Ep114 Show Notes: Jeffrey Shaw of the Creative Warriors Podcast
About Jeffrey Shaw
Business coach and speaker Jeffrey Shaw encourages entrepreneurs to use their natural creative strengths to build businesses that are profitable and fulfilling so they can make a living doing what they love. Jeffrey’s work centers on supporting creating entrepreneurs to bridge the gap between their passions and creating real profits. He began his career as a highly-sought after portrait photographer for an exclusive clientele. His portraits have appeared on The Oprah Show, in “O” magazine, People Magazine and CBS news.
Jeffrey has been trained by the most respected coaching institutions and mentors in the world, making him a sought-after business coach and speaker. He is also the host of the popular business podcast, Creative Warriors, often ranked as one of iTunes hottest podcasts. A contributor to the Huffington Post, Jeffrey is also the creator of the online training program The Creative Warrior Unleashed and has been cited in various publications and trade journals. He frequently turns conventional business wisdom “upside down” to offer entrepreneurs a way to develop a sustainable business making a living doing what they love.
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
Connect with Jeffrey
Jeffrey’s Introvert Island Book Selections*
The Geography of Genius | Eric Weiner
It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond | Julia Cameron
TED Talks | Chris Anderson
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Key Conversation Points
- Being fearless and letting go
- Appreciating authenticity
- Examining assumptions about who you are and who you serve
- Properly placing your energy for sustainable results
- Appreciating observation and intuition
- Examining stress and time management
- Embracing your “rare” qualities
- Identifying your true purpose as an entrepreneur
- The one question that can snap things into focus
Detailed Conversation Highlights
Jeffrey describes himself as a “brave introvert”, meaning that in spite of the challenges of introverts can face when attempting to step out of their comfort zone, he chooses to push himself in order to keep encountering enriching opportunities in life. In these instances it becomes even more important that introverts honor their instincts and their solitude after they achieve their goals in a more extroverted fashion. There is something liberating about understanding and pushing through fear. The focus shouldn’t be on trying to live life without fear, but embracing it with less fear. Jeffrey decided to create his coaching business with creative entrepreneurs in mind, who lack resources for planning and development compared to traditional models.
Empathy carries particular weight when dealing with people, especially when their experiences and worlds are vastly different from your own. Success comes in many forms, but it is imperative to maintain perspective and not to be judgmental of those who have the success you desire. When you release mental hang-ups and embrace being open, prosperity can be achieved as long as negativity and shame aren’t present. For introverts, the concept of sales may be cringe-worthy, but service resonates strongly typically because of cultivating relationships. When the service you provide is built seamlessly into the sales process, it’s the guidance and rapport that becomes the link to the point of sale without any of the negative connotations surrounding the word “sale.” Exuding the right energy is becoming increasingly important in the business world, and introverts have an advantage since they are so well attuned to the innermost thoughts and feelings that we have. Many people don’t make an immediate connection between their business and what drives them crazy in life, but a strong connection almost always exists. Changing the equation around and asking yourself what drives you crazy can aid in finding a purpose and direction for your endeavors.
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