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S4 | E12: How Do You Evolve Over Time Part 1? +Katherine Hill

Katherine Hill knew at an early age she wanted to be a choreographer. She realized how her passion manifested itself in different areas of her life, and we sit down with her to discuss the importance of evolving over time.

We explore:
+Relating a niche experience and passion to many different endeavors.
+Navigating the relationship between student and teacher.
+Learning to play off of other's strengths and weaknesses.
+Allocating mental energy correctly.
+As long as you “own your status,” you have value to bring to the conversation.
+Understand the simple nuances between being “first chair” and “directing the orchestra.”
+How perfectionism yields progress.
+The importance of stamina to continue a project or being able to put in the time and iterations into a passion.
+Liking the process of hard work.
+Be as specific as humanly possible in your passions to truly isolate what is important to you.
+Understanding the chicken/egg, the ebb/flow, and the either/or when creating content.
+The importance of integrating separate passions together to encompass all of your interests into one activity.
+Allow yourself to try and do.
+Understand that there will be a lack of safe spaces to try and learn, but don’t let that stop you from trying.
+Managing your internal rhetoric.
+Allowing your passions to be a lifestyle rather than a side hobby.
+How mastering the art of visualization can be applicable to small and large goals.

Find Katherine Online:

Silicon Valley S3E4: “If the Box Was a Canvas” (HBO) -

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S4 | Bonus! Colt Cabana: How Do You Find Your Niche? LIVE From Techweek Chicago

Professional wrestler and podcaster Colt Cabana found a sense of belonging in his career and in his life. In this special bonus episode recorded in front of a live audience at Techweek Chicago, we sit down with Colt and discuss how he found his niche.

We explore:

+How to seize opportunities without asking for permission
+Reaching a goal can be achieved through creative means; it is important to think outside the box
+There are many paths to the same goal
+There’s no curtain in anyone’s life
+Use your authentic self but heighten it to maximize your potential
+Don’t be afraid to create your own platform; if there is an audience, there is potential
+Working by trial and error isn’t wrong, rather, it’s effective
+Tweak as you see fit
+Be discretionary and selective when you ask for feedback
+Merging your interests to form one encompassing idea and project maximizes your strengths and enjoyment
+Pigeonholing yourself maximizes risk and minimizes success
+Diversify your projects to create contingency plans for yourself
+Support is built through humility
+Storytelling is integral to finding your niche; rather than telling people your story, invite people to come along the journey with you
+Actively promote your brand to avoid indifference
+Believing in longevity breeds complacency

Find Colt Online:
The Art of Wrestling Podcast: @coltcabana

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S4 | E11: How Do You Find Support? +Emily Drake

Having a good support system is necessary in all areas of life. This week, we sit down with Emily Drake, CEO of Flank5 Academy, and discuss how to find it.

We explore:
+How to build your support squad
+Finding positive support from different sources
+Having different “buckets” of support
+Asking for support takes a lot of vulnerability
+Finding a balance when filtering your support systems
+Asking people for advice is sexy
+Asking “what are you struggling with?” over “how can I help?”
+The importance of consistently producing content
+How partners hold each other accountable
+Building in accountability to support systems
+How to get “past the inertia” and follow through with a project
+The first try is not the final product
+The most effective way to form relationships with others is to integrate them into your projects
+Finding complementary styles of support
+Understanding the differences among support from all genders
+Sharing the struggle is required for growth
+Humility is the basis of support
+Find people to help you be a better person versus a better entrepreneur
+Complete your “Brady Bunch Tiles” with people who will further your pursuits
+Challenge people you love
+Being honest with yourself about your true passions

Find Emily Online:
Twitter: @flank5academy @emdrake
Facebook: Flank 5 Academy


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Season 4 Show Theme:
Tia Einarsen, My Bones--…013?i=1078388323 also available on Spotify