Onward Creatives

Valentina and Jack Fussell

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast. A space to develop and grow your creative potential. Each week we provide inspiration and resources to you, the creative entrepreneur so that you can live out your greatest life story. We're Jack and Vale...Show More
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Customer Experience: The New Marketing Battleground

42:44 | May 3rd

Customer Experience is the new Battleground for Marketing!  The key to great customer experience is understanding the customer journey.  How do you build around the customer journey? 1. Acknowledge the journey. 2. Define the journey: Awareness Reput...Show More
How Brands use Empathy to Build Reputation

35:09 | Apr 25th

How do you build reputation without becoming the hero of the story? Empathy!  We all love brands that make us feel important, it's just the way it works.  So when we focus on building reputation we face two choices:  1. Build our reputation around ou...Show More
Your Reputation Matters!

36:30 | Apr 17th

Money isn't the goal, trust is!  Trust is the actual currency of business and reputation is one of the key tools you have to earn this trust. Everyone talks about marketing, do a search on YouTube, iTunes or Google and you'll be flooded with articles...Show More
The key to success, Customer Centric Branding

37:02 | Apr 10th

This is the key to building a successful brand.....understanding your customer!  Competition is more intense than ever and technology is continually changing the playing field, so how we do compete?  A human or customer centric approach will disrupt ...Show More
Turning Failure into Momentum

34:16 | Mar 26th

Failure!  It will happen to all of us!  The question isn't "will I fail?"  the question is "What do I do when I fail?" The issue with failure is that it can rob us of what we ultimately want: to feel respected, valued and appreciated.  When we fail a...Show More
How to Build a Killer Instagram Strategy

31:19 | Mar 19th

"How do I build my Instagram following?"  I hear this question (and ask it) every day.  Over 1 Billion of us are on Instagram and we all recognize that it's at the heart of content and marketing.....but we also recognize that it's a beast to build on...Show More
The biggest marketing mistake you're making

30:52 | Mar 12th

Marketing, one of life's biggest mysteries!  Everyone has questions and everyone also seemingly has an answer.  Regardless of the space you're in I see one glaring mistake across the board....not creating content.  Content creation is the key in the ...Show More
What to do with Compare and Despair

30:20 | Mar 1st

Compare and despair, most of us have felt the bitter sting.  We're confronted in real time with the delta between our success and the success of others.  We may not see their bank account but we see their likes, comments, features, endless vacations ...Show More
OC134: Ten Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Creatives

44:01 | Feb 21st

Entrepreneurs and creatives have more in common than they think.  Both have ideas they want to see come to life and both have to develop their skills to make it happen.  So if the overall goal is the same, to see an idea come to life, then the skills...Show More
OC133: The Key to Content Creation

28:02 | Feb 14th

It's the question so many of us struggle with.  How do I get more attention?  Traditionally the path has been ads but those days have changed.  Content creation is the new ad and unlike an ad can actually solve a problem.  The key to content gaining ...Show More
OC132: The Top Three Spaces to Get Attention

34:16 | Feb 7th

The battle is for attention.  It sounds new but the fact is the battle has always been for attention.  Madison Avenue and the Mad Men have been the gladiators in this battle for years, their tools were TV ads, radio spots and print pieces.  So what h...Show More
OC131: The Five Key Steps to a Growth Strategy

27:05 | Jan 31st

The difference between an idle business and a growing one is a growth strategy.  Most startups don't survive more than a few years and many side hustles quickly plateau and never reach their full potential.  How do we increase our odds of success?  A...Show More
OC130: Stand Out with Value Added Marketing

28:52 | Jan 24th

The very thing you need to grow your business is the thing most of us hate....marketing.  64% of us see marketing as annoying and intrusive . We hate it so much we'll pay extra for something to avoid the marketing.  So how do we stand out in the mark...Show More
OC129: Seven Steps to a Balanced Side Hustle

28:47 | Jan 17th

The world is quickly shifting to the freelance era.  Over 35% of people in the US have some type of side hustle.  There are more of us than ever before working on a side business.  The big issue that we all face is how to balance it.  If we push too ...Show More
OC128: Best Year Ever, It's Launch Time

13:17 | Jan 11th

It's go time! You've set some goals for this year to help you make a living doing what you love, and it's time to act on it.  I work with a lot of launches and there are always three things launches do. 1. They have to set a launch day.  When are you...Show More
OC127:Best Year Ever, Top 3 Things You Need

14:15 | Jan 10th

Business is all about investment and ROI.  As you look at 2019 there are three things that I guarantee will give you a significant return on your investment. 1.Invest in yourself.  Use your time wisely and learn: podcasts, Youtube videos, books. 2.Ne...Show More
OC126: Best Year Ever, Fight the Resistance

11:43 | Jan 9th

Regardless of what you want this year I can promise you this, you will face resistance!  The world doesn't like change and does everything it can to keep you just like you are. You will face three primary types of resistance: Yourself--this is the n...Show More
OC125: Best Year Ever, Setting "How" Goals

10:48 | Jan 8th

What if I could give you a better way to set goals?  A way to set them would increase your likelihood of achieving them?  The better way to set goals is to focus on the "how" instead of the "what". So often we set a goal on the what, which is the res...Show More
OC124: Best Year Ever, Defining Your Ideal Future

09:43 | Jan 7th

What does the ideal future look like?  One of the key steps to living your best year ever is defining what success looks like.  Define every part of it, what is feels like, what the results are.  Now define your current reality. Look at what you're d...Show More
OC123: Best Year Ever: Start with Why

08:02 | Jan 4th

Most of our resolutions and goals fail for one big reason....they are "what's" and "what's" don't inspire us.  Our goals of dropping 20 lbs., starting a new business, launching a new social media platform or adding followers are all "what's" Simon Si...Show More
OC122: Your Best Year Ever: Learning from 2018

10:53 | Jan 3rd

It's 2019, let's build your best year ever!  Sometimes the path forward requires a brief look backwards.  Before we can stretch out into 2019 goals we need to take a moment and learn from 2018. Let's look at three aspects of 2018: Successes: What did...Show More
OC121:How to develop social authority in your niche.

31:34 | Dec 20th, 2018

How do you develop social authority in your niche? 1. Know your audience 2. Choose the right channels 3. Know the terminology and major players 4. Be consistent 5. Use real life, current examples 6. Find and speak with your voice       Ready for week...Show More
OC120: Three reasons you need to be creating content

30:21 | Dec 7th, 2018

Content creation is like flossing.  We all know that we should do it, but most of us don't. Half of business is persuading people that you have a solution to their problem. (the other half is actually solving their problem). You can either run around...Show More
OC119: How to stand out with empathy centered marketing

38:11 | Nov 30th, 2018

When we think of branding and marketing we usually think of logos, website, social media and messaging.  The key to all of it being successful is one word: Empathy. Empathy based marketing has three benefits: 1. It helps us understand our audience. 2...Show More
OC118: The #1 Thing Your Business Needs

43:43 | Nov 8th, 2018

You need to know what makes you unique.  You can't be better and be the same.  Every industry is full of businesses that look, sound and work the same.....it's time to do it differently.  Whether you're a solopreneur or building a business with a tea...Show More
OC117: How to use Pinterest to build your business

47:47 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Pinterest is the third largest social platform with over 200 million monthly active users.  It's quickly become a substantial way to sell and increase awareness.  But it's also a platform that can be overwhelming....so tonight we answer these questio...Show More
OC116: How do you know if you have the "It" factor?

49:22 | Oct 26th, 2018

We've been discussing those who have "It" and those who don't....what makes the difference.  Some way that "they" were born with it....we don't agree.  All of us are born with some sort of talent....it's what we do after we're both that determines wh...Show More
OC115: What's your problem? Can I solve it?

42:55 | Oct 11th, 2018

It's no longer enough to get a business license, open your doors, promote yourself and watch as the business comes in.  Competition is more fierce than ever before both locally and globally (thanks to the internet).  The best way to stand out is to k...Show More
OC114: The message that every person needs to hear

30:12 | Sep 27th, 2018

Here's the message that every person needs to hear: The world isn't conspiring against you, it's actually conspiring for you.     Ready to start the business plan. Click on this link, give us your email and download the plan.  This episode of the pod...Show More
OC113: Build a business that scares you

31:53 | Sep 20th, 2018

If it doesn't scare you....it should!  A good business idea should scare you.  Here are three ways to know if your business idea is big enough. 1. It should frustrate you. 2. It should require more than you have. 3. It should require more than you ca...Show More
OC112: Start it right! The One Page Business Plan

55:30 | Sep 13th, 2018

You asked for it and here it is.  The One Page Business Plan! Click on this link, give us your email and download the plan.  This episode of the podcast walks you through exactly what you need to know for each part of the plan.  If you take the time ...Show More
OC111: You won't believe what happened when I wrote a business plan

45:25 | Sep 6th, 2018

You won't believe what happened when I wrote a business plan.  I found my identity, defined my audience and locked in on my biggest idea yet.   Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast.  A weekly podcast for the creative dreamers and doers.  Whether y...Show More
OC110: Building a larger audience

27:41 | Aug 23rd, 2018

It's the question I hear more than any other....How do I build a larger audience? Here's the first four steps: 1. Create Content 2. Collaborate 3. Tell other people's stories 4. Engage, engage, engage   Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast.  A wee...Show More
OC109: How to sell without being salesy

32:30 | Aug 9th, 2018

How to sell without being salesy! 1. Know the difference between marketing and sales 2.Understand your audience 3. Know how you (and your product) helps. 4. Continue the "Woo" with a real ask   Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast.  A weekly podca...Show More
OC108: Seven Steps to a Side Hustle

30:40 | Jul 26th, 2018

1. Create it in alignment with your identity 2. Define what type it is 3. Set goals 4. Schedule specific hours 5. Automate as much as possible 6. Don't undermine the FT gig 7. Know when to continue, grow or walk away   Welcome to the Onward Creatives...Show More
OC107: Turning identity from a liability into a strength with Valentina Fussell

1:01:47 | Jul 19th, 2018

Follow Valentina Fussell at: House of Valentina Valentina Fussell on Instagram     Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast.  A weekly podcast for the creative dreamers and doers.  Whether you’re just getting started on your creative journey or your w...Show More
OC106: Kayla Cote van Rensburg talks business, fashion and personal style

50:10 | Jul 6th, 2018

Visit Kayla at Dak & Co   Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast.  A weekly podcast for the creative dreamers and doers.  Whether you’re just getting started on your creative journey or your well on your way this is the place for you. Each week I he...Show More
OC105: The battle for people's attention

41:42 | Jun 21st, 2018

The battle for people's attention is fierce, but it's the key battle.  Since the beginning of time businesses have fought for attention....the weapons have changed but the battle is still the same.  Here are four things we have to understand about at...Show More
OC104: Don't let your start determine your finish

38:42 | Jun 14th, 2018

Don't let your start determine your finish. None of us get to choose how we start, how we're wired and our environment.  What we do every day after birth is on us.  How do we finish well regardless of how we start? 1. Accept the past (and move past i...Show More
OC103: What if you added more value?

34:58 | Jun 7th, 2018

We all have three problems with our creative endeavors. 1.We all need an audience to buy into what we're selling.   2. We all want to stand out from the competition. 3. We all want to feel secure on the journey. What if there was one solution to all ...Show More
OC102: Don't go solo, get a partner

32:35 | May 31st, 2018

Don't go solo, get a partner Here are four keys to a successful partnership: 1. Know yourself 2. Choose wisely 3. Make a Plan 4. Build it together   Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast.  A weekly podcast for the creative dreamers and doers.  Whet...Show More
OC101: Love the freak inside you

31:55 | May 24th, 2018

Love the freak inside you! 1. It helps you live it 2. It helps you sell it 3. It helps others accept you   Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast.  A weekly podcast for the creative dreamers and doers.  Whether you’re just getting started on your cr...Show More
OC100:My journey to identity and the next 100 episodes!

35:38 | May 17th, 2018

We made it to 100 episodes!  Wow, we started this journey in Copenhagen, Denmark as we quit our jobs and since then we've podcasted in real time throughout the journey.  To be honest, the destination that we've arrived at isn't the destination that w...Show More
OC099: Getting over the gap of resistance

31:53 | May 10th, 2018

We launch with such excitement.  We start the online store, publish the website, begin creating content and then we hit the gap.  The gap is where we see something in our head that we don't yet see coming to reality.  How do you push through the resi...Show More
OC098: How to sell through engaging not interrupting

35:12 | May 4th, 2018

The struggle is consistent and we all have the same issue....how do we sell?   If you look up selling you'll be overwhelmed with sales funnels, FB ads and sales funnels....enough of this!  These are tools you can use but not the substance of selling....Show More
OC097: Staying Motivated when Progress is Slow

31:16 | Apr 26th, 2018

How do we stay motivated when the results come in slow?  When nothing seems to be happening?  When it seems like we're alone on the journey? 1. Think about the end of the story 2.Live in Community.  Join the Creative Circus! 3.Celebrate Everything   ...Show More
OC096: The cost and benefit of self awareness

39:49 | Apr 12th, 2018

Self awareness is key for both the individual and the company.  Being truly self aware is the difference between the shadow of success and true success.  There are costs and benefits to achieve self awareness. It requires: 1. Time/energy 2. Courage ...Show More
OC095: What is real identity?

27:06 | Mar 29th, 2018

If success is Identity + Alignment = Success then we have to ask.... What is identity? How does it differ from what we do?  What is true identity and what does it bring us?   Join our Private Facebook Group! Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. W...Show More
OC094: What is success?

24:59 | Mar 22nd, 2018

What is success? Everyone has an answer and most of them are in conflict with each other.  So out of all the answers out there....which one is the true answer.  I think I know.... Success is to know who you are and to live in alignment with that iden...Show More
OC093: How to deal with setbacks, roadblocks and defeats

35:41 | Mar 9th, 2018

Setbacks, roadblocks and defeats....we all face them.  The difference between long term success and failure is how we respond/deal with them.  Here are the four ways: 1. Know that it happens to everyone 2. Reflect and learn from them 3. Take back con...Show More
OC092: Four ways to stand out and get the job

27:02 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Let's be practical!  This episode is for anyone who is... 1. Looking for a job 2. Transitioning to a new career OR 3. Trying to get people to hire your company   These are Four Ways that you can stand out and get the job. 1. Be on Social Media 2. Est...Show More
OC091: How do I sell? It's about narrative, not product!

28:13 | Feb 16th, 2018

Selling....it's the thing we all struggle with....and the thing we need the most.  We usually approach selling with this attitude...."tell them why I'm so great....why my product is better."  This approach used to work....but now the competition is s...Show More
OC090: How to get the word out....Messaging 101

30:46 | Feb 9th, 2018

How do you get the word out?  How do you use messaging and communications to stand out from the others? Here's the messaging framework: 1. What makes you distinct?  How are you unique? 2. Who is your customer? 3. Good communications is about them, n...Show More
OC089: How to build a new network

33:13 | Feb 2nd, 2018

What we want is what we already had.....human experience....human interactions.  Business is the same as it always has been....human in it's very nature.  Networking can be difficult to navigate and usually brings to mind cheap ballrooms and stacks o...Show More
OC088: How Networking Can Grow your Business

42:28 | Jan 19th, 2018

So often when we're ready to launch or grow our business we think....website.  Sales is all about awareness and reputation.  No matter how amazing our product is, if they don't know that we exist they will never buy from us. Networking is a word that...Show More
OC087: How to grow your business in 2018

35:24 | Jan 11th, 2018

Whether your business is well on it's the journey or this is the year to start something new.....the big question is...."Where do I start?" I say to start with clarifying the destination (listen to episode 85 and 86).  Once you know the destination, ...Show More
OC086: Three ways to start 2018 with Clarity

24:12 | Jan 4th, 2018

It's a new year with new opportunities!  Clarity is one of the key factors in both personal and business success. The more clarity of your purpose, what makes you unique and what success looks like the more probable you are to see success realized.  ...Show More
OC085: What would you do if this was your last year?

11:54 | Jan 2nd, 2018

It's a New Year!  There are so many opportunities ahead of us this year. So many of our ideas fail for the same reasons....lack of execution....lack of patience.  But before we can execute and wait it out we need clarity!   So as we start the year I ...Show More
OC084: Four ways to stay productive during the Holiday Season

25:59 | Dec 14th, 2017

Although business may slow down as we celebrate the holidays, we can stay productive and keep the momentum going.    Here are four things that I do to keep moving through the holidays while getting ready for the New Year.
OC083: Anxiety: let's starve it, replace it and kill it

32:47 | Dec 6th, 2017

Does it wake you up?  Is everything fine and then suddenly....it's not? Do you find your mind racing ahead through possible scenarios most of which end with you crashing and burning into utter destruction? Maybe I'm the only one....but I doubt that I...Show More
OC082: Enough with the webinars and ecourses, go hustle and have patience

16:42 | Nov 16th, 2017

There are no shortcuts to success.  The journey is long but the journey is where YOU ARE MADE!  The promises of instant and overnight are not the way forward.  In order to create we have to sit down and create.  Get the hands dirty, let the paint fly...Show More
OC081: The top ten things that Entrepreneurs can learn from the life of Walt Disney

59:06 | Nov 9th, 2017

Walt Disney is a true American icon and he's an amazing example to those of who merge business and creativity. This week I'm joined by Lou Mongello as we talk through the top 10 things that entrepreneurs can learn from the amazing life of Walt Disney...Show More
OC080: Entrepreneurship is hard, but you can do it

14:52 | Oct 19th, 2017

Guess what....this journey is difficult!  The webinars, keynotes, online courses and Instagram posts sell us on an easy journey.  The messages tell us that we can short cut the process and skip our way to  success but none of it is true.  Entrepreneu...Show More
OC079: The Hero's Journey

23:40 | Oct 12th, 2017

Please check out my new podcast Human Centric is the New Black   Where are you at in the hero's journey?  I want to hear from you on the Facebook Group. Join our Private Facebook Group!   Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. I'm Jack Fussell, bus...Show More
Big Announcement today and it's awesome!

02:44 | Oct 9th, 2017

I'd love for you to listen, subscribe to and rate my new podcast" Human Centric is the New Black   If you're ready to grow your business and see your brand grow and develop then this is the podcast for you. Our spaces are more crowded than ever with ...Show More
OC078: Three things Instagram won't teach you about being an entrepreneur

29:31 | Sep 7th, 2017

Instagram has a tendency to make the world look sexier than it is for most of us.  The same is true for us entrepreneurs, Instagram often portrays these ninjas of business with endless energy and nothing but opportunity in front of them.  Here are th...Show More
OC077: Lou Mongello on the entrepreneur life, social media, influence, fear and of course Disney

45:55 | Aug 23rd, 2017

This week we have the one and only Lou Mongello on the show.  Lou has made a unique journey from New Jersey based lawyer to Florida based podcaster.  Lou shares serious thoughts on influence, community, social media, customer service and how he built...Show More
OC076: Building the House of Valentina with Valentina Fussell

34:41 | Aug 17th, 2017

Valentina is back with us this week to share how's she's building the House of Valentina.  Click here to visit her updated site to find out more. Visit our Sponsor SudioSweden for 15% your earbud or headphone order.  Click here! Join our Private Face...Show More
OC075: The MP3 Player Heard Around the World : How the iPod changed Apple

27:24 | Aug 10th, 2017

How did Apple go from being a niche computer company with 2% marketshare to the global powerhouse that it is today?  One word....iPod!  The iPod changed the trajectory of Apple in every way possible.  The drastic change happened for four reasons: 1.T...Show More
OC074: Your customer is the hero! Building a customer-centric business

26:41 | Aug 3rd, 2017

What do Airbnb, Amazon, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Disney, Uber, Apple, Netflix and Southwest Airlines all have in common?  Two things, they're all brands that we love and that they're all brands that are customer-centric. If we want to build customer-c...Show More
OC073: Be a content rockstar and build your business

26:02 | Jul 27th, 2017

Four ways that being a content rockstar can be good for your business. 1. You pay it forward (and always get paid back) 2. Establishes you as a thought leader (and creates trust) 3. It builds a tribe 4. Helps you communicate and share ideas   Join ou...Show More
OC072: Fly the Friendly Skies, Yeah Right. Brand Promise and United Airlines

25:00 | Jul 21st, 2017

United Airlines has built their marketing on "Fly the Friendly Skies" yet in reality they're the most hated airlines in the US.  From bloodied doctor David Dao to mom Shirley Yamauchi they continually break their brand promise through a total lack of...Show More
OC:071 Build a business with the end in mind

23:59 | Jul 13th, 2017

Build your business with the end in mind 1. It gets you where you want to be 2. You can't separate work from life, so make sure they live in alignment. 3. It gets your business where you want it to be. Join our Private Facebook Group!   Welcome to th...Show More
OC070: Why the "Why" matters to you and your business

25:39 | Jul 6th, 2017

Why the "Why" matters to you and your business: 1. It helps your business stand apart from the competition. 2. People buy the why, not the what. 3. It allows our business to grow and evolve.   Join our Private Facebook Group!   Welcome to the Onward ...Show More
OC069: Realizing social media is kind of like high school

20:27 | May 5th, 2017

Social Media feels just like High School.  I came to this realization when I jumped out of social media for the last few months.   There are three things I've learned about social media while being out of social media. 1. Most of us aren't "cool" (an...Show More
OC068: I don't want to die, I just don't want to wake up

42:35 | Apr 13th, 2017

Join our Private Facebook Group!   Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  A space to develop and grow your creative potential. Each week we provide inspiration and resources to you, the creative entrepreneur so that you can live out your greatest ...Show More
OC067: Growing into your dream job

22:51 | Mar 30th, 2017

Ready to have that dream job?  There are two key steps to growing into your dream job.  You have to start with the job you're wanting to get (or you're wanting to build).  The main benefit is that it lets you know what people are looking for in the r...Show More
OC066: How to Find Your Unique Path

50:29 | Mar 16th, 2017

Join our Private Facebook Group!   Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  A space to develop and grow your creative potential. Each week we provide inspiration and resources to you, the creative entrepreneur so that you can live out your greatest ...Show More
OC065: Building around your personality, strengths and preferences

34:41 | Feb 21st, 2017

You are definitely your best asset but the reality is that none of us are complete.  We each have unique personalities and giftings but none of us are great at everything.  Regardless of whether we're self-employed or working within an existing compa...Show More
OC064: When you're pushed into greatness

48:11 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Hopefully after last week's episode you realized that your life is one of a kind....it's epic! But even when we decide to take the risk and live our unique life....gravity does it's best to keep us inline and as a result many of us coast.  We usually...Show More
OC063: Living for the ending

41:52 | Jan 26th, 2017

If we want to live a life of purpose and meaning, it all starts with the ending. What we want at the end is a great way to discover what really matters to us.  It's the first step to help us discover who we are and also anchors our life to a desired ...Show More
OC062: Was it worth it? We quit, relaunched and made it.

45:26 | Jan 12th, 2017

2016 is a wrap!  We started the year in Copenhagen, Denmark and ended the year in Atlanta, Georgia.  This episode is all about celebrating the amazing things we experienced in this once in a lifetime journey! Join our Private Facebook Group! Welcome ...Show More
OC061: Turning Tragedy into Hope with Ashley Jones

42:07 | Dec 16th, 2016

Ashley Jones has turned tragedy into hope with her non-profit Love Not Lost.  After suffering the loss of her child Ashley turned to photography to help start the next chapter of her life.  She soon found herself being invited to take portraits of pe...Show More
OC060: Develop the thing people really want...you!

06:11 | Dec 12th, 2016

Regardless of your business most of us concentrate our time and efforts on a few key things....creating the product, marketing, sales, distribution, social media.....but we often forget one key thing....ourself.  If we want to move beyond a transacti...Show More
OC059: Three ways gratitude is good for business

29:48 | Dec 1st, 2016

Gratitude is a key component of successful business.  It's not taught in business school and there aren't too many books written about it but at the end of the day....being grateful is good for business.  There are three ways gratitude is good for bu...Show More
OC058: Three Things to be Grateful For

06:15 | Nov 28th, 2016

We have so much to be grateful for!  As we (Americans) celebrate Thanksgiving it's a great reminder to be grateful three key things in both our personal and professional lives. Here are three things to be grateful for! 1. The things you wanted and go...Show More
OC057: How to sell your idea to others

41:37 | Nov 17th, 2016

We all have ideas to sell.  For some of us we need to sell our idea within our company to a boss, team or group of key stakeholders.  For others we need individuals, friends and family to buy into our idea.  Regardless of the context the process is t...Show More
OC056: Two ways to build reputation

07:06 | Nov 14th, 2016

We're all brand builders.  We're all managing the brands or reputations of our businesses, relationships and our family.  These brands are built in both the long term and the instant.  Great brands are built with a long term focus and in awe-inspirin...Show More
OC054: Feed the Courage and Starve the Fear

07:34 | Nov 7th, 2016

Struggling with fear in this election cycle?  Tired of being afraid? The solution is more simple than you think....Feed the Courage and Starve the Fear!   Join our Private Facebook Group!   Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  A space to develop...Show More
OC053: How to Develop Blue Ocean Strategy

29:51 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Cirque De Soleil, Waze, Starbucks, Curves, iTunes....these are all game changers and they've all used blue ocean strategy to get where they are. Blue Ocean Strategy is a radical change from the traditional way of thinking about business.  Most indust...Show More
OC052: Why Imagination Requires Sacrifice

05:33 | Oct 31st, 2016

A few weeks ago I spoke about the importance of imagination in our lives. (Listen here).  The fact is that we only have a certain amount of hours, skills, finances and resources.  So when we imagine something new, we also have to deal with sacrifici...Show More
OC051: Seven Steps to Making Better Decisions

39:58 | Oct 27th, 2016

Seven Steps to Making Better Decisions 1.Know where you're going 2. Know the first problem 3. Know Yourself 4. Get the input of trusted others 5. Ask which solution aligns with your goal/purpose 6. Act, go for it! 7. Don't expect perfection Remember:...Show More
OC050: Don't be tempted to say these two words

07:00 | Oct 24th, 2016

"....and wisely."  Elizabeth Thompson was an artist in the late 19th century in the UK.  She was not only a women in a man's world but she also painted their subject matter....war.  Her painting "The Roll Call" broke onto the art scene and ushered El...Show More
OC049: Leading a give back movement with Lauren Glass

27:18 | Oct 20th, 2016

Lauren Glass is the southern entrepreneur behind Throw Pillows, a give back company.  This 25 year old entrepreneur is already seven years into her journey and there's no stopping her.  At the age of 18 she was wrestling with her purpose and the work...Show More
OC048: Imagine the Possibilities

05:50 | Oct 17th, 2016

We all have skills, things we're gifted or naturally inclined to do well.  We can build on and add to these skills throughout life through school, work, experiences, and other education. We hold these skills in our hands, all of us have them and none...Show More
OC047: Why Imagination Matters to Your Success

41:40 | Oct 13th, 2016

When was the last time that you let yourself imagine?  When was the last time that you let your dreams just go, allowing your imagination to just go.  For many of us adulthood has brought with it extreme reality, leaving little or no room for imagina...Show More
OC046: What would happen if you quit?

06:32 | Oct 10th, 2016

The creative journey that we're on is tough, exhausting and at times overwhelming. What would happen if you quit?  Seriously, what would happen if you called it quits?  This a group of creatives: some of us are in existing businesses using our creati...Show More
OC045: Designing Life with Megan Huntz

30:39 | Oct 6th, 2016

Megan Huntz had a desire and she designed a life to fit it.  In this episode I interview Atlanta fashion designer, Megan Huntz.  Megan had a passion for a different type of fashion and charted a course to gain the experience and insight she needed to...Show More
OC044: The days that make for a great life

05:56 | Oct 3rd, 2016

16425 days.  I just celebrated roughly 16425 days on this amazing planet.  This weekend we celebrated two birthdays, mine and Landon's.  Landon asked me how many great days that I've had and I had no problem coming up with several that were unforgett...Show More
OC043: How to succeed with purpose

38:11 | Sep 29th, 2016

Until we define our purpose and what we actually want we'll always struggle with the time we invest in our work.  Many of us are frustrated with work/life balance because we don't see the reason why.  Why do we work?  What's the purpose behind the tr...Show More
OC042: It's time to celebrate

06:54 | Sep 26th, 2016

It's time to celebrate!  Of course there's still more to be done, more dreams to be realized, more art to create, more business to be built....but today, we celebrate. We celebrate three key things: 1. The privileges we have as creatives.   2. The pr...Show More
OC041: On the journey with the Nomadic Wife, Melanie Villeneuve

44:00 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Melanie Villeneuve is the Nomadic Wife and she is leading a movement to inspire and resource people  to eat plant based meals.  Melanie is less than a year into her startup and is already creating amazing content and more importantly, she's enabling ...Show More
OC040: Being Encouraged by the Beatles, Oprah and Walt Disney (among others)

06:08 | Sep 19th, 2016

Whether you're starting your own business, building out an existing business, launching a creative career or relaunching into a different career path we all find two companions for the journey....doubt and rejection. As we set out on the journey we s...Show More
OC039: Three ways to rethink work / life balance

37:39 | Sep 15th, 2016

There are few subjects as divisive as work/life balance.  We definitely live in a world of polarizing opinions on what this means and what is the proper balance.  On one side of the equation is the group idealizing working from the beach, living life...Show More
OC038: You can do this!

05:20 | Sep 12th, 2016

You're one of the rare ones.  You're one of the ones who has an idea and is acting on it.  Whether you're starting a business, launching a career or building an existing business I want to remind you this week....You can do this! I'm a huge fan of Di...Show More
OC037: You Asked and I Answered, this is the Question and Answer Show

37:20 | Sep 8th, 2016

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...Show More
OC036: The One and Only You

06:08 | Sep 6th, 2016

You are the one, the only!  I don't mean this in a cheesy, we're all perfect, we all deserve a trophy kind of way.  The reality is that we're not all good at everything because we're each different.  It's time that stop celebrating us all for the sam...Show More
OC035: Believing that Better is Possible with Jeff Shinabarger

41:06 | Sep 1st, 2016

Jeff Shinabarger truly believes that better is possible.  He is a firm believer in solving problems through both for-profit and non-profit endeavors. Jeff is the founder and director of Plywood People in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been involved in help...Show More
OC034: Be Passionately Curious

07:38 | Aug 29th, 2016

We've heard it before and it's a big fat lie, "Curiosity killed the cat!"  It's intended to protect us as children from doing things that are harmful to us.  The problem with childhood advice is that it often influences us as adults. It's quite easy ...Show More
OC033: Turning a Project into a Business with Eryn Erickson

29:47 | Aug 25th, 2016

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 direct...Show More
OC032:Keep your eyes on the road

06:24 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Keep looking ahead! Not only is this really good advice for driving but also for life. When we make big, crazy decisions it's tempting at some point to look back.  To be honest sometimes the road ahead looks treacherous and uncertain. This is when we...Show More
OC031: How to Start Beyond your Experience with Laura Bento of Good Grit Magazine

42:37 | Aug 18th, 2016

Do you have an idea that is great but you don't have the experience for?  This is a common problem among entrepreneurs and often times keeps us from pursuing our dreams.   A few weeks ago I met Laura Bento, founder of Good Grit Magazine, and was shoc...Show More
OC030: Getting to know your best asset, you!

06:54 | Aug 15th, 2016

Whether we're starting a business or looking for a job,we all do our fair share of research.  We research production, marketing, branding, pricing.  We look into the company that we're applying to and learn how to network and use social media to make...Show More
OC029: Seven Reasons Why Working for The Man isn't So Bad

45:02 | Aug 11th, 2016

Can you be an entrepreneur and work for the "man?"  Some say no but we say yes!  And here are seven reasons why: 1. Sometimes you don't have a full-time idea 2. It's best for your stage of life 3. It reduces your stress/pressure and keeps things fun ...Show More
OC028: We need to disrupt in order to grow

08:08 | Aug 8th, 2016

Change and growth come from disruptions.  Commonality creates comfort but differences create growth.  Whether it's in our own personal journeys or in the business's that we lead significant change and growth cannot happen without disruptions.  The Hu...Show More
OC027: 6 Myths of Following Your Dreams

36:37 | Aug 4th, 2016

There are six common myths about pursuing your dreams.  To be honest, I've believed a few of them along the way and maybe you have too.  Today we'll be your entrepreneurial Myth Busters, here they are: 1.You have to quit your job 2.You can finally fo...Show More
OC026: You have to break free of the drift

07:01 | Aug 1st, 2016

You have to break out of the drift.  The drift is the subtle, gentle current that slowly takes you far from where you want to be.  If we don't break out of the drift we will wake up one day and say "This isn't the life that I wanted."  In this Motiva...Show More
OC025: Five ways to build a new support network

41:00 | Jul 28th, 2016

We're all leaving one place and heading towards another.  The journey requires that we set out on a path that will require a lot from us.  In addition to the difficulties we face in starting a business, changing jobs, getting healthy or changing rela...Show More
OC024: Remember why you started and where you are going to

06:44 | Jul 25th, 2016

Welcome to Motivation Monday!  Every journey has a starting point and a destination.  The beginning of the journey is marked with excitement and the end of the journey is exhilarating because you can see the end.  The middle though, when we can't see...Show More
OC023: 5 things to do when the doing gets difficult

29:01 | Jul 21st, 2016

Life change is easy!  Ok, no one ever said that.  In fact, when you decide to change something in your life you'll quickly find that it can be more difficult than you've ever imagined (which is the very reason so few people do it).  Here are 5 things...Show More
OC022: The Two Letter Word that Launches your Dreams

06:53 | Jul 18th, 2016

Are you ready for action today?  In the next five minutes I'm going to help you embrace a two letter word that will change your life.  This week is all about action so we're going to take the first step towards our dreams becoming a reality.  Once yo...Show More
OC021: Four ways to get ready while you wait

49:31 | Jul 14th, 2016

Do you like waiting?  I hate it!  Whether in it's line, traffic or for the next Star Wars movie.  It's even worse when I have an idea that I want to act on. Unlike Jerry Maguire we can't just quit our jobs and start over in the night.  Sometimes we n...Show More
OC020: Time and Patience in the Instageneration

06:17 | Jul 11th, 2016

Ever feel like on the road to success you're in a Fiat and everyone else is in a Ferrari?  We live in the instageneration so this feeling is quite common.  You have the idea and the skill but patience and practice are what you need to make your dream...Show More
OC019:The world needs you to ask "What if"

06:39 | Jul 8th, 2016

How do we stay hopeful with tragedies occurring every day? How do we solve problems which seem to increase daily? We can fight hopelessness and despair with two words...."What if"   Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  This is the place for anyo...Show More
OC018: Top 10 relaunch lessons we learned from the road

59:35 | Jul 6th, 2016

This week we're sharing 10 big relaunch lessons that we've learned from 12 years of living abroad.  What happens when you combine a family of 5, 20+ moves, three continents and lots of travel? You learn a few things!  This week we share these big les...Show More
OC017: You Must Defy Gravity

06:21 | Jun 27th, 2016

You have to defy gravity!  Gravity seeks to maintain order and keep everything in it's place.  This is vital for our physical life here on earth but truly limits us in the other areas of our life.  When you try to change something in your life gravit...Show More
OC016: Being patient in the instalife generation

39:17 | Jun 22nd, 2016

We live in a fast paced world where success often seems instant. Word travels quickly and it often appears that everyone else gets their dreams overnight.  When we pursue our ideas it's easy to be frustrated when the journey isn't instant and success...Show More
OC015: Remember What You are Fighting For

07:09 | Jun 20th, 2016

Happy Monday Everyone!  Welcome to the first episode of Motivational Monday.  Average is easy but living a unique, inspired, extraordinary life requires work and it can be exhausting.  When you're hitting the wall and the exhaustion is all you feel r...Show More
OC014: Why the world needs dreamers

40:14 | Jun 15th, 2016

The world needs you!  The world needs dreamers because there are problems that need to be fixed and fear has rendered us useless to solve them.  Dreamers can replace fear with hope and with that hope we can begin to see possibilities again.  In this ...Show More
OC013: Question and Answer Show, Welcome to Season 2

41:59 | Jun 8th, 2016

We're starting Season Two by answering some of the questions that you've been asking. You asked about creativity, time management, networking....and the biggest question of all...."How do you work together without killing each other?"  Welcome to the...Show More
OC012: The top 3 things we learned from pursuing our dreams (so far)

33:13 | May 26th, 2016

Changing your life and pursuing your dreams is a crazy process.  During this first season we're chronicled our own journey from Copenhagen, Denmark back to the US.  Along the way we've shared our insights, struggles and victories to provide a rare vi...Show More
OC011: Knowing when to adjust the dream

39:07 | May 18th, 2016

As we prepare to embrace a business launch, lifestyle change or any other creative endeavor changes will inevitably come.  It's vital that we plan and think through every variable prior to launching but it's also important to be flexible immediately ...Show More
OC010: The benefits of embracing change

35:57 | May 3rd, 2016

Change will always cost you something!  The greaterthechange, the greater the cost.  The great news is that thiscost comes with benefits and they're actually more diverse than wethink.  Not only do we benefit from the sense ofrelief,personal growth a...Show More
OC009: Is your dream worth the cost?

39:14 | Apr 27th, 2016

Your dream has a cost attached to it.  The greater the distance to be traveled between current reality and the realization of the dream, the greater the cost.  When we look at pursuing a dream we have to look at four key cost factors: financial, rela...Show More
OC008: Making it through the exhaustion of change

34:44 | Apr 20th, 2016

The journey to change starts off with excitement and endless energy but when the pivot happens and you begin to turn to the future it happens.  Exhaustion and fatigue can set in.  This phase of the journey is critical and it's in this phase that many...Show More
OC007: Knowing when to act on an idea

30:30 | Apr 13th, 2016

How do you know when an idea is ready to launch?  This question haunts us and the answer eludes even the best of us.  To be honest there's no way to guarantee that an idea will take or launch, but with a few key questions we can increase our odds of ...Show More
OC006: Knowing who you want to be

24:51 | Apr 6th, 2016

What do you want to be known for? What do you want your life to actually be about? Who do you aspire to be? These are all vitally important to know when looking at change in life. If we have an idea, something we want to pursue, we have to consider ...Show More
OC005: Fighting the resistance to your ideas

41:06 | Mar 30th, 2016

Every action has a reaction.  When you seek to embrace a lifestyle change, explore a business, launch a new product or create a new art form you will quickly come up against the resistance.  It can be both external and internal and if we're not caref...Show More
OC004 Three ways to make your ideas become a reality

28:06 | Mar 22nd, 2016

You have an idea!  That's awesome but the question we usually ask next is, now what? It doesn't matter if you're wanting to start business, create art or change your lifestyle so many ideas never become realized because we don't have a system of proc...Show More
OC003: Knowing what to do with fear

29:05 | Mar 9th, 2016

Fear!  Any time that we even think of trying something new in life fear loves to show up and protect us /deter us from pursuing.  Fear is actually healthy and if we learn to manage it we can use it to propel us forward and create momentum.  We'll loo...Show More
OC002: Turning discontent into momentum for life change

27:54 | Mar 9th, 2016

In episode 2 of the Onward Creative Podcast we look at discontent.  We'll examine it to make sure it's legit, discover how to explore it for the underlying truth so that we can leverage discontent and turn it into momentum.  For more inspiration and ...Show More
OC001: Welcome to the Podcast

16:26 | Mar 9th, 2016

What is the Onward Creative Podcast about?  Join creative entrepreneurs Valentina and Jack Fussell each week as they equip anyone who is dreaming a change in their lives, taking a leap into a new adventure or wondering if their idea is worth pursuing...Show More