This week, I feel lucky enough to bring you not one, not two, but three masters of inspiration into the hot seat. Join me in this LIVE conversation from the WeWork Creator Awards where I was joined on stage by serial entrepreneur and investor Kevin Rose, interior designer Kelly Wearstler, and star of Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ & fashion designer Tan France.
All three of our panelists are built a life doing the things that they love, but like all of us, there were a lot of twists and turns. In this episode, they share stories of inspiration, overcoming challenges, as well as some super solid business advice.
In this episode:
- Next time the fear of failure strikes you, remember this. Only 1 out of every 12 investments in venture capital are successful. Give yourself the grace to fail 92% of the time.
- You’ve got to surround yourself with the best people you can. Whether you’re mastering your craft, building a team, or looking for your first clients, you’d be a fool to discredit those closest to you.
- Passion is what made long, hard days worth it. We talk about how to use passion to overcome fear, failure, and getting stuck.
Shoutout to our friends at WeWork. If you want to know more about the CreatorAwards, you can find that here.
Failure is just admitting that you’ve learned something.
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What I Asked
- Tan – Was moving from the UK to the USA an intentional part of your plans to achieve your career goals? [3:00]
- How does the fact that we can now access the whole world from anywhere impact your business? [4:15]
- Kelly – Give us a bit of backstory on your work. [5:39]
- Talk to me about just the start of your business. [7:13]
- Kevin – What got you interested in building things and what is the number one characteristic of successful entrepreneurs? [9:22]
- Tan – Who, in your career, has provided answers and mentorship for you? [12:40]
- Kelly – How do you stand out in a crowded marketplace? [15:00]
- Kevin – Tell me a gritty, not good moment in your career. [18:53]
- Kelly – Talk to me about people in your organization. How do you hire? [23:05]
- Tan – Throw out some challenges that you’ve had. [25:25]
- How do you manage fear, especially when your failures are public? [28:30]
- Question from audience – What do each of you do to take care of you? [35:35]
- Question from audience – How do you get hired the first time? [42:22]
What You’ll Learn:
- Why Tan decided to leave the UK to target a larger market in the US, and then how he ended up in Salt Lake City [3:15]
- How Kelly grew her interior design business organically, starting with designing the kitchen for a friend of a friend. [5:40]
- Kelly says the 3 key ingredients to success are passion, craft, and ambition. [8:00]
- Kevin’s explanation of what passion means in the real world. [10:00]
- The best entrepreneurs set their egos aside to seek mentorship. [10:30]
- How Tan used his network and charisma to fill in the cracks of his growing business. [14:27]
- How Kelly uses inspiration outside of her field to find her voice. [15:47]
- How Kevin frames failure and ultimately leverages series’ of failures into big wins. [19:05]
- What happens when you hire the absolute best people to do a job. [21:40]
- Why Tan makes it a point to learn every aspect of his business. When things go wrong, he wants to be able to solve the problem. [26:00]
- How our panelists deal with fear. [29:20]
- Only 1 out of every 12 investments in venture capital are successful. [30:18]
- “Having confidence needs to outweigh the fear.” – Kelly Wearstler [33:00]
- Why Tan doesn’t let nervousness overtake his emotions anymore. [34:14]
- Why Tan recommends setting a big goal for yourself to keep pushing forward when things get hard. [37:28]
- How Kelly uses exercise to be her healthiest and most successful self. [38:00]
- Kevin recommends intermittent fasting, sauna exposure, the Wim Hof method, exercising regularly and meditation to keep your energy high. [40:04]
- Want a job with great fringe benefits? Work for Kevin Rose. [40:43]
- Kelly recommends using what you have to build your portfolio- your own materials and space and especially your community. [43:00]
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