Category Archive : hustle

It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work with Jason Fried

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With so much information, and gadgets and access and hustle and email and …and.. aren’t you overloaded at work!? It’s understandable and it’s a real problem. If this describes you or someone you love…you’ll LOVE this episode of the show. Enter: Jason Fried.  He’s the brilliant NYT best-selling author and co-founder of the software firm, Basecamp.  Since long before meeting Jason in person he’s always caught my eye as perhaps THE outspoken thinker / critic of the current status of work, our unhealthy habits around our jobs, and our addictions to busy-making. Whether it’s the toxic hustle, the grow-at-all-cost mentality, or the idea of working your fingers to the bone…Jason helps us all see why 99% of this approach is rubbish. And within 3 minutes of meeting him / listening to this episode, I’m banking you’ll be in agreement with him. The one refreshing difference with Jason?  He also gives us a roadmap to fix what we’ve broken. In this episode we talk about is latest book (co-authored with previous cjLIVE podcast guest David Heinemeier Hansson!) called It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work, which lays out a play-by-play on how to avoid all exhaustion, stress, and burnout and how to […]

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Daymond John: Why Grit, Persistence, and Hard Work Matter

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Daymond John is the CEO and founder of the iconic lifestyle brand, FUBU, which he started by selling handmade hats on the street and went on to have more than $6 billion in sales. You’ve seen him as the “snake in the grass” star on ABC’s Shark Tank, which is currently in its tenth season of filming. He released his first NY Times best selling book, Power of Broke, in 2016, and is just about to drop his second, Rise and Grind. This is Daymond’s second time bringing his buttery soft hands and understated wisdom on the show and somehow we had even more fun than last time. Between jokes and anecdotes, Daymond drops some serious wisdom on how to keep your goals, habits, and pursuit of your dream life simple and effective. In today’s episode: While writing Rise and Grind, Daymond found some killer recurring themes for living your most productive and best life. Most of them you’ve heard on the show before- meditation, importance of sleep, exercise- but he drops some new shared habits and techniques on prioritization and goal setting. Entrepreneurship is simple. It’s just figuring out each roadblock, each problem, one at a time and not […]

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Real Artists Don’t Starve /w Jeff Goins

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Jeff, like many of us, has had a winding path to his art. He’s a best-selling author of FIVE books including The Art of Work and his latest, Real Artists Don’t Starve. As a youth, he never claimed being a writer, but it was always something that lingered in the back of his mind. From joining a band to lingering at a comfortable job, he was just waiting for his mid-life crisis to push him into gear and start taking action. Our conversation is chock full of actionable, tangible, you-can-and-should-do-them nuggets about how to go from starving to thriving as an artist. Perhaps the biggest nugget revolves around something I’ve been suggesting to you for years- don’t quit your day job while pursuing your side hustle. Keep your side hustle where it belongs, on the side, until it has enough traction to support you. Today on the podcast, We go back into Jeff’s journey and unpack the curiosity, intuition, soul-searching, and grit to travel a winding road to his calling. There is no school or method to finding out who we are. Jeff drops some valuable tactical gems we can all use to find out way. Jeff’s curiosity lead him […]

How to Boost Your Photography Sales and Get Published in Magazines

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Are you just getting started with your photography business, or struggling to find clients? This 15-minute video from French photographer Serge Ramelli is well worth your time, as he imparts his knowledge and experience on making bookings and getting your work printed.

Sometimes it takes a bit of hustle to get your business up and running. In the video, Ramelli goes through techniques he himself has used to find new clients in the past. He tells the story of when he was getting his business started photographing hotels in Paris. He created a spreadsheet of numbers for every hotel in the city and cold called them every Tuesday and Thursday for 2 to 4 hours. This netted him around 8 clients every month.

Cold calling can be hard work, but once you’ve got those initial clients and expanded your portfolio, you may never have to do it again. A similar ‘brute force’ method can be applied to getting your work printed. Ramelli talks about the time he mailed 5 photography magazines in France with a series of printed photographs, a cover letter, a CD with high-res copies, and an authorization to publish.

“Out of the 5 magazines 3 published me,” he says. “One did an 8-10 page article on me. This original press is what got me my first O-1 Visa to be a photographer in the United States.”

The table of contents for the video is below:

1:09 Easy starting points for photography
2:53 Cold calling technique
6:15 Door 2 Door technique
8:02 Get the ball rolling
8:59 Real estate
10:26 The Magazine Technique

You can also find more of Ramelli’s popular photography videos through his YouTube channel.

The Other 50%: Creating and Sharing Your Photos is Only Half the Work

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Creating and sharing your work is just the beginning, as Chase Jarvis explains in this 6-minute ‘tough love’ video for his RAW series. Building a community is the long game. Sure, it’s hard work, but it pays off.

“How do I network?” is a question Jarvis frequently receives from photographers who are frustrated that people are not engaging with their work on social media. His advice? Do 100% of the work!

Simply putting your work out there and hoping that people will find it is not going to get you far. In fact, Jarvis claims that creating and sharing your art is only the first 50%, and yet “most people think that that’s where the work stops,” he says.

It’s not… at least not if you want to be successful.

So, what is the other 50%? How do you get people interested and engaged with what you are doing? Like anything worthwhile, it takes hard work, and those with followings like Jarvis have gone that extra mile.

To summarize his advice:

  • Reach out and engage with your target audience before, during, and after creating your content.
  • Participate in conferences, meet-ups, events, and establish rapport with people face to face.
  • Engage with others online—follow photographers you admire and comment on their work; participate in forums, on blog posts, and make yourself present.
  • Make your name synonymous with not just the great work that you do, but also with your level of participation in the community.
  • If your work does start taking off, don’t just sit back and enjoy it. Success can be fleeting—you have to continue working hard and build on it.

Jarvis stresses that building a following this way is the long game, and it requires a constant cycle of content creation, promotion, and engagement. Most of all, you have to be patient.

“Don’t get frustrated; be super patient,” says Jarvis. “Don’t be afraid of the work, put the work in, and it will come back to you—it’s just not going to come back to you overnight.” In the age of draconian social media algorithms and ‘influencers,’ this advice is more important than ever.

Check out the whole ‘rant’ up top to get your full dose of Monday morning inspiration. And if you want more tips, tough love, and inspiration from Jarvis, check out his weekly RAW video series, which explores “creativity, hustle + other stuff you want to know.”

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