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Episode 111: Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths

This week we are talking about how to use your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. We are going to dive into some of our weakest characteristics and how they’ve gone on to define our creative careers. So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

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Show Notes for This Episode:

[1:00] Tom opens with some lighthearted banter.
[2:30] Ian talks about his weaknesses.
[3:00] Ian’s weakness gains him more traction.
[4:00] Early in Ian’s career he thought he needed to niche down to gain work.
[5:20] Experimental art that always involves letters.
[6:00] Being easily bored drives Ian’s work.
[7:00] Tom asks Ian why being easily bored is such a weakness for him.
[8:00] Don’t get lost in comparison.
[9:00] Feeling broken when you don’t have a style and compare yourself to others.
[10:00] Career growth is a slow progression.
[11:35] The power of understanding what you like and don’t like.
[12:30] We are more defined by what we are not than what we are.
[13:25] Ian talks about knowing how he works has helped him most.
[14:00] Find what you like, do it and market it.
[15:00] The more niche the more work from similar companies.
[16:00] The goal should be to take only the jobs that interest you.
[17:00] Maslow’s hierarchy of needs applies to all things, even design.
[18:00] Tom asks Lisa what her weakness is.
[19:00] Lisa loves to tinker and invent, and injects that into her work.
[20:00] Mastering workflow speed and helping customers is Lisa’s superpower.
[21:00] Work ethic and the love of tinkering helps Lisa stay focused.
[23:10] Distractions are what prompted Lisa’s Creator Products.
[24:00] Lisa geeks out over her own workflow efficiency.
[25:00] Ian’s loses enthusiasm quickly so short projects work best for him.
[26:00] Ian has realized that he needs a deadline.
[27:20] Tom relates to Ian’s need of a deadline.
[28:30] The pattern repeated during the early days of Design Cuts.
[29:30] Tom shares his real weakness.
[30:00] Being a People Pleaser can be draining, but it also has strengths.
[31:00] Early let downs are Tom’s business drivers today.
[32:00] Dustin talks about his weakness.
[33:00] Trusting others is hard for Dustin.
[34:00] Anxious over his business, Dustin finds it hard to let go.
[35:00] Worrying about people taking advantage of you is exhausting.
[36:00] Tom talks about how Dustin pushes back.
[37:20] Tom finds Dustin relatable.
[38:00] Tom’s early life has helped him be more aware of others’ intentions.
[39:00] Growing up thinking the world is a scary place.
[41:30] Embrace your weaknesses and find the strength in them.
[42:00] Learn to work with yourself.
[43:00] And that’s a wrap!

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