This week we’re joined by Chris Do, who barely needs an introduction. He’s the founder of The Futur, which is one of our favorite educational platforms for creatives where they teach the business of design, helping creatives all over the world master their mindset and marketing.


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Show Notes for This Episode:

[1:00] Welcome to the show, Chris!
[2:00] Chris shares how he got into the business of design.
[3:00] Chris explains the history and the struggle behind his calm.
[4:20] A deliberate process of sharing what he has, Chris manages his insecurities.
[5:20] Get out of your head and into others’.
[6:00] Putting in the work and ditching parties to get ahead in design.
[7:00] Let your work do the talking.
[8:00] The power of specialization.
[9:00] Tom asks Chris what he hates.
[10:00] Chris is a big game hunter.
[11:50] Chris dispels the assumption that he’s all about the money.
[12:00] The goal is to reach a billion dollars, people.
[13:20] Dustin asks Chris to elaborate on his motivation.
[14:40] Chris welcomes the challenge to share his Why.
[15:00] Landing a second chance in life.
[16:00] Receiving the gifts of the American Dream and giving back.
[17:00] Chris shares an act of bravery that changed his life.
[18:00] Rescuing his brother from the deep.
[19:00] Chris’s incredible moment of helplessness during a life or death moment.
[20:40] You never know who may be listening, so speak up.
[21:40] Dustin talks about his guarded personality.
[22:30] Ditch the scarcity mindset and adopt the abundance mindset.
[23:00] True examples of how sharing builds your value.
[24:00] Many people are fearful of sharing.
[25:00] Chris’s business coach scares him with some advice.
[26:00] Absent explanations push people to form their own narrative.
[27:00] Employees started feeling like owners of the company.
[28:40] Having a business mentor was a huge catalyst in Chris’s career.
[29:40] Reading has now become Chris’s business coach.
[30:05] A Frankenstein creative business.
[31:00] Ascend and Diversify.
[32:00] Building true bonds of trust.
[33:00] Three key skills you need as a creative.
[34:00] Dive deep into your curiosities.
[35:00] Dustin asks Chris to share his favorite philosophy view.
[36:00] Chris’s wife is a huge philosophy inspiration for him.
[37:00] Witnessing your own thoughts and feelings and ditch the bad, keep the good.
[39:00] The constant cycle of improvement and feeling overly introspective.
[40:20] Introspection isn’t to rethink old thoughts, it’s to gain clarity.
[41:00] Challenging thoughts and beliefs.

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