In today’s episode we talk about how you are the sum of the 5 people you surround yourself with. We look at the impact this can have on your creative work and your mindset. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!
Show Notes for This Episode:
[1:00] Tom welcomes everyone to the show.
[2:00] Tom shares the forms your top 5 influencers/peers consist of.
[3:00] Role models can have a huge impact on your mindset.
[4:00] Picking the right mentor is incredibly important.
[5:00] Lisa sees Tom and Dustin more often than her friends who are close.
[6:00] Honest Designers has been life-changing for Lisa.
[7:00] Having someone who understands you is so important.
[8:00] Honest Designers grows from a mastermind into a podcast.
[9:10] There is only so much you can talk about with people outside of the industry.
[10:00] Finding your niche of influencer friends is crucial to a healthy mind.
[11:00] Dustin’s request to have Tom’s dad on the show mortifies Tom.
[12:00] The keys to finding or assembling the perfect influencer group.
[13:30] People who are different from you challenge new thoughts. Be open.
[14:30] Auditing the people who surround you.
[15:00] Your influencers will ebb and flow throughout time.
[16:00] Reading comments can be a total downer. Ditch comment trolls.
[17:00] We’ve all had people who are total drains. Tom gets personal.
[18:00] It’s so easy to fall into the negativity trap. Avoid it at all costs.
[19:20] What do you do when you outgrow someone?
[20:40] Tom shares a friend’s fear of sharing their work out of being judged.
[21:00] Others’ negativity can prevent you from succeeding. Don’t participate.
[22:30] Dustin grows from being around doers.
[23:00] Seeing others take steps and making goals happen is an echo chamber.
[25:30] You don’t have to know an influencer in real life.
[26:10] Marie Forleo is Lisa’s energizer.
[27:00] Everyone needs someone who makes him or her feel they can do anything.
[28:20] Everyone needs a healthy mix of Grounding and Pipe Dreams.
[29:20] Inspirational books have always been Dustin’s go-to for energy.
[30:40] Tom shares who’s in his FAB 5.
[31:40] Dustin, Lisa and Ian are also a part of Tom’s band of creative energizers.
[32:00] Lisa and Dustin make Tom want to be a better designer.
[33:00] Staying motivated and compounding efforts over time to improve.
[34:30] Avoiding the Chicken Littles in the world.
[35:30] Tom steers clear of negativity and subscribes to The Happy News.
[36:00] Great things are happening around us every day. Choose to see them!
[37:30] Just because everyone is doing one thing doesn’t mean you have to.
[38:30] Lisa shares who’s in her FAB 5 and why.
[39:00] Lisa’s husband Cliff is her everything and is definitely in her FAB 5.
[40:00] A secret Pinterest Board houses soul lighting content that Lisa loves.
[41:20] Spirituality is also very important for Lisa.
[42:00] Dustin shares who’s in his FAB 5.
[43:00] No fear of asking someone to mentor him was one of Dustin’s superpowers.
[44:00] Dustin’s wife, Diane Gibbs and Lenny Terenzi round out his FAB 5.
[46:50] Cleaning up your circle.
[47:30] Lisa suggests limiting time with those who are negative about your career.
[48:00] Dustin says select someone who feels just out of reach.
[49:00] Tom thanks Lisa and Dustin for all their input.
[50:00] That’s a wrap!
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