Perspective Podcast

Do you want to pursue your creativity but are unsure where to start? Do you want to take your side project to the next level and attract clients? If so, then the Perspective Podcast is for you. Scotty Russell of Perspective-Collective wants to encourage you to scratch that creative itch as you don't know who you could impact when you share your work. Each week he dishes out short, fiery episodes to give you an extra push to make time to pursue something that's important to you. There will be adversity along the way, but these episodes are designed to keep moving your creative career forward. Keep showing up, keep putting in the work and keep got this!
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Aug 16, 2017

"Your identity is not in what you do, therefore fail often, fail freely, learn and experiment. And take your successes in each of those failures because there is one." This is the kind of encouragement Alicja Colon (yes, like the fragrance) brings to the table.

Not only is she an epic photographer / paper crafter extraordinaire, but I think her strongest traits come in prioritizing what’s most important to her in life like family, friends and guiding other creatives.

Alicja works her magic in Savannah, GA and is also the Commerical Photographer at Focus Labs who build thoughtful identities and experiences to elevate and empower organizations.

She brings timeless advice to this episode and this is the deepest conversation this podcast has delivered to date.

We go in depth about:

  • Staying on your creative path
  • Discovering new passions and niches along the way
  • The long road of losing your identity
  • The danger of having success be defined by the work you create
  • Practical steps for:
    • Reclaiming your who (identity)
    • Refocusing your do (what you create)
    • Reframing what success looks like for yourself

Key Takeaways

  • She tried 50 thousand things and continued to find “her thing” as she got older by staying curious.  
  • There is still a path available out there for you, so stick with it and you can uncover a gold mine of hidden talents.
  • The path and jobs you’re currently working will teach you necessary skills and put you on the trajectory to where you’re supposed to be. 
  • Reclaiming your who starts with defining your priorities in life.
  • Once you know your "who" you can use that through a lens to focus your "do".
  • Kill Your Darlings  (Stephen King) - Eliminate the things you love that don't align with the trajectory of where you want to go.
  • Side projects are always a source of personal growth from a craft and endurance perspective.


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Aug 2, 2017

How many times in life have you talked yourself out of something?

How many times has that inner critic convinced you, “there’s no way you can do that, it’s impossible.

I spent the majority of my life letting my inner critic drag me down.

It’s taken a long time for me to get to the point where I can object and stand up for myself.

Why not me?

Why can’t I be a successful artist / designer in my tiny corner of Iowa?

Why can’t I become a professional podcaster or a traveling keynote speaker?

Why not me?

On those days where I’m convinced, it just feels like I’m going in the right direction.

There are some days you’re just feeling it like the universe is this divine source of creative intuition and it’s nudging you along the path you’re supposed to follow.

I’m pretty sure this is how Kobe was feeling the day he dropped 81 points on the Raptors (I’m a huge Laker fan if you didn’t know).

On most days, however, it doesn’t come so easy.

My mind automatically defaults to doubt so it takes A LOT of effort and A LOT of repetitive self-talk to convince myself it’s possible.

I shit you not I will stare intensely at the inner critic in the mirror and repeat to myself, “Why not me?” until I'm convinced…or until I creep myself the fuck out.

Why Not You?

Self-talk is important, good self-talk I should say because we are already pros at the negative self-talk.

Try it sometime even if it feels weird.

Why not you?

Why can’t you make these things happen in your life?

Why can’t you be happy building something you love?

If it’s something you’re good at and it’s something you’re passionate about, it’s not impossible…but it’s also not easy.

Winning Your Mind Requires Effort

My coach, Rick Willis. during football at Wartburg College used to drill it into our heads that, "If it was easy, everyone would do it."

This sounds so cliche but it's completely relevant to practically every aspect of life.

Because it requires effort, many people are hesitant to pursue whatever "it" is for them. It’s much easier to let that inner critic run every minute of your life and passively exist or complain about the circumstances that supposedly hold you back.

From my experiences of letting the inner critic be in the driver seat, I personally feel you pay the cost of living with regret.

So I want to challenge you to challenge yourself.

When you want to do something and that inner critic injects doubt into your mind, talk to yourself…preferably in your own head if you’re around other people.

Repeat to yourself, “why not me?” and mean it.

Say it to yourself as many times as necessary until you start believing it.

Once you start believing it, act on it.


Ally or Enemy?

The mind is a powerful machine and it can either be your ally or your enemy.

After letting my inner critic kick my ass for well over 23 years, not mention the past 4 years of dealing with anxiety, I’ve learned one valuable thing:Having the proper mindset and some type of belief in yourself or your abilities can get you to practically anywhere you want to be in life.

Having the proper mindset and some type of belief in yourself or your abilities can get you to practically anywhere you want to be in life.

When I started convincing myself that I could become a great artist in the middle of bum fuck Iowa, everything changed.

When I decided I’m going to try and make a name for myself through blogging, teaching, speaking and podcasting, everything changed.

None of this would’ve happened if I wasn’t challenging that inner critic with reaffirming self-talk.

I had to change my way of thinking.

I had to change my perspective.

For things to change, you have to change. It’s all in your mind.

You are more capable then you will ever realize and you have a lot more going for you than you think.

Why not you?

Why not now?

Key Takeaways

  • It can take A LOT of effort and A LOT of repetitive self-talk to convince yourself it’s possible.
  • If it were easy, everyone would do it.
  • Passively existing comes with the cost of living with regret.
  • The mind is a powerful machine and it can either be your ally or your enemy.
  • For things to change, you have to change. It’s all in your mind.


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