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Trapped in a corporate job and straddling the line of entrepreneurship? Or perhaps you just made the leap and feel paralyzed about next steps.



We know the journey is emotionally and mentally taxing. You don’t have to do it alone.



We’ve all made the same excuses before: But I don’t have enough time! But I don't have the money! But I don't have any connections! But…but…but!



The Shut Up Show will give you a raw look inside the mind, heart, and spirit of amazing people who bring their best work every day despite having these shut up moments that often hold us back.



Get mindset strategies to help you brave through your fears and tactical information to inspire your confidence. We pack our episodes with impact-driven shut up tips to help you define your moment and live on your terms.

THE SHUT UP SHOW Berni Xiong (shUNG) | The Shin Kicking Life Spark

    • Self-Improvement

Trapped in a corporate job and straddling the line of entrepreneurship? Or perhaps you just made the leap and feel paralyzed about next steps.



We know the journey is emotionally and mentally taxing. You don’t have to do it alone.



We’ve all made the same excuses before: But I don’t have enough time! But I don't have the money! But I don't have any connections! But…but…but!



The Shut Up Show will give you a raw look inside the mind, heart, and spirit of amazing people who bring their best work every day despite having these shut up moments that often hold us back.



Get mindset strategies to help you brave through your fears and tactical information to inspire your confidence. We pack our episodes with impact-driven shut up tips to help you define your moment and live on your terms.

    Building Something People Care About with Calming Manatee Founder Kurt Elster

    Building Something People Care About with Calming Manatee Founder Kurt Elster

    Today’s guest, who came highly recommended by former guest Nick Loper, really put my robot dancing to shame. And, more importantly, he dropped some serious wisdom about how doing more awesome shit and putting it out into the world has shifted the way he leads and runs his business. Kurt Elster shares with me how one stupid auto-correction error in a text led to an overnight success we call “Calming Manatee.” Creative entrepreneurs…this episode is especially for you!



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    Step 1: Do awesome shit. Step 2: Tell people about it! – @kurtinc via @_TheShutUpShow #shutupshow (click to tweet)

    FUN FACTS:



    * Kurt has worked with a variety of clients including a Superbowl campaign, Verizon, small businesses and startups.

    * Kurt is the co-founder of Calming Manatee, a website reaching millions of visitors every month who are looking for peaceful ways to reduce overwhelm.

    * Kurt is a web designer, creative director, entrepreneur and now podcaster (what what!).

    * After we recorded Kurt’s episode, he took my advice and started his own podcast, The Unofficial Shopify Podcast.



    DEFINING SHUT UP MOMENT:

    One Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. while tying his Converse All-Stars before work, Kurt started full-on sobbing at the prospect of having to go to a job he hated. It was the job he had told everyone he loved. A job where he kept earning more responsibility but never any more money. A job where he was denied a raise due to budgetary limits; his boss was shopping for a Porsche.

    In that moment, Kurt knew he was going to quit his job and start his own business. He didn’t know what he wanted it to do. What he did know was quitting would light a fire underneath him. In less than two weeks, he decided to start a SaaS business and partnered with a friend who had been recently laid of from a software engineering job. Today, Kurt is working on his own terms, helping small businesses impress the hell out of their customers through his digital agency and making a positive difference through his creative projects.

    KURT’S SHUT UP TIPS:

    The first two years after I went out on my own, I realize I took all the experience I had learned up to that point to help me in the beginning. – @kurtinc

    In your first entrepreneurial endeavor, you think you can’t fail. But you’ve got to pivot to survive. Most businesses do that. – @kurtinc

    I wasn’t listening to our audience. I was trying to sell to people that didn’t know I existed. – @kurtinc

    If you have a vendor and they don’t talk about how they can help you make money, fire them right away. – @kurtinc

    Viral is an accident, it’s something you can’t force. – @kurtinc

    If you want things to go viral, you have to do something that helps others. It has to be selfless. – @kurtinc

    • 37 min
    Finding What Connects Us and Changing Your World with Nelson de Witt / Roberto Coto

    Finding What Connects Us and Changing Your World with Nelson de Witt / Roberto Coto

    Today’s guest has a remarkable story, which is why I couldn’t wait to get him on the show. I met Nelson de Witt at MisfitCon in Fargo this past spring where I learned of his story about being separated from his biological family during El Salvador’s civil war and how he was reunited with them at the age of 16. Today, Nelson works on entrepreneurial art projects that challenge him to push through fear and express himself creatively while doing meaningful and relevant work that fuels his misfit spirit.



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    Had a decision been made differently, I might not be sitting here with you today. – @dewittn via @_TheShutUpShow #shutupshow (click to tweet)

    FUN FACTS:



    * Nelson is a working to produce a documentary film about El Salvador’s disappeared children.

    * Nelson graduated cum laude in Business, Management, and Information Systems.

    * Nelson is the author of the popular Kickstarter Guide, helping you successfully crowdfund your creative project.



    DEFINING SHUT UP MOMENT:

    Nelson was adopted as a child with a fairly typical upbringing in Boston. He knew he was adopted but didn’t ask a lot of questions. In 1997, when Nelson was 16 years-old, his father answered a phone call to discover Nelson’s biological family had been looking for him. After confirming this information to be true, Nelson discovered his biological parents were revolutionaries in El Salvador’s civil war. Joining the revolution just out of high school, Nelson’s father was shot near the heart and survived; however, his mom was captured and killed by the Honduran army.

    Over 900 cases were brought up about children who disappeared in the chaos of war with 350 solved and only 250 that have led to reunions. Roberto–Nelson’s birth name–has such an incredible legacy and remarkable story to tell while Nelson–the American–loves the challenge of bringing a bright idea to life. Today, Nelson/Roberto is working on the documentary film Identifying Nelson, a project that will help the search for the 500 disappeared children who are still missing.

    NELSON’S SHUT UP TIPS:

    Had a decision been made differently, I might not be sitting here with you today. – @dewittn

    I don’t have a lot of memories from the Civil War. I was one when I was separated from my family. I was two when I was adopted from the orphanage. – @dewittn

    You look at the picture and you know that’s you but you don’t feel like it’s you. – @dewittn

    As I moved over to the creative side, that’s when I got more traction in my work. – @dewittn

    If you give people too much they get lost in your work. – @dewittn

    I’m hovering over that launch button and I’m freaking out because I’m going to put myself out into the world. – @dewittn

    Understand the biology. You’re not going to get eaten by a tiger walking down the street. Understand what your brain is doing. – @dewittn

    Study famous entrepreneurs and artists to help you work through your fear the way they have. – @dewittn

    I’m afraid but not because I’m going to die. Maybe I need to pick up the phone and talk to somebody in this situation to help me through it.

    • 31 min
    Craig McBreen on the Art of Breaking Out and Reigniting Your Life

    Craig McBreen on the Art of Breaking Out and Reigniting Your Life

    Today’s featured guest, Craig McBreen, talks to us about the art of breaking out. How he moved from a 3,500 sq. ft. home to a 1000, sq. ft. apartment–by choice–to escape the shackles of homeownership and reignite his life as a middle-aged, location-independent traveling vagabond. If you think you’re too old to shut up and make shit happen, this episode is especially for you.



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    I don’t care if you’re 35 or 65. If you want to change, there’s no better time than now. – @CraigMcBreen @_TheShutUpShow (click to tweet)

    FUN FACTS:



    * Craig has over 25 years of experience in branding, marketing and design.

    * He is an introvert, misfit, and loner.

    * He is the founder and host of the Art of Breaking Out blog and podcast.

    * He lives with his wife and children in Seattle, Washington (one of my favorite cities on earth!)



    DEFINING SHUT UP MOMENT:

    Craig was an only child, overweight, and teased in school. Growing up, he didn’t know how to socialize. It was then he realized he was a natural introvert. Recently, after witnessing a family member go through a very dark, challenging time, Craig was brought back to his youth. Confronting depression and introversion once again, Craig and his wife decided to downsize their lifestyles and become middle-aged traveling vagabonds.

    CRAIG’S SHUT UP TIPS:

    If you’re going to do something, it’s never going to be easy. – @CraigMcBreen

    I used to be all over the place but now I’m learning how to get past fear and be more productive. – @CraigMcBreen

    By nature, I’ve always been too cautious. Selling my home and moving into an apartment was the first time I did anything that seemed like it was impulsive. – @CraigMcBreen

    My wife and I haven’t done a whole lot. We wanted to travel and have a location-independent life. It can’t only be for the 20-somethings. – @CraigMcBreen

    I don’t want to be later in life going why didn’t I do this? – @CraigMcBreen

    You can always find an excuse, the origin is usually fear. – @CraigMcBreen

    I actually do want to help people. If it translates to business, fine. – @CraigMcBreen

    when i was a kid i liked writing but never got into it, three years ago when i started blogging it became a morning ritual

    I don’t care if you’re 35 or 65. If you want to change, there’s no better time than now. Put the wheels in motion.

    I’d be completely lying if I said I wasn’t scared every single moment of this change; I’m slightly terrified, but it’s a good feeling because my fear is energizing me. – @CraigMcBreen

    The more you put on your plate, the more comfortable you become with every single situation. – @CraigMcBreen

    When I’m feeling stuck, I get into more creative activities throughout the day: combining average Joe yoga with meditation. – @CraigMcBreen

    NOTABLE MENTIONS:

    The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying – Huffington Post

    Why I Would Rather Shoot Myself In the Head Than Own a Home – James Altucher

    • 38 min
    Making Money In Your Spare Time with Chief Side Hustler Nick Loper

    Making Money In Your Spare Time with Chief Side Hustler Nick Loper

    Thanks to my mastermind friend Charlie Poznek, I had the complete pleasure of being formally introduced to Nick Loper, Chief Side Hustler at Side Hustle Nation. Nick is the author of the popular book Work Smarter: 350+ Online Resources Today’s Top Entrepreneurs Use to Increase Productivity and Achieve Their Goals.

    We had a great conversation about how he built a side hustle to create a risk-averse way to start a business while he was still working full-time. Nick encouraged us to view our entrepreneurial journey as a scientist conducting a lab experiment. Check out our fun-filled conversation to find out what Nick encourages side hustlers to do to build real financial freedom.



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    The 9 to 5 will make you a living, the 5 to 9 will make you alive. @nloper #sidehustle via @_TheShutUpShow #shutupshow (click to tweet)

    FUN FACTS:



    * Nick speaks Spanish–only after few beers.

    * Nick wants to play for the Mariners when he grows up (inside joke).

    * Nick is a family man, traveler and online entrepreneur.

    * He knows way more about shoes than anyone should.

    * He has a giant shih-tzu named Mochi. So do I! Well, minus the giant part and my dog is not named Mochi.



    DEFINING SHUT UP MOMENT:

    Nick had his first stint in sales and business back in college when he answered an ad to start an independent painting company. This experience taught him how to cold-call as a door-to-door salesman. After college, Nick got a corporate job. He moved from Seattle to Washington D.C. not knowing anyone outside of work. He was bored from 5 to 9 and didn’t want to waste that time watching TV. So instead, Nick decided to make an investment in learning affiliate marketing and launched his first side hustle.

    NICK’S SHUT UP TIPS:

    Once you’ve had that taste of closing a deal–the entrepreneurial bug–it’s real tough to go back. @nloper

    The 9 to 5 will make you a living, the 5 to 9 will make you alive. @nloper

    Side hustle is a lower risk to become an entrepreneur. It gives you time to build a buffer. @nloper

    If you can work on something you care about, the process of creation has inherent value. @nloper

    I blogged for four years and no one ever read it. The process of writing on a regular basis gave me practice. @nloper

    Know your why. If you’re just chasing the next dollar, it’s not going to work out. There are faster ways to earn income that are not as time-leveraged as starting a business. @nloper

    The idea of helping people who are working corporate and want to find an escape route is fun for me; I get to experiment how to do these things. @nloper

    Making the wrong choice still scares me. It’s probably not going to be life-threatening. It could be life-changing. There’s big upside and very little downside to a lot of the decisions we look at. @nloper

    School was a formula. Ninety percent of it was showing up. @nloper

    Getting Up and Out of Your Way with Laura Aiisha Haykel

    Getting Up and Out of Your Way with Laura Aiisha Haykel

    It’s rare to find other young mommy misfitesque entrepreneurs like me who’ve shared a similar turbulent past…from high school drop out to doing amazing work in the world that uplifts, inspires and empowers other women today. My spiritual doppelganger Laura Aiisha Haykel joins me on today’s episode to talk about her journey from leaving home at 16 years old to becoming a soulful coach, speaker, singer and performer. This conversation will get you up and out of your own way.



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    We hold the power to really truly create our greatest lives based on what we’re choosing moment to moment. @lauraaiisha #shutupshow (click to tweet)

    LAURA ON GETTING UP AND PLAYING YOUR ROLE:

    I just kept showing up and I just kept showing up. – @lauraaiisha

    I have wanted to give up so many times, throw in the towel and say f**k it all. What I choose to acknowledge is I have a purpose just like everyone else. – @lauraaiisha

    I’m lucky to be alive so there must be a big purpose for me in this world. – @lauraaiisha

    Trust the inner knowing as opposed to trusting the illusions I’m experiencing out in the world. – @lauraaiisha

    Anyone can create a mantra and put a melody to it. Start to tell yourself a new story. And be the witness to your life and thoughts and words you use. – @lauraaiisha

    I’m here to live as fully as I possibly can until I transition over to the next phase. – @lauraaiisha

    Recognize the gift that you be in the world. No matter how many other amazing people you see out there, you are a gift. Everyone is a gift to this world and we all play a purpose and a role. Let’s keep playing that powerfully. – @lauraaiisha

    CONNECT WITH LAURA:

    Check out Laura’s first music video at LauraAiisha.com.

    Download Laura’s music for free at LauraAiisha.com/lah-musique.

    Get Laura’s debut EP “I Am” at LauraAiisha.bandcamp.com.

    • 44 min
    What’s the Deal with Ladies in Business? – Featuring Jessica Kupferman

    What’s the Deal with Ladies in Business? – Featuring Jessica Kupferman

    On today’s episode I welcome “The Gordon Ramsey to Your Online Kitchen Nightmare” Jessica Kupferman, founder and host of Lady Business Radio. We jam-packed the show today with conversations about being a woman entrepreneur (and we’re not only talking about business), the dangers in losing sight of the thing you’re good at, and mimicking others instead of honing your voice and craft.



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    You only have another 25 years to live, why do something you really hate? – @jesskupferman #shutupshow (click to tweet)

    JESSICA ON HELPING LADIES IN BUSINESS:

    Tech and fear go together. – @jesskupferman

    It’s an online world. When you don’t have control over your web site you don’t have control over your business. – @jesskupferman

    You can see a path forming of how you get to the places you are. – @jesskupferman

    If you’re going to teach people how to do something, you have to know what you’re doing in order to answer the questions. – @jesskupferman

    It’s hard to stick to what you’re good at if you’re bored with it. – @jesskupferman

    The same message may need to be delivered ten different ways to ten different people. You have to know who you’re talking to so you can know how to say the truth without making them cry or hate you. – @jesskupferman

    When you appear accessible, it will be hard to be productive. – @jesskupferman

    It’s an odd balance between being grateful constantly and overwhelmed that you even have the attention in the first place and setting boundaries so that you’re not being taken advantage of. – @jesskupferman

    A CHALLENGE FROM JESSICA:

    Start a post with “What’s the deal with xxx?” and see how people engage with you. (Let Jessica know how it went!)

    CONNECT WITH JESSICA:

    LadyBusiness.biz

    PodcastingSchoolForWomen.com

    • 46 min

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