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Road Trip Diaries: What Did We Learn? (Nashville & The End of Our Trip)

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Idea Lemon is on an epic road trip August 8 - September 20, taking our Discover Your Inner Awesome podcast around the country in partnership with our friends at the kickass travel community Under30Experiences. If you daydream of going to places like Bali, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru, Iceland and more, you HAVE to hit up U30X. Their trips have changed our lives. We're all about helping you do more of what you love, so use Promo Code "idealemon" for $100 off your booking.

After 46 days on the road and 12 locales, our epic road trip finally comes to a close in Nashville. We departed on this journey when it was Tazo Iced Tea season and return during Pumpkin Spice Latte season.

What a journey it’s been. From making amazing new friends, to tasting local cuisines, to starting dance parties, to podcasting with people we are grateful to now call friends, there is so much we’ve learned. We bottled as much of that knowledge as we could into the season finale of our podcast. No guests on this one, just Martin and I having some real talk with each other.

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This episode is way longer, 2 hours in fact, but that's just how much we had to talk about. Trust me, it's all worth listening to, just maybe break it into two separate listens.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

+The difference in work habits and approaches to work in different regions of the country

+Finding your ‘pockets of interest’ wherever you are

+Figuring out if your potential is capped by your location

+Embracing the things you actually like

+Giving yourself a break when you feel you need it

+Going from being a spectator to being the one who people spectate

+Finding focus in your interests

+You don’t have to do everything from scratch

+Breaking away from a starving artist mentality

+How money validates that your idea has worth

+How new technologies enable more people to fail, and fail longer

+Just because it doesn’t make you money, doesn’t mean it’s not part of your career

+The most successful aren’t the best, they just kept doing it

+Getting started gives you a baseline and benchmark to work off of

+Acknowledging your default activities and doing more of your defaults

+How we tend to devalue our own work when showing it to others if we feel it’s not perfect

+Letting your emotions go in order to move on to the next thing

+How to get started when you feel like you have so many ideas and don’t know where to get started

+Taking on a “don’t think, just do” mentality

+How Tony Hawk was able to go all in on one thing and still explore everything

+Making yourself necessary all the time

+Moving past limiting your own creativity

+Everyone has a “something” they can do quickly and do great

+Leveling up in your skill set and interests

+Granting yourself access to a seat at the table you want to sit at

+Taking a good hard look at what you did wrong and using that to improve in the future

+Finding and embracing the things you do that get people excited

+How to get people to feed your creative engine

+It’s not as hard to make new friends after college as most people think

+Becoming the catalyst for creativity

+How to get people to gravitate towards you

+Leaning into excellence by being around people who elevate you

And that wraps up what truly was an epic road trip. Shout out to everyone who helped make this possible, and made it memorable along the way, and thank you to all of you who followed along. Our journey doesn't happen in the first place without having an audience to create for.

More good stuff to come your way when we launch season 3 of the podcast. Until then,

Take care and be awesome today,

 

Rajiv


Road Trip Diaries: Our Official Road Trip Anthem

Idea Lemon is on an epic road trip August 8 - September 20, taking our Discover Your Inner Awesome podcast around the country in partnership with our friends at the kickass travel community Under30Experiences. If you daydream of going to places like Bali, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru, Iceland and more, you HAVE to hit up U30X. Their trips have changed our lives. We're all about helping you do more of what you love, so use Promo Code "idealemon" for $100 off your booking.

If you didn't know by now, part of my repertoire is rapping (I go by the stage name Fenetik), and I couldn't go this entire road trip without creating an anthem. This is the shit that's gonna make you want to cliff dive, zipline, and straight get a speeding ticket on the highway.

So without further ado, I give you "GO! (Epic Road Trip Anthem)".

Listen below and if you click the 'buy' button you can download the song for a 99 cent donation, so you can take GO! wherever you go!

Take care and be awesome today,

 

Rajiv (aka Fenetik)


What up! My name is Rajiv Nathan and I'm the Cofounder of Idea Lemon. That banana peel you slipped on to land here came from me. That's because I fancy myself a human Curious George, and the yellow hat I chase is life's authentic moments. I share my chase one story at a time through this blog, our email newsletter, and as a rapper. Follow along here to learn how to build a fulfilling lifestyle that gets you noticed for what you love.

Road Trip Diaries: How Do You Handle Rejection? (Las Vegas)

Idea Lemon is on an epic road trip August 8 - September 20, taking our Discover Your Inner Awesome podcast around the country in partnership with our friends at the kickass travel community Under30Experiences. If you daydream of going to places like Bali, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru, Iceland and more, you HAVE to hit up U30X. Their trips have changed our lives. We're all about helping you do more of what you love, so use Promo Code "idealemon" for $100 off your booking.

Here are our notes from Vegas, baby!

While in Las Vegas last week, we hit up Coyote Ugly at the New York New York hotel. If you’re not familiar with Coyote Ugly, there was an entire movie about it, and Britney Spears stopped there during her journey in the movie Crossroads, for your education. For a quick synopsis, it’s a bar where hot female bartenders dance on the bar countertops and work the crowd to get everyone dancing.

                      this photo doesn't suggest it, but I swear there were girls there

                      this photo doesn't suggest it, but I swear there were girls there

We’re at Coyote Ugly busting a move when I spot a lady sipping her drink and not dancing. Without hesitation I grab her by the hand, pull her to the dance floor and get her to start dancing. After like a minute, she slips away and a few seconds later I see she’s with her boyfriend.

 

Whoops.

 

I was rejected.

 

Still, I’d rather come out of that knowing I tried and got rejected than never try at all.

The thing about rejection is it too often prevents us from ever even trying. It’s fear’s best friend.

In our newest podcast episode we talked with Jordan Harbinger, founder and CEO of The Art of Charm, a social skills platform for men, about how to handle rejection. Jordan’s a master at this topic.

We were supposed to meet up with Jordan while in San Francisco, but ended up having to reschedule over Skype instead. If you listen closely during the episode you’ll find out why that happened.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The myth of relishing “no”
  • How the abundance mindset carries over to rejection
  • How to embrace the idea that rejection will happen to help overcome the sting of it
  • The downside of rejection therapy
  • Martin’s story of getting shut down on the dance floor in Spain
  • Stacking the deck in your favor by taking more chances
  • Treating fear like a muscle
  • What predefined rules have to do with figuring out how to take action
  • How some successful people struggle with having to reject others
  • Why control and success are closely related
  • Why we fight to gain acceptance
  • How our ego rationalizes unexpected outcomes
  • How we unknowingly place our own consequences on our decisions
  • Being focused versus drinking from the firehouse to reduce your number of rejections
  • Finding small testing grounds to validate your ideas
  • What happens when having a one-track mind doesn’t end how you’ve expected
  • The crucial mistakes many early entrepreneurs make
  • The ‘safe zones’ we create for ourselves to protect our vision, and the problem with doing so
  • The people who post Facebook statuses all day probably aren’t taking any action
  • Moving past the “research” phase into the “action” phase
  • Understanding the little pictures that make up the big picture
  • How to catch yourself from intentionally avoiding the hard work

We're enjoying Austin this week! We had a slight hiccup with our car which means we unfortunately have to cut New Orleans from our itinerary, but at the same time it means we get to explore Austin a couple more days. I've already eaten an orange barbeque brisket burrito so staying here is a-okay with me.

Take care and be awesome today,

Rajiv


What up! My name is Rajiv Nathan and I'm the Cofounder of Idea Lemon. That banana peel you slipped on to land here came from me. That's because I fancy myself a human Curious George, and the yellow hat I chase is life's authentic moments. I share my chase one story at a time through this blog, our email newsletter, and as a rapper. Follow along here to learn how to build a fulfilling lifestyle that gets you noticed for what you love.