time. She explains how sharing the link to your Facebook group all over social media, email, videos and posts is a great way to quickly grow a collaborative community. It’s not just about selling. While that can be valuable, understanding Facebook as a great way to support each other is the most important part. It can be a confusing place to start and Stephanie explains the difference between a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group.Finally, she described how interesting it is to grow your personal brand. Over time, using a nickname like “Hey Stephanie” she started receiving a lot of inbound requests for support and speaking engagements. She tells a funny story about the first time she ever experienced the idea of “blowing up” beyond your immediate friends and family. Keys To Live StreamingTo be memorable, you need to have a strong brand and embody the same personality every time you go live. Think hard about your brand personality and how you want to express yourself.Focus first on where your audience is most engaged. You have a group of ambassadors that need what you are teaching, so keep it simple and serve where they are.Go live as regularly as possible, such as once a week. Remember, at first you need to reach as many people as you can.Don’t be afraid to promote your show to friends, colleagues, family, on social media, to your email lists, text communities, and groups.After you go live, you also need to measure the success of your awareness content. Get feedback from viewers about what they appreciate and desire.As you stream, engage in conversations with your audience. Ask them questions and make them feel like they are a part of your show.To promote sales, which should be done at most 10 percent of your time, be direct: “Buy now.” “Sign up today!” “Book now!”When it comes to being shy on camera many people face barriers such as Imposter Syndrome, comparing themselves to others, trying to be perfect, being shy, or wanting a certain production level. All of these things are defeated by taking immediate, imperfect action, where the only goal is progress, not outcome related.Plan your live streaming process by creating a tech checklist for starting the show, testing the audio, visual set up, using a rough outline, introducing yourself and/or a guest to the audience, maintaining momentum throughout the show, thanking your audience every now and again and wrapping with a summary and call to action.Finally, don’t let the great content die on the live show, be sure to repurpose highlight moments to bring value to your audience on other platforms.People love authenticity and a real personality where mistakes are something that you embrace, where the raw, free-flowing nature becomes the appeal.Memorable Quotes“I would recommend a split strategy. Try to get a job that will fuel your passion project, instead of being a starving artist. Don’t just scrape by. What if what if you could have just a bit of stability where you're working, maybe that nine to five and then towards the evening you're making steps to learning that software or making those connections and going to those networking events because you have the funds to do so.”“When you put yourself out there, I think vulnerability is the admission ticket to creativity. And I think it's one of those things where you could put yourself out there and share your story, that people are going to love that in the sense that they could relate to you. They could probably find something like, oh, I've heard something similar, or I've gone through that before.”“I think most people just need accountability. That's another thing is just accountability, because it's so easy to want to jump around, especially when you're reading like a “how to” manual, right? You just have to flip through, but then you need someone that's going to hold you accountable, like you should read this first before you start that for where you are at.”“If I could give you one piece of advice, something that you could always work on that's going to impact you in all areas of your life, both personal and professional, it's honing in on your communication skills. It's not just about the words that you say. It's about how you're able to listen to someone else and you're able to see it from their viewpoint and you're able to resolve conflicts. I think communication is one of those things where most of the problems in the world exist because there's always a communication breakdown. And I think if we all worked on being better listeners, being better communicators, then we wouldn't have as many problems as we would today.”Guest BioStephanie Liu is a live video strategist for brands and entrepreneurs who want to go from unknown to unforgettable. She lives in San Diego and got her start in digital strategy fifteen years ago serving in the ad agency world. She has since built an impressive entrepreneurial career that includes freelance consulting, course creation and a couple of different social media based companies. She is an advocate of the power of live video, teaching people to leverage lives to get more exposure for all sorts of brands. Stephanie also shows people how to improve their on camera presence. She coaches them by improving both the technical aspects of production and storytelling to become irresistible on camera. She has helped many personalities, from astronauts to master chefs ignite their ideas and become confident on camera. As she has become a veteran in entrepreneurship, she is a leader in helping others start their own thing too. She would be a tremendous role model for anyone looking to become an entrepreneur. As a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming trainer, Stephanie teaches brain hacks to help people overcome their fears of public speaking by rewiring their minds for success. With her proven system, clients discover how to create crave-worthy content, get audiences buzzing with excitement, and how to deliver a spell-binding presentation that hooks viewers in. She is the co-founder of “Leap Into Live Streaming Bootcamp” and continues to produce an awesome show in “Lights, Camera, Live” which airs every second Thursday. You can find past episodes on the Website.Stephanie has been named in the Top 50 Digital Marketing Thought Leaders by University of Missouri and her work has been recognized by Forbes, Online Marketing Media And Advertising, PR Daily, and Forrester. She has spoken at Social Media Marketing World, VidCon, Podcast Movement, and many more events to come. Stephanie is also the co-author of Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing, published by Entrepreneur Press. FOLLOW HEY STEPHANIEInstagram - @heystephanieliuTwitter - HeyStephanieLinkedIn - Stephanie LiuFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning Podcast” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.
Jacob Kelly On Social Media & Podcasting
23-11-2020
Jacob Kelly On Social Media & Podcasting
In this episode, Jacob Kelly, former social media marketing manager of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, and founder of JAK Marketing brings a ton of value for anyone who wants to learn to turn their creative passions into a business. We talk all about how to stop waiting and start taking action. We also get into the way that the education system may not teach us what we need for business. He talks about how much of what you learn in online business and social media marketing will be learned only by doing. But, that school can in fact give us the foundation to get there. Trying Not To Give UpDid you know most people quit producing their podcast by episode seven? Jacob discusses the difficulties of persisting, but how to build systems and habits that will help you surpass this seven episode barrier.Jacob has shown perseverance as he has gone from episode zero to well over a hundred with hardly missing a beat. We discussed the idea that as creative people we need to find ways to carve our own paths. This can be in our own work, or in our side hustles. Or both. Jacob is the founder of JAKMarketing and hosts the hit podcast My Social Life, in partnership with Trufan. We went deep into the topics that are discussed on his podcast. Specifically how we are often curating our own social media content to build a reputation, but that there is always a real person behind the feed and stories. We discussed in great detail how to start a podcast, from the technology requirements to editing, uploading and everything in between. Jacob answers questions like how did you get started? What is the free way to start a podcast? And how do we go about marketing each episode to get the most engagement.Finally, we discussed that having purpose and meaning in our work is so important. Jacob shared his own current learning goals and some wisdom for young entrepreneurs. This is one of those episodes that could have went on for days. You are sure to learn a lot from giving this one a listen.Keys To Starting A PodcastI have lists all over the place. I have a list on Twitter of people to D.M. to come on a podcast. I have a folder on my Instagram of photos I've saved of people to reach out to. I also have a note on my phone that I write in when people come to me, or I see their stuff. So I have lists all over the place. I'll find those and I'll start messaging people.It is different being a guest, but I actually love being the interviewee because in every single podcast I get something different out of being the guest. Right? I think part of my love of being a guest is because if I ever have a job interview or something, I would do far better than I would before.I found that I learned by doing, I learned so much more by doing and I figured out my podcast interview cadence. I figured out how to edit better. I figured out how to read people better. There's just things that you're only going to be able to learn by actually doing it. So what I always tell people is to just start!I think it was the commitment to having my first guest that got me from planning to taking action on the podcast. It held me accountable to getting it together and figuring out how to edit and all that stuff.Anchor is completely free, but I was being fancy and I got Simplecast. Fifteen bucks a month, I believe is what the charge is and again, it's very similar to anchor, a little bit different. It comes with its own website for your podcast and you can brand it yourself.It's great for preserving your audio. If anything weird happens and it’s the best sounding audio quality of anything that I've ever used to record audio remotely. With Zoom, it would transmit from my computer to your computer and record on your computer. When it's recording straight into your computer, it keeps it in a higher audio quality.A negative is the amount of time commitment that podcasting takes. But to not scare anybody listening to this, it doesn't have to be that way. I don't have to do any of that. I choose to. If you want to just sit down, you can literally stop recording, schedule and be done with it and spend two minutes editing the podcast. With my personality type, I have to do it that way. But you don't have to if you're starting.High School Creativity And BusinessJacob talks about his creativity growing up and how it actually started with an interest in the film industry. He started out wanting to be a filmmaker in a role of director and writer. But, he found very little outlet for that passion. And social media was yet to be an interconnected space where he could do as much self learning as someone could now.We talked about the fact that now, even though it’s not too long later, it’s much clearer that you can find very high quality learning opportunities on google, or social media platforms.But, turning to where there were possibilities in highschool, he got interested in business and enrolled in a specific highschool program where he got to make his first pitch for investment dollars. Funny enough, that became a digital media agency to bring local businesses a greater return on marketing investments. He explains how education, both in highschool and college didn’t lead to specifics for starting his businesses. But that it did establish a solid foundation for him to build off of. While there is a lot of hate for formal education, it can really create a base for us to then go pursue strengths and interests on.Memorable Quotes“It was pretty quickly on, that I realized the relationships I'm going to form through the podcast are far more valuable or equally as valuable as the downloads. My podcast has connected me with people literally all over the world, Australia, England, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Florida, all over the world.”“I didn't start recording because I didn't think I was ready. I had to figure out the podcast name, had to come up with cover art and I had to be able to do my intro and had to know who I was going to interview. I had to figure out how to get guests and how to do interviews. You could have given me another six months of trying to figure it out. I still wouldn't have been ready because I found that I only learned by doing.”“Just start, especially for your audience. I think that's going to be key. To stop debating and start doing because you're going to learn. You're never going to be ready by thinking, planning and strategizing. I understand that it does have a place and that can be important. But there's a point where it becomes counterproductive, so just start and you'll figure it out along the way.”Guest BioJacob Kelly got his start in sports social media at 19 years old as the Digital Manager for the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League. He built their social marketing strategy and scaled the platforms to great heights, earning and approximate earned media value of $1,480,000 in his time with the team.In January 2020, Jacob started his own company, JAK Marketing and has since taken it full time. Prior to running this agency, he was the Digital Manager for the Ottawa REDBLACKS, responsible for all social media channels, email and web content.In addition to the CFL day job, he leveraged his podcasting experience to launch a second show, called REDBLACKS Unfiltered, which launched at the top of the football podcast charts.In partnership with Trufan, Jacob hosts the hit podcast “My Social Life”. A podcast that he started a few years ago to tell the stories behind the people on social media. He continues to be a leader in the podcast space and has interviewed many influencers in the online marketing world. He’s interviewed over a hundred people, including YouTuber JustDustin, Karla Gregg, Nik Sharma, Sean Does Magic and more! FOLLOW JACOBInstagram - @thejacobkellyTwitter - @TheJacobKellyLinkedIn - JacobKellyFOLLOW TRUFAN Website - TrufanHOMEInstagram - @TrufanLinkedIn - TrufanCompanyFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningSchool - Just Keep Learning SchoolFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityConnect with Justin:  To join our texting community for secrets and motivation to help you for FREE, just text +1 (313) 710-5499Best Remote Interview Recording Software: SquadcastWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave “The Just Keep Learning Podcast” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. 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David Speed UK On Podcasting & Painting as a Creative Rebel
30-10-2020
David Speed UK On Podcasting & Painting as a Creative Rebel
Everyone can learn to turn their creative passions into a business. In this episode of Just Keep Learning, David Speed of Creative Rebels UK talks about how to build a creative business, especially if school isn’t for you. Other advice includes how to ignore the haters and become successful in pursuing your passions, starting a podcast and much more!We tackle how to get started with monetization of your creativity. But we also go deep on the way the education system fails so many of us and talk a lot about how to start a podcast.In this episode, David talks about dark times and how learning to becoming a better painter helped him regain happiness. He shares his experiences with learning, inspiration from his dad about being an entrepreneur, becoming a public speaker and much more.We appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.Episode NotesWe discussed the idea that creative people are often made to feel like outsiders. The right brain, random, creative rebels are people who just want to be free to share their art. But, how do you monetize this? How do you pay the bills and support your family long term with a creative career?We discuss the concepts of patience, perseverance and knowing your own big dreams when it comes to building the life you want, instead of what other people tell you to do. David has proved to the world that this can be done and one of his greatest passions is sharing how to do this with youth, teachers, parents and companies to help them do it for themselves.David talks about how mainstream education was built as a system to fuel factories with workers a hundred years ago. We talk about how important learning is and what the difference is compared to education. Learning is everything. David also has a pretty wise belief that learning leads to mental health. It seems roundabout, but it’s not. If you’re engaged with lifelong learning, then you will progress in your passions and as you make progress you will feel happiness more often. One of the main things that ran throughout this episode was the concept of how to start a podcast yourself.Keys To Starting A PodcastOur rule was that we only do in person podcasts. But we realized it’s better to be flexible, and use things like Zoom calls to overcome barriers to working with guests. And when you think about it, some of the biggest one’s like Tim Ferris have always been remote.Pick a name and go with it, use the best equipment that you currently have and get started, that’s the best way to learn and build at the beginning.Don’t listen to the haters, or those that don’t care about the show. They don’t matter. People will judge you for starting a podcast but you don’t want them in your audience anyways.When it comes to the information you discuss and share be sure to keep the end user in mind. What do your listeners like to hear and in what format? As you grow to understand your audience your show will evolve and adjust. It’s ok to get creative, but be on topic and on point for them more often than you are not.One thing about the type of content you make for your show, and it’s amazing is that podcasts are evergreen. So, that means that as a show grows and more people are exposed to it, they can always go back and find earlier episodes. The key is to build content that you know once you develop a following and subscriber base that you are leaving things they will still love to go listen to.When it comes to getting people on your show, potential guests are busy, so I understand them being protective of their time. At the same time, you know, I think it's totally worth the effort to just try, because if you ask a hundred people, one of them will say yes. It becomes a numbers game.To grow your show, don’t go chasing followers. This way you will build an engaged audience that truly cares what you are building. What you should do is plant as many flags as possible. A flag is every piece of content, or networking interaction you have. Touch points with potential supporters and collaborators. Doing this more and more ensures that opportunities and support for your work will flow to you. It's always worth planting the flag because you never know who will see it.School TalkSchool was not the right fit for David. He made it through, but for a world class artist, he only ever got C’s in his favorite subject of art. In main school he felt like an outsider who didn’t belong. Even in art he was never considered good. In fact, one teacher told him that he needed to find a “realistic” job because painting wasn’t an actual career.We got to talking about how the ones who are supposed to be lifting us up are also the ones with direct access to tear us down. It’s the people like David, who find something deep inside to keep pursuing their passion. They continue to follow their dream in the face of hater and push on. We talked about why this might be. Perhaps it was the influence of his father who followed and monetized his trade as a career as well. Or simply the fact that he knew painting would bring him mental health at a minimum. We also discussed Andria Zafirakou, an art educator who won teacher of the year in 2018 and often buys supplies with her own money so her students can access creative passions like painting and drawing. It’s teachers like this who bring the things that really light a student's soul on fire into the classroom that make a real difference.How To Start A PodcastDavid reminds us that success in any creative field is dependent on the amount of work and focus we put into it. The only way to get better at podcasting is to create a podcast. Just get started. Don’t slow down to think too long about a name, equipment, or who your guest will be.When it comes to building a following realize that this will take a three year plan in many cases. If you work hard for three years, put in the consistent effort you simply will be successful. But one of the most important things to keep in mind is the feelings of the end user. Get feedback on what people like, don’t like and learn how to improve, pivot and get more feedback. The best approach we can make is to implement the design approach to our business and podcast life. Memorable Quotes“My advice to people choosing a podcast name would be pick something and go with it, because too many people spend six months wondering what it's going to be called, when they could just be recording. At the end of the day, the name is not important.”“Learning is everything, I think that so much of happiness is built up in progression, and I think the more that you progress, the happier you can become. And I think that comes from learning.”“Whatever your dream is, there's a person on the planet who will make that happen for you. You just don't have access to that person yet.”Guest BioIn 2010 he started his first business, Graffiti Life. They started as two street artists taking their talents to paint residential bedrooms, but quickly realized that a move to more corporate settings would make the business more scalable and feed more artists.At this time they pivoted to networking with larger businesses and it worked. In the years that followed we have generated a massively successful business. Our team has grown from three to fifteen and we regularly make art for global brands like Nike, L’Oreal and Disney.David started the podcast as a way to share their business with potential customers. But, the main reason was to help people learn to start their own creative businesses.Alongside his business partner and fellow creative rebel Adam, he started the Creative Rebels Podcast.Creative Rebels launched to number 1 in the business charts. It has also been featured on Apple’s ‘New and Noteworthy’, ‘Be your own boss’ and as one of iTunes recommended business podcasts. The show has also been featured by Spotify as the top podcast for ‘Fuel Your Creativity’.FOLLOW DAVIDInstagram - @davidspeedukTwitter - @davidspeedukLinkedIn - DavidSpeedukFOLLOW REBELS CREATEInstagram- @RebelsCreateFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Instagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityConnect with Justin:  To join our texting community for secrets and motivation to help you for FREE, just text +1 (313) 710-5499Best Remote Interview Recording Software: SquadcastWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “Just Keep Learning” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.