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The Question and Answer Podcast

questionanswershow Welcome to the Question and Answer Episode!  I love these episodes because it's all about you!  Here are a few of the questions that you all asked:

  • How do you remain confident when facing lots of rejection?
  • How do you restart your creativity after a slump?
  • At what point do you consider yourself successful?
  • How do you manage your social media?
  • Does working out and eating well affect your creativity or work?
  • When do you transition from a project to entrepreneurship?

Thanks to those of you who asked!

 

Believing Better is Possible with Jeff Shinabarger

believing Jeff Shinabarger truly believes that better is possible.  Jeff is the founder and executive director of PlyWood People in Atlanta, Georgia.  Plywood People is a community and incubator for social entrepreneurs who want to solve a problem and make the world a better place.  Over the last seven years he has helped over 200 entrepreneurs start both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

While working with the highly successful Catalyst conferences, he started a small gift card project on the side that grew rapidly in both impact and influence.  They would gather unused and partially used gift cards and redistribute them to people in high need, right as the recession hit.  The project went viral as various news agencies reported on the impact. As a result he suddenly found himself at the epicenter of a movement of individuals who wanted to do good in the world and the Plywood People movement was started.

Jeff walks a fine line seeking to balance his family life (married with two children) and his various roles as an executive director, mentor, speaker, author and influencer in the Atlanta area.  He not only has built systems into his life to help protect this balance but also enlists the influence of mentors and key individuals to help.

In this podcast interview Jeff shares a lot of solid content from years of experience.  He speaks about three key areas:

  • How he knows who to invite into his projects.
    • What is the problem that you want to solve?
    • Who do you need to help solve the problem.
  • The importance of mentors and how to choose them.
    • Who is in your life that cares but isn't a naysayer?
    • Who won't always say no, but won't always say yes either.
    • The best way to find a mentor is to start mentoring someone else.
  • His definition for success as an entrepreneur. (I'll save this power quote for the podcast.)

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Turning a Project into a Business with Eryn Erickson

project Knowing if and when to transition a project into a business can be a difficult process.  There are so many factors that play into this vital pivot but if done correctly an amazing business can be the result.

Eryn Erickson was working as an art director and aspiring musician when she started a small t-shirt project to give back to her fans.  She suddenly found herself with a house full of t-shirts and people sharing their stories from all over the world.  She utilized mentors, business savvy and her instinct to transition this side project into the highly successful lifestyle clothing line, So Worth Loving.

In this episode Eryn shares her journey and some of the key insights that she's learned along the way.

Eryn shares three major lessons with us:

  • How she pivoted from a project to a business
  • The importance of mentors: how to chose them and when to let them go
  • The need to balance vulnerability with thick skin

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