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Feb 27, 2017

 

 

Episode 193: Erik Wahl - How To Rediscover Your Creative Genius

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"Performing is not an act of extroversion, it's an act of connection."

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The fascination with "live theatre" -- Erik is a performer on stage (art, speaking, message, theatrical)
  • "Transport so the molecules in the room change"
  • How to reverse engineer what we love
  • What happened after Erik was told that "Art was not his strength"
  • Relationship with money and success -- how it can be unhealthy
  • Why artists have a different take on life... A life of philosophical gratitude
  • "I built this plane as I flew it"
  • Pursue mastery... Be insatiably curious on how to connect with audiences
  • The power of vulnerability and why you should share more of yourself
  • First paid gig? $1,000 in LA -- "I probably sucked."
  • The tipping point to kick off his speaking/performing career
  • The definition of being introverted... Erik is an introvert.  He gains energy from alone time... Stage time is where the energy is spent
  • Erik's writing process -- "Verbal Vomit" -- Fortunate to have great team of editors
  • Why we should all study acting and stand up comedians
  • Thinking, "What will fascinate the audience?"
  • Pre speech routine -- Stretching, meditation.  Taking energy from "Me and giving it to them"
  • Decluttering of the mind. Meditate. Think at a higher level
  • "Art is about producing... Thinking... Expanding consciousness"
  • Understanding the value of being uncomfortable
  • "Money is not important to us, we do not sell my paintings"
  • Why audiences are drawn to authenticity and trust
  • Why we should rehearse creativity on a regular basis
  • How much does Erik get paid per speech now? $40,000
  • New ideas? Holographs, Drones, Cirque Du Soleil
  • "Pursue excellence, pursue mastery... Let the money come where it may"

"Creativity is a muscle that must face resistance to create more... Be stronger."

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

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