A Letter to My Younger, Fiery, Entrepreneurial Self

I was always an entrepreneur

I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t an entrepreneur. Of course, back in the day we didn’t call it that. Yet, I built a profession of some sort within every discipline of my life; equestrian sports, acting, dance, figure skating, voice. By today’s reckoning I became an entrepreneur before I was 20. I’ve never stopped.

Lately – though I’m not sure exactly why now – I’ve been asked things like “What have you learned?”, “What do you wish you’d done differently?” and “If you could give advice to your younger self, what would you tell her, having all the knowledge and experience you do today?

So I got to thinking about it… and about her. I was surprised to discover how much more I love and treasure her special brand of badassery now than I did back when I WAS her.  She was very angsty – and worried about EVERYTHING!

And yeah, I DO have some things I’d like to say to this younger, fiery, idealistic, funny, quirky, artistic and highly talented younger self ‘o mine. The advice is all about getting my mind right… because that was the one thing I wish I’d been better WAY at.

Still and all, we did manage to stay on the bike…

Look Up
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THE CHAT with Karen Hutton: Peter Giordano

Today’s Guest:

Tech exec, mentor, leader, innovator, photographer, dad Peter Giordano (www.PeterGiordano.com) has such a refreshing view of life and career. One of the things I love most about talking business and career with him is how easily he takes complex ideas and shapes them into simple models that make wrapping my head around those tough, “too-many-options” decisions a cakewalk!

Speaking of Too Many Options… I had that problem in choosing our theme for this episode! Peter is so versatile and interesting to talk to, it was a challenge honing down my list! But what captured my attention for all of us artist/creative types, is his really simple system for defining the best place to focus our attention for the best possible outcome in our career path.

A Simple System

Most creatives I know are incredibly multi-talented. And we all want to build (or change) our career around something we’re good at, love to do and can make money at. We’d like some method to help us choose what things we’re going to do for our own satisfaction – and what we’ll do for money. We want to be sure we’re spending our time and resources on the right stuff and not spinning our wheels. And it changes over time! It’s a dilemma I hear over and over with my photographer, artist and musician friends. Well, Peter’s got SUCH a great approach to that whole conundrum… I decided to start there. It’s brilliant!

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THE CHAT with Karen Hutton: Gordon Fowler

One of the biggest quandaries I hear creatives and artists having is dealing the business side of things. If you’ve chosen to do your art as a profession – that adds a WHOLE other layer to the life ‘n career cake! In dreaming up THE CHAT, I knew up front that I wanted to bring in some of the best people I know who are uniquely successful at combining the creative and business side of things for some valuable input.

Meet Gordon Fowler. President and CEO of 3Fold Communications in Sacramento, CA – a multi-million dollar, award-winning ad and marketing agency. His bio on the 3fold website reads: “Visionary leader meets savvy marketing guy. Disturbingly addicted to reality TV “just for the commercials and product endorsements of course.”
This dedication to “research” must contribute to his truly exceptional strategic thinking.”
Hehhehheh. Naturally, the lightness of the message belies the depth of his experience, brilliance, dedication and leadership.

I know a thing or two about what’s “behind the curtain” with Gordon, because he’s also been a dear friend of mine for 20 years, give or take. He taught me some of the most valuable business lessons I’ve ever learned. He was super excited to Chat with me and share some really simple – yet profound insights that he’s distilled down over the years. Simple yes – but not always so easy to do. You’ll see me take mental notes more than once in this episode!

BTW… this was my very first CHAT episode done on-location. I did it as a trial – and loved the results so much I haul my gear around and do them this way as much as possible now! It all started with Gordon. Alot of things do. 🙂

Can’t tell you how thrilled I am to present the awesomeness of Gordon Fowler!