Sep 13, 2016

Freedom Is Never Having To Say Yes: Ep. 230


"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." Stephen Covey

We takes risks, we fail, and we make sacrifices as creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners. Why put ourselves through such turmoil? Why not clock in for a regular paycheck? It all comes down to freedom. The freedom to create, the freedom to take control of your time, financial freedom, the freedom to call the shots, and the freedom to NEVER HAVE TO SAY YES.

As an employee, you don't have much say in how, when, and what you do for your employer. They own your time, and therefore a lot of your freedom. As a creative entrepreneur, you never have to take a job, or work with a client unless you choose to. This means everything! Can it be difficult to turn away business? Absolutely! But, as soon as you own that part of your freedom, you can concentrate on working with and attracting the kinds of jobs that fulfill your vision for satisfying, creative work.

Jen has a great time at Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference (#MAPCON), but of course she can't get through the conference without an awkward encounter with someone she was hoping to connect with, but something very different happened. Well, there is always next year! I mean, she still has her mojo, after all.

Jen did connect with super-fan Nick from the Dependent Independent Podcast. What a great guy, and a terrific podcaster too! She had tons of fun hanging out with him after exchanging tweets for over a year. Real life people!

Tim as always has some colorful tales, and announces his upcoming ebook, How To Quit Stan-dup

Tim and Jelly also challenge each other to a 30 blog writing challenge so look forward to that stuff!

Thanks for listening JellyVisionaries. Stay Weird. You Deserve Your Vision For Success!

Sep 6, 2016

Goals Are Dangerous Without A Theme: Ep. 229


Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
--George Bernard Shaw

We love to accomplish our goals, but the price of those goals can be delayed happiness, stunting our feelings of success, and negative self-talk. After being introduced to the concept of life themes, we explore how defining a theme can be the perfect compliment to a goal-centric life. By keeping consistent with a theme, and focusing on daily practices, the by-product will be seeing many of our goals come to fruition, and a deeper connection with our purpose.

A goal of increasing business revenue by 50% in 2017 would align with a theme of "Extreme Business Excellence". Your daily practices would include actions that support your theme such as superb customer service, building an email list, producing a newsletter, and maybe even more efficient systems to support your clients, Those daily practices are all things that are crucial to improving and growing your business. How can you not reach that goal?


We discuss a local coffee shop and their practice of posting strict rules for proper customer etiquette. Is this a smart business practice, or are they risking the alienation of customers?

Children living in an apartment complex in Greenville, South Carolina claim to have been approached by clowns and offered money to go into the woods with them. Luckily, none of the children need money that badly, and were smart enough to run away. So far, police have not been able to find any evidence to support the sightings, so is this a mass hysteria, soon to be an urban legend?

Possible more frightening is the fact that Gonorrhea is very close to being untreatable, according to the World Health Organization. Once, easily treated by a course of antibiotics, we are quickly running out of antibiotics that the disease will respond to. Why isn't this a bigger story?

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